JBL Wave BudsSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JBL Tour Pro 2See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.1 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Wave Buds||JBL Tour Pro 2|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP54||✗|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||8mm||10mm|
|sound pressure level||100dB/mW||✗|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||30hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||2only||6only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✓|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✓||✗|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
IP ratings refer to the level of protection offered by a casing, against dust and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating refers to protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IP54, the JBL Wave Buds's rating is read as, the first number of 5 denotes that ingress of dust is not totally prevented but dust does not enter in harmful quantities to interfere with the correct operation or impair safety, and the second number of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
The JBL Wave Buds have a weight of 9g . We prefer a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are easier to transport.
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, JBL Wave Buds are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is a major distinction since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the pair of earbuds .
JBL Tour Pro 2 also is true wireless because it doesn't have wires linking the 2 earbuds together.
JBL Wave Buds are resistant to sweat
JBL Tour Pro 2's resistance to sweat makes both devices good for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers, what this means is that JBL Wave Buds's speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both JBL Tour Pro 2 and JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of more advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. How it works, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero therefore "diluting" the noise.
JBL Wave Buds have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears as you don't have to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
JBL Tour Pro 2 too have ANC which makes either of the earbuds ideal for plane rides and rush hour travels. Each operate with different noise cancellation types, pick the setting that you prefer for travel or that suites your chill time.
JBL Wave Buds sit well in place, this creates a sound covering that reduces your environment noise while preventing the earbuds music from leaking out at the same.
Both JBL Tour Pro 2, and JBL Wave Buds have passive noise reduction which means that both reduce ambient noise without using technology to cancel it out.
The JBL Wave Buds have a unit size of 8mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, its size corellates with the loudness of the device.
JBL Tour Pro 2 driver unit is 10mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of JBL Wave Buds by 2mm , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not imply that they deliver better quality sound.
JBL Wave Buds's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component produces low recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
JBL Tour Pro 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices produce equal bass
JBL Wave Buds's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component produces high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
JBL Tour Pro 2's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices produce equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the pressure level of sound, measured in decibels, dB, JBL Wave Buds's measurement is 100dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
JBL Wave Buds's battery life is 8 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is commonly given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
JBL Tour Pro 2's battery life is more than that of JBL Wave Buds by 2 hours . Every time you recharge your device, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and the JBL Wave Buds's case has a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
JBL Tour Pro 2's charging case has a battery life of 30 hours, more than that of JBL Wave Buds by 6 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Wave Buds's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
JBL Wave Buds's battery power is 47mAh, battery capacity, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
JBL Wave Buds have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights display the charging state of your earbuds and charging case.
JBL Tour Pro 2 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you tell the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
JBL Wave Buds support USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
JBL Tour Pro 2 too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The JBL Wave Buds have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JBL Tour Pro 2 has a Bluetooth version of 5.3, newer than that of JBL Wave Buds . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
JBL Wave Buds have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
JBL Tour Pro 2 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds
JBL Wave Buds support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the JBL Wave Buds will work well with your MacBook. If you intend on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The JBL Tour Pro 2 support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
JBL Wave Buds support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
The JBL Wave Buds have 2 microphones.
The JBL Tour Pro 2 microphones are 6, more than that of JBL Wave Buds by 4 . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
JBL Wave Buds use a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are designed to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The JBL Tour Pro 2 too have a noise-canceling microphone. This is useful in noisy areas.
The JBL Wave Buds microphone sensitivity is measured at -38dBV/Pa. The size of the analog or digital output signal from the microphone with its input stimulus is a calculation of its sensitivity. It's the 'loudness' of the voice that the microphone can pick up.
JBL Wave Buds support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient sound to still be heard even while wearing the earbuds
The JBL Tour Pro 2 support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, say you’re having a run but still want to be able to hear traffic.
The JBL Wave Buds support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the JBL Wave Buds support the find earbuds feature.
The JBL Tour Pro 2 also have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the earbuds app on your phone to play a sound from your device to locate them.
JBL Wave Buds support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to charge the earbuds.
JBL Tour Pro 2 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The JBL Wave Buds support multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The JBL Wave Buds have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The JBL Tour Pro 2 too have the mute function. It means that you unilaterally turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
With the JBL Wave Buds, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the device.
JBL Tour Pro 2 also have a control panel on them.
The JBL Wave Buds have voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
The JBL Tour Pro 2 also support voice prompts .i.e the device will notify you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
The JBL Wave Buds come with a special pouch. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them inside your pockets without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
JBL Tour Pro 2 also have a case included, which is useful for safe transportation.