JBL Wave BudsSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JLab Go AirSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.9 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Wave Buds||JLab Go Air|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP54||IP44|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||8mm||8mm|
|sound pressure level||100dB/mW||103dB/mW|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||15hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✗|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||2only||2only|
|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 is the level of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value means protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IP54, the JBL Wave Buds's rating is read as, the first value 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 value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
In comparison to the JBL Wave Buds, JLab Go Air have a rating of IP44 meaning that JLab Go Air has a lower dust resistance than JBL Wave Buds and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
The JBL Wave Buds have a weight of 9g . We prefer a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
JLab Go Air, at 10g weigh more than the JBL Wave Buds with a difference of 1g
True wireless devices have no wires connecting 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 difference as some wireless earbuds have cables linking the pair of earbuds together.
JLab Go Air also is true wireless since it doesn't have cables linking the 2 earbuds .
JBL Wave Buds have sweat resistance
JLab Go Air's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from separate channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both JLab Go Air and JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers
ANC uses advanced kind of tech to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. ANC works when, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and after generates a mirror signal to counter it. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
JBL Wave Buds have ANC allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to overcome background sounds.
JBL Wave Buds stay tightly in place, creating a sound covering that tones down your environment noise while preventing the earbuds sound from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which means that they reduce ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The JBL Wave Buds have a unit size of 8mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is the component that makes sound in the device, its size determines the sound made by the earbuds.
JLab Go Air driver unit is 8mm in diameter, making both JLab Go Air, and JBL Wave Buds similar in how loud their sound can get , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not indicate that they produce better quality sound.
The JBL Wave Buds's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
JLab Go Air's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices can make sound with equal bass
The JBL Wave Buds's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well an audio component generates high human frequencies and if it changes to the signal while at it.
JLab Go Air's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this means that both devices can generate equal treble
SPL, is the level of pressure 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.
JLab Go Air's sound pressure level measurement is 103dB/mW. The sound pressure level, something is can be perceived differently by different persons, so we need to have a way of getting an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
JLab Go Air have neodymium magnets, when used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help generate music at quite a high SPL, with the use of high magnetic flux.
The 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 given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
JLab Go Air's battery life is less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 3 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the manufacturer, and JBL Wave Buds's case is said to have a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
JLab Go Air's charging case has a battery life of 15 hours, less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 9 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 when they have been unused for extended periods.
JLab Go Air takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the battery, less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 0.5 hours
JBL Wave Buds's battery power is 47mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
JLab Go Air's battery power is 43mAh. less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 4mAh
The JBL Wave Buds have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights display the charging status of your device and case.
JLab Go Air too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you determine the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or the battery is running low.
JBL Wave Buds use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
The JBL Wave Buds have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JLab Go Air has a Bluetooth version of 5, older than that of JBL Wave Buds . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
JBL Wave Buds have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
JLab Go Air have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds
JBL Wave Buds support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the JBL Wave Buds will work well with your iPhone. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
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).
JBL Wave Buds have 2 microphones.
The JLab Go Air microphones are 2, equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds . More microphones record better sound quality and enable the device to filter out noise.
JBL Wave Buds have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The JBL Wave Buds microphone sensitivity is measured at -38dBV/Pa. The magnitude 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 sound that the earbud microphone can recognize.
JLab Go Air microphone sensitivity is measured at -38dBV/Pa. Microphone sensitivity is a measurement of a microphone's efficiency as a transducer.
JBL Wave Buds support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound so that they can still be heard even when wearing them
JBL Wave Buds have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
If lost in a room, or can't be found in your bag, JBL Wave Buds have a find earbuds feature.
JBL Wave Buds support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge a device.
The JBL Wave Buds have a multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The JBL Wave Buds have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The JBL Wave Buds, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
JLab Go Air also have a control panel on them.
JLab Go Air have a warranty period of 2 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use that has followed instruction manuals.
The JBL Wave Buds support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
JLab Go Air also support voice prompts .i.e the earbuds notifies you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
The JBL Wave Buds come with their own special pouch. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your pockets without a cover may easily damage them.