JBL Wave BudsSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sennheiser CX 500BTSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Wave Buds||Sennheiser CX 500BT|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP54||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||8mm||✗|
|sound pressure level||100dB/mW||94dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||16hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✓||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||2only||4only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✓|
|highest mic frequency||✗||10000Hz|
|lowest mic frequency||✗||100Hz|
|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|
Ingress protection ratings is the rank of protection offered by an enclosure, against solids and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating refers to protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Scoring 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 of liquids 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, Sennheiser CX 500BT have a rating of IPX4 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
JBL Wave Buds have a weight of 9g . We take in account a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to transport.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT, at 12g are heavier than the JBL Wave Buds by of 3g
True wireless devices have no wires linking any part of the device together, JBL Wave Buds are true wireless for this case since they have no cables. This is a key difference as some wireless earbuds have wires connecting the two earbuds together.
Sennheiser CX 500BT also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables linking the two earbuds .
JBL Wave Buds are resistant to sweat
Sennheiser CX 500BT's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use while doing sports such as 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 Sennheiser CX 500BT and JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers
ANC uses more advanced kind of tech to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to counter it. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving 0 which results in a reduced level of noise.
The JBL Wave Buds have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have ANC which makes both devices ideal for flights and morning travels. The JBL Wave Buds and Sennheiser CX 500BT work with different noise cancellation types, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your commute or that suites your chill time.
JBL Wave Buds sit tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces background sounds and also prevents the device music from leaking out at the same.
Both Sennheiser CX 500BT, and JBL Wave Buds have passive noise reduction which means that both limit ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
The JBL Wave Buds driver unit is 8mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass. The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, the unit size dictates the loudness of the earbuds.
The JBL Wave Buds's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device generates low recognizable frequencies and if it alters the signal while at it.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest frequency is at 5Hz, this means that Sennheiser CX 500BT make sound with a juicier bass than the JBL Wave Buds
JBL Wave Buds's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well an audio device produces high human frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal while at it.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest frequency is at 21000Hz, this means that Sennheiser CX 500BT produce a clearer and crispier treble than the JBL Wave Buds
SPL, 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.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's sound pressure level measurement is 94dB/mW. How loud something is can be perceived differently by different people, so we need to have a way of getting a standard measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
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 usually given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's battery life is equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds . Every 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 no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and JBL Wave Buds's case has a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's charging case has a battery life of 16 hours, less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 8 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Wave Buds's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
JBL Wave Buds's battery power is 47mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can keep.
JBL Wave Buds have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights display the charging status of your earbuds and charging case.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or the battery is running low.
JBL Wave Buds use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
JBL Wave Buds have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sennheiser CX 500BT has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
JBL Wave Buds have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sennheiser CX 500BT 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. 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 fine with your MacBook. If you are planning 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 Sennheiser CX 500BT 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).
Sennheiser CX 500BT support APTX Adaptive as well which implies that both can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as reducing interference from other devices.
The JBL Wave Buds have 2 microphones.
While the Sennheiser CX 500BT microphones are 4, more than that of JBL Wave Buds by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The JBL Wave Buds use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a noise-canceling microphone. This is useful in noisy environments.
JBL Wave Buds microphone sensitivity is measured at -38dBV/Pa. The vastness of the analog or digital output signal from the microphone with its input stimulus is a measure of its sensitivity. It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can recognize.
The Sennheiser CX 500BT's highest mic frequency is 10000Hz, high frequencies are better for recording treble. The highest mic frequency of a microphone is defined as its upper limiting frequency.
Sennheiser CX 500BT's lowest mic frequency is 100Hz, low frequencies are better for picking up bass. The lowest mic frequency of a microphone is defined as its lower limiting frequency.
JBL Wave Buds support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard even while wearing them
The Sennheiser CX 500BT support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a run but still want to hear traffic.
The JBL Wave Buds have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too support in/on-ear detection, automatically pauses your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears saving battery life.
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the JBL Wave Buds support the find earbuds feature.
Sennheiser CX 500BT also have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the device app on your phone to play an alarm from your device to help you find them.
JBL Wave Buds support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the time it takes to charge a device.
Also the Sennheiser CX 500BT too support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, only that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
JBL Wave Buds support multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you connect 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 Sennheiser CX 500BT too have this function. It means that you are in position turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
The JBL Wave Buds, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
Sennheiser CX 500BT also have a control panel on them.
Sennheiser CX 500BT 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.
JBL Wave Buds have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
Sennheiser CX 500BT also support voice prompts meaning the earbuds notifies you when the battery is low, and it's time to recharge the earbuds.
The JBL Wave Buds come with their own special pouch. Carrying earbuds openly, or putting them in your pockets without a cover may easily damage them.
Sennheiser CX 500BT too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.