JBL Wave BudsSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sony WF C500See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.3 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Wave Buds||Sony WF C500|
|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||5.8mm|
|sound pressure level||100dB/mW||✗|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||10hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||9meters|
|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|
Ingress protection ratings is the level of protection offered by a casing, against dust and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value refers to protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance 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 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, Sony WF C500 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 because lighter devices are easier to carry.
The Sony WF C500, at 10.8g weigh more than the JBL Wave Buds by of 1.8g
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together, JBL Wave Buds are true wireless for this matter since they don't have wires. This is an important difference since wireless earbuds have cables connecting the 2 earbuds together.
Sony WF C500 also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables connecting the pair of earbuds .
JBL Wave Buds have sweat resistance
Sony WF C500's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers, what this means is that JBL Wave Buds's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony WF C500 and JBL Wave Buds have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation makes use of advanced technology to reduce ambient sounds. How it works, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving 0 therefore "diluting" the noise.
JBL Wave Buds have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears as you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background noise.
JBL Wave Buds stay well in place, this creates an acoustic covering that tones down background noise well as preventing the earbuds sound from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which implies that they limit 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, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the earbuds, the unit size determines the sound made by the device.
Sony WF C500 driver unit is 5.8mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of JBL Wave Buds by 2.2mm , 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 yes, larger drivers are capable of generating 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 a particular audio component generates low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
Sony WF C500's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices produce equal bass
The JBL Wave Buds's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well a particular audio device produces high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
Sony WF C500's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices generate equal treble
SPL, is the pressure level of sound, 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.
Sony WF C500 have neodymium magnets, when used in earbuds produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help generate music at quite a high SPL, using 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.
Sony WF C500's battery life is more than that of JBL Wave Buds by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
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 a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
Sony WF C500's charging case has a battery life of 10 hours, less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 14 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Wave Buds's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
Sony WF C500 takes 2.5 hours to fully charge the battery, more 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 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 status of your device and charging case.
Sony WF C500 too have a battery level indicator, these allow you determine the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
JBL Wave Buds support USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Sony WF C500 too use USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
The JBL Wave Buds have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony WF C500 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.
Sony WF C500 have a maximum range of 9meters, less than that of JBL Wave Buds by 1meters
JBL Wave Buds support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide 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 Sony WF C500 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.
Sony WF C500 microphones are 2, equal to that of the JBL Wave Buds . More microphones record better sound quality and help the device to filter out noise.
The JBL Wave Buds use a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
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 calculation of its sensitivity. It's the 'loudness' of the voice that the earbud microphone can pick up.
The JBL Wave Buds support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound to still be heard even when wearing them
The JBL Wave Buds support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears .
When misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, the JBL Wave Buds support the find earbuds feature.
The JBL Wave Buds support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to fully charge a device.
Sony WF C500 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
JBL Wave Buds support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
JBL Wave Buds have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The Sony WF C500 also 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 easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
Sony WF C500 also have a control panel on them.
Sony WF C500 have a warranty period of 1 Years, the period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use following instruction manuals.
JBL Wave Buds support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
Sony WF C500 also support voice prompts .i.e the device will notify you when the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge the device.
JBL Wave Buds come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones openly, or placing them inside your pockets without a cover can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony WF C500 also have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.