JBL Live Free 2See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.5 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 Live Free 2||JLab Go Air|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX5||ip44|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||8mm|
|sound pressure level||102db/mw||103db/mw|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||28hours||15hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✗|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||2only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✗|
|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 rating of protection given by an enclosure, against solids and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number 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).
Scoring IP44, the JLab Go Air's rating is read as, the first value of 4 denotes that they are protected against objects greater than 1.0mm such as wire, 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 JLab Go Air, JBL Live Free 2 have a rating of IPX5 meaning that no data available to specify a protection rating and that of liquids is that, JBL Live Free 2 has a higher liquid rating than JLab Go Air
JLab Go Air have a weight of 10g . We consider a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are easier to transport.
The JBL Live Free 2, at 9.8g weigh less than the JLab Go Air by -0.2g
True wireless devices have no wires connecting any part of the device together, JLab Go Air are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a major distinction since wireless earbuds have wires connecting the pair of earbuds together.
JBL Live Free 2 also is true wireless since it has no wires linking the pair of earbuds .
JLab Go Air are resistant to sweat
JBL Live Free 2's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
JLab Go Air have stereo speakers, what this means is that JLab Go Air's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The JBL Live Free 2 also have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of more advanced technology to actively cancel noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern of incoming noise and inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero hence "diluting" the noise.
The JBL Live Free 2 have Active Noise Cancellation allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue since you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background sounds.
The JLab Go Air sit tightly in place, this creates an acoustic seal that tones down your environment noise and also prevents the earbuds voice audio from leaking out at the same.
Both JBL Live Free 2, and JLab Go Air have passive noise reduction which means that they reduce ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
The JLab Go Air have a unit size of 8mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the earbuds, the unit size corellates with the loudness of the earbuds.
JBL Live Free 2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of JLab Go Air by 3mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so it's true that, larger drivers are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not mean that they deliver better quality sound.
JLab Go Air's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
JBL Live Free 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices can produce equal bass
The JLab Go Air's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio device produces high recognizable frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal while at it.
JBL Live Free 2's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this implies that both devices generate equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, JLab Go Air's measurement is 103dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
JBL Live Free 2's sound pressure level measurement is 102dB/mW. The sound pressure level, something is can be taken differently by different people, so we need to have a way of getting an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
The JLab Go Air have neodymium magnets, if used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help generate music at quite a high sound pressure level, using high magnetic flux.
JLab Go Air's battery life is 5 hours, these last less 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.
JBL Live Free 2's battery life is more than that of JLab Go Air by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely 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 JLab Go Air's case has a charge of 15 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before having to recharge the case itself.
JBL Live Free 2's charging case has a battery life of 28 hours, more than that of JLab Go Air by 13 hours
It requires 1.5 hours to fully charge the JLab Go Air's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for long periods.
JLab Go Air's battery capacity is 43mAh, battery power, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
JLab Go Air have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the earbuds has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your earbuds and case.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you tell the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
JBL Live Free 2 have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
JLab Go Air have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JBL Live Free 2 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of JLab Go Air . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
JLab Go Air have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
JBL Live Free 2 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JLab Go Air
The JLab Go Air have 2 microphones.
The JBL Live Free 2 microphones are 6, more than that of JLab Go Air by 4 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the device to filter out noise.
JBL Live Free 2 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
JLab Go Air 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 sound that the microphone can pick up.
JBL Live Free 2 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound to still be heard even while wearing them
The JBL Live Free 2 support fast charging. Usually, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2 support multipoint of 2 connections, this 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.
JBL Live Free 2 have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
With the JLab Go Air, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a control panel on them.
The 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 JLab Go Air have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
JBL Live Free 2 too support voice prompts meaning the earbuds will notify you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
The JBL Live Free 2 come with a special pouch. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them in your pockets without a cover can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.