OnePlus Buds Z2See price on Amazon
Overall Score 6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
JBL Live Free 2See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||OnePlus Buds Z2||JBL Live Free 2|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ip55||ipX5|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||11mm|
|sound pressure level||✗||102db/mw|
|battery life of charging case||31hours||28hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||6only||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|
Ingress protection ratings refer to the level of protection offered by an enclosure, against solids and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids such as dust, while the second refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Scoring IP55, the OnePlus Buds Z2's rating for solids indicates 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 medium pressure jet that's 6.3mm diameter, similar to garden hose from any angle for 3 minutes at a distance of 2.5 to 3 metres.
Compared to the OnePlus Buds Z2, 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, they both have the same rating against liquids
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have a weight of 9g . We prefer a lower weight best because lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
JBL Live Free 2, at 9.8g are heavier than the OnePlus Buds Z2 by of 0.8g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables connecting any part of the device together, OnePlus Buds Z2 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 2 earbuds together.
JBL Live Free 2 also is true wireless because it has no wires connecting the two earbuds together.
OnePlus Buds Z2 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
OnePlus Buds Z2 have stereo speakers, what this means is that OnePlus Buds Z2's speakers deliver sound from separate 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
Active noise cancellation uses more advanced kind of tech to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and then generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) then adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have ANC allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, good for your ears since you don't have to crank up the device volume to overcome background noise.
The JBL Live Free 2 too have Active Noise Cancellation making both earbuds ideal for flights and rush hour travels. The OnePlus Buds Z2 and JBL Live Free 2 work with different noise cancellation modes, pick the mode that you prefer for commute or that suites your chill time.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 sit tightly in place, this creates an acoustic seal that tones down background sounds and also prevents the earbuds voice audio from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction this implies that both reduce ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
The driver unit is the component that makes sound in the earbuds, the unit size corellates with the loudness of the device.
JBL Live Free 2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, making both devices similar in how loud their sound can get , 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 mean that they produce better quality sound.
The OnePlus Buds Z2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device generates low audible frequencies and if it alters the signal on its way through.
JBL Live Free 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices make sound with equal bass
The OnePlus Buds Z2's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio component generates high human frequencies and if it changes to the signal on its way through.
JBL Live Free 2's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this means that both devices produce equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, measured in decibels, dB, JBL Live Free 2's measurement is 102dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The OnePlus Buds Z2's battery life is 7 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 longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
JBL Live Free 2's battery life is equal to that of the OnePlus Buds Z2 . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
This is given by the vendor, and the OnePlus Buds Z2's case is said to have a charge of 31 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before having to recharge the case itself.
JBL Live Free 2's charging case has a battery life of 28 hours, less than that of OnePlus Buds Z2 by 3 hours
It takes 1.5 hours to fully charge the OnePlus Buds Z2's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
OnePlus Buds Z2's battery power is 40mAh, battery capacity, shows the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. Its lights indicate the charging state of your device and charging case.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a battery level indicator, these enable you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or the battery is running low.
OnePlus Buds Z2 use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
JBL Live Free 2 too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 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.
JBL Live Free 2 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the OnePlus Buds Z2 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
OnePlus Buds Z2 have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
JBL Live Free 2 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the OnePlus Buds Z2
OnePlus Buds Z2 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 OnePlus Buds Z2 will work well with your iPhone. 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 OnePlus Buds Z2 have 6 microphones.
The JBL Live Free 2 microphones are 6, equal to that of the OnePlus Buds Z2 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The JBL Live Free 2 too have a noise-canceling type of microphone. Especially useful in noisy areas.
JBL Live Free 2 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient sound to still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
The OnePlus Buds Z2 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the earbuds can detect when they are removed from your ears .
If lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the OnePlus Buds Z2 have a find earbuds feature.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device.
Also the JBL Live Free 2 support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
JBL Live Free 2 have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 have a mute function, they have the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2 too support the mute function. The mute function means that you can turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party talk.
The OnePlus Buds Z2, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
JBL Live Free 2 also have a control panel on them.
The OnePlus Buds Z2 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
The JBL Live Free 2 too support voice prompts .i.e the device will notify you if the battery is running low, and it's time to recharge them.
OnePlus Buds Z2 come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them inside your pockets without a casing can easily damage them.
JBL Live Free 2 also have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.