JBL Live Free 2See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Powerbeats ProSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 4.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Live Free 2||Powerbeats Pro|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IPX5||IPX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✗||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||12mm|
|sound pressure level||102dB/mW||✗|
|battery life of charging case||28hours||24hours|
|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 offered by an enclosure, against solids and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the Powerbeats Pro's rating is read as, the first value of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the Powerbeats Pro, JBL Live Free 2 have a rating of IPX5 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, Powerbeats Pro has a lower liquid rating than JBL Live Free 2
The Powerbeats Pro have a weight of 20.3g . We take in account a lower weight best because lighter devices are easier to transport.
JBL Live Free 2, at 9.8g weigh less than the Powerbeats Pro with a difference -10.5g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables linking any part of the device together, Powerbeats Pro are true wireless for this matter since they don't have wires. This is a key distinction as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the two earbuds .
JBL Live Free 2 also is true wireless since it has no wires connecting the two earbuds together.
Powerbeats Pro have wingtips, these are commonly used for earbuds for workouts and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Powerbeats Pro have sweat resistance
JBL Live Free 2's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use during long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
The Powerbeats Pro are both dustproof and water-resistant.
Powerbeats Pro have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both JBL Live Free 2 and Powerbeats Pro have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation utilises more advanced technology to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. How it works, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (noise) then producing -1 (counter sound by the device) to make zero resulting in a reduced level of noise.
JBL Live Free 2 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the device volume to overcome background sounds.
Powerbeats Pro stay well in place, this creates a sound covering that reduces background noise well as preventing the earbuds music from leaking out at the same.
Both JBL Live Free 2, and Powerbeats Pro have passive noise reduction this means that they tone down ambient noise instead of actively using ANC to cancel it out.
The Powerbeats Pro have a unit size of 12mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
A driver unit is the component that produces sound in the earbuds, its size determines the loudness of the earbuds.
JBL Live Free 2 driver unit is 11mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Powerbeats Pro by 1mm , a common assumption that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers find it difficult to produce high frequencies so yes, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not imply that they deliver better quality sound.
Powerbeats Pro's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it alters the signal while at it.
JBL Live Free 2's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that Powerbeats Pro can produce a juicier bass than the JBL Live Free 2
JBL Live Free 2's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device makes high human frequencies and if it changes to the signal while at it.
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 Powerbeats Pro's battery life is 9 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. 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.
JBL Live Free 2's battery life is less than that of Powerbeats Pro by 2 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not 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 Powerbeats Pro's case is said to have a full charge of 24 hours. A charging case with more battery hours enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple 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 Powerbeats Pro by 4 hours
It takes 0.7 hours to fully charge the Powerbeats Pro's battery. It is recommended to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for extended periods.
The Powerbeats Pro have a battery level indicator, an indicator alerts you when the device has a low battery. Its lights display the charging status of your device and charging case.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
JBL Live Free 2 use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Powerbeats Pro have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JBL Live Free 2 has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of Powerbeats Pro . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Powerbeats Pro have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
JBL Live Free 2 have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Powerbeats Pro
Powerbeats Pro 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 Powerbeats Pro 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.
The Powerbeats Pro have 2 microphones.
JBL Live Free 2 microphones are 6, more than that of Powerbeats Pro by 4 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the device to filter out noise.
The JBL Live Free 2 have a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are made to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
The JBL Live Free 2 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises to still be heard even when wearing them
The Powerbeats Pro support fast charging. Most often, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the time it takes to charge a device.
Also the JBL Live Free 2 support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
JBL Live Free 2 have a multipoint of 2 connections, this 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 Live Free 2 have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
With the Powerbeats Pro, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2 too have a control panel on them.
The JBL Live Free 2 support voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
Powerbeats Pro come with a special pouch. Carrying earphones without a case, or putting them inside your pockets without a cover may easily damage them.
JBL Live Free 2 also have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.