JBL Live Free 2See price on Amazon
Overall Score 5.5 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 Live Free 2||Sony WF C500|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX5||ipX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||11mm||5.8mm|
|sound pressure level||102db/mw||✗|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||28hours||10hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||9meters|
|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 dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value means protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquids (water).
Having a value of IPX4, the Sony WF C500'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.
In comparison to the Sony WF C500, 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, JBL Live Free 2 has a higher liquid rating than Sony WF C500
The Sony WF C500 have a weight of 10.8g . We take in account a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
The JBL Live Free 2, at 9.8g weigh less than the Sony WF C500 with a difference -1g
For a device to be true wireless it should have no cables connecting any part of the device together, Sony WF C500 are true wireless for this case since they don't have cables. This is an important difference as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the 2 earbuds .
JBL Live Free 2 also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables connecting the pair of earbuds together.
Sony WF C500 have sweat resistance
JBL Live Free 2's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Sony WF C500 have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both JBL Live Free 2 and Sony WF C500 have stereo speakers
ANC utilises more advanced kind of tech to reduce ambient sounds. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and generates a mirror signal to counter it. Simply put, it's like having +1 (sound from your surrounding) and adding -1 (inverted noise) giving zero thus "diluting" the noise.
JBL Live Free 2 have ANC enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, causing less ear fatigue since you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background noise.
Sony WF C500 stay well in place, this creates an acoustic covering that tones down background sounds well as preventing the earbuds music from leaking out at the same.
Both JBL Live Free 2, and Sony WF C500 have passive noise reduction this means that both reduce ambient noise without using ANC to cancel it out.
Sony WF C500 driver unit is 5.8mm in diameter, bigger drivers are 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 Sony WF C500 by 5.2mm , 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 are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not indicate that they produce better quality sound.
The Sony WF C500's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular 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 implies that both devices can make sound with equal bass
Sony WF C500's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well an audio component makes high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
JBL Live Free 2's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this means that both devices produce equal treble
SPL, is the pressure level of sound, 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.
Sony WF C500 have neodymium magnets, if used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output while using less power. They can help produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, using high magnetic flux.
The Sony WF C500's battery life is 10 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average for a single charge. A device's battery life is commonly 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 Sony WF C500 by 3 hours . Every 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 manufacturer, and Sony WF C500's case is said to have a full charge of 10 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before recharging the case itself.
JBL Live Free 2's charging case has a battery life of 28 hours, more than that of Sony WF C500 by 18 hours
It requires 2.5 hours to fully charge the Sony WF C500's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for extended periods.
Sony WF C500 have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging status of your device and case.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you tell the charging state of your earbuds, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
The Sony WF C500 use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
JBL Live Free 2 too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Sony WF C500 have Bluetooth version of 5, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement 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 Sony WF C500 . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Sony WF C500 have a 9meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
JBL Live Free 2 have a maximum range of 10meters, longer than that of Sony WF C500 by 1meters
Sony WF C500 support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because 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 Sony WF C500 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 Sony WF C500 have 2 microphones.
While the JBL Live Free 2 microphones are 6, more than that of Sony WF C500 by 4 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The JBL Live Free 2 have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to filter out background sounds from the desired sound.
The JBL Live Free 2 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing them
The Sony WF C500 support fast charging. Usually, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to charge the earbuds.
Also the JBL Live Free 2 support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery fills up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
JBL Live Free 2 support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can seemlessly switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
Sony WF C500 have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The JBL Live Free 2 too have this function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but still hear the other party's voice.
With the Sony WF C500, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
The JBL Live Free 2 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 that has followed instruction manuals.
Sony WF C500 support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is an issue with the connection.
The JBL Live Free 2 too support voice prompts meaning the earbuds notifies you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
The Sony WF C500 come with their own special pouch. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them in your bag without a casing can easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
JBL Live Free 2 too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.