JBL Wave BudsSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 7.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Ultimate Ears Drops
Overall Score 6.0 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Wave Buds||Ultimate Ears Drops|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||IP54||✗|
|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||8mm||9.2mm|
|sound pressure level||100dB/mW||110dB/mW|
|battery life of charging case||24hours||9hours|
|has wireless charging||✗||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|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||✓||✓|
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Ingress protection ratings is the rank of protection given by an enclosure, against dust and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value represents protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IP54, the JBL Wave Buds'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 low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
The JBL Wave Buds have a weight of 9g . We prefer a lower weight best for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to carry.
True wireless devices have no cables linking any part of the device together, Ultimate Ears Drops are true wireless for this matter since they have no wires. This is an important difference since wireless earbuds have cables linking the 2 earbuds together.
JBL Wave Buds also is true wireless because it has no cables linking the two earbuds together.
Ultimate Ears Drops have wingtips, these are reserved for workout earbuds and come as an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Ultimate Ears Drops have sweat resistance
JBL Wave Buds's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use during long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
Ultimate Ears Drops are both dustproof and water-resistant.
Ultimate Ears Drops 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.
The JBL Wave Buds also have stereo speakers
ANC makes use of more advanced kind of tech to actively cancel noise. How it works, it studies the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and generates a mirror signal to counter it. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (sound from your surrounding) and producing -1 (counter sound by the device) to make 0 thus "diluting" the noise.
The JBL Wave Buds have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, good for your ears since you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background noise.
Ultimate Ears Drops stay tightly in place, creating a sound covering that tones down your environment noise and also prevents the device voice audio from leaking out at the same.
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which implies that they tone down ambient noise without using technology to cancel it out.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a unit size of 9.2mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device, its size determines the loudness of the device.
JBL Wave Buds driver unit is 8mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 1.2mm , 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 can generate louder sound, but this does not indicate that they deliver better quality sound.
The Ultimate Ears Drops's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well a particular audio component produces low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal on its way through.
JBL Wave Buds's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this means that both devices produce equal bass
Ultimate Ears Drops's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, high-frequency response indicates how well a particular audio component makes high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
JBL Wave Buds's highest frequency is at 20000Hz, this implies that both devices can produce equal treble
SPL, is the pressure level of sound, in decibels, dB, Ultimate Ears Drops's measurement is 110dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
JBL Wave Buds's sound pressure level measurement is 100dB/mW. How loud something is can be perceived differently by separate people, so we need to have the means to get a standard measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
The Ultimate Ears Drops's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. 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 Wave Buds's battery life is more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 2 hours . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the manufacturer, and the Ultimate Ears Drops's case has a full charge of 9 hours. A charging case with more battery hours allows you to recharge your earbuds on the go several times before recharging the case itself.
JBL Wave Buds's charging case has a battery life of 24 hours, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 15 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Wave Buds's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
JBL Wave Buds's battery power is 47mAh, battery power, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the device, you just put down on a compatible charging pad.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. Its lights show the charging status of your device and case.
JBL Wave Buds too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators enable you determine the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
Ultimate Ears Drops have USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power through a single cable.
JBL Wave Buds too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current electronics.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have Bluetooth version of 4.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JBL Wave Buds has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of Ultimate Ears Drops . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
JBL Wave Buds have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops
Ultimate Ears Drops support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Ultimate Ears Drops will work fine with your iPad. If you are planning on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The JBL Wave Buds 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.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
JBL Wave Buds support APTX Adaptive as well which means both can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio from other devices.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have 2 microphones.
The JBL Wave Buds microphones are 2, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops . More microphones record better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out background sounds.
The JBL Wave Buds have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce noise from the earbuds' sound.
The 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 sound that the microphone can pick up.
Ultimate Ears Drops support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient noises so that they can still be heard even when wearing them
The JBL Wave Buds support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to hear traffic.
JBL Wave Buds support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears .
If lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Ultimate Ears Drops support the find earbuds feature.
The JBL Wave Buds too have the find earbuds feature. You can use the device app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your device to help you locate them.
Ultimate Ears Drops support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to charge a device.
Also the JBL Wave Buds 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 is charged to 50% in 30 minutes.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a multipoint of 2 connections, this feature allows you to link to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
The JBL Wave Buds have a multipoint count of 2, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops . Bluetooth multipoint comes in handy when you can be on one call and not miss notifications coming from another connected device.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a mute function, they support the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The JBL Wave Buds too support the mute function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the earbuds.
The JBL Wave Buds too have a control panel on them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information via audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
The JBL Wave Buds too support voice prompts meaning the earbuds will notify you if the battery is low, and you need to recharge them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops come with their own special case. Carrying earphones openly, or putting them inside your pockets without a cover can easily damage them.
JBL Wave Buds also have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.