JBL LIVE 650BTNC Review Rundown

JBLPublished on 22 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*


Photo of JBL LIVE 650BTNC Over-Ear Wireless Headphones w/ Active Noise Cancellation
Neoscore* 70%
  • Comfortable, comfortable design
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands
  • Comfortable earpads
  • Not as comfortable as competitors


JBL Live 650BTNC are over-ear wireless noise-canceling headphones work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands. The built-in mic offers excellent clarity, and the headphones are quite comfortable.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.



Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
JBL's Live 650BTNC noise-canceling headphones cost $200. It's not quite as comfortable to wear as Bose's QuietComfort 35 II or the Sony WH-1000XM3. It works with your phone's voice assistant (Siri, Google Now, Bixby)
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  • Comfortable over-ear fit
  • Works with Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa
  • Not as comfortable as competing noise-canceling headphones


Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Digitaltrends have found the following[***]:
The JBL Live 650BTNC noise-canceling headphones are a great choice for those who refuse to tap into their savings account for musical satisfaction. Plush leather padding adorns the earcups' interior and headband for comfortable listening, and you can choose from three different colors, including white, blue with gold accents, or black on black. In terms of sound quality, there's little to complain about here.
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  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable, comfortable fit
  • Strong noise canceling performance
  • Nothing in particular


Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
JBL's $199.95 Live 650BTNC Bluetooth headphones feature a plethora of options, from noise cancellation and adjustable EQ, to support for Alexa and Google Assistant. They offer a bass-forward sound signature that you can tune to your liking, and merely average noise cancellation. The free JBL Headphones app is quite useful.
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  • Sleek, comfortable design
  • Alexa and Google Assistant support
  • Comfortable fit
  • Easy to use
  • EQ isn't as easy to use as it is on a smart speaker


Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
For $200 (£180, AU$250), the JBL Live 650BTNC are an excellent balance of sonic performance, battery life, features, and price. For half the price of what Sony and Bose charge, you get 80% of the performance. While ANC is not as good as the Bose and Sony, we did find it better than the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2.
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  • Powerful bass and bright highs
  • Excellent battery life
  • Comfortable, comfortable design
  • Doesn't support Alexa or Google Assistant


Sentiment Score[*] 61%
Reviewers from Whathifi have found the following[***]:
JBL Live 650BTNC over-ear wireless noise-cancelling headphones are JBL's attempt to occupy the middle ground. The plastics that much of the headphones are made from feel a bit cheap and slightly thin, but nevertheless they feel sturdy enough. The JBLs use Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity, and once the digital audio information is on board it's served up by a couple of 40mm full-range drivers.
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  • Impressive bass reproduction
  • Easy-to-use earpads
  • Comfortable fit
  • Nothing in particular


  1. 1. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC review: An excellent noise-canceling headphone for less. Cnet. 15 April 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  2. 2. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC Review. Digitaltrends. 17 April 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  3. 3. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC Review. Pcmag. 28 March 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  4. 4. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC review. Techradar. 29 March 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  5. 5. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC review. Whathifi. 19 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
  6. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  7. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  8. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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