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JBL LIVE 650BTNC Over-Ear Wireless Headphones w/ Active Noise Cancellation

MSRP 200 USDNEX score 67%

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Product Overview

JBL LIVE 650BTNC is a sleek set of over-ear wireless headphones with active noise cancellation. It shares the same 40mm drivers with the LIVE 400BT and the same 30h battery life of the LIVE 500BT with ANC off.
With the ANC on, the 650BTNC delivers 20 hours of play time. Its active noise cancellation makes it possible to immersive oneself in the music, with ambient noise filtered out.
Like other models in JBL's LIVE-series, voice assistants such as Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are supported. All settings can be adjusted via the all-new JBL App.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Comfortable, comfortable design
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands
  • Comfortable earpads
Cons
  • Not as comfortable as competitors

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 67% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Good noise-cancelling
  • Powerful audio performance
Cons
  • Disappointing low-frequency response
  • No multi-point connectivity
  • No wireless charging
  • Not as comfortable as competing models
  • Not as comfortable as Bose and Sony
  • No dedicated touch controls
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
3.5mm, USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.2

Construction

Battery | Capacity
700mAh Lithium-ion polymer (3.7V)
Cable
120 cm
Colors
Black, White, Blue + Customizable
Drivers
40 mm
Form Factor
Over-ear wireless headphones
Headphone Type
Closed, Dynamic
Material
PU Leather Ear Cushion

Dimensions

Weight
249 g

Function

Bluetooth Profiles
HFP v1.6, A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.5
Fast Charging
15 minutes for 2 hours play time
Noise Cancellation
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
30h ANC off / 20h ANC on
Charging Time
2 h
Frequency Response
20Hz - 20kHz
Impedance
32 ohms
Sensitivity
100 dB

Production

Availability
2019-05
Debut
2019 CES

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 68%
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)
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Works with multiple devices
Cons
  • Not as comfortable as competing models
  • No multi-point connectivity

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
Plush leather padding makes for comfortable listening. Power, volume, play/pause, Bluetooth pairing, and noise-canceling buttons are on the right earcup. Tapping the outside of the left earcup accesses Google Assistant or Alexa. JBL offers a one-year warranty on defective parts and workmanship.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great sound quality
  • Excellent noise-canceling
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No dedicated touch controls

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 73%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
Bass lovers will enjoy the powerful lows the JBL Live 650BTNC can conjure. The built-in mic offers excellent clarity and the voice assistant tie-ins are useful. For $200, you're getting a lot for your money, though you can find stronger audio and better noise cancellation elsewhere.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance
  • Comfortable fit
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Built-in mic
Cons
  • Low-frequency hiss
  • Noise cancellation could be better

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The JBL Live 650BTNC are one of the most comfortable headphones we've tested. They fold up and flat for travel and come with a cloth pouch. The only touchpad control is on the left earcup and it's used to activate your voice assistant of choice. Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa worked as expected but we found that it was too easy to trigger them accidentally by brushing up against the touchpad.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good noise-cancelling
Cons
  • Not as comfortable as Bose and Sony
  • No wireless charging

whathifi[5]

Sentiment Score 48%
Reviewers from whathifi have found the following***:
JBL's Live 650BTNCs use Bluetooth 4.2 for wireless connectivity. Powered by a couple of 40mm full-range drivers with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz. Battery is 700mAh, which should be good for around 20 hours of listening with noise-cancellation switched on, or 30 hours with it off.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Impressive noise-cancelling
  • Easy-to-use controls
Cons
  • Disappointing low-frequency response
  • Droning bass

User Reviews

References

1. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC review: An excellent noise-canceling headphone for less. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/jbl-live-650btnc-review/. 2019-04-15. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC Review. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/jbl-live-650btnc-review/. 2019-04-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/jbl-live-650btnc. 2019-03-28. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/jbl-live-650btnc. 2019-03-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ JBL Live 650BTNC review. [whathifi]. https://www.whathifi.com/reviews/jbl-live-650btnc. 2020-05-19. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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