Tests JBL Live Pro + TWS Fully Wireless Headphones – Versatile functions and good sound with tuning

JBL has already released several full wireless in-ear headphones. The latest additions include the Live Pro + model, which represents the top end of the manufacturer. The features are modern, with both anti-noise function and wireless charging. The use requires a little tuning, but the end result proved gratifying.

The JBL collection includes full wireless headphones at reasonable prices up to the upper middle class. The Live Pro + TWS, which have now been tested, introduced at the beginning of the year and arrived in stores in the late spring, represent the top of the manufacturer’s collection with a recommended price of 179 euros. The headphones on sale are available in four colors: as in the test black, but also in pink, white and beige.

The JBL collection also includes slightly older Club Pro + TWS headphones in the price range of less than a couple hundred, but also the brand new Tour Pro + TWS model. The latter are in-ear models, but the test model is an Apple AirPods-like headset with a short arm outside the ear.

In addition to Apple’s AirPods and the manufacturer’s own selection, the competition can be found in the form of Huawei Freebuds Pro and Jabra Elite 75t models, for example.

JBL markets its latest model with three features: wireless charging, adaptive anti-noise, and the ability to use headphones paired to two different devices at the same time.

The matte black charging case of the headphones is reasonably compact and fits comfortably in a jeans pocket as well, although a slightly thinner design would be comfortable with this use. The casing is conventional in nature, but the deck structure feels a little unnecessarily lightweight. There is a spring on the cover that pulls it shut, but during the approximately three-week test run, the cover accidentally opened a few times. The lid gets a little swayed when open. The low-key surface finish is delicate for wear, as it quickly becomes polished.

Fortunately, the buttons are so firmly in the case that they do not accidentally fall easily from there. However, the headphones are easy to pick up from the case, as the angled arm provides a good grip.

The JBL Live Pro + TWS headphones fit firmly in my ear at least. The user is offered as many as five different sizes of silicone earplugs. The medium-sized option sat best in my own ear.

The ear can be placed comfortably and easily with the actual shape. The headphones stayed well in the ear also in motion, but when the ear sweats, the buttons slowly rise out – so not the best solution for active fitness, but for outdoor use. The headphones have an IPX4 rating, so they are splash-proof, which means that they are also suitable for sweating. The headphones did not cause listening fatigue particularly quickly, so the structure and fit can be considered functional.

The headphones were paired with both Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra and OnePlus Nord CE 5G phones. Switching between devices required, in practice, from time to time to be unpaired and re-paired in order to use the headphones.

To enable and take full advantage of the headset’s features, you need to install the My JBL Headphones application. It also guides you through the selection phase to select the right size adapter and the right fit with test tones.

You can also use the application to select the preferred Bluetooth connection method for the headset. The default setting (Normal) uses the most modest SBC codec. However, the test basically used Audio or Video mode. The former strives to provide the best available quality with the AAC codec, the latter to minimize audio delays. Between the latter, yes, there didn’t seem to be any real impact on Android use, or at least it was negligible. The delay was generally longer than usual. Switching between modes also takes several seconds, so using them isn’t always daring.

With My JBL Headphones, you can also edit functions in a variety of ways.

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By default, the JBL Live Pro + TWS headphones can also be controlled in many ways via buttons. A single tap on the right handset starts / stops playback or a call, a double tap taps to change a song, a triple tap to go to the previous song, and a combination of tap and long press activates the voice assistant or rejects the call.

The left headset also has even more functions. Tap once to change the anti-noise mode (ANC / transparency / off), double-tap to start and stop TalkThru mode. However, if this seems confusing or excessive, you can customize the functions in a variety of ways to suit your own use.

The presses are delivered well and you also hear a beep. The operation itself is a bit slow, as playback may stop or start only a few seconds after you press it. You can pause or start playback by removing the button from your ear – which often seemed like the most immediate course of action.

JBL Live Pro + TWS headphones are not cheap, and the TWS model has large 11 mm elements, so you can expect a lot from the sound. First and foremost, the headphones felt a bit stale, or at least unnecessarily unbalanced, especially in the mid-range, and there isn’t quite the desired kick in the bass either.

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Fortunately, this was not quite the whole truth. My JBL Headphones come in a very significant way here.

A versatile and significantly influencing EQ is used to adjust the sound. There are three ready-made presets, from which Vocal does exactly what it promises, ie clarifies the singing sounds. This will give you a good tip as a basis for your own tone editing. Even a short listening to a different material makes it reasonably effortless to create a preset that suits your own taste, with which the sound is already quite pleasant.

It’s also gratifying that using the anti-noise feature doesn’t make the sound unnecessarily unnatural, even though it eats up the midrange naturalness and brightens the top end. Still, these buttons don’t achieve quite the same musical end result as, say, Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 headphones can. In its price and size range, the performance is still very good.

The microphones are placed at the end of the headphone arm, ie as close to the mouth as possible. The microphone did work very well, and there were no complaints from the other party about the sound.

The anti-noise function is an adaptive model in the JBL Live Pro + TWS headphones, and a variety of operating modes are available. The Everyday mode is intended for general use, the Travel mode aims to cut specifically the background noise of an airplane or train, and the Active mode is aimed at outdoor activities.

The headphones have still not been tested in active travel use, but based on a few weeks of use, a clear picture of the functionality of the anti-noise function has also emerged. The overall impression is therefore positive.

The anti-noise function is most likely to bite into the low-frequency background noise, which the headphones manage to fade out very comfortably. As headphones, JBL Live Pro + succeeds quite reasonably even with midrange sounds, but the highest sounds are already a much bigger challenge. The buttons don’t quite fit the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2, for example, which clearly lags behind the Bose QuietComfort EarBuds in this respect – although both of them are clearly a notch more expensive.

In addition, there are two different listening modes that allow the sounds of the environment to pass: Ambient Aware and TalkThru. The first of these is suitable for moving around the city, for example, as the sounds of the environment get through better, while the low sounds are emphasized during playback. In TalkThru mode, the sound almost disappears into the background music so that the conversation can be successful even with the headphones on – even this works, but in a way you can’t specifically encourage.

The manufacturer promises a comfortable seven hours of headphone use with back noise. This was true, as time was still up a quarter with a good Bluetooth connection and moderate volume. The use of counter-noise did not seem to vaccinate time very severely. An additional charge of 21 more hours is promised from the case. Battery life can be considered very good.

The case is charged via the USB-C connection, but also via a Qi-compatible wireless charging platform. From almost zero to full, the case charged in just over an hour and a half.

As a whole, the JBL Live Pro + TWS headphones proved to be a pleasant acquaintance. The fit in one’s own ear was good, partly due to the large selection of adapters. The anti-noise function is also really great in this price range of in-ear headphones – especially with its versatile functionality. With the default settings, the sound quality falls slightly short of expectations, but in My JBL Headphones you can customize it exceptionally well, and at the same time to suit your own taste. The end result is pleasing in this respect as well.

The compact case is also good, although its lid felt unnecessarily cumbersome and the surface was delicate to wear. Wireless charging brings convenience if the charging cradle is already available. The slightly confusing touch control can be smoked with the app.

Fully wireless in-ear headphones offer even more sophisticated sound, and more powerful counter noise, but not in the same package, and especially in this price range. So the JBL Live Pro + TWS headphones offer complete value for money.

Good

  • Adequate battery life and convenient wireless charging
  • Versatile features
  • Comfortable fit
  • Effective counter-noise

Bad

  • Housing structure
  • Default sound relative to button abilities

Specifications JBL Live Pro + TWS

  • Price: 179 €
  • Element: 11 millimeters
  • Reported frequency response: 20 Hz to 20 kHz
  • Battery: 55 mAh (headphone), 500 mAh (housing)
  • Download: USB-C, Qi
  • Weight: 5 grams / button, 49.5 g case
  • Connection: Bluetooth 5.0
  • Best supported codecs: SBC, AAC
  • Anti – noise function: On
  • Battery life (indicated): 7 h (with back noise) 21 h (charging case)
  • Color options: Black, pink, white and beige

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