JBL LIVE 300TWS review – when even an active noise control is not needed

Content

  1. TECH SPECS
  2. Introduction
  3. “Barrel”
  4. “Ears”
  5. Ease of use
  6. “Shumodav”
  7. “About the sound”
  8. As a headset
  9. Working hours
  10. Impression

TECH SPECS

  • Weight: 67 grams
  • Speaker size: 5.6mm
  • Frequency: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Resistance: 16 Ohm
  • Bluetooth: version 5.0
  • Codecs: AAC, SBC
  • Batteries: 55 mAh in each earbud, 450 mAh in a case

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Introduction

The JBL brand has another headphone called LIVE 300TWS. At first I was skeptical about them: judging by the technical characteristics, there is nothing original and new, the design is familiar, the price is also in the spirit of the times – 8 rubles.

However, after listening to the 300TWS model for a long time, I was pleasantly surprised by some parameters and tricks. First, despite the fact that they do not have active noise cancellation, they still somehow cunningly prevent noise from entering your ear. The second is really powerful sound with deep low frequencies. Third – almost 8 hours of work at maximum volume.

Naturally, as with any device, the JBL LIVE 300TWS has its drawbacks. We will talk about this and other in this material.

“Barrel”

It is worth saying that the JBL brand does not deviate from its traditions: the gadget can be bought in four colors – white, blue, purple and black. I had black headphones on my hands and ears – the simplest and most inconspicuous color. I do not recommend it. Take better purple – a cool youth option for boys and girls. Both the case and the headphones will be the same color.

JBL LIVE 300TWS review - when even an active noise control is not needed

In my case, the case was more dark gray than black. By the way, now you need to be extremely careful when describing colors, otherwise you can inadvertently offend potential users. They will also think that I have a bad attitude towards black. Well, you get me 🙂 By the way, a lot of brands this week decided to tweak their logos with a rainbow flag. It seems to be nice. Pss, HARMAN, would you like some hype?

JBL LIVE 300TWS review - when even an active noise control is not needed

JBL LIVE 300TWS case is made of semi-glossy plastic. The assembly is strange: if you slightly press on the cover and open it, the inside of this cover will touch the headphones. They do not fall out, but they are somewhat uncertainly held in their places.

JBL LIVE 300TWS review - when even an active noise control is not needed

Below there is a USB-C connector with a case charge indicator. There is also a small LED under the cover and a mechanical button for pairing “ears” or resetting.

“Ears”

The earbuds are held tightly in their seats with magnets, they do not fall out even if the case is turned over. They are easy to remove, but it is not always convenient to install them back: the bow and the long sound channel touch the edges of the recess, and the magnets do not help the headphones to turn into the desired position. The first time I had to correct it, but then I began to put the headphones into place more accurately. It seems to me that there is a constructive flaw.

JBL LIVE 300TWS review - when even an active noise control is not neededJBL LIVE 300TWS review - when even an active noise control is not needed

The headphones have a familiar look. On the front side – touch area: on the left – TalkThru / Ambient aware and Google Assistant (Amazon Alexa); on the right – play / pause, rewind, volume control and call Siri / Bixby. And there are not only touches, but also forward / backward swipes.

JBL LIVE 300TWS review - when even an active noise control is not needed

On the inside there is an indicator of the headphone operating mode, a microphone, a proximity sensor (they took out the headphone – the music is paused, put it back – it plays again).

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Ease of use

It seemed to me that the 300TWS model has a rather long sound channel, which reaches almost to the very eardrum. I can’t attribute this to any pluses or minuses. The bow helps to better adhere to the auricle.

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The headphones do not fall out and fit snugly in their seats. But after more than two hours, my auricle begins to experience discomfort. However, the same thing happens with Huawei Freebuds 3i, and sometimes even with the usual third version.

“Shumodav”

Of course, it’s bad that the JBL LIVE 300TWS does not have active noise cancellation, since for 8 rubles it could already be built in there. However, I was extremely surprised by the super powerful passive noise isolation:

  • The street. Almost nothing is heard
  • Train. Faintly audible the booming noise and clanking of the carriage wheels
  • Metro. Noise is audible, but not as loud as in any other headphone of this type. Even the music volume level can be kept within 60-80%.

Naturally, it is not worth comparing with an active “noise reduction”, but these are the first test headphones in my memory, which perfectly cope with external sounds using passive isolation.

“About the sound”

Driver diameter 5.8 mm, frequency 20 Hz – 20 kHz.

The headphone volume is very high. I almost never twisted more than 80%, even when traveling on the subway. There is no distortion at 100% volume.

The frequency response is raised at low frequencies. By ear, this is about 40 – 60 Hz, that is, it is mainly midbass. Probably, many will like this sound, since the lower bass is quite moderate.

JBL LIVE 300TWS review - when even an active noise control is not needed

The upper middle plays well, the voice is transmitted without problems (both male and female parts). Upper high moderate.

I’m not sure if JBL LIVE 300TWS is suitable for classical music. Mainly for popular or electronic music.

If you make comparisons: Huawei FreeBuds 3i has slightly less low frequencies, but more high frequencies; Harman / Kardon FLY also has fewer lows, but better mids and highs; the JBL 220 TWS has a better volume, but bass and treble are easier.

I did not observe any connection breaks.

To use headphones, you need the JBL Headphones app. There it is easy to adjust the “ears” for yourself. In addition, there is an equalizer. It is not the best in terms of changing the sound, but you can still delve into it.

As a headset

The lead earpiece is right here. If you want to use the 300TWS as a headset, use the right one. In addition, the music will also play in this case only in the right.

The voice is transmitted loudly, legibly and clearly, but some electronic overtones are heard. Below is a dictaphone recording. The phones were on the same network, both supported high quality HD.

Sample audio recording (MP3) >>>

Working hours

Each earbud houses a 55 mAh battery. The case contains a 450 mAh battery.

60% – 80% headphones work up to 8 hours! Talk time – up to 5 hours. The case can be charged approximately 3 times. In general, one charge of the case and headphones will be enough for you for the whole week.

Impression

If you are looking for cute and unusual headphones, then this is definitely not about the JBL LIVE 300TWS. In addition, they have a somewhat indistinct body design. JBL TUNE 220TWS will help you here.

However, if you’re looking for headphones with great lows, good mids, and confident highs, then the 300TWS is the go-to headphone. In addition, they work for a very long time, transmit voice without problems.

Another unusual feature is super-duper passive soundproofing. When I was in the subway, I did not believe that this model can cope with such high decibels.

JBL LIVE 300TWS review - when even an active noise control is not needed

The cost of JBL LIVE 300TWS is 8 rubles. For this money, it is quite possible to purchase Huawei FreeBuds 000i with active noise cancellation. But it also has its own nuances.

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