Two wireless headsets operated using Bluetooth technology manufactured by the pioneers in the field, JBL, are JBL Live 500BT and JBL Live 650BTNC. The 500BT model comes at a price of 7K INR and the 650BT model with an extra noise-canceling feature comes at 10K INR. Here we compare the design, battery, sound quality and connectivity features of the JBL 500BT and JBL650BTmodels.

Comparison

Features JBL 500BT JBL 650BTNC
Design Over the ear Over the ear
Active Noise Cancellation No Yes
TalkThru &Ambient Aware Technology Yes No
Multi Point Connectivity Yes(2 devices) Yes(2 devices)
Battery Life Upto 30 hours Upto 30 hours without ANC & upto 20 hours with ANC & Bluetooth On.
Full Recharging time 2 hours 2 hours
Quick Recharge Yes. 15 mins charge for 2 hours use. Yes. 15 mins charge for 2 hours use.
audio driver unit 50mm 40mm
Price 7K 10K
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JBL Live 500BT vs JBL Live 650BTNC Comparison of Headphones

Design

  • Both the models from JBL have stereo speakers.  Therefore they can deliver rich sound from channels on both sides of the headphone.
  • The 650BTNC and the 500BT models have over the ear design with comfortable earcups that enclose the ears. This over the ear design helps in noise-canceling or noise isolation preventing leakage of music and entering external noise spoiling your music listening experience. This means improved bass and loudness for the 650BTNC.
  • Both the wireless headsets have detachable cables.
  • The Live 650BTNC is slightly heavier than the Live500BT.
  • The lack of sweat resistance feature makes it impossible to use for working out in Gyms.
  • Both models have foldable design making it easier for transport and it consumes less storage space.
  • These 2 models are one of the best available around the 10K price range.
  • They have earpads for comfortable wearing.
  • Neither headsets are weather sealed making it difficult for external usage.
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Sound Quality

  • The 650BTNC model has an active noise canceling feature. The headset can cancel out the external noise signals by producing opposite signals that cancel out the noise. So you will be able to listen to music at lower volumes preventing ear fatigue. You will have to be careful however if you use it during heavy traffic roads.
  • Both headsets have 20000Hz as the highest frequency rating meaning they have clear and crisp treble.
  • The 650BTNC model has slightly better bass owing to a lower lowest frequency rating of 16Hz  compared to the 18Hz of 500BT.
  • The 500BT has a higher sound pressure level of 108dB/mW compared to the 100dB/mW of 650BTNC meaning it provides slightly louder sound.
  • Both models have the same impedance of 32 ohms meaning you get the same volume at the same power.
  • The 500BT uses a slightly bigger 50mm audio driver unit. The 650BTNC uses a 40mm driver unit.

Power

  • JBL Live 500BT and JBL Live 650BTNC both use powerful 700mAh batteries.
  • JBL Live 500BT has a battery life of 33 hours and the JBL Live 650BT has a battery life of 30 hours on a full charge of the battery.
  • It would require 2 hours to fully recharge the battery of both the headsets.
  • Both headphones have battery level indicators.

Connectivity

  • Both wireless headphone models use Bluetooth version 4.2 for connecting with smartphones.
  • When the battery is completely discharged, you will be able to use it as a wired headset. It uses a generic 3.5mm male connector.
  • They have a built-in microphone connecting phone calls. The headphones have a control panel on the device itself. You will be able to control the volume and change the tracks using the buttons on the headsets itself.
  • Both headsets use voice prompts to indicate battery level. You will be able to use the functions of the device by using voice commands.
  • You can tap the earcup to access Amazon Alexa, Siri, etc.
  •  The JBL500BT has ambient aware and talk thru technologies enabled.
  • Both devices have multipoint connectivity up to 2 devices at the same time.
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Verdict

Why JBL Live 650BTNC is better?

  • Jbl Live 650BTNC has the lowest low-frequency rating means it has slightly better bass than the JBL Live 500BT.
  • The 650BTNC has active noise canceling features.

 

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