JBL Live 500BT and Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT are two of the popular Bluetooth headsets coming under the price tag of 8000 INR. Coming from two of the pioneers of the field, neither products disappoint when it comes to delivering amazing audio experience. If you are confused about which one to buy, we are comparing the two models based on design, sound quality, battery life, and connectivity features.

Design

  • Both the headphones have stereo speakers on both sides of the headphones providing an enriching acoustic performance.
  • The over the ear design of the headphone gives them better isolation from external noise.
  • The lack of sweat-resistant features means neither can be used for working out.
  • JBL Live 500BT normally comes with a travel bag which is useful for safe transportation.
  • The foldable design of both headsets makes it easier to transport and occupy less storage space.
  • Neither models are weather sealed. So external use is not recommended especially if it’s going to rain.

Sound Quality

  • Sennheiser model has the highest frequency rating of 22000Hz and the JBL model has the highest frequency rating of 20000Hz. The difference of 2000Hz gives Sennheiser an edge over JBL in delivering clearer and crispier treble.
  • Both headsets come with the lowest frequency rating of 18Hz meaning they both produce equal levels of bass.
  • When supplied with the same audio source, Sennheiser produces louder sound because of its higher sound pressure level of 113dB/mW. JBL has a sound pressure level of 108dB/mW.
  • Sennheiser provides passive noise cancellation or noise isolation due to it’s tightly sealed over the ear design. It helps in preventing external noise.
  • A higher impedance remeaning JBL requires more power for delivering the same volume as Sennheiser.
  • Sennheiser has a Neodymium magnet making it lighter and helps to produce more bass and clear high notes when compared to JBL.
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Battery Life

  • JBL model provides more battery life than the Sennheiser model. JBL gives a battery life of 33hours on a single full charge compared to the 25 hours provided by the Sennheiser model.
  • Both headphones have a charge time of 2 hours.
  • They have a battery level indicator as well.

Connectivity

  • JBL uses the more advanced Bluetooth 4.2 version providing a lossless connection compared to the Bluetooth version 4.0 provided by Sennheiser.
  • Sennheiser supports Bluetooth pairing via NFC. With NFC, Sennheiser HD4.40BT supports faster Bluetooth pairing compared to JBL. You will be able to pair faster by simply holding the smartphone near the Sennheiser to be paired.
  • Once the charge is drained out, both headsets can be used as wired headsets using the 3.5mm headphone jack.
  • Both the models have control panels on their ear cups for easier control over the music playback.
  • JBL Live 500BT has voice prompts for indicating low battery level and has voice commands for connecting with voice assistants like Amazon Alexa

Verdict

Why you should choose Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT model?

  • Sennheiser has a higher rating when it comes to the highest frequency produced providing for a crisp and clear treble.
  • Sennheiser also beats JBL with its passive noise cancellation feature.
  • Lower impedance means it won’t need as much power to deliver the same volume of sound a JBL.
  • A difference of 5dB/mW in terms of higher sound pressure level means Sennheiser also delivers louder sound than JBL for the same audio source.
  • Sennheiser has a neodymium magnet compared to the ferrite magnet used in JBL making it lighter and produce more bass and clear high notes than JBL.
  • Sennheiser model has 2 in-built microphones compared to the single microphone in JBL giving it better sound quality and filter out external noise while connecting audio calls.
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