The latest version of the JBL Live Pro+ TWS True Wireless is the JBL Live Pro 2 TWS True Wireless. While they share a lot of similarities with their predecessor in terms of appearance, they have undergone some improvements, including the addition of an adaptive ANC system, multi-device pairing, and more personalization options through their companion app.
Price and relase date
Launched in June 2022, the JBL Live Pro 2 retailed for $149.95/AU$199.95/£129.99. Although they appear more black under some settings, the dark blue buds we tried are available in silver, rose (pink), and black as well.
The black earbuds are currently much less expensive in the US and the UK at £99.99/$99.95, which is fantastic news if you can’t stomach paying more than £100/$100 on a new pair.
For a pair of truly wireless earbuds with effective noise cancelling, this pricing is fantastic. Yet, as you can see from our best cheap earbuds guide, it is a crowded market in the about £100/$100 mid-range price range. There are three options to consider: the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus, Beats Studio Buds, and Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0. All three of these competitors are equally priced and are among our top mid-range picks.
The Sony WF-1000XM4 Wireless Earbuds, which cost twice as much at £250 / $279.99 / AU$449.95, are one of the best true wireless earbuds available today. The JBL Live Pro 2 are considerably less expensive at this pricing. However, they are high-end buds and are only appropriate for people with significantly larger budgets.
The Huawei Freebuds Pro 2 and Nothing Ear (1) buds, as well as the Apple AirPods line of true wireless earbuds, have similar looks to the JBL Live Pro 2’s stem-like appearance.
Yet it doesn’t mean they don’t have a unique appearance. JBL offers a unique, more angular interpretation of the design. The stem’s outside side has a high gloss finish, and the body of the buds is composed of matte plastic. Although we think the polished finish gives the buds a more upscale vibe, not everyone will appreciate it.
Although these earbuds have an IPX5 rating, which means they are sweat- and water-resistant but not completely waterproof, you shouldn’t submerge them in the tub and hope for the best. Although though the AirPods Pro 2 only boast a “splash-proof” IPX4 classification, this level of waterproofing is still very strong compared to certain other earbuds. However, it falls short of competitors like the Jabra Elite 7 Active, which has an IP57 rating.
There are three sizes of eartips available in the box, and we were content with the smallest one. Because they only weigh 4.8g each, they were quite light and really pleasant to wear. They also stayed in place for hours.
The app has a feature called “Check My Best Fit” that might help you find the perfect fit. In order to make sure you have a proper seal in each ear and get the most out of ANC, this plays a little music clip. While other buds include a similar feature for evaluating fit, the one offered here got us using the buds right away.
Given that the JBL Live Pro 2 are secure and have an IPX5 rating, even though they aren’t expressly promoted for fitness, we chose to test them in a variety of situations. They didn’t move during a yoga session or a short, 30-minute jog. Although they may not be the best for rigorous exercise (heavy perspiration may compromise the seal they form in your ear canal), they performed admirably in our tests.
The 48.4g JBL Live Pro 2 charging case is pocket-sized and lightweight. It has a clamshell lid and a rounded, pillbox-like shape, which is again very typical for modern true wireless earbuds. As the buds are charging, magnets keep them in place, and tiny LEDs on the front show you roughly how much battery life is left.
The Live Pro 2 case’s battery life is 30 hours in addition to the 10 hours in the earbuds, giving you a total battery life of 40 hours. The battery life of these true wireless earbuds may not be the finest we’ve seen to date, but it’s clearly competitive at this level.
Comparatively, the Bose QuietComfort have only 6 hours in the buds and 12 hours in the case, the higher-end Sony XM4s have 8 hours in each bud but only 16 in the case, and the most recent Apple AirPods Pro 2 have 6 hours in the buds and an additional 30 hours in the case.
However, some mid-range models do match the JBL Live Pro 2’s specifications, such as the Cambridge Audio Melomania 1 Plus, which offers 9 hours of battery life in the earbuds and 41 hours in the case, and the outstanding Lypertek PurePlay Z3 2.0, which offers 10 hours of battery life in the earbuds and an additional 70 hours from the robust case.
The accompanying app is one of the JBL Live Pro 2’s most user-friendly features. It’s amazing how many audio tech companies produce high-quality headphones just to let their customers down with a subpar app. Nothing like that exists here.
Getting your phone to pair with it is really easy. In a matter of seconds, Bluetooth synchronized, and less than a minute later, the app was connected. The top of the app has buds with levels that display your current battery level precisely. Then, there are sections for ANC, Equalizer, Learning and Changing Gestures, and VoiceAware, which lets you choose how much of your voice is heard during calls.
If you’re still debating whether or not you should get these earbuds, start by looking at their cost. They are in the $100 to $150 range, which is typical for wireless earphones.
The battery life, noise canceling capabilities, and sound quality are the following factors to take into account. These are all necessary for the best music listening experience, so in our opinion, the earbuds are worth the cost.
The value of a pair of earphones, however, will rely on your demands and tastes because these goods are personalized. The Live Pro 2 TWS is an obvious choice if fully engrossing in your favorite music and uninterrupted listening are priorities.