JBL is one of the leading brands in the world of headphones and earbuds. Their lineup includes on-ear and over-ear headphones, true wireless headphones, in-ear headphones and more. Today, we’ll be looking at their more affordable entries in the Bluetooth ANC headphones category—the JBL 650BTNC and the JBL 750BTNC. These two are similar in a lot of ways, but they still have some differences that make one the better choice than the other, depending on your needs. So which one of these two Bluetooth ANC headphones should you buy? Below is our comparison of the two.
JBL650 vs JBL750 Comparison Chart
JBL LIVE 650BTNC Review
A comfortable pair of headphones with good noise cancelling at an affordable price.
The JBL LIVE 650BTNC are fashion cans at an affordable price point. They are available in black, blue and white colors. While most of the parts are made of plastic, there are still some metal parts mixed in, specifically, on the headband. The headphones have a decent build quality and there are no glaring weak points to be concerned with.
When it comes to comfort, this pair is very good. The JBL LIVE 650BTNC ear pads are made of memory foam and they are soft enough that you can wear them for hours without feeling fatigued. The headband is also fully padded and that adds to its overall comfort.
The JBL LIVE 650BTNC feature both touch and physical control buttons. The left ear cup has a touch panel that you can tap and hold to activate either Alexa or Google assistant. On the right ear cup are physical buttons for volume up/down, playback and Bluetooth pairing/noise-cancelling. The headphones’ micro USB port for charging is also located on the right ear cup.
The active noise cancellation feature of the JBL LIVE 650BTNC is good. While they won’t block out low-frequency noise entirely, the headphones do a good of minimizing mid-frequency and high-frequency noise such as chatter of people around you.
As for connectivity, the headphones can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth and it can also be used with a 3.5mm cable. With their multi-point feature, the headphones can be connected to two Bluetooth-enabled devices.
The JBL LIVE 650BTNC have a bass-heavy sound that bass heads will love. The bass response is emphasized, but not to the point that it is hard to listen to. There’s extra punch to the music that you’re listening to. The mid-range and high frequency response are neutral and quite accurate. You’ll be able to hear vocals and instruments with clarity.
If you don’t like how it sounds out-of-the-box, you can adjust it using the JBL Headphones app. Inside the app, there are EQ settings that you can play with to get the sound that you want.
The JBL LIVE 650BTNC has a battery life of up to 30 hours when ANC is turned off and up to 20 hours when ANC is enabled. It takes around 2 hours to fully charge them.
JBL TUNE 750BTNC Review
A decent pair of headphones, but is lacking in a lot of areas when compared to the JBL LIVE 650BTNC.
Similar to the JBL LIVE 650BTNC, the JBL TUNE 750BTNC have a minimalist and modern look that can pass as fashion cans. They come in black, blue, white and coral color options. However, the headphones are made entirely of plastic, so they aren’t the most durable. Without any metal frame, the build quality of the JBL TUNE 750BNTC is only decent.
In terms of comfort, the headphones come with sufficient padding on the ear cups. However, the ear cups themselves are on the small side, so those with larger ears will find this pair of headphones to be less-than comfortable. However, those with smaller ears will have no issues.
All the control buttons are found underneath the right ear cup. There’s a button for power/Bluetooth pairing, volume, ANC and voice assistant. The micro USB charging port, as well as its 3.5mm jack, are also on the right earcup.
The active noise cancelling of the JBL TUNE 750BTNC is decent, but not better than the ANC of the 650BTNC. They perform similarly when it comes to low-frequency noise, but the ANC of the 750BTNC is not as effective when blocking out mid and high-frequency sounds.
In terms of connectivity, you can use the JBL TUNE 750BTNC wirelessly via Bluetooth and with a 3.5mm cable. Just like the JBL 650BTNC, the 750BTNC can be connected to up to two devices at a time.
The sound profile of the JBL TUNE 750BTNC is similar to that of the 650BTNC. They have an overemphasized bass with accurate mids and highs. That said, the bass of the 750BTNC is not as overpowering as that of the 650BTNC. However, this pair of headphones do not come with a companion app, therefore, no EQ to play with.
When it comes to battery life, the JBL TUNE 750BTNC can last up to 22 hours with ANC off and up to 15 hours when ANC is turned on. It takes less than 2 hours to fully charge them from an empty state.
The JBL LIVE 650BTNC is more comfortable, has a longer battery life and has a more effective ANC, but the JBL TUNE 750BTNC sounds slightly better.
The two headphones have a modern and minimalist look so they both look good. However, the JBL LIVE 650BTNC are better built. They are built with a combination of plastic and metal, whereas the JBL TUNE 750BTNC are made entirely of plastic. The JBL LIVE 650BTNC are also more comfortable since their ear cups are larger and its headband is fully padded.
As for their controls, the JBL 650BTNC feature both touch and physical buttons while the JBL 750BTNC only have physical buttons. When it comes to ANC, the JBL 650BTNC perform better than the 750BTNC. They are able to block out low-frequency noise more effectively.
Their sound profiles are comparable, but the JBL 650BTNC have a more emphasized bass. They have similar mid and high frequency response that are accurate and neutral.
The older JBL LIVE 650BTNC have a longer battery life that makes them more suitable for long-distance travel, especially if you turn their ANC on. They can last up to 30 hours (ANC) or 20 hours (ANC off), while the JBL TUNE 750BTNC have a battery life of up to 22 hours (ANC) or 15 hours (ANC off).
JBL LIVE 650BTNC
- Better build quality
- More comfortable
- More intuitive controls
- Better ANC
- Longer battery life
- More bass heavy
- Less color options
JBL TUNE 750BTNC
- Sounds better
- On sale more often
- More color options
- Subpar build quality
- Shorter battery life
- Less effective ANC
The JBL LIVE 650BTNCare better than the JBL TUNE 750BTNC in almost everything.
If you are choosing between these two affordable headphones, you’re better off with the JBL LIVE 650BTNC since they are better in almost every way. They have a longer battery life, they are more comfortable and better built, their ANC is more effective and they come with a companion app that allows you to customize their sound. The JBL LIVE 650BTNC outshine the JBL TUNE 750BTNC in all areas of importance.
When connected via Bluetooth, they are terrible for gaming since they have high latency. However, when connected with a 3.5mm cable, they are decent for gaming.
Yes, the JBL LIVE 650BTNC have a built-in mic.
They don’t have any IP rating to indicate that they are waterproof.
Yes, the JBL TUNE 750BTNC can be used with a 3.5mm cable in addition to their wireless Bluetooth connectivity.
Last update on 2022-07-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API