JBL Live Pro 2 - top quality buds at an affordable price

JBL Live Pro 2 – top quality buds at an affordable price

The Live Pro 2 are the latest wireless earbuds from well-known audio brand JBL and offer many of the features you’ve come to expect from top-of-the-line buds, including True Adaptive Noise Canceling with intelligent environmental awareness, improved battery life and 6 microphones for superb voice clarity.

JBL Live Pro 2. Image: Noel Campion

The Live Pro 2 features 11mm drivers in a sealed oval tube design, which JBL says provides better noise cancellation and improved audio quality.

The short shafts have a flat chrome exterior with a premium look. I’m a fan of buds with stems because it makes them easier to remove and put in your ears.

JBL Live Pro 2 has 11mm drivers.  Image: Noel Campion
JBL Live Pro 2 has 11mm drivers. Image: Noel Campion

The oval speaker grille has interchangeable ear tips with three different sizes to choose from in the box.

The case has three LED lights on the front that show the battery and charging status. A glossy JBL logo is embossed on the lid, while the rest of the case has a soft rubber finish that stands up well to greasy fingers and rough handling in pockets or bags.

features and setup

JBL Live Pro 2 features Google Fast Pair.  Image: Noel Campion
JBL Live Pro 2 features Google Fast Pair. Image: Noel Campion

The Live Pro 2 features Google Fast Pair technology, which means that when you open it near an Android device, it will automatically appear on the screen and ask you if you want to pair it. You need Android 10 or higher and have location services enabled. They also feature multipoint connections, meaning they can connect to the last two paired devices at the same time. This could be your phone and a laptop, or your phone and your car’s audio system.

JBL Live Pro 2 features wireless charging and up to 40 hours of battery life.  Image: Noel Campion
JBL Live Pro 2 features wireless charging and up to 40 hours of battery life. Image: Noel Campion

The Live Pro 2 can also connect to iOS devices including iPhone but you will need to pair it manually. I was able to seamlessly exchange audio between an iPhone and an Android phone.

Battery life is an impressive 10 hours for the buds and up to 40 hours if you include the case. You can charge them with the included USB-C cable, or wirelessly if you have a Qi-compatible charger.

Downloading the free JBL Headphones app offers additional features. You can customize the touch controls for the left and right earbuds, or toggle between ANC, Ambient Aware, and Talk Thru modes. You can control the volume of the ambient sounds you hear with a slider in Ambient Aware mode.

You can switch between audio and video modes – the latter ensures perfect lip syncing when watching videos, while the former allows for the best sound quality. There is a noticeable lag when using audio mode to watch a video.

JBL Live Pro 2 is waterproof to IPX5.  Image: Noel Campion
JBL Live Pro 2 is waterproof to IPX5. Image: Noel Campion

The app also features a fully customizable 10-band EQ feature with presets and a VoiceAware option to control how much of your own voice you hear during a call.

The earbuds fit comfortably and I never felt like they would fall out. They also come with an IPX5 certification, making them waterproof against sweat and light rain.

ANC and audio quality

JBL Live Pro 2 TWS.  Image: Noel Campion
JBL Live Pro 2 TWS. Image: Noel Campion

I review a lot of earbuds with ANC and the Live Pro 2 is one of the best I’ve tested. With ANC activated, there is a clear difference. They were able to turn my gaming PC fans’ sound down to low at full speed even when no audio was playing.

There’s a lot of wind noise while cycling, but turning on ANC keeps it to a minimum.

The Live Pro 2’s buds sound fantastic with lots of deep bass. While I wouldn’t call the audio quality technically outstanding, they’re a lot of fun to listen to. I really enjoyed the bass response and energy they offer despite having quite a colorful soundstage.

Verdict

The JBL Live Pro 2 are a worthy upgrade and packed with excellent features. Call quality is crystal clear with no background noise and battery life is among the best I’ve tested. These are for you if you want a pair of ANC headphones that sound great and are reasonably priced.

JBL Live Pro 2 €149

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