54points

Google Pixel Buds A-Series

75points

JBL Live Free NC Plus

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Google Pixel Buds A-Series vs JBL Live Free NC Plus

Google Pixel Buds A-Series
JBL Live Free NC Plus

Why is Google Pixel Buds A-Series better than JBL Live Free NC Plus?

  • 5.2mm bigger driver unit
    ?

    12mmvs6.8mm
  • 2 more microphone(s)
    ?

    4vs2
  • Has find earbuds feature
    ?
  • Wingtips included
    ?
  • Has a mute function
    ?
  • 35.71% longer battery life of the charging case
    ?

    19hvs14h
  • Has AAC
    ?
  • 3.8g lighter
    ?

    10.2gvs14g

Why is JBL Live Free NC Plus better than Google Pixel Buds A-Series?

  • Has active noise cancellation (ANC)
    ?
  • Is dustproof and water-resistant
    ?
  • Has a noise-canceling microphone
    ?
  • 2h longer battery life
    ?

    7hvs5h
  • Higher Ingress Protection (IP) rating
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    IPX7vsIPX4
  • Has ambient sound mode
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  • Has wireless charging
    ?

Price comparison

Google Pixel Buds A-Series

Buy used:

$90

ProductStorePrice
Google Pixel Buds A-Series amazonGoogle Pixel Buds A-Series - Wireless Ea...Google Pixel Buds A-Series - Wireless Earbuds - Headphones with Bluetooth - Dark Olive
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$99
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$99
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$145
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$130
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$90
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$99
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$99
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$3.08

JBL Live Free NC Plus

Buy used:

$90

ProductStorePrice
JBL Live Free NC Plus amazonJBL Live Free NC+ - True in-Ear Noise Ca...JBL Live Free NC+ - True in-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling, Microphone, Up to 21H Battery, Wireless Charging (White), Small
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$81
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$100
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$1.49

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User reviews

Overall rating

Google Pixel Buds A-Series
8.5
2 User reviews
Google Pixel Buds A-Series
8.5/10
2 User reviews
JBL Live Free NC Plus
9.0
2 User reviews
JBL Live Free NC Plus
9.0/10
2 User reviews

Features

Build quality

9.0/10
2 votes
10.0/10
2 votes

Sound quality

9.0/10
2 votes
9.5/10
2 votes

Design

10.0/10
2 votes
10.0/10
2 votes

Comfort

9.0/10
2 votes
8.5/10
2 votes

Battery life

8.0/10
2 votes
9.0/10
2 votes

Comments

Abraham

Abraham

1 year ago

8 / 10

Bass boost and Adaptive sound is fantastic.

Abraham

Abraham

1 year ago

8 / 10

Pros

  • Bass boost
  • Adaptive sound
  • Google assistant
  • Pleasant design

Cons

  • Sometimes uneven sound
  • Without ANC
  • Without gesture volume control
1 users found this helpful
l

l

11 months ago

9 / 10

Great fit, sound, and software

l

l

11 months ago

9 / 10

0 users found this helpful

Design

Fit

In-ear

In-ear

The fit of the earbuds.
The first number of the IP rating refers to protection against dust, while the second number refers to protection against liquid. E.g. a first number of 6 denotes that it is completely dustproof, and a second number of 7 denotes that the device can withstand full immersion in water.
weight

10.2g

14g

We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
has no wires or cables
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
True wireless devices have no cables connecting any part of the device together. This is an important distinction as some wireless earbuds have cables connecting the two earbuds together.
wingtips included
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
These earbuds come with wingtips that can be attached for a more secure fit. Wingtips come in handy for sports and other physical activities. When used correctly, they prevent the earbuds from falling off.
sweat resistance
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
is dustproof and water-resistant
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
has stereo speakers
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
waterproof depth rating

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (JBL Live Free NC Plus)

The waterproof depth rating indicates how well the device is protected against water ingress and water pressure. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.

Sound quality

has active noise cancellation (ANC)
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.
has passive noise reduction
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
lowest frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

20Hz

The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
highest frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

20000Hz

The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
has Dolby Atmos
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
Dolby Atmos is a surround sound technology that allows sounds to be interpreted as three-dimensional objects. By doing so, Dolby Atmos allows for immersive, 360-degree sound.
sound pressure level

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

94dB/mW

Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
impedance

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

16 Ohms

Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.
has a neodymium magnet
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.

Power

The device's battery life (when in use) as given by the manufacturer. With a longer battery life you have to charge the device less often.
The battery life of the charging case as given by the manufacturer. A charging case with a longer battery life allows you to recharge your headphones on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
charge time

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

2h

The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
battery power

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (JBL Live Free NC Plus)

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
has wireless charging
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
has a battery level indicator
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
has a rechargeable battery
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
The battery can be recharged and used over again.

Connectivity

Has USB Type-C
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
The USB Type-C features reversible plug orientation and cable direction.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
has LDAC
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
LDAC is a codec developed by Sony for Bluetooth audio. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high resolution audio. It can also automatically adjust to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps to increase stability.
has aptX Adaptive
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
aptx Adaptive is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.
has aptX Low Latency
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
aptX Low Latency is a codec developed by Qualcomm. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology to provide low latency audio (around 40ms), which is useful when you want to avoid audio lag (e.g. when playing games).
has aptX HD
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
aptX HD is an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that is developed by Qualcomm. It supports high quality 24-bit audio (at a bit rate of 576kbps).
has aptX
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
aptX is a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly with Bluetooth. It is developed by Qualcomm, and supports 16-bit audio at a bit rate of 384kbps.
audio latency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (JBL Live Free NC Plus)

Latency refers to the time it takes for the audio signal to be transmitted to your headphones/earbuds. Lower latency reduces audio lag, and is particularly important when playing games or watching videos.
The device can connect at a greater distance via Bluetooth or infrared to another device.

Features

has ambient sound mode
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
Ambient sound mode uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard. It’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re jogging but still want to be able to hear traffic.
has in/on-ear detection
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
Sensors can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused, saving battery life.
has find earbuds feature
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
You can use the app to play a sound from your earbuds to help you locate them.
Supports fast charging
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
Fast charging technologies, like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge or MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the time it takes to charge a device. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in just 30 minutes.
multipoint count

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (JBL Live Free NC Plus)

Multipoint allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect.
has a mute function
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ–JBL Live Free NC Plus
The device has an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
can be used as a headset
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc.
control panel placed on a device
βœ”Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
There is a control panel on the device body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to.
warranty period

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (JBL Live Free NC Plus)

When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction. Note: This may vary by region.

Microphone

More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
has a noise-canceling microphone
βœ–Google Pixel Buds A-Series
βœ”JBL Live Free NC Plus
These microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments.
mic sensitivity

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (JBL Live Free NC Plus)

It's the 'loudness' of the sound that the microphone can pick up.
highest mic frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (JBL Live Free NC Plus)

The highest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording treble.
lowest mic frequency

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Google Pixel Buds A-Series)

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (JBL Live Free NC Plus)

The lowest frequency that the mic can pick up. Better for recording bass.

Price comparison

Google Pixel Buds A-Series

Buy used:

$90

ProductStorePrice
Google Pixel Buds A-Series amazonGoogle Pixel Buds A-Series - Wireless Ea...Google Pixel Buds A-Series - Wireless Earbuds - Headphones with Bluetooth - Dark Olive
amazon logo
$99
Google Pixel Buds A-Series ebay-newGoogle Pixel Buds A-Series True Wireless...Google Pixel Buds A-Series True Wireless In-Ear Headphones
ebay-new logo
$99
Google Pixel Buds A-Series ebay-newPixel Buds A-Series True Wireless In-Ear...Pixel Buds A-Series True Wireless In-Ear Headphones - Olive
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$145
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$130
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$90
Google Pixel Buds A-Series bhphotovideoGoogle Pixel Buds A-Series True Wireless...Google Pixel Buds A-Series True Wireless In-Ear Headphones (Olive)
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$99
Google Pixel Buds A-Series walmartGoogle Pixel Buds A-Series - Truly Wirel...Google Pixel Buds A-Series - Truly Wireless Earbuds - Audio Headphones with Bluetooth - Olive
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$99
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JBL Live Free NC Plus

Buy used:

$90

ProductStorePrice
JBL Live Free NC Plus amazonJBL Live Free NC+ - True in-Ear Noise Ca...JBL Live Free NC+ - True in-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones with Active Noise Cancelling, Microphone, Up to 21H Battery, Wireless Charging (White), Small
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$81
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$100
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$1.49

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