With its price tag, it’s silly to honestly expect the JBL Live 300 TWS to go toe-to-toe against the premium models that are dominating the true wireless earbud market, such as the Apple’s AirPods Pro and the Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Plus.
With that being said, you should not immediately cross them from your shopping list, especially when your budget is heavily restrained and a few compromises are fine for you. So can the Live 300 TWS meet your needs without burning a huge hole in your pocket? Delve into this JBL Live 300 TWS review and find out together.
JBL Live 300 TWS Review
Even though the JBL LIve 300 TWS is not the most elegant model on the market, it’s still stylish and most importantly, this bulky design makes those earbuds feel sturdier.
With the nearly same aesthetics as other JBL’s headphones, the Live 300 TWS are available in white, lavender, blue, and black models, all of which come with two earpieces in a standard size you can expect from a standard pair of true wireless earbuds these days. The plastic casings give the luxury vibe of aluminum, especially with the circular accents that add a unique flair on the outside.
JBL Live 300 TWS
The most impressive thing you may notice at first glance is the case. Compact and smooth, it is reminiscent of premium models in terms of look and build quality. In this case, you will find a few notification lights, a USB-C charging port, and a ring of pulses running around this port when you charge the earbuds inside. This gives you a better idea of what is happening within the case, especially when you charge it in the dark.
However, this lightweight case may be too bulky to your liking while the docking could also be better. On other user-friendly cases like that of the Anker Soundcore, you can drop your earbuds into the charging position seamlessly on the go without any tweaking.
But with the JBL Live 300 TWS, you must put them into their respective places and press them down a little bit so the earbuds can latch into the charging slots. We also wish that opening this case could be less awkward because you may need a few times and a lot of fumbles to get used to the lid.
The upside is that these bulky earbuds come with an IPX5 rating, meaning they can withstand light rain and splashes and you can use the Live 300 TWS during your workouts or even clean it with a damp cloth. However, never submerge them in water or put them under a running faucet.
Comfort and Fit
These earpieces use separate stability fins and ear tips for a better fit, which BL provides 4 and 3 pairs in the box. The oversize design may make you struggle with achieving a proper fit as the buky body will interfere when you try to get the fins fit into your conchas.
The Live 300 TWS requires some fiddling to fit
The situation even gets worse when you are out of luck and end up with no proper ear tip size. The fins will constantly pop out even when you are just walking, and therefore making it impossible for wearing the Live 300 TWS for a run. But this rarely happens, and you can buy third-party ear tips that fit better
JBL is one of the rare companies in the true wireless earbud market that gets things right with touch controls, which for most models either lack functionality or are not intuitive to use.
The touch controls are smooth and easy to use
The beefy size of these true wireless in-ears at least gives them a benefit here. JBL has more real estate to squeeze in a wider touch panel on the outside to support swipe and tap gestures. You can tap anywhere, even on the edges, and these true wireless earphones still register your commands accurately.
These earbuds use the asymmetrical approach, meaning each earbud is appointed to a different set of tasks. While this requires you to memorize more, it also opens up more control available.
You can tap the right earbud to play/pause and skip forward or go back to the previous track. To trigger your digital assistant, you can tap and hold it for a few seconds. On the other side, tapping on the left bud cancels this request. Noise isolation and volume controls can also be activated by swiping.
The touch control gestures work smoothly and as intended with no significant delays or confusion. But keep in mind that there are a few reports of the Live 300 TWS struggling to distinguish between a swipe and a tap, even though this rarely happens.
If you insist on listening to the Live 300 TWS headphones without any tweaking, you’ll end up setting yourself up for disappointment. The low frequencies are almost non-existent and feel flat while the treble sounds distant as if you’re hearing from another room. But with some changes in the JBL app, you can work around this sound signature and forget about the first terrible impression.
Custom EQ presets with the companion app
The default EQ settings have 4 modes: Bass, Vocal, Jazz, and Off, but the best way to these earbuds don’t feel like a punch to the gut anymore is to make your own preset of sound profiles. After some tweaking, you can get the best out of the Live 300 TWS as more punchy bass emerges while there are also more details on the other side of the spectrum.
However, while this workaround may even things a little, it is not perfect and you may still miss the colorful sound stage of your expensive earbuds.
JBL says that the Live 300 TWS can deliver up to six hours of battery time for a single charge, with a total of 20 hours if you take advantage of the wireless charging case, which is pretty average for true wireless earbuds. However, this also depends on your volume level and your earbuds may sputter out at the 5-hour mark.
Pros and Cons
- Amazing gesture controls with many options
- IPX5 water-resistant, suitable for workouts
- Average battery life
- Need some fiddling with fitting and sound presets
- Not fully water-proof
That is all there is to it. Thanks for your attention to this JBL Live 300 TWS review.
As you might expect, the JBL Live 300 TWS still can’t match the audio quality, battery life, or comfort of other high-end true wireless earbuds, such as AirPods or Samsung Galaxy Buds. If you intend to rely heavily on a pair of good-sounding or super comfort earbuds on a daily basis, these earbuds will be a huge letdown. However, when your budget doesn’t permit and you’re fine with some fiddling, this product is still worth considering.