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JBL Live Free NC+ TWS Review - Versatile Wireless Earbuds

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS is one of the latest wireless earbuds of the brand that features a 6.8mm dynamic driver with JBL signature sound, and Active Noise Cancelling with Ambient Aware for easy conversations and total awareness of surroundings.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

Hunting for the best wireless earbuds is never easy because there are many options and every brand has its unique set of features and capabilities. Here is our personal hands-on review of the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS, which we recently acquired.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS Specs

Wireless TWS
6.8 mm Dynamic Driver
96 Driver sensitivity at 1kHz/1mW (dB)
20 Hz – 20 kHz Dynamic frequency response range
16 Impedance (ohms)
Bluetooth 5.1 - A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.6, HFP V1.7
USB Type-C
50 mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery (earbuds)
300 mAh Lithium-ion polymer case battery
6.8g per earbuds (14.6 g combined)
54.7 grams charging case

The JBL Live Free NC+ TWS is packed in a compact box with branding on the front. At the back, you'll find the standard technical specifications and functions, as well as a see-through cover that reveals the actual earphones.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

What's in the box?
Upon lifting the lid of the box, you will find a number of little compartments within. The back of the lid cover has user guides with illustrations to make them easier to understand.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

It includes the earphones' carrying case/charger, one box of paper works, including user manuals, Google Assistant user guides, Alexa user guides, and other important documents, as well as a yellow colored type-C cable, extra eartips, extra gel-sleeves, and the JBL Live Free NC+ earbuds.

The earbuds feature a JBL logo on the outer part of the body, a smooth surface, and soft silicone eartips. Additionally, it includes touch-sensitive controls and the magnetic strips are placed in the inner part. The eartips fit snugly in the ear canal, creating a seal that muffles ambient noise even when not using the optional ANC feature.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

The case is pill-shaped with an easily-flippable cover; it also features JBL branding on the top and a Type-C port on the rear. The Type-C cable that comes in the package is a bit short, so it's best to use the one that came with your smartphone.

Overall, the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS is a premium-looking pair of wireless earbuds with a really excellent sturdy compact build that can easily be slipped into a shirt pocket or on your bag.

The JBL Live Free NC+ TWS utilizes Bluetooth 5.1 wireless connection, pairing is simple and easy, just open the case and it will activate the pairing mode. On your smartphone, activate Bluetooth and search for JBL Live Free NC+ TWS and connect.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

It features Dual Connect + Sync, which automatically pairs the earbuds upon opening the case, regardless of which earbud is grabbed first. Using a single earbud will generate mono sound, but by switching out each earbud to charge separately, the battery life will be extended. It additionally has the ability to connect several pairing devices simply by tapping on the screens of the paired devices.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

Additionally, there is a free JBL Headphones app available for Google Play and the Apple App Store that provides additional settings and customizing options for the earbuds.

Sound Quality and Features
This earbud features a 6.8 mm Dynamic Driver, with a dynamic frequency response range of 20Hz to 20kHz with a sensitivity of 96 decibels at 1kHz/1mW that drivers great JBL signature sound with some serious power.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

Listening to classical and soft jazz is a pleasure; the sound profile is firm and powerful, the mids are precise and present, the treble is present, and the bass is not too powerful.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

With Active Noise Cancellation, the already excellent sound quality has been significantly enhanced by blocking the outside noise. This is particularly useful if you want to completely immerse yourself in the music you are listening to, such as when traveling.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

Additionally, it features Ambient Aware and TalkTHRU, which enable natural conversations and complete awareness of your surroundings without removing the earbuds.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

The JBL app packs a lot of customization features for the earbuds, and there is also integration with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant voice services.

The app comes pre-loaded with three EQ modes, which are Jazz, Vocal, and Bass and it lets users customize the sound further with the sound controls. It also features Smart Audio and Video, which optimized the Bluetooth settings to get the best audio when listening to music or watching videos.

Another element of the app is the STAGE+, which allows Armin van Buuren and other best DJ's in the world to capture the sound of thier personal recording studios and listen to thier creation.

FIND MY BUDS is a simple but useful feature that notifies you of the location and time of last use of your earbuds, which is especially beneficial if you misplaced them. Additionally, you can utilize your smartphone's ring notification to assist you in locating the earphones.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS Features:

Active Noise Cancelling with smart ambient reduction
Ambient Aware
Voice Assistant integration
Google Assistant
Dual connect
Sweat & waterproof (IPX7 certified)

The Live Free NC+ TWS excels in sound quality, notably bass performance, which is great for people who wish to listen to music with a powerful beat, as well as those who prefer to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. Its equipped with TalkThru and Ambient Aware technology to make telephone calls crisper. The earbuds are comfy to wear, and it's a good thing that they come with extra ear tips because not everyone's earholes are the same size.

Battery Life
Each earbud has a 50mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery, while the casing has a 300mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery. On a full charge, it provides around 7 hours of playing and approximately 5 to 6 hours of playtime with ANC turned on, and when used with the case, it provides an extra 32 hours of battery life.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS

The case charges in approximately two hours via the type-C connection; it also enables wireless charging (with a Qi-compatible wireless charger), which is an excellent feature, as wireless chargers have gotten more affordable and efficient at charging wireless devices.

Excellent design
Solid wireless connection
Amazing quality
Impressive battery life
Wireless charging
Customization via the companion app

Discomfort after more than 1hr of use
Connection goes in and out during calls

The JBL Live Free NC+ TWS is a solid wireless earbud that delivers superb sound quality and packed a number of nifty features, making it a worthy competitor to the traditional earbuds. Among its many features is Active Noise Cancelling with Smart Ambient Reduction, a customizable EQ for a more personalized sound experience. The earbuds fit nicely with their soft eartips and battery life impressive.

The JBL Live Free NC+ TWS is price at ₱8,599 and it's available online via the JBL official website and on Lazada and Shopee.

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