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Expected 2024-06-01
Since the JBL Live Buds 3 isn't released yet, some data represents our best estimate because the details aren't available

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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you frequently make calls and need superior built-in controls, the Beats Powerbeats Pro would be a better fit, and they're known for adaptive sound, especially with Apple devices. However, the JBL Live Buds 3 have a premium build with better noise isolation, active noise cancelling, and a unique Smart Charging Case with additional controls. Beats may be better for workouts due to their ear hooks and sweatproof design, whereas JBL's ANC and longer battery life are advantages for air travel and longer listening sessions. Choose Beats for exercise or iPhone integration, JBL for ANC and smart features. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Beats Powerbeats Pro
  • Good for phone calls
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the JBL Live Buds 3
  • Good for music
  • Very good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

6.5
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
7.8
The JBL Live Buds 3 is good for music, while the Beats Powerbeats Pro is only fair.

Phone Calls

7.0
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
5.2
The Beats Powerbeats Pro is good for phone calls, while the JBL Live Buds 3 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

9.2
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
5.9
The Beats Powerbeats Pro is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Live Buds 3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

4.6
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
8.3
The JBL Live Buds 3 is very good for noise reduction, while the Beats Powerbeats Pro is poor.

Cost

$160
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
$216
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The Beats Powerbeats Pro has a price of $160 and the JBL Live Buds 3 costs $216.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

5.5
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
5.4
The Beats Powerbeats Pro and JBL Live Buds 3 are both poor for gaming.

TV and Video

5.7
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
5.6
The Beats Powerbeats Pro and JBL Live Buds 3 are both poor for TV and video.

Battery

10.0 Hours
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
10.0 Hours
The Beats Powerbeats Pro has 10 hours of battery life. The JBL Live Buds 3 has 10 hours of battery life.

Build Quality

8.8
Powerbeats Pro
Live Buds 3
8.5
The Beats Powerbeats Pro and JBL Live Buds 3 both have very good build quality.

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How the Beats Powerbeats Pro and the JBL Live Buds 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Beats Powerbeats ProJBL Live Buds 3
Beats Powerbeats ProJBL Live Buds 3

GENERAL

Price
$160
$216
Brand
BeatsJBL
Release Date
May 1, 2019June 1, 2024
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
6.5/107.9/10
Phone Calls Score
7/105.3/10
Gaming Score
5.5/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
5.8/105.7/10
Exercise Score
6.6/108.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
10 Hours10 Hours
Wireless charging
NoYes
Charging time
1.5 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
55.3
Case Battery Life
2430

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
4.6/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
NoYes
Mic Quality
6/107/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.8/108.5/10
Comfort score
8/107/10
Size
LargeLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
11 Grams8.8 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Sound Guys

Christian Thomas | November 2022
"Sweat resistance, actual noise isolation, and a secure fit in your ears make these the true wireless earphones you want in Apple-land. Android users may find other options they like better, as these only support AAC."

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About Beats

Beats is an American, consumer-focused, audio products manufacturer. Founded originally by American rapper and producer Dr Dre, the company is now a subsidiary of Apple. Beats sells a wide range of audio products, including several models of headphones, earbuds and speakers as well as full car audio systems.

About JBL

JBL is an American audio equipment manufacturer. Owned by Harman International which is, itself, owned by Samsung Electronics. JBL markets a wide array of monitoring speakers, professional headphones and consumer market headphones and earbuds. It was founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing (whose initials give the company its name) and has become one of the most prolific audio companies ever. Their products were responsible for audio during the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

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