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What we think

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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize a full headphone experience with potentially better overall sound quality and don't mind a larger and slightly less portable design, the Beats Solo 3 may suit you. They are over-ear headphones that provide robust build quality with a foldable design and have a longer battery life for extended use. However, if you prefer something more lightweight, compact, and optimized for exercise with higher convenience for calls and meetings, the JBL Live Pro 2 earbuds would be a better choice. They offer good noise isolation, sweatproof certification, a more comfortable fit for long periods, and wireless charging, which the Beats Solo 3 lack. Keep in mind the JBL option may be more budget-friendly as well. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Beats Solo 3
  • The Beats Solo 3 has no clear advantages over the JBL Live Pro 2.
Advantages of the JBL Live Pro 2
  • Very good for exercise

Key differences

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Phone Calls

4.7
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
5.2
The JBL Live Pro 2 and Beats Solo 3 are both poor for phone calls, though the JBL Live Pro 2 is somewhat better.

Noise Reduction

5.3
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
9.1
The JBL Live Pro 2 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Beats Solo 3 is poor.

Battery

41.5 Hours
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
8.3 Hours
The Beats Solo 3 has 41.5 hours of battery life. The JBL Live Pro 2 has 8.3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$115
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
$100
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The Beats Solo 3 has a price of $115 and the JBL Live Pro 2 costs $100.

Build Quality

8.0
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
7.0
The Beats Solo 3 has very good build quality, while the JBL Live Pro 2 has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

6.3
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
5.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Beats Solo 3 to be only fair for music, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

Gaming

5.3
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
5.3
The JBL Live Pro 2 and Beats Solo 3 are both poor for gaming.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.8
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
5.8
The JBL Live Pro 2 and Beats Solo 3 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks.

TV and Video

5.6
Solo 3
Live Pro 2
5.5
The Beats Solo 3 and JBL Live Pro 2 are both poor for TV and video.

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How the Beats Solo 3 and the JBL Live Pro 2 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Beats Solo 3JBL Live Pro 2
Beats Solo 3JBL Live Pro 2

GENERAL

Price
$115
$100
Brand
BeatsJBL
Release Date
October 1, 2016June 1, 2022
Form Factor
HeadphonesEarbuds
Connectivity
Wired + WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
6.3/105.9/10
Phone Calls Score
4.7/105.2/10
Gaming Score
5.3/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/105.6/10
Exercise Score
5.9/108/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
41.5 Hours8.3 Hours
Wireless charging
NoYes
Charging time
2 Hours0.8 Hours
Bluetooth version
4.25.2
Case Battery Life
N/A24

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
5.3/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
5.4/107/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8/107/10
Comfort score
5.7/107/10
Size
N/ASmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
213.1 Grams4.8 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | May 2023
"The Beats Solo3 Wireless is an old set of headphones but still works reliably well with iPhones, due to W1 chip integration and AAC support. The Beats Solo3 Wireless holds up well today with just a few features showing its age."

JBL Live Pro 2

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | February 2023
"The JBL Live Pro 2 TWS occupy an interesting space in the wireless earbuds market. They’re a step up from cheap wireless earbuds and allow you to access better sound quality without having to make the jump to more premium options from the likes of Bose, Sony and Sennheiser. They’re an entertaining listen, easy to use and manage to pack in a lot of useful features. We think they’re well worth a listen."

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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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