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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize sound quality and use during exercise, the Beats Studiobuds may be the better option since they have a higher overall sound quality and score for use during exercise. However, if you value noise isolation for commuting or air travel, the JBL Live Pro 2 offers superior noise isolation and a higher score for air travel. Both have AAC Codec support for Apple devices, but only the Beats have active noise cancelling. The JBL has a slightly longer battery life, wireless charging capability, and is more lightweight, which could be convenient for extended use and recharging on the go. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Beats Studiobuds
  • Good for music
  • Good for phone calls
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the JBL Live Pro 2
  • Very good for exercise

Key differences

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Music

7.2
Studiobuds
Live Pro 2
5.9
The Beats Studiobuds is good for music, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

Phone Calls

7.0
Studiobuds
Live Pro 2
5.2
The Beats Studiobuds is good for phone calls, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

9.0
Studiobuds
Live Pro 2
5.8
The Beats Studiobuds is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

Noise Reduction

6.5
Studiobuds
Live Pro 2
9.1
The JBL Live Pro 2 is excellent for noise reduction, while the Beats Studiobuds is only fair.

Battery

6.0 Hours
Studiobuds
Live Pro 2
8.3 Hours
The Beats Studiobuds has 6 hours of battery life. The JBL Live Pro 2 has 8.3 hours of battery life.

Cost

$150
Studiobuds
Live Pro 2
$120
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The Beats Studiobuds has a price of $150 and the JBL Live Pro 2 costs $120.

Build Quality

8.8
Studiobuds
Live Pro 2
7.0
The Beats Studiobuds 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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Gaming

5.2
Studiobuds
Live Pro 2
5.3
The JBL Live Pro 2 and Beats Studiobuds are both poor for gaming.

TV and Video

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

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

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Spec Comparison

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Beats StudiobudsJBL Live Pro 2
Beats StudiobudsJBL Live Pro 2

GENERAL

Price
$150
$120
Brand
BeatsJBL
Release Date
June 1, 2021June 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.2/105.9/10
Phone Calls Score
7/105.2/10
Gaming Score
5.2/105.4/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/105.6/10
Exercise Score
7.7/108/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
6 Hours8.3 Hours
Wireless charging
NoYes
Charging time
0.9 Hours0.8 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.25.2
Case Battery Life
2424

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
6.5/109.1/10
Virtual Surround
YesNo
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
6/107/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.8/107/10
Comfort score
7.9/107/10
Size
MediumSmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5 Grams4.8 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Beats Studiobuds

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Sound Guys

Chase Bernath | May 2023
"For less than the price of the AirPods, the Beats Studio Buds delivers a good fit, great sound, and active noise cancellation. This is also the first set of Apple-owned Beats earbuds to feature quick pairing with Android devices, albeit at the expense of some key features for Apple users."

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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