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Quiet Comfort Earbuds
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Expected 2024-06-01
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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you prioritize noise isolation and comfort for long listening sessions, such as during air travel, and you prefer earbuds that excel in music and book or podcast listening, the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds are suitable as they offer excellent noise cancellation and are very comfortable. However, they may not be the best for exercise due to the large earbud size, and they have a shorter battery life without wireless charging. On the other hand, if you prefer earbuds with a longer battery life, wireless charging, a higher durability rating, and enhanced app features like a Smart Charging Case with touch display, the JBL Live Flex 3 would be a better choice, especially for use during exercise with their sweatproof certification. They also support LDAC for high-resolution audio, but they don't excel in sound quality for calls or watching TV/videos and are not as comfortable for air travel as the Bose. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds
  • Very good for air travel
  • Best in class for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the JBL Live Flex 3
  • Very good for music
  • Very good for exercise

Key differences

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Music

7.1
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
8.0
The JBL Live Flex 3 is very good for music, while the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is good.

Phone Calls

6.6
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
5.2
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is only fair for phone calls, while the JBL Live Flex 3 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

9.5
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
5.9
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is best in class for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Live Flex 3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
8.3
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds is excellent for noise reduction, while the JBL Live Flex 3 is very good.

Battery

7.0 Hours
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
10.0 Hours
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds has 7 hours of battery life. The JBL Live Flex 3 has 10 hours of battery life.

Cost

$199
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
$216
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The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds has a price of $199 and the JBL Live Flex 3 costs $216.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

5.6
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
5.5
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds and JBL Live Flex 3 are both poor for gaming.

TV and Video

6.0
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
5.7
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds to be only fair for TV and video, while the JBL Live Flex 3 is poor.

Build Quality

8.9
Quiet Comfort Earbuds
Live Flex 3
8.5
The Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds and JBL Live Flex 3 both have very good build quality.

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How the Bose Quiet Comfort Earbuds and the JBL Live Flex 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose Quiet Comfort EarbudsJBL Live Flex 3
Bose Quiet Comfort EarbudsJBL Live Flex 3

GENERAL

Price
$199
$216
Brand
BoseJBL
Release Date
October 1, 2020June 1, 2024
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.1/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
6.7/105.3/10
Gaming Score
5.6/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
6/105.8/10
Exercise Score
6.8/108.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
7 Hours10 Hours
Wireless charging
NoYes
Charging time
1.5 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.15.3
Case Battery Life
1840

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
NoYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
5.4/107/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.9/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.6/107/10
Size
LargeLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
8.5 Grams8.8 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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Sound Guys

Lily Katz | March 2023
"The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds is a great do-it-all option for anyone, so long as you can afford it. This is a great alternative to the Apple AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4. You can choose the degree of noise canceling, and enjoy premium features like automatic ear-detection. These earbuds merit an IPX4 rating, making them a fine workout companion."

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About Bose

Bose is an American audio equipment manufacturer based out of Framingham, Massachusetts. Founded in 1964 by Amar Bose with the goal of creating a speaker system that could accurately recreate the sound of a concert hall, Bose has become one of the most prominent players in the modern consumer audio market due to the premium feel of their products and their wide brand recognition.

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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