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QuietComfort Earbuds II
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Live Flex 3
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Expected 2024-06-01
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Updated April 11, 2024·

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II offer excellent noise isolation, making them ideal for air travel and noisy environments, with sound quality and comfort praised as very good. However, call and meeting quality is rated fair, and they're less suited for gaming or watching TV due to poor scores in these categories. The JBL Live Flex 3 boasts very good sound quality and comfort as well, with additional features like the Smart Charging Case with a touch display for control, the LDAC codec for better sound on compatible devices, and longer battery life. They also offer wireless charging, which Bose lacks. But, they may not be the best for calls and meetings and have open enclosures, which typically provide less noise isolation than closed ones like on the Bose. Consider the JBL for longer battery life and tech-forward features, but choose the Bose for the best noise isolation and comfortable listening, especially while traveling or in noisy places. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
  • Very good for air travel
Advantages of the JBL Live Flex 3
  • Very good for music

Key differences

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Music

7.4
QuietComfort Earbuds II
Live Flex 3
8.0
The JBL Live Flex 3 is very good for music, while the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is good.

TV and Video

6.2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
Live Flex 3
5.7
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II is only fair for TV and video, while the JBL Live Flex 3 is poor.

Noise Reduction

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

Battery

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

Cost

$199
QuietComfort Earbuds II
Live Flex 3
$216
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The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II has a price of $199 and the JBL Live Flex 3 costs $216.

Build Quality

9.2
QuietComfort Earbuds II
Live Flex 3
8.5
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II has excellent build quality, while the JBL Live Flex 3 has very good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

5.5
QuietComfort Earbuds II
Live Flex 3
5.5
The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and JBL Live Flex 3 are both poor for gaming.

Phone Calls

5.1
QuietComfort Earbuds II
Live Flex 3
5.2
The JBL Live Flex 3 and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.0
QuietComfort Earbuds II
Live Flex 3
5.9
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II to be only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Live Flex 3 is poor.

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How the Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II and the JBL Live Flex 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Bose QuietComfort Earbuds IIJBL Live Flex 3
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds IIJBL Live Flex 3

GENERAL

Price
$199
$216
Brand
BoseJBL
Release Date
September 1, 2022June 1, 2024
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.4/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
5.2/105.3/10
Gaming Score
5.6/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
6.3/105.8/10
Exercise Score
8.5/108.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
7 Hours10 Hours
Wireless charging
NoYes
Charging time
2 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.3
Case Battery Life
2040

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
6.5/107/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
9.2/108.5/10
Comfort score
8.6/107/10
Size
MediumLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
7.7 Grams8.8 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | September 2023
"Bose’s flagship wireless earbuds were never going to be cheap, but the question was whether they’d be competitive in an area of the market where rivals have never been more capable. The fact that the company has not only managed to implement a successful redesign, but also push the envelope for noise-cancelling and sound quality in such a highly competitive category simultaneously is truly impressive."

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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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