JBL Live Beam 3

JBL Live Beam 3

JBL Live Beam 3

Last updated -- hours ago | Report incorrect information
BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Good7.8/10
CALLS: Poor5.2/10
GAMING: Poor5.4/10
TV: Poor5.6/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor5.9/10
EXERCISE: Very Good8.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.5/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Very Good8.3/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10

The JBL Live Beam 3 earbuds feature a premium price point with a closed, stemmed design making them good for noise isolation but less ideal for a wide soundstage. They offer very good overall sound quality and comfort, with built-in controls that are user-friendly. While suitable for music and exercise due to their sweat and dustproof certification, they are not recommended for gaming or watching TV due to lower scores in these areas. The battery life is solid at 12 hours, extendable to 36 with the smart charging case that also facilitates wireless charging. Unique to these earbuds is the Smart Charging Case with an LED touch display for volume and ANC control. Active noise cancelling is included, enhancing their use during air travel. They come with LDAC and AAC codec support, though low latency performance is not highlighted. The earbuds are optimized for both Android and Apple devices, and offer features such as ear detection and a customizable app equalizer. They do not come with a cable as they are wireless, and they are not suitable for high-intensity workouts if you prioritize sound quality dedicated to gaming or TV. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

Chevron down
Pros
  • Very good overall sound quality
  • Integrated Smart Charging Case with LED touch
  • Active Noise Cancelling feature
  • Wireless charging capability
  • Optimized for Android and Apple
Cons
  • Poor performance for calls, meetings, gaming, TV
  • Short battery life of 12 hours
  • Large earbud size might be uncomfortable
  • No wired connection option

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Air Travel:
4.6
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Exercise:
4.5
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Music:
4.4
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
Portability:
4.1
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
3.0
This score evaluates the product when used solely to listen to podcasts or audiobooks. It takes into account sound quality and sound signature, to be able to keep voices clear and intelligible. It also considers battery life, when available, and comfort.

Full Specs

Chevron down

GENERAL

Price
$216
Brand
JBL
Release Date
June 1, 2024
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
PerfectRec logo
7.9/10
Phone Calls Score
PerfectRec logo
5.3/10
Gaming Score
PerfectRec logo
5.4/10
TV and Video Score
PerfectRec logo
5.7/10
Exercise Score
PerfectRec logo
8.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
12 Hours
Wireless charging
Yes
Charging time
2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.3
Case Battery Life
36

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
PerfectRec logo
8.4/10
Virtual Surround
Yes
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
PerfectRec logo
7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
PerfectRec logo
8.5/10
Comfort score
PerfectRec logo
7/10
Size
Large
Weight of single earbud
8.8 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated

Comparison charts

Chevron down

Give feedback

We're constantly perfecting our model

Earbuds or Headphones guides you may be interested in

Chevron down

FAQs

Chevron down

FAQs about JBL Live Beam 3

FAQs about earbuds and headphones

Questions about PerfectRec >

Why trust us

Chevron down
This information was produced and vetted by the PerfectRec earbuds & headphones team. We are a product research and recommendation organization that meticulously reviews and evaluates the latest earbuds or headphones information and makes it digestible for you.

By the numbers

108
Earbuds and headphones evaluated
11,340
Earbuds and headphones stats compiled
15
Proprietary Earbuds and headphones ratings developed
47,000
Recommendations made
7,050
Consumer hours saved

About the Earbuds or Headphones team

Joe Golden, Ph.D

CEO and Earbuds and Headphones Editor
Joe is an entrepreneur and lifelong electronics enthusiast with a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Michigan.

Nick Landia, Ph.D

Chief Data Scientist
Nick is a machine learning expert with a Ph.D in recommendation systems from the University of Warwick.

Aaron Koller, Ph.D

Head of Product
Aaron is a product leader and recommendation enthusiast with a Ph.D in philosophy from Syracuse University.

Jason Lew

Staff Expert & Software Engineer
Jason is a staff expert and software engineer that has been making laptop recommendations for 7 years and moderates one of the largest laptop subreddits.

Chandradeep Chowdhury

Staff Expert & Software Engineer
Chandradeep is a staff expert and software engineer and expert in televisions and monitors. He’s been making monitor recommendations for ten years.

Luis Torres

Earbuds and Headphones Expert
Luis is a Mexico-based headphones expert. He’s been making headphone recommendations for five years and has close to 100 pairs in his personal collection.

Featured in

Color LTT LogoGeekwire logo9to5 Mac logoPhone Arena LogoColor Daring Fireball logo