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Live Buds 3
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Expected 2024-06-01
Since the JBL Live Buds 3 isn't released yet, some data represents our best estimate because the details aren't available
Live Flex 3
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Expected 2024-06-01
Since the JBL Live Flex 3 isn't released yet, some data represents our best estimate because the details aren't available

What we think

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Updated April 10, 2024·

If you prioritize having a more immersive listening experience while exercising or traveling and value active noise cancelling (ANC), the Live Buds 3 would be your go-to as they offer better sound isolation. However, for a more open sound experience that can be beneficial when needing to remain aware of your surroundings, the Live Flex 3 featuring an open design might suit you better. Both are sweatproof and have similar battery lives, but the Live Buds 3 have a closed enclosure which helps in noisy environments, whereas the Live Flex 3 provide only fair noise isolation which might not be ideal for noisier settings. Each has a smart charging case with LED touch display for convenience, and they are optimized for both Android and Apple devices. Keep in mind neither are recommended for gaming or watching TV due to their poor performance in these areas. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the JBL Live Buds 3
  • Very good for air travel
Advantages of the JBL Live Flex 3
  • Very good for music

Key similarities

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Music

7.8
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
8.0
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers JBL Live Flex 3 to be very good for music, while the JBL Live Buds 3 is good.

Gaming

5.4
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
5.5
The JBL Live Flex 3 and JBL Live Buds 3 are both poor for gaming.

Phone Calls

5.2
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
5.2
The JBL Live Buds 3 and JBL Live Flex 3 are both poor for phone calls.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.9
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
5.9
The JBL Live Buds 3 and JBL Live Flex 3 are both poor for podcasts and audiobooks.

TV and Video

5.6
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
5.7
The JBL Live Flex 3 and JBL Live Buds 3 are both poor for TV and video.

Noise Reduction

8.3
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
8.3
The JBL Live Buds 3 and JBL Live Flex 3 are both very good for noise reduction.

Battery

10.0 Hours
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
10.0 Hours
The JBL Live Buds 3 has 10 hours of battery life. The JBL Live Flex 3 has 10 hours of battery life.

Cost

$216
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
$216
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The JBL Live Buds 3 has a price of $216 and the JBL Live Flex 3 costs $216.

Build Quality

8.5
Live Buds 3
Live Flex 3
8.5
The JBL Live Buds 3 and JBL Live Flex 3 both have very good build quality.
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How the JBL Live Buds 3 and the JBL Live Flex 3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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JBL Live Buds 3JBL Live Flex 3
JBL Live Buds 3JBL Live Flex 3

GENERAL

Price
$216
$216
Brand
JBLJBL
Release Date
June 1, 2024June 1, 2024
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
7.9/108.1/10
Phone Calls Score
5.3/105.3/10
Gaming Score
5.4/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
5.7/105.8/10
Exercise Score
8.4/108.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
10 Hours10 Hours
Wireless charging
YesYes
Charging time
2 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.35.3
Case Battery Life
3040

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
8.4/108.4/10
Virtual Surround
YesYes
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/107/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7/107/10
Size
LargeLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
8.8 Grams8.8 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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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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