JBL Live Flex 3

JBL Live Flex 3

JBL Live Flex 3

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Very Good8.0/10
CALLS: Poor5.2/10
GAMING: Poor5.5/10
TV: Poor5.7/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor5.9/10
EXERCISE: Very Good8.4/10
AIR TRAVEL: Fair6.7/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Very Good8.3/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10

The JBL Live Flex 3 earbuds are a premium option with an open enclosure and a stemmed design, providing very good overall sound quality. They have wireless capabilities with support for LDAC and AAC codecs, which means they can deliver high-quality sound over Bluetooth, but may not be suitable for activities that require low latency, such as gaming or watching TV. They're sweatproof and dustproof, making them a great choice for exercise, and they have active noise cancelling for better noise isolation, which can be beneficial during air travel. The earbuds are slightly heavier compared to other models and come with a Smart Charging Case featuring a 1.45-inch LED touch display to adjust settings like volume and ANC. The battery life is 10 hours, with the charging case providing an additional 40 hours, and they support wireless charging, which is convenient. However, calls and meetings may not be their strong suit due to the poor performance in that area. For customization, the JBL Live Flex 3 earbuds offer an app equalizer and controls customization for a personalized listening experience. They also have ear detection, which can automatically pause and play music when you remove or insert the earbuds. In summary, the JBL Live Flex 3 are a solid choice for customers looking for premium earbuds with great music listening features, especially for exercise or travel, though they may not be the best for calls or latency-sensitive uses. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good overall sound quality
  • Effective noise isolation
  • Supports LDAC
  • Sweat and dustproof
  • Wireless charging capability
Cons
  • Not suitable for gaming or TV
  • Poor performance for calls and meetings
  • Open-enclosure may leak sound
  • Limited battery life

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
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.
Air Travel:
3.7
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.
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

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GENERAL

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

SOUND

Music Score
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8.1/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.3/10
Gaming Score
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5.5/10
TV and Video Score
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5.8/10
Exercise Score
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8.4/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
10 Hours
Wireless charging
Yes
Charging time
2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.3
Case Battery Life
40

FEATURES

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

BUILD AND DESIGN

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

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