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Updated January 10, 2024·

The JBL Live Pro 2 earbuds are a strong choice if you prioritize battery life and active noise cancelling, which is great for air travel or noisy environments. However, they lack low latency mode, which may not be the best for gaming. On the other hand, "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick boasts superior microphone quality and overall sound, and includes a low latency mode making it more suitable for gaming and calls. They have a stem design, are slightly lighter, and support AAC codec, which may be beneficial if you're using Apple devices. If cost is a significant factor and gaming or call quality are priorities, the Ear Stick may edge out despite its lower battery life and absence of wireless charging. Both are sweatproof and stemless/with stem, offering comfort during exercise. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the JBL Live Pro 2
  • Very good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel
Advantages of the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Gaming

5.3
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
8.1
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is very good for gaming, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

Phone Calls

5.2
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
8.6
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is very good for phone calls, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.8
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
8.4
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

TV and Video

5.5
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
7.5
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is good for TV and video, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

Noise Reduction

9.1
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
2.5
The JBL Live Pro 2 is excellent for noise reduction, while the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick is poor.

Battery

8.3 Hours
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
5.0 Hours
The JBL Live Pro 2 has 8.3 hours of battery life. The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$100
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
$108
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The JBL Live Pro 2 has a price of $100 and the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick costs $108.

Build Quality

7.0
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
9.0
The "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick has excellent build quality, while the JBL Live Pro 2 has good build quality.
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Key similarities

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Music

5.9
Live Pro 2
Ear Stick
6.1
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick to be only fair for music, while the JBL Live Pro 2 is poor.

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How the JBL Live Pro 2 and the "Nothing" Brand Ear Stick compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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JBL Live Pro 2"Nothing" Brand Ear Stick
JBL Live Pro 2"Nothing" Brand Ear Stick

GENERAL

Price
$100
$108
Brand
JBL"Nothing" Brand
Release Date
June 1, 2022November 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
5.9/106.2/10
Phone Calls Score
5.2/108.7/10
Gaming Score
5.4/108.2/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/107.6/10
Exercise Score
8/107/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
8.3 Hours5 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
0.8 Hours1.2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.25.2
Case Battery Life
2422

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
9.1/102.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/108.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
7/109/10
Comfort score
7/107/10
Size
SmallSmall
Weight (headset or single earbud)
4.8 Grams4.4 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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JBL Live Pro 2

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What HiFi?

What HiFi? | February 2023
"The JBL Live Pro 2 TWS occupy an interesting space in the wireless earbuds market. They’re a step up from cheap wireless earbuds and allow you to access better sound quality without having to make the jump to more premium options from the likes of Bose, Sony and Sennheiser. They’re an entertaining listen, easy to use and manage to pack in a lot of useful features. We think they’re well worth a listen."

"Nothing" Brand Ear Stick

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Sound Guys

Jasper Lastoria | December 2022
"If the Ear (stick) fits your ears, its light weight means you can easily wear it until the unimpressive battery life totally drains. The IP54 rating of the buds lends some confidence that it’ll survive some light abuse too. Finally, for the person who only wears earbuds at their desk, the Nothing Ear (stick) with its decent microphone could offer a reasonable Zoom meeting solution."

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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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