JBL Quantum 100

JBL Quantum 100

JBL Quantum 100

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BEST RATING
Gaming:
4.6
MUSIC: Good7.0/10
CALLS: Poor5.5/10
GAMING: Very Good8.5/10
TV: Good7.1/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor4.5/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.0/10
AIR TRAVEL: Poor5.8/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Poor5.3/10
BUILD QUALITY: Fair6.5/10

The JBL Quantum 100 is an over-ear, wired headset offering good sound quality for its budget price, emphasizing gaming with its very good score in that category, thanks to its boom microphone, which is rated as the best for mic quality. They provide sound isolation and a closed-back enclosure, but don't come with active noise cancelling, so while helpful in reducing some background noise, they may not block out all ambient sounds like busier environments or airplane cabins. These headphones have a comfortable fit, although not rated the highest for comfort, so they're suitable for extended gaming sessions but might not be the best for very long periods of wear. They're not suited for exercise as they lack sweat-proof certification, and with a fair portability score, they are bulkier to carry around than more compact options. The 1.2-meter cable is non-detachable, which means if the cable gets damaged, it would require servicing rather than just replacing the cable. Ideal for gaming and casual listening, these headphones deliver a balanced trade-off between affordability and performance for the right user. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Affordable price
  • Closed design for noise isolation
  • Removable boom microphone included
Cons
  • Average build quality
  • Sound quality is only fair
  • Poor noise handling

Ratings by Category

Gaming:
4.6
The JBL Quantum 100 is very good for gaming primarily because of its wired connection, which ensures low latency essential for real-time reactions in games, and also possesses a good soundstage providing a more immersive gaming experience. Additionally, it boasts a boom microphone with the highest quality score, ensuring clear communication with teammates during gameplay.
TV & Video:
4.1
The JBL Quantum 100 headphones are suitable for watching TV and videos due to their wired connection, which ensures low latency and provides immediate audio sync. Additionally, their soundstage and imaging quality are rated as good, creating an immersive audio experience that enhances the enjoyment of visual content.
Music:
4.0
The JBL Quantum 100 is praised for its sound quality with a closed enclosure design that contributes to a consistent and controlled sound environment, and it scores well in soundstage/imaging, offering a more immersive listening experience for music. Although it doesn't support virtual surround or lossless codecs as it is wired, the overall sound and imaging capabilities make it a solid choice for music enthusiasts looking for a reliable audio experience without the need for wireless features.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$40
Brand
JBL
Release Date
May 1, 2020
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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7/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.5/10
Gaming Score
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8.6/10
TV and Video Score
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7.2/10
Exercise Score
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4/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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5.3/10
Virtual Surround
No
Mic Quality
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10/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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6.5/10
Comfort score
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6/10
Weight
220 Grams
Microphone style
Boom
Waterproof Rating
0

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Wes Davis | July 2023
"I appreciate a functional piece of tech as much as I do gear on the bleeding edge, and the JBL Quantum 100 certainly falls in the former category. The sound is reasonably good, the built-in microphone is surprisingly reliable and it has a thoughtful design for the price. It lacks the convenience of Bluetooth, sure, but sometimes it’s nice not to have to worry about the finicky nature of wireless communication and go with good old hard-wired tech."

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