JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless

JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless

JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Fair6.6/10
CALLS: Good7.8/10
GAMING: Good7.3/10
TV: Fair6.9/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Good7.3/10
EXERCISE: Poor5.9/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.1/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Fair6.5/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10
BATTERY: Best10.0/10

The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless earbuds are a budget-friendly choice with strong characteristics in certain areas. They're especially suitable for calls and meetings thanks to excellent microphone quality, and they're also well-built with reliable controls. They offer good portability and are sweatproof and dustproof, which makes them well-suited for exercise. However, they're not the best option for a rich sound experience while listening to music or for an immersive TV and gaming experience due to a low soundstage/imaging score. Although they're fairly comfortable, they may not be the best for long listening sessions, and they lack active noise cancelling. They're serviceable for casual book or podcast listening and have a fair noise isolation capability. These earbuds come equipped with app equalizer and app controls customization options, which could enhance their usability. They also have a decent battery life but do not support wireless charging. Give Feedback

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Evaluation

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Pros
  • Good overall sound quality
  • Very good mic quality
  • Sweatproof and dustproof
  • Very good portability
Cons
  • Poor soundstage and imaging
  • Fair comfort
  • No active noise cancelling
  • Poor use during exercise

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Calls:
4.4
This evaluates the product when used solely to make and receive calls. It takes into account how well the products are able to clearly reproduce the human voice, the quality of the integrated microphones and the battery life, when available, to be able to use them for longer sessions or conferences.
Air Travel:
4.4
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.
Portability:
4.4
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.
Gaming:
4.2
This score evaluates the product when used to play videogames. It takes into account wireless latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. Finally, the gaming score takes into account microphone quality for in-game voice chat. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.
Podcasts & Audiobooks:
4.2
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.
TV & Video:
4.0
The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless earbuds are wireless, lacking a wired connection which can often reduce latency, making them less suitable for video where audio sync is crucial. Additionally, while they have good overall sound quality, their soundstage and imaging are rated poorly, which can lessen the immersive experience when watching TV or videos.
Music:
3.6
The JBL Vibe Beam True Wireless earbuds are considered fair for listening to music partly because they have a closed enclosure type that can limit the sense of space in sound, and they also have a poor soundstage/imaging score, which means they may not reproduce the placement of instruments and sound objects very accurately. Additionally, these earbuds do not support virtual surround, which can otherwise enhance the listening experience by simulating a more immersive, three-dimensional sound environment.
Exercise:
3.0
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

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$45
Brand
JBL
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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6.6/10
Phone Calls Score
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7.9/10
Gaming Score
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7.4/10
TV and Video Score
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7/10
Exercise Score
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6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
8.3 hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
1.1 hours
Bluetooth version
5.2
Case Battery Life
16

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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6.5/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.5/10
Comfort score
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6/10
Size
Large
Weight of single earbud
8.8 grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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LaFonda | April 2023
"The Vibe Beam earbuds may not be a sleek as other earbuds in the price range, such as the equally priced Vibe Buds, but they sound great, have a long battery life, and come with an equalizer. And if you just need a solid pair if earbuds to get you through your commute, these will do the trick. I have no complaints here."

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