- Driver size: 11mm/0.4" Dynamic Driver
- Power supply: 5V 1A
- Earbud: 4.9g per pc (9.8g combined)/0.01 lbs per pc (0.02 lbs combined)
- Charging case: 43.7g/0.094 lbs
- Earbud battery type: Lithium-ion Battery (45mAh/3.85V)
- Charging case battery type: Lithium-ion Battery (620mAh/3.8V)
- Charging time: 2 hrs from empty
- Wireless charging time: 4 hrs from empty
- Music playtime with BT on and ANC off: Up to 7 hrs
- Music playtime with BT on and ANC on: Up to 6 hrs
- Music playtime with BT on and True Adaptive ANC on: Up to 5 hrs
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Sensitivity: 102dB SPL@1kHz
- Maximum SPL: 94dB
- Microphone sensitivity: -38dBV/Pa@1kHz
- Number of microphones: 6
- Bluetooth version: 5.2
- Bluetooth profile version: A2DP V1.3, AVRCP V1.6, HFP V1.8
- Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2.4GHz – 2.4835GHz
- Bluetooth transmitter power: <9dBm EIRP
- Bluetooth transmitter modulation: GFSK, π/4 QPSK, 8DPSK
- Maximum operation temperature: 45°C
What's in the Box
What's in the Box
- JBL Live Free 2 earbuds
- 3 sizes of ear tips
- Type-C USB charging cable
- Charging case
- Product QSG/Safety Sheet
Customer Reviews for JBL Live Free 2 True Wireless Noise Cancelling Earbuds
The JBL app interface is also improved, another pleasant surprise. Within the app you can turn on/off noise cancellation, adjust the bass/treble, customize the controls, and test the fit of the earbuds. A cool new feature I noticed is “voice aware” which lets you control the amount of audio feedback you hear. I didn’t think I would need this feature, but I played around with it during my Zoom conference calls, and it’s a game changer. I also love that I have the option of voice prompts for turning features on/off. Again, this wasn’t a feature I ever knew I needed, but especially when toggling between noise cancellation, talk-through and ambient aware, I found that I really loved having verbal feedback instead of just a sound or beep.
My final comment is on the shape because I had conflicted feelings about it. At first I didn’t really like it, my first thought is that they were super slippery jelly beans. I had a hard time getting them quickly out of the case and into my ears. And trying to adjust them in my ears would set off the gestures. But after a day or two, I realized I just needed to get used to them. The slight curve in the shape is actually designed for holding them (duh). And the small shape actually mean that they fit really nicely inside my ear. They don’t stick out like crazy. I wore them on a long flight and was able to rest my head comfortably on a pillow without jabbing the earbuds into my head. I was very happy!
In conclusion, a really really nice set of premium earbuds. The amazing JBL sound is what you would expect. But it also adds a few thoughtful features that really impressed me and make them worth upgrading to.
The sound is solid! I'm on quite a few streaming services and I play local files as well. They are only SBC/AAC so don't expect any HiFi sound, but the CD quality is beautifully balanced. Expansive sound for little dudes, check out EPROM 'The Cat' or Lane 8 'Reviver' or Four Tet 'Insect Near Piha Beach'.
Very happy, will use until they're dead!
The case and buds overall are lightweight and easily portable. The sound quality is pretty good compared to some of the other JBL ear buds available. They have great bass and are louder than expected. I also like how you can tap or hold for commands. They charge pretty fast and hold a charge for a long time. That isn't anything new for JBL quality ear buds.You can also use one ear bud at a time and when you take it out of your ear, it automatically stops the music and start the music once you put it back into your ear. These also can be used in the JBL app which is convenient.
The oval tube design and 3 different size silicone tips help fit your ear canal perfectly. They're also lightweight and don't get hot with use like other earbuds. The tight fit with your ear canal also helps the sound quality. When noise canceling is turned on, it's almost like wearing earplugs. Ambient Aware takes a little getting used to since the earbud is passing ambient sound through, but it works well. Talk Through is the best way to converse with someone while wearing these earbuds. Unfortunately, the audio they were playing becomes silent and continues playing. I wish the JBL Headphone app had settings allowing you to adjust the amount of audio to hear in the background while Talk Through is activated.
Nevertheless, the sound these little earbuds produce is fantastic. Podcasts are crisp and clear. Songs heavy in bass rattle your spine. The clarity of the high highs and low lows are impressive. These earbuds are also extremely loud. I have never turned them up past 50% volume and usually listen to them at around 10% volume.
I really like the control features of these earbuds. Being able to pause/play, skip, turn on and off Noise Canceling/Ambient Aware, and use your favorite digital assistant all through tapping or holding the left or right earbud is intuitive. All of this can be done without using the JBL Headphone app. If you choose to install the app, you can update the earbud firmware, check the fit of the earbuds, and analyze your ear canal for optimal noise cancelation.
I would not hesitate to buy these earbuds; they're incredible!
Sound: These sound good straight out of the box. However, I found them to sound much better after playing around with the equalizer. Although they are very clear, they weren't very loud and were missing some bass. After enabling EQ and adjusting the sound, they were performing brilliantly. The lows/bass are very punchy, mids/vocals are very clear, and even high-hats at the highs are powerful. Then, the adjustments I referred to above can be executed via the JBL Headphones app and I love it! The new user interface is very aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate through. I love that we can now adjust and set the amount of adaptive noise canceling or ambient aware we want from the earbuds. Combined with the tight seal of the ear canal, the ANC performs very well and it blocks most of the noise. It’s very comfortable in the ear as far as the pressure goes and I sometimes forget that I have these earbuds on with the ANC. It made my commute more enjoyable and blocked all of the general noises and barely let in the loudest noises on public transportation. Ambient aware is a very useful feature but the old earbuds lacked this adjustment option. I'm definitely going to be using the ambient aware feature more often with these earbuds. The same case applies to the adjustable ANC feature. Overall, I love the customizability of these earbuds via the app and it definitely adds a lot of value to the listening experience.
Microphone: It's a great sounding microphone and many people said that I sound crystal clear. However, the quality went down a little bit when I was on a very loud shuttle bus ride. So, unless you're in a loud place with a lot of motion, the microphone should be more than enough (based on my experience). The best feature has to be the VoiceAware in the app. It enables the user to control how much of their own voice they hear during calls. When I picked up a call, it disabled my ANC and turned on my assigned setting automatically. This is a great feature because I tend to talk loud with earbuds in and this allows me to judge my own voice and adjust it accordingly to not bother anyone in public.
Charging case: I love the wireless charging!!! This was a must for JBL earbuds and I'm happy that we have that in this case. The case is very compact, sturdy, minimal, professional-looking, and has a matte silver finish. The two magnets/pins inside the case are also very strong and they pull the earbuds right into place (Not all magnets place the earbuds correctly so it's important to mention). The LED battery indicators in the front are also very sleek and blend in. They give a general idea of how much battery is left but I prefer to check the accurate battery percentage via the app.
Battery Life: I got just over 5 hours with these earbuds (ANC turned on) but I usually use them on my commute so the battery life wasn't a problem for me. They also charge very fast and live up to the "15min charge = 4h music" claim. Even if they run out of battery you can always pop them back in the charging case and get a usable percentage back.
Side note: The orange USB Type-C charging cable that came in the box is very short.
On-earbud control buttons: I love that they are customizable in the JBL Headphones app as usual. There are different presets you can assign to each earbud such as one touch on the right to stop the music and tap twice to go to the next track and the same with the left earbud. They have a large surface area on the outside where the touch controls work and the battery is located. Despite this factor, the touch area is located in a very convenient spot so it's hard to miss the touch control. At the same time, it's very sensitive. That's a plus for me because a simple/light touch stops the music. There were some instances where I paused or played the music by accident but it wasn't often and didn't bother me. The silver look is very elegant and looks high-quality from the side.
Fit: They fit quite nicely and comfortably despite their shape. Most of the earbuds I have from JBL are rounded. They pretty much cover the entire entrance of the ear canal. On the other hand, these earbuds kind of stretch the ear horizontally. Although it's a different fit, I enjoyed it better than my other earbuds. The positive side of this shape is that I don't have to pinch my ear or try to squeeze out the earbuds. They have a small dent at the top which houses the index finger when taking out the earbuds and it makes the process easier. This shape also blends in with the ear better than others. It doesn't stick out or look awkward in the ear. The earbuds are also very lightweight with great insolation.
Other points: There is a section in the app to check the best fit for earbuds which essentially just tells you if you have the earbuds on correctly. Then, there's an ear canal test that "analyzes your ear canal to give you the best ANC experience." I wish I could've provided feedback on this as well but it didn't work. I updated my app and did everything but it always failed and gave an error message. There's also the classic auto & pause feature. Sensors detect if the earbuds are placed in the ear or not and play/pause the audio automatically. These can be turned off from the app but I enjoy it on. Lastly, the earbuds are good with remembering the last settings you applied or set. However, one annoying feature, at first, was the one earbud usage. The single earbud automatically goes into ambient aware mode and let all the noise in once the other one is placed into the charging case. It took me a little bit to figure out what was going on or find the cause of it. Everything was fine once I switched off the ambient sound control tab in the app with the single active earbud.
Overall, these earbuds are very versatile, well-designed, and high-quality. I can see why it received an honoree award from the 2022 CES Innovation Awards. This pair already replaced my current earbuds and I can easily recommend them. These are hands-down the best pair of TWS earbuds I have from JBL.
As far as the earbuds goes, it did take me a couple of minutes to actually figure out the right orientation. My first attempt at putting them in I just thought they were not going to fit and I even tried changing the ear tip size without realizing I was actually wearing them the wrong way. Another thing that is a bit cumbersome is that every time I put them on, the gestures are activated. It is hard to put the earbuds in without touching the gesture panels since they cover most of the surface area, so while I put them on anything from pausing the music and changing the noise cancellation levels gets activated. While I still wish the sound was slightly crispier, I do think it is still good quality.