- Driver size: 50mm Dynamic drivers
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Microphone frequency response: 100Hz – 10kHz
- Max input power: 30 mW
- Sensitivity: 100dB SPL @1kHz/1mW
- Maximum SPL: 95dB
- Microphone sensitivity: -40dBV/Pa @1kHz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- 2.4G Wireless transmitter power: <14dBm
- 2.4G Wireless modulation: GFSK, π/4 DQPSK
- 2.4G Wireless carrier frequency: 2400MHz – 2483.5MHz
- Battery Type: Li-ion battery (3.7V/1000mAh)
- Power supply: 5V 2A
- Charging time: 3 hrs
- Music playtime with RGB lighting off: 40 hrs
- Microphone pickup pattern: Unidirectional
- Weight: 357g
What's in the Box
What's in the Box
- JBL Quantum 610 Wireless headset
- USB Charging cable
- 3.5mm Audio cable
- USB Wireless dongle
- Windshield foam for boom microphone
- Quick-start guide
- Warranty card
- Safety sheet
Customer Reviews for JBL Quantum 610 Wireless Over-Ear Gaming Headset
So, after unboxing this pair and trying them on, my first impression was these are comfortable. I consider them to be lightweight; they're definitely not heavy, so they don't feel like weights on your head. They have really soft cushion which I liked as it was comfortable to my head and ears. They're not noise-canceling, so with them on and no sound coming through, you can hear other sounds in your environment moderately well.
Included in the box is a 3.5 mm aux cord, a USB type-A charging cable, and a USB Bluetooth wireless adapter. Anxious to get an idea of the sound, I took an unconventional approach for such a headset by first testing the sound like a would a normal pair of headphones. My hearing skills when listening to music through a new pair of headphones gives me a general idea of how I feel about the sound and the headphones themself, so I plugged in the aux cord to my Android phone (where I normally use to listen to music through my JBL Club 950NC headphones) and I played music familiar to me to get an idea. I quickly learned that these are not designed for recreational music listening. At least not in my opinion. The sound was so far different than I could have imagined in areas like mid-range, bass, presence and tone. The volume at max level also sounds to be significantly lower than my experience with my other JBL headphones. There was, however, one cool thing that I enjoyed while testing these on music and that was the "QuantumSound" surround sound. They give off a great ambience with music coming through in surround sound, which I learned later compliments video game playing that uses background music. For the surround sound, I give it a 9 out of 10.
After testing it out by listening to a couple of songs, I decided that my next test for it should be on my computer via Zoom. I did this using the USB type-A cable which my computer picked up with in very quick time with no trouble whatsoever. I began a Zoom call with a friend and, after having some difficulty on my end getting Zoom to use the JBL headset as my sound device vs my webcam mic, my friend was able to hear me loud and clear. I, too, could hear them well and the sound I felt was pretty decent - not knowing what to expect chat-wise, of course.
For my final test, I decided to take this headset to where it belongs - connected via a game system. I used the aux cable to plug into my PS4 controller while playing Madden '21. As stated above, I'm not a big gamer, though I do have a few games. I went with Madden because of it's use of music, crowd ambiance, controller button sound fx, commentator dialogue and, of course, football sound fx. Here is where it all began to makee sense to me - the volume and the surround sound. Unfortunately, I've never played online with anyone, so I was not able to chat using the built-in mic during gameplay - but sound-wise, I was able to enjoy this headset more now than before. The music during the game settings screen sounded good (I'm not sure if the games' developers mix or EQ the music for video games differently than commercially released music, but nonetheless - it sounded good). The crowd had a wide stereo sound that game the gameplay a great feel because of the headset's surround sound. The commentators sounded clear with great presence, and the sound fx of the football being caught and players tackling one another sounded really good. It wasn't until this moment that I appreciated that the volume of the headset wasn't louder, as I initially thought it was low while first listening to music from my phone. I think the volume is good at max level for gameplay (and yes, I did check the settings on my PS4 to ensure that I had it at max level directly from the settings) so that when gamers are playing, it's not so loud that the entire house could burn down without them hearing noise outside of the headset. I was still able to hear my family speaking around me, although I would occasionally have to pull the headset back off of one ear to hear them clearly. Considering this was my first experience hearing a gaming headset, I'd give the Quantum 610 Wireless a 9 out of 10. I still think a little bit of a boost of mid-range and high-end could enhance the sound just a bit more.
Lastly since I hadn't mentioned it yet, the buttons, switch and volume dial on the aux cable and headset are pretty straightforward. With just the push of a button on the headset (or a flip of the switch on the aux cable), you can quickly mute your mic. I tested this out during my Zoom call and it worked as designed. You can also just flip the mic-piece upward for it to mute and you will see a red light indicator near the tip of the mic indicating that you're on mute. There's a volume dial on both the headset and aux cable, as well as a chat/audio balance dial on the headset only. Oh yeah, when connected via Bluetooth, the JBL logo on the outside of each ear of the headset glows a few different colors which looks pretty cool, too.
All-in-all, I'd give these a 9.8 out of 10. I can't think of much of anything that I feel like they're lacking and honestly, because I have no other headset to compare them to, I'm not sure if these average or above average. My experience with JBL, however, won't allow me to even entertain the thought that they could possibly be below average - that's just silly talk! Lol.
JBL - thank you, as always, for consistently designing and delivering your fans and supporters quality sound a grade-A experience every time. You guys ROCK!
Microphone: I love the "flip-up to mute" feature. It comes in handy during gaming or chatting/video calling sessions when you immediately want to mute. The small red LED light is also well-thought and placed. However, if you are using the headset wired, when you flip the mute switch on the cable, the light on the microphone doesn't turn red. It's visible in the software but would've been nice to add that little touch with the LED light. Overall, it sounds clear, I had no issues with the sound or got complaints about the audio from the other side. The mic is also flexible and once I was told that I was too loud, I simply moved it away from my mouth to a more comfortable spot. The mic looks like it would only move in only one direction from photos but it's very adjustable and easy to use. There's a microphone section in the software as well. "Mic Level", "Mic Volume", and "Sidetone" could be all adjusted from the software with sliders in order to get the best out of the mic.
On-headphone control buttons: I loved the buttons and their placements on the headset. They weren't in accidentally pressing areas with my usage. The right earcup only has the iconic JBL on/off flip switch for Bluetooth use. The left earcup has the volume + game-chat dial and the mute button. The game-chat dial is very convenient, and switching between the game/video sound to the chat room effortlessly was game-changing. Although the dials are smooth, they were still firm enough to not move or change settings with head movements.
Fit/Comfort: The earcup pads and the headband are very soft and comfortable for long uses. The headset is flexible and I didn't have any comfort issues. The only negative factor I came across was the headband adjustment levels. If a headset has 10 adjustable levels I'm usually at the 6/7th level which still leaves some room at the top. However, with this pair, I maxed it out. I don't have a large head but someone with one might find this pair a bit uncomfortable with the pressure coming down the headband. Other than that, the headset is very comfortable and although it's a bit on the heavy side, the weight didn't bother me at all. I enjoyed the freedom of no cables and the battery lasted for quite a while.
JBL Quantum Engine PC Software: The software is great and I loved using it. It would've been nice if it had a different layout and user interface options but it gets the job done. I love customizing my products and the software provides just that. The RGB JBL logos on the earcups can also light up with effects. There are "Breathing", "Solid", "Wave", and "Glitch" effects available in the software. You can link any effect to any color and pretty much create your own light artwork and change the colors depending on your setup, game, mood, etc. The software is very easy to use and it definitely enhances the performance you would get from the headset.
Overall, I would recommend this headset to gamers. Compared to other headsets in this price range, this pair has a lot to offer anywhere from customizability to the wireless connection. Everyone has different needs, of course, but for what I look for in a gaming headset, this satisfies most of the factors.
The mouth boom is awesome. Easy on/off voice feature allows tilting the boom up so no one can hear you talk. It is the right length and it does an superb job on now allowing exterior noises to be heard...no exterior feedback when the mic is on. If the mouth boom was removable, that would be so nice!
My second complaint besides the shallow ear cups is the dongle you have to use for wireless connectivity. Lets say you game off of an iPhone... be prepared to buy another dongle to connect to your iPhone where the JBL dongle will connect too. I am an android user so no issues gaming off my phone with this headset, but my daughter has the newest iPhone and the USB dongle doesn't fit the USB C slot of her iPhone.
Once you turn the headset on, it came charged, the ear cup JBL logo lights up with a subtle blue and alternating purple color... giving the headset a more expensive look. If the JBL logo colors aren't to your liking, it can be turned off. The software is easy to follow and use.
What really surprised me and put a smile on my face is the sound. These speakers sound clear, crisp, and the noise cancellation is incredible. The bass you get along with the highs was just incredible...seriously, a great listening experience.
If these were Bluetooth, the boom could be removed, ear cups made a tad deeper, and came with a dongle for iPhone gaming, this headset would get 5 stars and would be my go to for gaming and on the go work-out, headset of choice. For now they will serve the purpose for my zoom calls and some gaming. I may be nit picking the Quantum 610 headset because it's a quality headset at a very good price!
My headset was fully charged in a less than an hour, though I've read it takes three hours to fully charge from zero. Battery life is stated to be 40 hours, and that is consistent with what I've seen. If the battery does run out, you can still use it while charging.
The headset is super comfortable, with a thick pad on your head and very squishy ear cups. I never had that achy feeling across my dome or sore ears after an all nighter. The microphone is not removable, but it rotates up and down and bends and holds if you need to adjust it or move it out of the way. I like the included sidetalk feature to hear yourself in the headset. The mic functions beautifully, it captures my voice loudly and resonantly but if a sound is just a few inches further away, it's not picked up.
Comparing this headset to my Quantum One, there are two stark differences (other than the fact that the One is corded). The first is that the 610 has no noise cancelling. Now for me, gaming alone in my basement, I don't miss that feature at all. But if you're in a gaming center or with a group, or game on the go, you may want to spend just a bit more for the 810 model, which has active noise cancelling. The second big difference is the sound quality. This is the only place where the 610 shows why it's half the price of the One. I found the sound enjoyable, but very bass heavy. Using the equalizer helps this, but there's also a little muddiness in the sound.. with music or movies, highs and lows get a little lost together. Where the two headsets agree is on surround sound and positionality. Movies in DTS present allllmost as good a sound field as my 7.1 Atmos home theater. In gaming, I can easily tell where footsteps, gun shots, etc are coming from.
Overall this is an easy to use, long lasting, super comfortable headset. The controls are good and the software is robust. If you need ANC, or you're an audiophile who wants to also use these for music and movies, I'd like to spend a little more.