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JBL Live 650BTNC

JBL Live 650BTNC
alaScore 92

86 reviews

Aug, 2021

alaTest has collected and analyzed 86 reviews of JBL Live 650BTNC. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Headphones for all reviews. People really like the noise isolation and usability. The price and comfort also get good reviews, whereas many are critical about the soundstage and portability.

sound, comfort, price, usability, noise isolation

portability, soundstage

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headphones the JBL Live 650BTNC is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Tim Gideon (

JBL Live 650BTNC


The JBL Live 650BTNC headphones deliver powerful audio performance and average noise cancellation in a wireless design that also works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Powerful bass depth. Adjustable EQ. Alexa and Google Assistant support. Can be used in wireless or wired modes. Excellent mic clarity.

Voice commands require press of a button. No track navigation controls. Merely decent noise cancellation.

Bass lovers will enjoy the powerful lows the JBL Live 650BTNC can conjure, and those looking for a more balanced, crisp sound can adjust things using the app's EQ. The built-in mic offers excellent clarity, the headphones are quite comfortable, and the...

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Jean-Simon Bonneterre (

JBL Live 650 BTNC Wireless Review


The JBL Live 650 BTNC Wireless are well-built, comfortable over-ears. Out-of-the-box, they have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds a little extra thum...

Parametric EQ and presets. Well-built, comfortable design. Low latency over wired connection.

Mediocre microphone recording quality. Poor passive soundstage performance. ANC feature struggles to block out bass-heavy ambient noise. Not very breathable.

The JBL Live 650 BTNC are decent for mixed usage. Out-of-the-box, they have a pretty neutral, though slightly bass-heavy sound profile that's suitable for lots of different audio content. You can easily customize their sound using the parametric EQ and...

Mar, 2021

Expert review by : Scott Schaen (

JBL Live 650BTNC noise canceling headphones review: an affordable alternative to Sony and Bose


There's some tough competition on the market for Bluetooth noise canceling headphones, and JBL's Live 650BTNC are here to compete with a slightly more affordable price tag. Furthermore, these over-ear headphones feature may offer the There's some tough...

Excellent sound ; Easy to use controls ; Collapsible ; Alexa and Google Assistant support ; Solid design and comfort ; 20+ hour battery life

Weak noise cancellation ; Non standard 2.5mm jack ; Extended wear creates pressure on head ; Limited settings in app

Don’t get them for their noise cancelation, but get them for their amazing audio

May, 2019

Expert review by : Alex Hernandez (

JBL LIVE 650BTNC review: An excellent pair of noise-cancelling headphones


Noise-cancelling headphones are very useful in a myriad of situations, like traveling and the JBL LIVE 650BTNC headphones are excellent.

Nice design, looks better than Bose ; Easy to use and setup ; Great sound and acceptable ANC ; Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa capable ; Great battery life ; Great build quality ; Great value for money ; Simple app used for EQ and firmware updates

Headband can become uncomfortable after long hours of use ; Wish these had USB Type-C charging

Not everyone wants to drop over $300 on a pair of ANC headphones. JBL offers a pair that is $150 less and, in my opinion, compete nicely with the higher priced offerings. These are certainly a pair of ANC headphones to put on your consideration list if...

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Aaron Sigal (ecoustics)

JBL LIVE 650BTNC Wireless Headphones Review - The Modern Man's Headphone -


For $199 the JBL LIVE 650BTNC Over-ear Wireless Headphones have good battery life, relatively effective ANC and excellent comfort.

Apr, 2019

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

JBL Live 650BTNC review


Perfect middle ground headphones or just middle-of-the-road?

Good feature-set ; Sweetly communicative midrange ; Nicely built

Dominant, droning bass ; Hard, clattering treble

These noise-cancelling headphones are quite fun, right until the moment they become absolutely exhausting

May, 2020

Expert review by : Lewis Leong (

JBL Live 650BTNC review


One of the best budget noise-cancelling headphones around

Dynamic, punchy sound ; Supports Google Assistant + Alexa ; Extremely comfortable

MicroUSB charging ; Good, but not class-leading ANC ; Non-adjustable ANC

The JBL Live 650BTNC offers good noise-cancellation, battery life, comfort, and features for a great price. We came away impressed at the well-rounded package JBL put together here and highly recommend it those who don’t want to splurge on the flagship...

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

JBL Live 650BTNC over-ear headphones review: Bona fide bargain noise-cancelling cans


Bluetooth headphones with active noise-cancelling tend to cost a fair whack - but not this JBL set, which is feature heavy for a bargain price.

Rapid Google connectivity and Bluetooth connectivity makes for ease of use ; Fairly effective active noise-cancelling (ANC) for blocking out hiss/hum ; Good audio output for the asking price

Micro-USB cable rather than USB-C ; Overladen with logos ; ANC less capable than rivals ; Audio quality and balance not on par with pricier rivals

Looking for a noise-cancelling bargain? Look no further - JBL has delivered a highly capable wireless ANC set of cans for the budget.

Aug, 2019

Expert review by : David Carnoy (

JBL Live 650BTNC review: Top-notch headphone audio that costs less than Bose and Sony


This $200 noise-canceling headphone serves up impressive sound, making it a more affordable alternative to models from Bose and Sony.

The JBL Live 650BTNC has impressive sound and a comfortable fit while costing less than its premium rivals. The design seems sturdy and it folds up to fit in an included canvas pouch. It supports Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa with a button press.

The noise cancelation isn't as good as Sony's or Bose's.

While its noise-canceling feature and comfort level aren't quite on par with competing models from Bose and Sony, its sound measures up well and it's worth considering if you don't want to spend $300 or more on a noise-canceling headphone.

Apr, 2019

Consumer review (

Value for money.


Fed up with in-ear/wired headphones, I opted for these, following a review in 'Which' magazine. Very happy with them and think they are good value at a very good price from Richer Sounds.

May, 2021

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