JBL's new true wireless earbuds have so many cool features that I'm not sure where to begin.
The JBL Quantum TWS are wireless headphones designed for gaming, but the list of features may entice anyone.
JBL has unveiled a new set of true wireless earbuds that are jam-packed with cool features. The JBL Quantum TWS includes surround sound, active noise cancellation, a long battery life, super-clear microphones, and an optional USB-C dongle for connecting to non-Bluetooth devices...
Many of the best true wireless earbuds these days are focused on 3D audio and noise cancellation, so it's no surprise that JBL has included them here – JBL claims that the emphasis is on having full surround sound while gaming and blocking the noise to keep you in the zone, but these are features that anyone can use. I'm hoping they'll be useful for watching immersive movies while traveling as well...
There are six microphones to pick up your voice clearly – which should be just as good for in-game team communications as it is for calls or video chats – The eight-hour battery life in the buds (plus the case's 16-hour battery life) is impressive.
One of the most intriguing features is the USB-C dongle. This is extremely rare among true wireless earbuds – with the Bowers & Wilkins PI7 being a notable exception – and can be extremely useful, as it means you can use these buds with a PS5, for example, or you can simply plug the dongle into a computer or tablet you haven't paired with and immediately have use of your earbuds, which can be extremely useful at work.
They also have a second trick here: they can connect to both the dongle and a Bluetooth device at the same time, playing audio from both. This means they're excellent choices for playing online on the Nintendo Switch, as you can hear the game audio from the dongle and then use your phone to communicate with teammates. Alternatively, you could simply listen to music or podcasts while playing.
You can also customize their sound with the JBL QuantumENGINE PC software or the JBL Headphones app.
With a price of £129/$149, they're also very affordable – especially when you consider the features. As long as they deliver in terms of sound, they'll be one of my most anticipated headphones of the year. Let's hope they hold up in the long run.