JBL Quantum TWS earbuds, and we have used them every day since then. Even though we don’t like how big they are, we couldn’t pass up the great sound and long battery life. With a new, more streamlined version of the Airs coming out, we had to see what improvements have been made. There are still some problems with the original TWS, but the sound is still as good as it gets. The TWS Air case is much smaller than the original TWS case. Of course, that’s because the buds are smaller, but it’s nice not to have to carry around the big TWS case. Even though it’s a little bit bigger, the TWS Air case is much more like the Pixel buds or Airpods.
JBL Quantum TWS Air: Specification
Once you put the Airs in your ears like studs, you’ll probably see what we did. First, they are very light, and second, they don’t fit as well as I’d like, just like the first TWS. When it comes to the first, we love how the Airs can be changed. They are so light that you barely feel them in your ears, just like the name says. But the fit is almost strange, like it doesn’t sit in the right place. Even when they are properly in place, we feel like they might fall out if we move. we changed the rubber ear tips, which is something we never do, but it didn’t make a big difference. we love how light they feel, but the fit could be better, maybe with a rubber piece to hold it against my earlobe like some do.
In terms of versatility, the Airs can be used almost anywhere, just like the original TWS. They have Bluetooth and a USB-C dongle, which makes it easy to connect them to your devices. The only problem we found was with Xbox. Even with a USB-C to A adapter, you can’t use them with Xbox. The USB-C dongle makes it easy to connect any device, just like the original TWS did, but I’m disappointed that it doesn’t support true simultaneous support. If you’re connected to the dongle, you can only use Bluetooth to answer a phone call. You shouldn’t be plugged into anything else while trying to use Bluetooth.
JBL Quantum TWS Air: Pros and Cons
- Solid build quality
- Rich, powerful audio across a range of platforms
- Excellent dual beamforming mics
- Don’t feel super secure in-ear
- Drops ANC from previous model
- Latency and quality suffers in Bluetooth
|Compatibility||Bluetooth connection or a USB-C port|
|Frequency response||20 Hz – 20 kHz|
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JBL Quantum TWS Air: Design
Even though the JBL Quantum TWS Airs cost less than $100, the quality of their construction is really impressive. Here, the stem of the old model has been cut off. This makes the TWS range look more like high-end earbuds from Samsung and Sony. Each bud feels very sturdy and has a strong matte plastic body with a shine on top. Not only that, but they’re also very light, both in your hand and in your ear. This gives you a weightless feeling that we couldn’t find in any of the other gaming earbuds we have.
The thin plastic and smudge-prone material on the outside of the pill-shaped case don’t quite match this high-end experience. But the hinge feels strong and smooth, and it opens with a soft landing. we don’t worry about scratches when we put the whole kit in my backpack every day. Under the main lip, there are three LED battery indicators. On the other side is a USB-C charging port, and the top has a shiny, but not too obvious, JBL logo. JBL gets a big thumbs up for making a small cutout in the case for the 2.4GHz USB-C dongle.
The small and large silicon tips that come with the set are already on the medium-sized tips. we usually have a medium fit, and most jbl earbuds fit me perfectly right out of the box. we had to go up to the next size, though, because the buds themselves felt a little loose in my ears. Even though the tips were big, we was still worried about taking the JBLs with me when we walked the dog. we felt like they could fall out at any time.
JBL Quantum TWS Air: Sound Quality
The sound quality of the JBL Quantum TWS Airs is about what you’d expect from earbuds that cost $100: the sound is clear and the bass is strong. Highs don’t change the quality, and it doesn’t matter if you’re playing a game or listening to music. We were really impressed by how well the Airs could pick up quieter sounds like footsteps, which are often the difference between life and death in games like Overwatch and Valorant.
But for us, the noise cancellation and Ambient Aware modes were the best parts. You can easily switch between them by tapping the left earbud (you can change this in the app). The TWS airs went from being a gaming tool to a great all-arounder because it was easy to switch between natural-sounding ambient audio and surprisingly effective noise cancellation. This made it great for doing everyday tasks and even taking trips on noisy public transportation.
The pairing dongle is just as impressive. It lets you connect to device audio almost instantly and to multiple devices at the same time. Again, the goal is to improve the quality of life. Setting up good sound while on the go has never been so easy. Because the dongle was so easy to use, we didn’t even bother to turn on our more advanced home audio systems.
JBL Quantum TWS Air: Connectivity
The JBL Quantum TWS have Bluetooth 5.2 built in. This has a few extra features over Bluetooth 5.0, but as far as I can tell, JBL isn’t using them with the Quantum TWS. Bluetooth 5.2 is faster, but JBL’s own wireless system with the dongle kind of makes this point moot.
In the same way, it looks like these don’t support Bluetooth multipoint. Again, this makes sense because JBL likes its own Dual Source system, which lets you switch quickly between a Bluetooth connection and the wireless dongle. It wasn’t necessary to look in the manual to find out how to switch. I could be in the middle of listening to a podcast when I plugged the dongle into my computer and turned on the sound. The headphones switched instantly and automatically.
Installing the JBL Headphones app (available for both iPhone and Android) will help you get the most out of your headphones. In my case, the app didn’t know what the headphones were. This seems to be an issue with the app, as it was the same when we reviewed the JBL Live pro 2.
The JBL Quantum TWS Air is a great choice if you want to be flexible while on the go. Others, like the ROG Cetra TWS and the Razer Hammerhead, have failed, but JBL has a high-end gaming earbud that’s easy to take with you and still has great sound when you’re out and about.
The JBL Quantum 800 headset gives you the edge with accurate spatial audio positioning, lossless 2.4GHz and Bluetooth dual-wireless capabilities, Active Noise Cancelling, memory-foam comfort, and up to 14 hours of battery life.
When you put the earbuds in the case, they start to charge, and the case itself charges with a micro-USB cable that comes with it. From empty, it takes about 2 hours for the earbuds to be fully charged.