JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Oct 01, 2021 at 08:13 am
JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless Picture
7.3
Neutral Sound
7.5
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
5.4
Wired Gaming
6.9
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless are budget-friendly in-ears. They're quite simple in design but deliver a versatile sound profile that adds just a touch of extra bass to mixes. They can also block out a decent amount of ambient noise around you, although they struggle to cut down the low rumble of bus and plane engines. However, their continuous playback time of five hours isn't anything to write home about, and they lack volume controls. On the upside, their carrying case holds roughly three charges if you need it.

Our Verdict

7.3 Neutral Sound

The JBL Vibe are decent for neutral sound. They have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that delivers a touch of extra thump, rumble, and boom to mixes. They still sound neutral enough for most content, though. However, they lack any EQ features to help adjust them to your liking, and their passive soundstage is closed-off, so audio feels like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed around you.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • No EQ or presets.
7.5 Commute/Travel

The JBL Vibe are good for commute and travel. Thanks to their truly wireless design, they're very lightweight and portable, meaning you can carry them in most pockets or bags without an issue. They also have a decently comfortable and well-built design. However, they lack ANC and struggle to block out bus and plane engine rumble. Their continuous battery life of five hours may not be enough to get you through long trips without pausing to recharge them.

Pros
  • Can passively block out ambient chatter.
  • Decently comfortable and well-built.
  • Low leakage at high volumes.
Cons
  • Struggle to block out bass-range noise.
  • Sub-par battery performance.
8.0 Sports/Fitness

The JBL Vibe are very good for sports and fitness. They're small, lightweight, and have a breathable fit. They're also decently well built and comfortable. However, they may fall out of your ears with high-intensity activity. They also lack an IP rating for water resistance.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable and well-built.
  • Breathable, stable fit.
Cons
  • No EQ or presets.
7.0 Office

The JBL Vibe are satisfactory for office use. These in-ears have a decently comfortable, breathable fit. They can also block out ambient chatter around you and don't leak audio at high volumes. However, their 5-hour continuous battery life may not last through your 9-5 shift unless you recharge them. Luckily, their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges.

Pros
  • Can passively block out ambient chatter.
  • Decently comfortable and well-built.
  • Low leakage at high volumes.
Cons
  • No EQ or presets.
  • Sub-par battery performance.
  • No multi-device pairing.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The JBL Vibe aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles.

5.4 Wired Gaming

The JBL Vibe are Bluetooth-only headphones and can't be used wired.

6.9 Phone Calls

The JBL Vibe are alright for phone calls. These headphones have an integrated mic, which does a good job recording your voice, so you sound clear. However, if you're talking in a noisy environment like a busy street, your voice can be drowned out. On the upside, even though the buds lack ANC, they can block out a decent amount of ambient noise.

Pros
  • Can passively block out ambient chatter.
  • Decently comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Struggle to block out bass-range noise.
  • Mic struggles to separate speech from noise.
  • 7.3 Neutral Sound
  • 7.5 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.0 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.4 Wired Gaming
  • 6.9 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Oct 01, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Sep 28, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The JBL Vibe have a simple, non-descript look. They're plasticky and have the manufacturer's logo in glossy print on the outward-facing side of the buds. They come in three color variants: Black, Purple, and Blue.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

These headphones have a decently comfortable fit. They're small, lightweight, and come with three differently-sized pairs of ear tips to help you find the best fit. However, they have a deep in-ear fit, and registering controls can push them further into your ear, which may not be very comfortable.

5.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

These headphones have sub-par controls. There's a physical button on each earbud that's clicky and easy to use. There are chimes when your pair the headphones as well as when you turn them on or off. However, there isn't any audio feedback for other controls. They also lack volume controls, which is a little disappointing. On the upside, you can access all the controls when you're only using one earbud.

On either bud:

  • One press: Plays and pauses audio. Also answers and ends calls.
  • Two presses: Skips the track forward.
  • Three presses: Skips the track backward.
  • Press and hold for two seconds: Activates voice assistant. If you're in a call, it mutes and unmutes your mic.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

The JBL Vibe have outstanding breathability, which is to be expected from in-ear headphones. They don't cover your outer ear at all and allow for airflow. You shouldn't notice a difference in temperature or sweat more than normal, even if you're wearing them during a run in the park.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.3" (3.4 cm)
W 1.0" (2.5 cm)
H 0.9" (2.4 cm)
Volume 1.26 in³ (20.70 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The JBL Vibe are very portable. Thanks to their small and lightweight, truly wireless design, you can easily fit them into most pockets or bags without an issue.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 1.1" (2.8 cm)
W 2.7" (6.9 cm)
H 1.5" (3.7 cm)
Volume 4.38 in³ (71.70 cm³)

The carrying case is satisfactory. It's plastic, but it lacks a lid to help protect the buds when you're not using them. The buds are held in place with magnets, but they may fall out if you shake the case or drop it on the floor. On the upside, there's a light in the middle of the case to let you know when the case or buds are charging.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The JBL Vibe have a good build quality. They're mostly made of plastic and feel like they should survive a couple of accidental drops or falls without taking too much damage. However, the tips feel like they could rip over time. They also lack an IP certification for water resistance.

7.0
Design
Stability

These in-ears have decent stability. While they should stay in your ears while you're working at your desk, they may fall out during higher-intensity activities like a workout at the gym.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • JBL Vibe headphones
  • Carrying case
  • 3x ear tips
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.65 dB
Treble Amount
-0.89 dB

The JBL Vibe have a very slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds a touch of extra thump, body, and boom to mixes. That said, they're still neutral enough to suit a variety of audio content. They lack an EQ to help you adjust their sound, though.

9.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.17 dB

The frequency response consistency is outstanding. As long as you take the time to adjust their fit, seal, and positioning in your ear, you should experience consistent audio delivery each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.78 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
2.64 dB
Mid-Bass
2.03 dB
High-Bass
0.64 dB

The bass accuracy of the JBL Vibe is excellent. It's very slightly overemphasized across the range, so mixes have extra thump, punch, and boom. It shouldn't sound very muddy either.

9.0
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.31 dB
Low-Mid
0.01 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.97 dB
High-Mid
1.23 dB

The JBL Vibe have fantastic mid accuracy. The range is fairly neutral, which results in present and clear vocals and lead instruments. A small bump in the high-mid also adds intensity and clarity to these sounds.

8.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.44 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.64 dB
Low-Treble
-0.88 dB
High-Treble
-2.1 dB

The treble accuracy of the JBL Vibe is great. The range is slightly underemphasized, but it shouldn't hurt the brightness of vocals and lead instruments too much. The dip in the mid-treble can make sibilants like cymbals a little dull.

8.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.75 dB
Dips
0.98 dB

The peaks and dips performance is excellent. There's some mismatch between our unit's left and right driver, but it's somewhat minor. However, the left driver is underemphasized from the high-bass to the mid-mid, which can thin out vocals and lead instruments as well as nudge them to the back of the mix. Both drivers also have a peak in the high-mid, which can make these sounds a little honky. The left driver is also overemphasized in the low-treble, which brightens the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments. The left and the right driver are subject to the uneven mid-treble, making sibilants like cymbals alternatingly dull and harsh.

5.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.48
Weighted Phase Mismatch
57.96
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.28
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.2

The JBL Vibe's imaging performance is disappointing. Their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. However, the L/R drivers are slightly mismatched in amplitude and frequency, which can create shifts or holes in the stereo image. There's also a significant mismatch in phase response, and you may hear the peaks in mid and treble range with real-life content. This can affect the accurate localization of objects and instruments, like voices and footsteps in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

0.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
0.5

The JBL Vibe's passive soundstage of the JBL Vibe is bad, which is to be expected for in-ear headphones. Due to their design, they fully bypass your outer ear, which needs to be activated by sound resonances to achieve an out-of-head listening experience. As a result, their soundstage seems like it's coming from inside your head and feels closed-off.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
8.4
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.157
WHD @ 100
0.072

These headphones have a great weighted harmonic distortion performance. The entire frequency range falls within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the JBL Vibe. Our results are only valid when using the headphones in this configuration.

Isolation
7.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-21.35 dB
Bass
-7.44 dB
Mid
-17.03 dB
Treble
-40.32 dB

The JBL Vibe have a decent noise isolation performance. They don't have active noise cancelling (ANC) and have a hard time blocking out the low rumble of bus and plane engines. They do a better job of cutting down ambient chatter and high-pitched noises like the hum of an AC unit, though.

9.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
23.63 dB

The JBL Vibe's leakage performance is fantastic. They don't leak a lot of sound, so you can listen to audio at high volumes without disturbing others around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
281 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.2 dB
HFE
7,136.96 Hz
Weighted THD
0.207
Gain
2.26 dB

The integrated microphone has a good recording quality. Your voice is clear and understandable, although it's lacking depth.

5.9
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
6.89 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
5.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The integrated mic has sub-par noise handling. It struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise around you. If you're taking a call from a busy street, your voice may be completely drowned out.

Active Features
5.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
5 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
20 hrs
Charge Time
1.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The JBL Vibe have a sub-par battery performance. They're advertised to deliver five hours of continuous playback time, and we measured a similar amount. However, this may not be enough to get you through your workday without recharging them. Luckily, their carrying case also holds roughly three additional charges, and you can use one bud while the other one charges. They're advertised to have a quick charge feature where 15 minutes of charge can give you one hour of playback time. Battery performance can depend on usage, though, so your real-life experience may vary.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No
Connectivity
6.8
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
223.10 ft (68.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
296 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
247 ms
Android Latency
244 ms

The JBL Vibe have alright Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. They also have very high audio latency on PC, iOS, and Android devices, which can be frustrating if you like to stream video. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, and your experience may differ.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

You can't use these headphones wired. However, they come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge their carrying case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

The JBL Vibe are fully compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, you can't connect these headphones to your PC in any other way.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a carrying case that has three additional charges. It only has a USB-C port for you to charge the case, and it doesn't support Qi wireless charging.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JBL Vibe come in three different color variants: Black, Purple, and Blue. We tested the Black variant and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The JBL Vibe are simple, budget-level, truly wireless headphones. While they lack features like a companion app or active noise cancelling, they have a versatile sound profile well-suited for lots of audio content. They can also block out a decent amount of ambient noise around you. However, like other truly wireless headphones in this price range like the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless, their 5-hour continuous battery life leaves a lot to be desired.

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Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless

The Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless. The Samsung are more comfortable and stable, are equipped with an ANC system so they can block out a great amount of ambient noise, and their companion app offers EQ presets to help you adjust their sound. However, the JBL have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer.

TOZO T6 Truly Wireless

The TOZO T6 Truly Wireless and the JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless are similarly performing in-ears. While both in-ears are comfortable and well-built, the TOZO have a more stable in-ear fit and can passively block out more background noise. The JBL have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and they have a better battery performance.

Skullcandy Jib True Wireless

The JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless are somewhat better in-ears than the Skullcandy Jib True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and feel well-built, the JBL have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their integrated mic offers better overall performance. However, the Skullcandy can block out background noise and have longer continuous battery life.

Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Q30 Wireless and the JBL VIbe 100TWS True Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The Anker are over-ears with a comfortable fit, a superior noise isolation performance, and a significantly longer continuous battery life. They also have a companion app that allows you to adjust their sound to your liking, and they support multi-device pairing. However, the JBL are in-ears that are more portable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their fit is more stable.

Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Dot 2 Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones than the JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Anker have a more stable fit, can passively isolate you from more ambient noise, and have a better overall battery performance. However, the JBL have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer.

Skullcandy Dime True Wireless

The JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Skullcandy Dime True Wireless. The JBL are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have a better noise isolation performance. They also have longer continuous battery life. However, the Skullcandy have a more stable in-ear fit.

TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless

The TOZO NC9 Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones for most uses than the JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the TOZO have a more stable in-ear fit and have an ANC system that can block out a great amount of ambient noise. They're also certified IPX6 for resistance against direct contact with water such as rain. The JBL have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and a somewhat better battery performance.

Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless

The Anker SoundCore Liberty Air 2 Truly Wireless are slightly better in-ears than the JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Anker can passively block out a greater amount of ambient noise and have a slightly better battery performance. They also have a companion app that offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking. However, the JBL have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer.

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