JBL Quantum 810 is the latest offer of wireless headphones with the function of active noise canceling – ANC. How do they work in practice and is it worth buying? Find out more in today’s review.
JBL Quantum 810 – introduction
The headphones are sold in a rather large box. Inside it is a fabric cover for headphones, a foam microphone cover protecting against wind, a 3.5 mm audio cable, a USB charging cable, a USB device for wireless transmission, and of course a product card with a warranty.
The headphones are black. Each earcup features a large, illuminated JBL logo. The mount itself is also backlit. From the level of the headphones, we can turn the LEDs on or off, although advanced lighting settings are available only from the PC application.
Attention is drawn to their massive appearance, but at the same time light weight. The ear cups are padded with thick, soft, leather-covered foam. Just like the top of the headband itself. The headphones are quite light, weighing only 418 grams.
On one of the headphones there is a switch and at the same time pairing control via BT. The second one has a charging input, a 3.5 mm cable, the ability to mute the microphone, adjust the general volume, and a separate adjustment of how we hear our friends from the game. The technology is certified by Discord.
JBL Quantum 810 – first start
To charge the headphones from an empty battery, we need about 3.5 hours. We can use it during this time. On paper, a full battery lasts up to 43 hours. It depends primarily on the enabled functions (e.g. ANC, backlight, or just listening volume).
The headphones can be connected in several ways – using a classic cable with a 3.5 mm input, via wireless BT 5.2 communication, and using the 2.4 GHz receiver included in the set. It is the latter option that provides the greatest functionality and the best sound quality. After connecting to a PC, we can control the headphone settings using JBL QuantumEngine. There are, among others, the way the RGB lighting works, the microphone, the activation of the surround function, the sound equalizer.
The microphone in the JBL Quantum 810 is located on an adjustable headband. Its tip is backlit, which I immediately liked. When we mute the microphone from the headphones – its rim lights up in red, which immediately communicates that no one can hear us. The microphone is directional and has a built-in noise reduction and ambient mute function. It performs very well and all my interlocutors praised how well they can hear me. When we sit by the fan, the set also includes a microphone sponge to protect against the influence of wind on the quality of voice recording.
JBL Quantum 810 – Sound quality and ANC
ANC, i.e. active noise canceling technology, is used in more and more headphones. However, it does not work equally well everywhere. In the case of the Quantum 810 it is very good, although the headphones themselves cover our ears nicely, additionally muting the background even without the ANC turned on. We can hear a voice saying ANC Activated or disabled every time we press a button. All hum and ambient noise are cut out. It is so good that it is perfect for traveling by plane, train or bus. When playing or watching movies, we no longer have to set the headphones so loud, because with the background muted we can hear all sounds more clearly. And these are additionally of very high quality sound with a large tonal range. I liked the sound of the JBL Quantum 810. The bass is soft, the midrange and treble are properly balanced.
In the evening I watched a series on one of the streaming platforms. Despite setting the volume slightly higher, the wife was able to sleep right next to it without any problems. I heard everything clearly and she heard absolutely nothing.