There aren’t many options if you’re searching for a gaming headset that is both compact and functional. For gamers on a tight budget with phones that still have headphone ports, there is the JBL Quantum 50.
These wired headphones are affordable and excellent for a variety of situations, although using a PC may be difficult due to the relatively short wires. Let’s investigate whether the quantum 50 remains a viable low-cost option in this review.
JBL Quantum 50 Review:
Even from the earphones’ design, you can probably tell that JBL’s engineers weren’t aiming for a universal fit when they created these. The earphones include an arced layout for a technology known as “Twistlock” by the business.
The normal small, medium, and large silicone ear tip sizes are included with Quantum 50, with the medium size already inserted. I noticed a slight pressure buildup around my ears when I first put it on, and after an hour or two, it became uncomfortable to wear.
I tried adjusting things as a result, but in the end, I had to settle for the little ones. I have to admit that after this, the previously described annoyance became easier to tolerate.
Big design, uncomfortable wearing experience
With this large design, there is an extra layer between the ear tips and the ear unit (driver port) called “enhancers.” Its main purpose is to provide good passive noise isolation. Luckily, its silicone design didn’t cause any kind of irritation around my ears, just like the ear tips.
I attempted to play about with it to see whether the boosters were the real source of the discomfort. It reduces the discomfort caused by the weight of the earphones somewhat, but it does so at the expense of a few other downsides. Without enhancements, I observed a minor decrease in the quiet noise level.
The main reason I didn’t want to remove them, though, was that the enhancers’ interaction with the ear canal made me uneasy, which is why JBL had to maintain a few nudges to keep them in place.
The earphones are really kept locked in quite well by the Twistlock device. Whether I was walking or playing games, the JBL Quantum 50 never accidentally fell out of my ears during my use. Aggressive headbanging is ineffective as well.
When these earphones are moved, there is an audible cable noise. All the same, the same problem arises with almost all other corded earphones. However, using the anti-pull lever to adjust it does make a big difference.
Here, JBL has chosen to use a hybrid build material. The control system’s lower half is connected to the earphone jack via a tied wire, while the upper part is made of plastic. Its 3.5mm TRRS audio jack is slanted, but I would have rather had a 90º connector.
The Quantum 50 comes in three color options: purple, white, and black. All of these have a modest focus on the driver port’s JBL branding, and the silicone ear tip features the iconic orange finish of JBL.
Audio, Call Quality
- 8.6mm dynamic audio drivers
Let’s now discuss this device’s audio quality. I want to point out again that these are low-cost gaming earphones before we move on. Because of its “budget” price tag and “gaming” origins, the JBL Quantum 50 emphasizes mids and highs over bass. These factors suggest that the audio quality is below average. Based on my tests, I’ve discovered that the audio quality of these earphones perfectly combines these two aspects.
The sound of opponent movement and other environmental sound effects is particularly clear in games like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Call of Duty Mobile, and Genshin Impact. The vocals are audible and clear enough.
Because of its nonexistent bass, it sounds (nearly) exactly like a grenade explosion. I experimented with the mixer settings to see if it would help, but it didn’t. The 8.6mm dynamic drivers’ auditory characteristics.
Impressive mids and highs
Excellent sound quality should be offered by the JBL Quantum 50 for a variety of musical genres. Because of the enhanced low-end response, low-frequency sounds such as bass guitars and kick drums should sound more prominent. In Vano 3000, the distorted instrumentals are really noticeable. Herring’s song “Running Away.” The bass guitar can occasionally be hard to hear due to the bass drum’s dominance in the mix, but only somewhat.
- Mic/volume slider, Multi-function button
There is a separate control center for your audio, microphone, and playback monitoring on this earphone. A volume and microphone slider is located on one side, while a multi-function button and the JBL logo are located on the other. It’s interesting to note that the volume control only adjusts the earphone’s volume—not the one to which they are connected.
When you worry that the loudness isn’t up to par, you’re moving the slider up and down, only to discover that the volume on your laptop or phone isn’t in sync with the earphone.
I later found out that I also needed to turn up the volume on my phone, even though I had assumed Quantum 50 couldn’t get loud enough. Thankfully, the mic control operates as intended and doesn’t follow this procedure. There’s a multipurpose button on the rear that can be used for calls and music, and it works fairly well.
A double or triple tap skips a track or returns to the previous one, while a single tap switches between play and pause. When using only one earbud at a time, you can securely fasten either one of the earphones to make it less hanging.
JBL Quantum 50 Review: Pros & Cons
- Decent positional audio
- Can get plenty of loud
- Achieves a firm grip
- Dedicated control system
- Impressive mic quality
- Bulky form factor
- No 90º audio jack
- Underwhelming bass
JBL Quantum 50 Specifications:
- Weight: 21.5 grams
- Driver size: 8.6mm dynamic drivers
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Microphone frequency response: 100Hz – 10kHz
- Max input power: 5mW
- Impedance: 16 Ohm (Ω)
- Sensitivity: 97dB SPL (@ 1kHz / 1mW)
- Microphone sensitivity: -41dBV @ 1kHz / Pa
- Connectivity: 3.5mm TRRS headphone jack
- Features: Twistlock technology, JBL QuantumSOUND
- Color options: Black, White, Purple
- Price in Nepal: Rs. 4,500
- What’s in the box: 1x earphones, extra silicone ear tips, quick start guide
Rojan Adhikari is a tech enthusiast and an experienced Gadgets and Electronics Content Writer. He has already worked for multiple technology news media as a gadgets content writer and editor. Moreover, he is a Computer Science student.