JBL Live 660NC Review
JBL has built their well-earned reputation on quality sound products, products they’ve released over the past 70 years. After the success of the Live 440BT, JBL now offers the new and improved Live 660NC.
The JBL Live 660NC over-ear headphones promise to not only be bigger but better too. They offer an impressive battery life, active noise cancelling, and the satisfactory sound we’ve come to expect from JBL, all for a very attractive mid-range price.
The saying often goes that you get what you pay for – so are these headphones too good to be true or excellent value for money?
Let’s find out!
The design of the JBL Live 660NC headphones echoes that of the Live 440 model. They are obviously larger but manage to stay consistent with JBL branding and avoid the bulk of other over-ear headsets.
You’ll find the JBL logo on both earcups and the headband, as well as a mixture of gloss and matte panels. The build is almost entirely plastic, aside from the cloth headband and the memory foam and leatherette padding on the ear cups. Both of these features make the Live 660NC comfortable to wear for long periods of time. There isn’t as much padding on the headband compared to other headsets on the market, which may be noticeable for some users.
The headset is flexible, whilst still feeling sturdy, well constructed. Weighing in at just 265 grams, the JBL Live 660NC is very light which only adds to its comfort. However, did require a couple of days for the clamping force to ease.
The JBL Live 660NC is available in Black, White, and Navy Blue. Included in the box is a 3.5mm audio cable, Type-C charging cable and a handy carrying pouch. Combined with the ability to fold the Live 660NC makes them the perfect travel companion.
There are a number of welcome features on the JBL Live 660NC that users will love. For starters, the metal slider in the headband has indicator notches that click nicely when moved. This seems minor, but little details like this are always welcome.
On the left earcup, you’ll find the USB-C charging port and an LED to indicate when the headset is charged. This leads us nicely to one of the best features of the Live 660NC, its battery life and charging capabilities.
The JBL Live 660NC boasts up to 50 hours of continuous battery life without the ANC on, and roughly 40 hours when using ANC and Bluetooth. This is seriously impressive when compared to other models on the market. The Live 660NC will give you 4 hours of playback with just 10 minutes of charge. 2 hours on charge will take the headset from zero to full capacity.
On the right ear cup, you’ll other controls including the power switch, volume rocker/track skipping buttons, play/pause button, the pairing button, and the 3.5mm input. However, the controls don’t stop there. The ear cups are touch-sensitive, allowing you to take calls with ease. There are inbuilt mics that deliver clear sound with minimal intake of outside noise, making them handy for those working from home. You can also make use of Alexa and Google Assistant.
Further, the Live 660NC’s also feature detection. Simply lift them from your ears, your music will stop automatically. They are also water-resistant so you can use them at the gym. If this wasn’t enough, you can also use the multipoint connectivity for up to 2 devices.
The headset is also compatible with the JBL Headphones App, which allows you to monitor your battery, control ANC, control ambient sound and the smart audio functions. You can even change between existing EQ settings or create your own profile for your own taste. There are even sleep timers and autoplay settings. I did find selecting the bass EQ preset did cause some unwanted rattle from the right ear cup.
The sound of the JBL Live 660NC is consistent with what you would expect from a JBL product – high quality. The bass is more obvious, but isn’t overpowering, with JBL’s Signature Sound providing an overall balance of the sound profile with even mids, and clear highs. You’ll be able to enjoy music of all genres, and other content comfortably.
This experience is delivered by 40mm drivers and supported by impressive adaptive noise cancelling. Effective in all settings, including around the office and public transport. I really enjoyed being able to adjust ANC with JBL’s Ambient Aware and TalkThru features that assist with passing through noises to help you become more aware of your surrounding or still engage in a quick conversation while still blocking unwanted noise or having to remove your headphones.
It’s worth noting while the Live 660NC are versatile, they may have some gamers looking at the JBL Quantum range of headsets. This will avoid any latency issues associated with Bluetooth connections.
JBL Live 660NC Review
- DESIGN - 87%87%
- FEATURES - 89%89%
- AUDIO - 83%83%
- VALUE - 93%93%
When you consider everything that the JBL Live 660NC brings to the table, it’s very surprising how much value you actually get for your money. The sound, features, and design make the Live 660NC a top headset in its price range.
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