Saturday, October 1

JBL Quantum 610, analysis and opinion


If you like the world of audio, the JBL brand is well known to you. Founded in Los Angeles back in 1946, this company has been dedicated to the music industry for more than 70 years. More specifically to the devices that allow them to be heard.

Professional speakers, high-quality headphones… When something came under the JBL label, you knew you were dealing with something of a high standard. Does the same thing happen when we talk about gaming hardware made by JBL? Its top-of-the-range 2020 model has already convinced us.

we have with us the JBL Quantum 610 wireless headphones, the second generation of JBL after launching its JBL Quantum 600 in 2020. Now they arrive renewed, or at least that is what they promise from the company, since from the outside they are practically identical.

JBL Quantum 610
driver size 50mm
frequency response 20Hz – 20kHz
Microphone frequency response 100Hz – 10kHz
maximum power input 20mW
Sensitivity 100dB at 1kHz | 1mW
Autonomy 40 hours
Impedance 32 ohms
Microphone pickup pattern Unidirectional
total weight 357 grams
Connection type WiFi and cable

Now JBL has entered a sector where not everyone succeeds. Your name is synonymous with trust, but do the new generations of gamers know your logo? The best do not always win, we will see if JBL convince. For now, these are our conclusions after two weeks of testing.

Analysis of the JBL Quantum 610 by sections:

Big, bold, with RGB and good fit

Gaming fashion is totally different from other fashions in the technological world. Where the normal thing is to create minimalist, discreet equipment with a simplistic design. Players demand big, flashy and bulky products… or so it seems if we listen to the companies.

The JBL Quantum 610 follow the gamer’s bible and bring a design that fits with what we could have imagined. They’re big, with huge ear pads, a padded headband, a mic that flips up and down (it’s not detachable), and you’ve got RGB lights. Can you ask for more?

We start with the main. When we put on the JBLs we don’t realize it, but if we see ourselves on the webcam while doing a stream these look great. Very big. They draw attention to how bulky they are. But, curiously, that is not the feeling we have using them.

The JBL Quantum 610 do their job very well in terms of comfort for that very reason. At about 350 grams in weight, they can be carried for hours without much fatigue. In addition, their good fit ensures that they hardly move from the head while we play.

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If we add these two points, what we get as a result is an ideal helmet for long days of play. Or video calls with the company, that these helmets are worth everything in the end, no matter how much gaming design they have.

As a negative point, I would undoubtedly highlight the pads. These are fluffy, foam-like but not quite, and they are very comfortable. The problem is that they are imitation leather, so they are very hot (even in winter) and cannot be removed. But the thing does not end here.

The first part to break on a good headset is the earpads. These, from use and sweat, are undone over time. Luckily, many headphones allow you to change this part, so you can continue using them. But the JBL Quantum 610 doesn’t give that option. Goodbye pads? Goodbye helmets.

As for your lighting, JBL headphones are more than covered, with the company logo on both sides well lit with RGB, which in automatic mode are on changing color. It is already with the JBL Quantum ENGINE program with which it is personalized, both the RGB and the sound.

Plug and play, but its control app is worth using

It may seem silly, but there are many wireless headphones that, when we connect them to the computer, do not work properly. They need us to install the drivers and their proprietary app. Luckily, the JBL Quantum 610s are plug and play.

I have tried them with the PlayStation 5 and on the PC and on both systems are Plug and Playas this type of easy-to-use technology is called. For Nintendo Switch and Xbox One must work with cable. The use, yes, has been mostly with a computer.

And when we install them, the best thing is to download the app, called JBL Quantum ENGINE. From it we can customize the headphones as much as we want: sound, microphone and lighting.

As for the lighting, say that it can be customized, as you can see in the image. From the time between color changes, to the type of effects, to the colors themselves (with a color editor that lets you play with them, just like rival software does).

In the sound section, we have three options: JBL Quantum Surround, DTS and stereo mode. The first is proprietary JBL technology, great for shooting games. Then there is the DTS mode (version 2.0) which comes in handy for programs that are compatible with it.

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And finally, we have the stereo mode of a lifetime. Considering that the speakers have two magnets (one right and one left) and that gives only two real sound sources, The most comfortable I have found has been using the stereo mode, even in games.

In JBL Quantum Surround mode, the sensation they give is that the sound is flattenedthere is no differentiation between audio sources (a shot, a step or an explosion), but instead they are localized somewhat better thanks to their positioning work (does simulated 7.1).

I said, the headphones do a good job if we let them run in stereo mode. Even for music and live listening, the JBL Quantum 610 do a good job. In this sense they are an all-rounder. But its multichannel modes are not worth that consideration.

Finally, we have the microphone. This option is the poorest in the application. We can’t do anything with it. Just regulate its power (sensitivity) and if we want to turn it on or off. The latter can be done by hand, since by raising the microphone we are silencing it.

Here Logitech is definitely two steps ahead, since it allows you to put all kinds of filters on the microphone, something that is great if we want to do direct shows and we want to sound different, or give more presence to our voice with more powerful basses. , for example.

Good sound, reliable microphone and brutal autonomy

Now that we have reviewed the software, it’s time to get down to business. In what really matters: do the JBL Quantum 610 sound good? The truth is that if. As for a product focused on audio, beyond construction and lighting, JBL headphones sound very good.

In its stereo mode, where we can play the equalization without problems, the headphones give a very high performance. We have used it for work and play, throughout the day (from 8 am to 9 pm) and the result has always been good.

He gets along very well listening to a podcastwhere the media take center stage. also with musicwhere it is important that you differentiate the instruments well and place the sound scene correctly. And of course playing. There they also fulfill their function to a thousand wonders.

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With very little volume, the headphones isolate very well from the environment, so much so that without having an active insulation system, the passive one will already be worth the majority. They achieve this by sealing the ears very well with those large imitation leather pads, not a single bit of air escapes.

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The microphone is where it flounders. Somewhat canned sound, not very rich in nuancesand when it’s been on for a while, it tends to sneak in certain creaks or background noises (which we haven’t been able to identify and which hadn’t happened to us before with any microphone).

For what it is to call by Discord, enter Zoom or pull Teams, the microphone does its job without buts. It is with the direct ones where you could put the most hitssince they do not have enough quality to be the main microphone of a direct on Twitch that seeks professionalism.

Finally, autonomy. With the lighting active, using the microphone and with background music almost all the time, the JBL Quantum 610 have reached 30 hours of use.

This is outrageous. If you don’t use them much, they are helmets that last a whole week on a single charge.

In this sense, the JBL Quantum 610 are the best in their segment, Nobody gives so many hours of use for the 150 euros they cost. Very good job by JBL on something to keep in mind, since they are purely wireless.

Very balanced headphones for all kinds of uses

We reach that point where we must decide if they stand out for better or for worse. Luckily for those who designed the headphones, they do so for good.

The JBL Quantum 610 are in the range of 150 euros, and there their rivals are at the level. Neither above nor below.

The JBL Quantum 610 are gaming headphones with both wired and 2.4 GHz connections that have good 360 sound and a directional microphone.

That’s good news, as both Logitech and Razer have been in the business for years perfecting their products.

If you are looking for headphones of this style, with that budget, JBL’s option is perfect if you appreciate good lighting, good sound, a microphone for everyday use, and an autonomy that has no equal. Good job JBL with this update. The future promises.

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