Intro

If you’re looking for a gaming headset that fits your pocket and is versatile, there aren’t many alternatives. The JBL Quantum 50 is for budget-conscious gamers with phones that still have headphone jacks.

Despite their low price, these wired earphones are suitable for various occasions, but the rather short cords can be problematic for PC use. In this review, let’s find out if the quantum 50 is still a relevant low-cost alternative.

JBL Quantum 50

  • Gamers will appreciate the subtle plug-in of this headset to consoles like Nintendo Switch.
  • Those who don’t mind using a simplistic earbud.
  • In the $30-$50 price range, the Quantum 50 is an excellent choice for those who like wired earbuds.

The sound quality of the JBL Quantum 50

Even if you’ve never used a set of wired earbuds before, the JBL Quantum 50 will be familiar to you. You insert the 3.5mm wired earbuds into your device’s headphone socket/jack to use them. There’s no setup, no software, and hassle with this service.

However, it doesn’t mean this is a one-dimensional product; it has a few unique features that make it stand out. An in-line control unit and in-line microphone are built into the braided cable of the JBL Quantum 50 (at least until the chord divides for each earbud). Small, medium and large sizes of silicone ear tips are available, as well as rubberized discs designed to fit snugly around your concha. Anyone who has used the JBL Endurance Peak 2, or any other headphones from the JBL Endurance family, will recognize the soft-touch discs. Thus, users will have no trouble maintaining a tight seal.

The Quantum 50 is both comfortable and simple to use. Plugging in is all that’s required to get started with this device. The earbud’s in-line control device eliminates the need to reach your phone constantly.

A volume slider, a microphone mute switch, and a multi-function button are all included in the control module. The standard single, double, and triple taps control play/pause, fast forward, and fastback. A single push of this button will answer a call, a double press will switch between calls currently in progress, and a triple press will hang up the phone. My Google Pixel 4a tells me when I hold down the button for five seconds, although this wasn’t advertised and may have more to do with Google Assistant than the earphones themselves.

How well does the JBL Quantum 50 sound when playing games?

Anyone except desktop PC players will like the JBL Quantum 50’s gaming capabilities. For lengthy gaming sessions, the earphones are pretty cool. However, the wire maybe a little too short to be used when sitting at a computer.

Don’t expect the Quantum 50 to provide a simulated surround effect, but it does support the built-in standards of each powerful gaming platform. If you’re playing a video game, you may not be able to tell the difference between a game’s audio and ordinary stereo.

Built for the Ultimate Gaming Experience

The JBL Quantum 50 is more than capable of dealing with everything the modern game can dish out, although premium earbuds will provide more gaming experience. Playing on a PlayStation 5, you can hear the shooting, explosions, and music in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End. Additionally, Apex Legends on PC provides a fantastic aural experience if you have a setup where the earbuds can easily reach you.

The JBL Quantum 50 delivers impressive results when it comes to noise cancellation.

Solid isolation performance for a set of earphones is provided by the JBL Quantum 50. Although getting an adequate seal is critical, the earbuds should be capable of blocking out most background noise after they have been properly fitted. This isn’t as excellent as active noise-canceling headsets, but it’s more than enough. The quantum 50 is light and easy to carry around compared to other gaming headsets.

See also the JBL Reflect Pro

The JBL Quantum 50’s Sound System

For a gaming earbud, the JBL Quantum 50 sounds excellent. The low-end sound is stronger than we wanted it to be compared to our definitive test, but it still sounds good. Gaming audio devices that follow our ideal tests are rare, but those accustomed to the typical sound of consumer electronics will likely like this.

Lows. Mids and highs

The JBL Quantum 50 should provide excellent sound quality for various musical genres. Low-frequency instruments like kick drums and bass guitars should seem more pronounced because of the increased low-end response. The distorted instrumentals shine through in Vano 3000. Herring’s “Running Away.” The bass drum dominates the mix, making it difficult to hear the bass guitar at times, but only somewhat.


Does the JBL Quantum 50 have the ability to make phone calls?

The JBL Quantum 50’s sound quality is excellent, but its microphone is only OK. Although it doesn’t sound awful, many people have grown to expect earbuds to sound a little muffled and a little quiet. You may use it for phone conversations, but don’t anticipate crystal-clear game chat if you use it. A separate microphone module means that you don’t necessarily need to hold it to your lips like many wired earbud mics, making it easier to use.

Is the JBL Quantum 50 worth it?

The JBL Quantum 50 is an excellent choice at a very reasonable price(budget-friendly) when it comes to gaming audio.

The Quantum 50 is a steal at only $29.99, making it difficult to find a better value. The sound quality is excellent, and the isolation is impressive as well. This is a solid choice if you’re looking for an in-ear alternative that you can wear when gaming or out and about.

This set has several drawbacks, including a lackluster microphone and a wire that is too short for specific desktop PC configurations.

Alternative to the Quantum 50?

We recommend the Razer Hammerhead Duo wired earphones for those who aren’t sold on the JBL Quantum 50. Several Razer earphones are available (Nintendo Switch, Console, and Standard). This variant is only black/silver for the Nintendo Switch; however, the microphone and mute button are guaranteed to operate. There are volume control buttons and a multi-function button on the Standard model, making it easy to use the virtual assistant.

On the other hand, an over-the-ear gaming headset could be a better option for you. PC players will particularly enjoy the more extended connection and better microphone on these controllers, even if they cost much more. After all, console controllers come with sound cards that improve microphone sounds.


For an additional $10 or $20, PC gamers can get a better microphone and a long wire with the Turtle Beach Recon 70 or Razer Kraken X. Given the low starting point, this may seem to be a price increase.

If you’re looking for a high-quality gaming headset that costs less than $100, you’ll find many options. Its more balanced frequency response and plush construction make the HyperX Cloud Alpha an all-day commuter’s dream. The Razer Barracuda X has a wireless USB-C dongle, making it almost as compatible as the Quantum 50. The JBL Quantum 350 could be a good option if you’re looking for a gaming headset. If you’re using a PC or a Nintendo Switch (with the docked system), you may use it.