Today I am going to review the JBL Quantum 100. Is it the best budget gaming headphone in the market? Let’s find out.
The problem with making good headphones at an affordable budget is that there are just too many areas that need to be good while also keeping the costs low, and that’s why most of the budget gaming headsets aren’t great, because there’s always a compromise in either comfort, sound, or something else. But the Quantum 100 from JBL defies all of this, and while people generally have high expectations from a brand like JBL, I am almost shocked by how good of a headset, and a headphone this is at this entry-level price point.
We have a very attractive box here, and they have also printed their sound signature. Then inside you get the manual, warranty card, then you get a detachable microphone with a foam windscreen, and the headphone itself. The design of JBL Quantum 100 is pretty good, and while it looks somewhat cheap in images online, it actually looks and feels much better in hands.
It is made of very ordinary plastics, but it is done very well, the ear cup hinges feel strong enough, and the earcups even swivel to 90 degrees so you can rest them comfortably on your chest, which is a really nice feature to have on the entry-level. The braided cable has just the right thickness, it looks great, it’s manageable, and doesn’t get tangled, and it terminates in this 45-degree jack which looks funny.
Since this has a combined headphone and microphone jack, you can directly plug it into your phones and tablets, but to use it with a PC, you may need an adapter that splits it into separate headphone and microphone jacks, and I don’t know why they didn’t supply it with the headphone. The headband adjustment feels kind of loose if you’re not wearing them, but on your head, it’s not going to get loose as it becomes resistant when pressure is applied. There’s a very nice volume wheel at the back of the left earcup that allows you to precisely adjust volume, and below that there is a toggle button that will allow you to mute or unmute the mic.
The mic is attached with a 3.5mm jack and can be removed, it can be easily adjusted, and it also comes with a foam windshield. The headband cushion on top is soft and functions well, the earcups are quite large, the clamping force is just right out of the box, and they truly are an over the ear headphones as they even cover my large ears with glasses very well, and on top of that, the earpads are also quite soft, so all that combined with their lightweight really makes them very comfortable to wear for long periods.
So the overall design and quality of these headphones are really great, and my biggest concern was that earpads would suck on these, but they are also really good and comfortable and I was not expecting this level of quality and comfort from these at all. This is how the microphone sounds like. When you are playing a game or using it with Discord, you may have some noise-canceling algorithm working which could make it sound different.
Now coming to sound quality I am just very blown away by how good and mature they sound. I was expecting a muffled sounding headphone with boomy and muddy bass, but these are quite the opposite of that which is a very good thing. The mid and high-frequency range on these headphones is just so good and well extended, and I haven’t seen something that has mids and highs that are as good as this in this price range. Coming to bass, they don’t lack it, but if you’re a bass head, then you’re not going to enjoy these, and you should look at the more expensive model.
I’d say the bass is slightly below neutral, but I don’t mind that because the amount of bass you have is very tight, which is really what you don’t see in this price range. You can still hear the bass guitars clearly in music, which is such an amazing quality to have at this price point, and I do like that a lot, but it’s not going to rock your ears with bass if you’re looking for that experience.
From an audiophile perspective, I think these have a really great sound signature, and I really like these for music, but I think some people will find the bass to be lacking, even though it is a very refined and mature representation of sound. But since these are gaming headphones, the sound signature is a little accentuated when you go from mids to high frequencies, meaning that you will easily be able to notice footsteps while you’re playing games, and the soundstage on these is also really good, so for music, movies, and for gaming, these are really great, and they will allow you to estimate the direction of action when you’re playing games.
Now for general listening, you can also try equalizer settings which will make these sound a little more balanced and better for music, but even without the equalizer, they sound really great. For quick comparison with JBL Quantum 200 and 300, these have a more neutral sound signature, and are a little bright sounding, while the JBL Quantum 200 and 300 have a more V-shaped sound signature like a typical gaming headset, and have more bass.
So overall, I am extremely impressed with these, they aren’t just great for gaming, but even for general music listening, they are really good, especially because you can also detach the mic, and then you have a regular headphone that also has an analog volume wheel. I really haven’t seen a headphone that can offer this level of comfort, build, features, and sound at this price point.
They have really blown everything else away. The only negatives are that they don’t come with a splitter cable, and bass heads may not like these, but these are really very minor shortcomings, especially when you consider the overall quality you are getting at a price where most headphones suck.
So these are getting a 10 out of 10 recommendation from me, and if you’re looking for a headset at this price point. I think they will deliver more than what you will be paying for them. They’re kind of like Swans M10 of gaming headsets.
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