JBL is now trying to enter the gaming world with their Quantum headphones and they have made a good first impression with the JBL Quantum 800.
The JBL Quantum 800 is on the more expensive side of the Quantum series at a price around SEK 2,300, but the price looks more reasonable when you see all the functions that come with the headphones.
You can use them with 2.5 GHz wireless connection, 5.0 bluetooth or with 3.5 mm audio cable, excellent to use for several different devices such as console, PC and phone.
The headphones have a mediocre noise reduction that does its job, but I had problems with play when I moved too much.
The headphones have a volume wheel and a game vs chat volume wheel on the left side and also a mute button and noise reduction button, the perhaps most important buttons that you want to easily access. This allows you to use all these features without the JBL Quantum engine software which is a plus. Even though it is possible to use lots of functions without software, the Quantum engine has a lot to offer. You get access to a generous EQ, “talk through” if you want to talk to someone without taking off your headphones and a detailed rgb menu. A gaming headset would not be a 7.1 sound today and this, of course, JBL has managed to push into the Quantum 800.
However, the software necessary for certain functions means that the headphones do not reach their full potential when not playing on a PC, this gives you the feeling that Quantum 800 is created for the PC first and foremost.
The headphones have good surround sound which really helped in fps games, but as usual it is a matter of taste when it comes to surround sound in games and headsets. The EQ allows you to adjust the sound exactly as you want it, simple and clear interface.
The headphones have stylish rgb lighting and are made of plastic. It is on the heavier side with 410g but the generous amount of memory foam in both the earmuffs and the headband makes the Quantum 800 a headset you can use for several hours without becoming uncomfortable.
The fold-up microphone is not one of the best I have tested and it does not meet the standard for the rest of the headset and according to feedback from friends, the microphone may sound “strange”. Another thing that did not meet the standard was the battery life. 14 hours without rgb and with rgb it will be significantly less, which means that it can end after just one session. They can not be charged while they are in use but they include a 3.5 mm audio cable to create a temporary solution. Not being able to use Quantum 800 while they are charging is just weird and stupid, we can only hope that this is updated in some way soon.
In short, the JBL Quantum 800 is a very good headset with discord certification, lots of good features, good quality and above all good comfort at a reasonable price. JBL really shows what they are best at, but there are still some shortcomings and strange solutions that we hope JBL learns with the next generation of headsets.