JBL’s range of audio products is incredibly diverse, spanning everything from affordable portable speakers such as the JBL Go 2 to extremely high-end audiophile-grade loudspeakers such as the JBL Project Everest series, which can cost up to Rs. 1 crore. In between these two extremes falls everything you can think of in the field of personal audio, including the company’s latest headphone range designed specifically for gaming.
Priced between Rs. 2,499 and Rs. 22,999, the JBL Quantum range offers various designs, functions, and connectivity options, all focused around improving the gaming audio experience. Today, we’re reviewing the JBL Quantum 600, which sits roughly in the middle of the range and is priced at Rs. 12,999. This over-ear gaming headset offers both wired and wireless connectivity and is tuned for in-game audio and voice chat.
Gaming headphones are usually as much about style and oomph as about performance, and the JBL Quantum 600 doesn’t disappoint. The over-ear headphones are large and almost entirely plastic but look modern and edgy like no ordinary headphones in the sub-Rs. 15,000 price segment. Thick fabric cords connect the two channels, and the headset is flexible and adjustable for a comfortable fit.
The outer sides of the ear cups have large JBL logos, which are illuminated with RGB LEDs. The lights are on by default when the headphones are switched on, and the colors and patterns can be customized using the JBL QuantumEngine app (available only for Windows here), which also lets you adjust equalizer settings.
While it is possible to use the JBL Quantum 600 without this software, setting up the Quantum Surround feature or DTS tuning on the headphones requires it. Without it, you’ll have to rely on the default tuning of the headset, and you won’t have access to any of the additional tuning and adjustable equalizer settings.
Most headphones that we review are judged largely on their abilities with music, but I naturally had to change things up a bit for the JBL Quantum 600. I largely used the headphones wirelessly with a MacBook Air as an all-purpose headset for playing games, listening to music, having conversations on conference calls, and watching videos. I also used it with an iPad for gaming.
The sonic signature is expectedly tuned for detail, voice quality, and directional sense which matter in many games, but the JBL Quantum 600 did sound decent enough when listening to music as well. The default tuning of the sound is its only real weakness, although this can be adjusted using the equaliser settings. That said, the excellent detail and wide, luxurious soundstage did make occasional music listening enjoyable on the JBL Quantum 600.
While most headphones are tuned for music, gaming requires very specific tuning, design, features, and connectivity options to be effective. With the Quantum 600, JBL has gotten much of this right. The sound is well-tuned for gaming but entirely adequate for a number of purposes including listening to music, voice chat, and more.
Wireless connectivity that is stable and free of any noticeable latency or sound quality issues is a big bonus as well, making this headset well suited for gamers who want to go cord-free. Battery life is the only area where the JBL Quantum 600 falls a bit short.
At Rs. 12,999, the JBL Quantum 600 is very well priced for what’s on offer, and its good design and RGB lighting are game-specific additions that I quite liked. Even if you’re just an occasional or mobile gamer, the JBL Quantum 600 is a flexible headset that works across multiple device platforms for various purposes and is worth considering for everyday use with a computer.