In this price range, JBL Tune 230NC are the best headphones I’ve tried by far. Having much more expensive headphones of this type, the truth is that the difference in sound quality is practically negligible. The main difference is in the quality of the materials, but it is only a question of aesthetics and sensations because they will last the same and functionally they do not contribute anything.
Things we like
- These are really good-sounding earphones very well-balanced.
- App is extremely good you can customize almost everything.
- ANC is good at this price point.
- Very light and comfortable.
- Call quality is definitely like Apple Airpods
Things we don’t like
- 1. I’m using iPhones and I can say these sound a little lower in terms of volume.
- 2. No ear detection feature
- 3. No wireless charging.
- 4. Case is easily scratchable
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Price and Availability
The colors are not much aesthetic, JBL Tune 230NC get two color variants Black and Blue. It is priced at Rs.5,999. The price is fair and if you want to buy this headset then consider buying from the official website jbl.com or else you can also consider Amazon. I’ll definitely say that buying from Amazon can save you money. At present, amazon offers this at Rs.5,290, then why give Rs.700 more on the official website?
In the box when opening them, in addition to the charging base and the headphones. We will find a small orange cable, to charge the base. And 2 pairs of pads of two different sizes, to exchange with those that already come. Which in my case have adapted very well to the ears. As well as being very comfortable and light with only 5 grams per earphone. And finally we will find a quick guide and a guide to configure the voice assistants.
JBL Tune 230NC TWS review: Design, connection and Battery
What has surprised me the most about JBL Tune 230NC are the medium frequencies, those small background details are heard much better and with very good clarity. The highs are very good, they have good definitions, far from those canned or locked highs that other headphones offer. What I liked least at first were the basses, too boosted and distorted in some songs, but in the vast majority of music, they are quite noticeable and provide that extra forcefulness. In any case, all these frequencies can be equalized, using the application for mobile devices, to set them to our liking.
The microphones (it has four) are of very good quality, on the other side, they hear you loud and clear, even in environments where there is no absolute silence.
The truth is that I don’t find these headphones that get so much in the ear comfortable and seem unhygienic, but I found these headphones incredibly comfortable, more so than the button-type ones that don’t have the protruding arm, because they tend to be thicker. They sit perfectly in the ear and it is difficult for them to fall out, although, as with everyone, they will have to be repositioned from time to time.
Three sizes of pads are included with the mid-level ones coming installed. Note that the size of the ear pads must fit well within the hole, otherwise the low frequencies are lost completely.
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The charging base is very practical, at first I didn’t like that it didn’t stay upright when it’s open, but it’s almost more comfortable in the position that it stays. It is very small and light, it is very comfortable to wear. The lid is the best I’ve seen on a charging base. It exerts a lot of force backward, avoiding closing it accidentally, as I often do with even more expensive ones. It is completely magnetic, both in the headphones and in its closure. And it has a remaining battery indicator on the front, something that seems essential to me.
Although they are not completely perfect, JBL Tune 230NC are probably the most balanced. They have IPX4 protection against water and dust, although it is not the highest protection. They support SBC and AAC protocol, although they do not have APTx and a Bluetooth 5.2 connection. The battery life is about 10 hours, without activating the noise cancellation and approximately 8 hours with it activated, duration of the best that I have seen. And the charging base, which brings a USB C port, facilitates a battery life of up to 40 hours. And a full charge of the headphones can take about 2 hours.
They can be synce with two different devices and pair with many more. For example, I have my computer and my mobile paired and I can be listening to music on the computer, pause it, and watch a video on the mobile. Also, if I receive a call from my mobile, it has full priority, silencing everything else and passing it to me instantly.
JBL Tune 230NC TWS review: App and control
One point of criticism for me – with ALL Bluetooth headphones – is the optional usability directly on the hardware. It’s way too cumbersome for my taste. By tapping, swiping, etc., certain functions are possible and even optionally interchangeable via the app. But since I control everything via my smartphone, the function doesn’t really matter to me. I don’t usually like touch controls because they are accidentally press, but these are in a very good area and I rarely hit them accidentally, and they are quite responsive. Gestures can be customiz in the app, both for the left and right earphones individually.
The app, on the other hand, makes total sense and something like this should actually be standard for all manufacturers in the higher price segment (starting at €50). JBL has conjured up something cool here. The equalizer function works and sounds better than any mobile phone EQ.
–> Definitely deactivate the EQ app on the cell phone (with Deezer you go through the settings) the JBL EQ app should be use. The sound can only be change once, everything else no longer sounds good
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JBL Tune 230NC TWS review: Sound and Active noise cancellation
Regarding the sound, I have to say that I like the predominantly precise level, bass, warm highs and transparent mids, really very good!
I find the “Club Setting” in the app to be very balance. The basses are very good and emphasized. They punch well in the ears (assuming the in-ears are in the right place!). The voices are precise and never clipped. The highs are also kept nice and warm and not glaring and tinny, as is the case with many Teufel headphones.
The mids are easy to hear and complement the transition to the low tones without dropouts. Even demanding titles (from the heights) like “Living Dafur” were master well.
You get a good deal for the price. You really can’t complain about that. Unreservedly recommended for electro and rock music.
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Active noise cancellation (ANC) is very good, although we never expect total silence, I’ve tried a lot and none succeeds, yes, it reduces them a lot. It also has a function that allows us to listen very well to everything that surrounds us, which what it does is to pick up the sound from outside with the microphones and pass it on to the headphones. When you are listening to something, these modes are also active, so that we hear the audio better when we are with ANC, because it isolates us from external noise and, in turn, with the other option we can be more attentive to what is happening around us. I have tried them exercising in the street and walking and it is quite noticeable.
The 4 microphones that it has, comply with the sound quality when we receive a call. The truth is that from time to time I’m still discovering how to get more juice out of it, and that’s why every time I discover. Any news I will add it to my review.
The first thing that strikes you is the case, which feels good quality, but looks like JBL Tune 230NC made out of cheap plastic. The sound has rich bass and the headphones are really good for the price. However, I find that the highs sometimes sound a bit tinny. Otherwise, the coupling work well and I am very satisfy. I recommend the headphones! Of course, if you are looking for very good headphones for less than €100, they seem like an excellent option.
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