The JBL Tune 130NC true wireless earbud is the latest entry in truly wireless category earbud with a price tag of $ 99.95. The earphone offers impressive sound with excellent battery life. The earphone includes a ton of features, though Audio Technica ATH-CKS50TW and OPPO Enco Air2 Pro remain our top choice in the price range because both have more effective ANC. The name suggest the earphone come with a active noise cancellation, which is average, but best for the price range. Overall, the earphone provides an impressive sound, Punchy bass and excellent clear voice for longer sessions.
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Price and availability
The JBL Tune 130NC wireless earbud come with a black, or Blue colour variant. They are offer in $99.95 at company’s official website in.jbl.com.
Who should have to buy this earphone?
- This earphone is best for bass lovers because the earphone come with a Powerful, subwoofer-like bass.
- Also, for those who want the low cost earphone with ANC and IPX4 water resistance.
- JBL Tune 130NC TWS headphones
- USB Type-C charging cable
- 3 Sizes of eartips
- Charging case
- Quick Start Guide / Safety Sheet (S / i)
- Warranty / Warning (W / !)
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Design and comfort
Starting with the design, the JBL Tune 130NC truly wireless earbud come with a square rounded charging case. It’s corresponding close and has a somewhat smooth exterior surface. Moreover, the LED indicator on the front and a USB-C port on the back enables charging via the USB-C-to-USB-A cable that comes in the box. The earbuds are magnetically attached to the case. Which means you don’t have to put too much pressure during way back in the case it’s automatically sits into the place as soon as it near the canal.
The earphone available in black, or Blue colour, the Tune 130NC earpieces are relatively small. They fit snugly, but you’ll need to move them a little to create a strong seal. Includes three pairs of silicone eartips (small, medium and large).
The IPX4 ratings for water and sweat proofing is low key, but standard for a pair of true wireless earbuds with ANC. Earpieces can withstand splashes, so wearing them in light rain or exposing them to sweat should not be a problem. However, you should not drown them or wash them under the tap. The case is not water resistant at all, so be sure to dry the earpiece thoroughly before placing it inside the case for charging.
In addition, 10mm dynamic drivers deliver a frequency range of 20Hz to 20kHz and a resistance or impedance of 32 ohms. The earphones are compatible with Bluetooth 5.2 and support AAC and SBC codecs, but it’s missing AptX.
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The touch control on the outside of each earpiece is sensitive to touch and is easy to set accidentally when you place the earpiece in your ear or in a charging case. Simply, a tap on the left earpiece switches between ANC and Ambient modes, while a tap on the right ear controls playback. Enables two tap talkthrough mode on the left ear, which lowers the music volume and lets you hear what is happening around you. Double and triple taps on the right ear handle provide forward and backward track navigation, respectively. Double tapping on the earpiece also answers or ends the call. Press and hold any earpiece to call your device’s voice assistant. The application allows you to customize these functions to your liking.
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JBL Tune 130NC App
My JBL Headphone App allows you to customize the JBL Live Pro+. But, it doesn’t have the same quality as Sony headphones and Apple‘s app-level but changes are enough to keep your attention invested. Such as general customization, battery status and OTA firmware update. You can also edit the onboard touch controls by adjusting the settings for each combination of taps on any earbud.
Also, get software updates for your product only when available. Available on the Apple or Google Play Store. Additionally, change the Equalizer settings, giving you the choice of Advanced Bass, Advanced Clarity, Vocal, Amplified or Stay on Default.
Furthermore, the app also unlocks access to various performance settings, including audio mode (which favors audio fidelity), normal mode (which favors connection stability), and video mode (which cuts down on latency). In the settings section, you can customize the on-ear control layout, as well as change the default voice assistant.
Now finally we come to the part where the JBL Tune 130NC TWS is one of the best audio quality highlights. These true wireless earbuds have 10 mm JBL tune drivers that work best to provide bass-rich audio output. Audio volume is perfect and therefore does not disturb or distort even at 100% volume. The bass output is excellent and adds a good thump to the audio which enhances your overall experience. Another good thing is that the bass does not overpower any other frequencies which is a good thing. The overall audio output of the JBL Tune 130NC is impressive and is one of the best in its price segment.
Active Noise Cancellation
The earphones offer reasonable noise cancellation for their price. In testing, they cut back low-frequency rumble like you hear on an airplane with ease, but they didn’t fare as well against a recording of a busy restaurant with clanging dishes and boisterous conversation. In the second test, the high-mids and highs easily bypassed the ANC circuitry. Ultimate, the performance here is about what you would expect for the price, and we’re at least happy to report that the ANC doesn’t seem to impact the audio performance.
The JBL Tune 130NC TWS offers a battery life of about 10 hours meanwhile with the case, you can expect about 40 hours of battery life which is pretty good when compared to other similarly priced wireless earbuds. Meanwhile, on regular usage, these true wireless earbuds easily gave 7-8 hours of battery life. When you turn on the ANC mode, you will get around 6-7 hours of battery backup. They take about 1 hour to fully charge themselves up.
Unless you expect a high level of active sound cancellation, JBL’s Tune 130NC earphones are a great option for $100. They are capable of serious rumblings, can last a long time on batteries and can be paired with a really useful app. The Jabra Elite 7 Pro and Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro both offer slightly more effective sound cancellation, making them better options if you like their stem-style design and don’t need more bass. In this price range, we are also fans of the $ 79.99 Jabra Elite 3 earphones, which do not have active sound cancellation but offer the best IP55 waterproof rating, making them suitable for exercise.
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