JBL Tune 510BT review: Massive Battery and Multipoint connection

JBL Tune 510BT

Planned to buy JBL headphones, then ready yourself to listening heavy bass sounds with the JBL Tune 510BT headset. The headphone has a balanced signature sound and offers a built-in microphone for clear voice calls. The Bluetooth Multipoint is quite surprising here, while it has come with a voice assistant integration all for under $50 USD. Sadly, with all these features includes, still it lacks the comfort we need.

It doesn’t offer an active noise-cancellation feature. So, you will entirely depend on the passive isolation offered by the earbuds. It’s not the accurate as ANC, but you need to manage with this. In fact, this isn’t the slickest set of headphones and doesn’t have cool software tricks, but that’s the charm of the Tune 510BT: simplicity and performance come first. We spent a week with the now-discontinued Tune 510BT to see if it’s worth picking up at a discount.

Things we like

  • Portable and compact
  • Bluetooth multipoint
  • Simple to use
  • Good microphone
  • Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC and AAC

Things we don’t like

  • On-ear fit is uncomfortable, especially with glasses
  • No aptX or headphone jack for wired listening
  • None

Who should have to buy this headset?

  • Travellers will find this light and portable headset easy to use on public transport, as long as they don’t mind the lack of active noise canceling.
  • Anyone who wants an affordable pair of headphones that wants to store them easily will enjoy how compact this headset is.

JBL Tune 510BT review: design

The first thing we need to clarify is it’s an on-ear Bluetooth headset. All-plastic ear cups don’t appear strong, nor do the tenuous yokes. Positively, it makes the headphone lightweight and reduces the pressure of the headband effectively. The design looks almost similar to the Sony MDR-XB950B1s, another on-ear headphone with a similar price tag.

The headphone is compact and foldable, which makes them easy to store in a carrying bag for better transportation. The design looks old and if not for the large JBL logo on each ear cup, you could easily mistake this for any cheap headphones.

It is pretty uncomfortable because the ear pads don’t cover the entire ear but rest on the ear. This also makes it pretty unpleasant to wear with glasses, and I can feel the stems of my glasses digging into my head almost immediately after putting the Tune 510BT on. The ear cups are surrounded by a wrinkly fabric that makes sounds if I move, which can detract from the listening experience. Though, I experience some discomfort at the crown of my head after two hours of wear. A metal reinforcement protects the headband from snapping.

JBL Tune 510BT review: Touch controls

You will like the buttons offer by the headphones. All the buttons included in right earbuds. There are volume controls, identified with plus and minus icons. See the table below for a list of controls.

Single pressDouble pressHold (2s)Hold (5s)
Volume upIncrease volumeNext track
Volume downDecrease volumePrevious trackScrub backward
Multi-functionPlay / pause music
Answer/end call
Voice assistantMute / unmute
Ignore incoming call
PowerPower onBluetooth pairing, must being from powered off mode

The headset also has integrated support for voice assistants like Siri or Google, so you don’t even have to take your phone out to use the assistant. Instead, you can activate the assistant by pressing the multi-function button twice.

JBL Tune 510BT review: Sound

JBL Tune 510BT

JBL Tune 510BT come with a 32mm dynamic drivers. Which eventually offers a rich, balanced and high boosted sound quality. On the other hand, the frequency response for the JBL Tune 510BT is also heavy bass, with a notable boost in the range below 150Hz. On top of that, the general response shape follows the gist of our house curve, but with a significant increase in the highs, which emphasizes high pitches and other high frequency sounds like hi-hats. This frequency response will definitely cater more to people who like bass-heavy music like EDM.

Lows, mids, and highs

When I listen to “Yeah, I Like You” by Goo Goo Dolls, the low-frequency vocoder at the beginning of the song is a bit vanquished. While Arijit Singh’s vocals and other higher-frequency sounds like hi-hats aren’t overpowered by it, Anil Srinivasan’s lower vocals and the piano definitely take a back seat.

Bhaag Milkha Bhaag by  Siddharth Mahadevan sounds great in this headset, and even with the added emphasis, I can still hear other sounds amid the song’s bass line. The occasional claps are a bit too loud due to the intense treble emphasis. You can expect most dance music to sound pretty good through this headset.

Microphone

The microphone is clear, and while it suffices for a phone call or video call, it’s still not a mic you’d want to record a podcast with. The headphone offers a fairly good passive isolation, but the person on the other side of your call will still hear some processing artifacts along with your voice. Listen for yourself and vote to let us know what you think.

JBL Tune 510BT review: connectivity

The JBL Tune 510BT connects using Bluetooth 5.0. It supports the SBC and AAC audio codecs, so this headset is good to use with Android or iOS. Though it only supplies reliable high-quality wireless audio to the latter.

To pair the headset to a device, hold the power button on the right ear cup until the LED turns on, and open the Bluetooth settings menu on your device. Simply select the JBL Tune 510BT in your Bluetooth settings, and you’re done.

Yes, the headset supports Bluetooth multipoint, meaning you can easily switch which device you’re listening from. If you’re listening to music on your computer and get a call on your phone. It will pause your music to let you take the call using the headphones, then resume when you hang up.

To enable multipoint, you need to initiate a connection with a primary device. After that, press and hold the multi-function and volume up buttons on the headset simultaneously for two seconds. Then, select the JBL Tune 510BT from your secondary device’s Bluetooth menu.

JBL Tune 510BT review: Battery

JBL Tune 510BT

JBL claims the battery will last 40 hours, and in our testing, we found that to be very accurate. The Tune 510BT lasted 40 hours, 43 minutes at a constant output of real music peaking at 75dB. The battery life of this headset is one of its most redeeming qualities. It also supports fast charging, with five minutes of charging giving you two extra hours of battery life. The JBL Tune 510BT charges via USB-C cable, which comes in the package with the headphones.

Conclusion

If you want an affordable and compact pair of headphones with a bass-heavy sound, this could be a good option for you. As long as you can handle the ear cups pressing on your ears, and you don’t wear glasses or have any piercings, the JBL Tune 510BT shouldn’t cause too much discomfort. It will get you through many commutes with its great battery life.

If you do wear glasses, or find that your ears and head get sore easily from tight headphones, these won’t be the headphones for you. Additionally, if you want good noise isolation, these won’t give you much of that. Look elsewhere for good isolation and higher quality sound, and consider getting over-ear headphones, or in-ears if you need something compact.