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Updated April 11, 2024·

If value for money is important to you and you prefer a wireless experience with easy portability, the JBL Live Free NC+ would be a good choice; they are very good for music, calls, and are sweatproof which makes them suitable for exercise. However, for extended battery life and less frequent charging, the JBL Tune 660NC headphones stand out. They fold for easier storage and feature active noise cancelling, making them suitable for on-ear comfort and air travel, but they might be less comfortable for long periods due to their fair comfort score. Neither are optimal for gaming or TV due to their poor gaming and TV scores. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the JBL Live Free NC+
  • Good for phone calls
  • Good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the JBL Tune 660NC
  • The JBL Tune 660NC has no clear advantages over the JBL Live Free NC+.

Key differences

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Phone Calls

7.6
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
5.1
The JBL Live Free NC+ is good for phone calls, while the JBL Tune 660NC is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.4
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
5.7
The JBL Live Free NC+ is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Tune 660NC is poor.

Noise Reduction

7.0
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
6.0
The JBL Live Free NC+ is good for noise reduction, while the JBL Tune 660NC is only fair.

Battery

5.0 Hours
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
42.0 Hours
The JBL Live Free NC+ has 5 hours of battery life. The JBL Tune 660NC has 42 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Music

5.8
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
6.1
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers JBL Tune 660NC to be only fair for music, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Gaming

5.0
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
5.4
The JBL Tune 660NC and JBL Live Free NC+ are both poor for gaming.

TV and Video

5.6
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
5.6
The JBL Tune 660NC and JBL Live Free NC+ are both poor for TV and video.

Cost

$60
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
$60
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$50

$60

$70

$80

$90

$100

The JBL Live Free NC+ has a price of $60 and the JBL Tune 660NC costs $60.

Build Quality

8.5
Live Free NC+
Tune 660NC
8.0
The JBL Live Free NC+ and JBL Tune 660NC both have very good build quality.

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How the JBL Live Free NC+ and the JBL Tune 660NC compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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JBL Live Free NC+JBL Tune 660NC
JBL Live Free NC+JBL Tune 660NC

GENERAL

Price
$60
$60
Brand
JBLJBL
Release Date
March 1, 2021February 1, 2021
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WirelessWired + Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
5.9/106.1/10
Phone Calls Score
7.6/105.1/10
Gaming Score
5/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/105.6/10
Exercise Score
7.7/106/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5 Hours42 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
1.3 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.15
Case Battery Life
18N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
7/106/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
7/106.8/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108/10
Comfort score
7.6/106/10
Size
LargeN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
7 Grams172 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

Shopping

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JBL Live Free NC+

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HeadphoneCheck

Maike Paeßens | 2020
"JBL has added great-sounding, rock-solid all-rounders with a pleasant, warm sound character to their range. They are equipped with a high level of functionality that can be customised via the app. Some compromises have to be made with the active noise cancellation, which has a discreet effect, while the ambient mode and the Talkthru function proved to be powerful despite a perceptible background noise."

JBL Tune 660NC

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SoundGuys

Chase Bernath | April 2023
"The JBL Tune 660NC is the best value you can get from a set of on-ear headphones. There's no companion app so you don't get many additional features, but everything the JBL Tune 660NC sets out to do, it does well. At this price, the JBL Tune 660NC is an easy recommendation for on-ear headphone lovers"

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About JBL

JBL is an American audio equipment manufacturer. Owned by Harman International which is, itself, owned by Samsung Electronics. JBL markets a wide array of monitoring speakers, professional headphones and consumer market headphones and earbuds. It was founded in 1946 by James Bullough Lansing (whose initials give the company its name) and has become one of the most prolific audio companies ever. Their products were responsible for audio during the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

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