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Updated April 11, 2024·

earbuds with different features. If you prioritize active noise cancelling and wireless charging, go for the JBL Live Free NC+. However, if longer battery life and being optimized for both Android and Apple are more important to you, the JBL Tune Buds may be the better choice. The Live Free NC+ are suited for calls, meetings, and those looking for a secure fit with included accessories. The Tune Buds, while lacking in call quality, offer durability certifications sweatproof and dustproof, which can be vital if you're active or using them outdoors. Choose Live Free NC+ for better noise isolation or Tune Buds for more extended use without a charge. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs and product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars and the variant with some specs cost some dollars.
Advantages of the JBL Live Free NC+
  • Good for phone calls
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the JBL Tune Buds
  • The JBL Tune Buds has no clear advantages over the JBL Live Free NC+.

Key differences

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Phone Calls

7.6
Live Free NC+
Tune Buds
4.9
The JBL Live Free NC+ is good for phone calls, while the JBL Tune Buds is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.4
Live Free NC+
Tune Buds
5.8
The JBL Live Free NC+ is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Tune Buds is poor.

TV and Video

5.6
Live Free NC+
Tune Buds
6.1
The JBL Tune Buds is only fair for TV and video, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Battery

5.0 Hours
Live Free NC+
Tune Buds
10.4 Hours
The JBL Live Free NC+ has 5 hours of battery life. The JBL Tune Buds has 10.4 hours of battery life.

Cost

$60
Live Free NC+
Tune Buds
$70
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$50

$60

$70

$80

$90

$100

The JBL Live Free NC+ has a price of $60 and the JBL Tune Buds costs $70.
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Key similarities

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Music

5.8
Live Free NC+
Tune Buds
6.2
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers JBL Tune Buds to be only fair for music, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Gaming

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

Noise Reduction

7.0
Live Free NC+
Tune Buds
6.7
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers JBL Live Free NC+ to be good for noise reduction, while the JBL Tune Buds is only fair.

Build Quality

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

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

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Spec Comparison

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JBL Live Free NC+JBL Tune Buds
JBL Live Free NC+JBL Tune Buds

GENERAL

Price
$60
$70
Brand
JBLJBL
Release Date
March 1, 2021May 1, 2023
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
5.9/106.3/10
Phone Calls Score
7.6/104.9/10
Gaming Score
5/105.5/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/106.1/10
Exercise Score
7.7/107.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5 Hours10.4 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
1.3 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.15.3
Case Battery Life
1830

FEATURES

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

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/107/10
Size
LargeLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
7 Grams10.8 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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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 Buds

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PC Mag

Tim Gideon | September 2023
"JBL’s Tune Buds stick with the company’s signature bass-heavy sound by default, but a quality in-app EQ lets you sculpt the audio to taste. These noise-cancelling true wireless earphones also mitigate environmental distractions fairly well for the price and offer good battery life. If you're specifically seeking bold, bass-tuned audio out of the box, the Tune Buds are worth a listen."

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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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