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Updated April 11, 2024·

earbuds but differ in features. The Live Free NC+ offers active noise cancelling for better sound isolation, making it suitable for air travel and noisy environments. However, the Tune Flex has a low latency mode that's beneficial for gaming or watching videos. For exercises, the Live Free NC+ is sweatproof, while the Tune Flex lacks this feature. Comfort-wise, they're comparable, but if you make many calls, the Live Free NC+ has better mic quality. The Tune Flex struggles with call quality but excels in gaming audio. Choose Live Free NC+ for travel and calls or Tune Flex for gaming and video with its latency advantage. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the JBL Live Free NC+
  • Good for phone calls
Advantages of the JBL Tune Flex
  • Good for music
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Excellent for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

5.8
Live Free NC+
Tune Flex
7.3
The JBL Tune Flex is good for music, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Gaming

5.0
Live Free NC+
Tune Flex
8.5
The JBL Tune Flex is very good for gaming, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Phone Calls

7.6
Live Free NC+
Tune Flex
6.3
The JBL Live Free NC+ is good for phone calls, while the JBL Tune Flex is only fair.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.4
Live Free NC+
Tune Flex
9.0
The JBL Tune Flex is excellent for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is very good.

TV and Video

5.6
Live Free NC+
Tune Flex
7.8
The JBL Tune Flex is good for TV and video, while the JBL Live Free NC+ is poor.

Battery

5.0 Hours
Live Free NC+
Tune Flex
6.5 Hours
The JBL Live Free NC+ has 5 hours of battery life. The JBL Tune Flex has 6.5 hours of battery life.
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Key similarities

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Noise Reduction

7.0
Live Free NC+
Tune Flex
6.5
Although they have very similar scores, PerfectRec considers JBL Live Free NC+ to be good for noise reduction, while the JBL Tune Flex is only fair.

Cost

$60
Live Free NC+
Tune Flex
$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 Flex costs $60.

Build Quality

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

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

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Spec Comparison

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JBL Live Free NC+JBL Tune Flex
JBL Live Free NC+JBL Tune Flex

GENERAL

Price
$60
$60
Brand
JBLJBL
Release Date
March 1, 2021September 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WirelessWireless

SOUND

Music Score
5.9/107.3/10
Phone Calls Score
7.6/106.3/10
Gaming Score
5/108.6/10
TV and Video Score
5.6/107.8/10
Exercise Score
7.7/107.7/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
5 Hours6.5 Hours
Wireless charging
YesNo
Charging time
1.3 Hours2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.15.2
Case Battery Life
1818

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesYes
Noise Reduction Score
7/106.5/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesYes
iOS App
YesYes
Mic Quality
7/105.1/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7.6/107.6/10
Size
LargeLarge
Weight (headset or single earbud)
7 Grams9 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 Flex

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MajorHiFi

Gabby Bloch | May 2023
"JBL is offering a similar design and arguably better resolution than the more expensive AirPods 3rd Generation. Add to that a comfortable and versatile fit, an equalizer and pretty decent ANC, and you’ve got a quality wireless earphone. I would have loved longer battery life and more crystal calls, but for the price, you can’t complain. A solid deal overall."

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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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