JBL Tune Buds

JBL Tune Buds

JBL Tune Buds

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BEST RATING
Battery Life:
5.0
MUSIC: Fair6.2/10
CALLS: Poor4.9/10
GAMING: Poor5.4/10
TV: Fair6.1/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor5.8/10
EXERCISE: Good7.6/10
AIR TRAVEL: Very Good8.2/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Fair6.7/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10
BATTERY: Best in Class10.0/10

The JBL Tune Buds are a pair of stemless, closed enclosure style earbuds best suited for those who are looking for affordability with good overall sound quality, comfort, and build. They are wireless with features like active noise cancelling, sweat and dustproof certifications, appealing for active use such as exercising and traveling. The buds support AAC codec which is great for Apple users, but they don't support a lossless codec, which audiophiles may not prefer. They are also optimized for both Android and Apple devices and include an app equalizer for sound customization. With a weight of 10.8 grams, they're fairly portable and come with a case that offers additional battery life. Call and meeting quality, as well as gaming and TV performance, may not be the best, but they have decent battery life for typical use and a very good portability score. If you're less concerned with very high-quality calls or gaming use and more interested in a solid, durable set of earbuds for general listening and active scenarios, these may work well for you. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




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Pros
  • Wireless with Good overall sound
  • Very good build and control quality
  • Good comfort, suitable for air travel
  • Optimized for both Android and Apple
  • App supports equalizer and customization
Cons
  • Mic quality only fair, not great for calls
  • Below average for music listening
  • Not suited for gaming or TV
  • No wireless charging, medium battery life

Ratings by Category

Battery Life:
5.0
The Battery Life rating is based on hours of typical, actual usage.
Air Travel:
4.5
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.
Portability:
4.4
The Portability score is based on an overall assessment that includes volume and maximum dimension of the product (and case, if relevant), and its weight. Special features like foldability for headphones are also taken into account.
Exercise:
4.2
This score evaluates the product when used for exercise and physical activity. It mainly takes into account comfort, whether or not the products are sweatproof and how secure are the earbuds or headphones while wearing them. We also consider products with wireless capabilities to be more suitable for this particular scenario
Music:
3.3
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
TV & Video:
3.1
This score evaluates the earbuds or headphones when used to watch videos, movies and TV. In the case of wireless products, it takes into account latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$60
Brand
JBL
Release Date
May 1, 2023
Form Factor
Earbuds
Connectivity
Wireless

SOUND

Music Score
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6.3/10
Phone Calls Score
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4.9/10
Gaming Score
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5.5/10
TV and Video Score
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6.1/10
Exercise Score
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7.6/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
10.4 Hours
Wireless charging
No
Charging time
2 Hours
Bluetooth version
5.3
Case Battery Life
30

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
Yes
Noise Reduction Score
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6.8/10
Virtual Surround
No
Android App
Yes
iOS App
Yes
Mic Quality
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6/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.5/10
Comfort score
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7/10
Size
Large
Weight of single earbud
10.8 Grams
Microphone style
Integrated

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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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