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Updated April 11, 2024·

If you prioritize a wireless experience and the ability to use earbuds during exercise or while traveling, the JBL Tune Buds would be a better choice, as they are both sweatproof and have good portability. They also support AAC codec, which is beneficial for Apple device users, and active noise cancelling for noisy environments, but may fall short for gaming and watching TV due to potentially lower sound quality in those areas. On the other hand, the Sennheiser HD 400S, while wired, offer a very comfortable fit and are better suited for a static listening experience with potentially better sound quality and mic performance for calls and meetings. They excel in gaming and TV due to their good soundstage. If sweating and portability are not concerns and a budget-friendly option is preferred, these headphones might be more suitable for you. Keep in mind, though, that they do not offer active noise cancelling. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the JBL Tune Buds
  • Good for exercise
  • Very good for air travel
Advantages of the Sennheiser HD 400S
  • Good for music
  • Very good for phone calls
  • Very good for gaming
  • Good for TV and video
  • Good for podcasts and audiobooks

Key differences

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Music

6.2
Tune Buds
HD 400S
7.1
The Sennheiser HD 400S is good for music, while the JBL Tune Buds is only fair.

Gaming

5.4
Tune Buds
HD 400S
8.6
The Sennheiser HD 400S is very good for gaming, while the JBL Tune Buds is poor.

Phone Calls

4.9
Tune Buds
HD 400S
8.2
The Sennheiser HD 400S is very good for phone calls, while the JBL Tune Buds is poor.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

5.8
Tune Buds
HD 400S
7.6
The Sennheiser HD 400S is good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the JBL Tune Buds is poor.

TV and Video

6.1
Tune Buds
HD 400S
7.6
The Sennheiser HD 400S is good for TV and video, while the JBL Tune Buds is only fair.

Noise Reduction

6.7
Tune Buds
HD 400S
5.3
The JBL Tune Buds is only fair for noise reduction, while the Sennheiser HD 400S is poor.

Battery

10.4 Hours
Tune Buds
HD 400S
N/A
The JBL Tune Buds has 10.4 hours of battery life. The Sennheiser HD 400S does not have a battery.

Cost

$60
Tune Buds
HD 400S
$70
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The JBL Tune Buds has a price of $60 and the Sennheiser HD 400S costs $70.
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Key similarities

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Build Quality

8.5
Tune Buds
HD 400S
8.5
The JBL Tune Buds and Sennheiser HD 400S both have very good build quality.

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How the JBL Tune Buds and the Sennheiser HD 400S compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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JBL Tune BudsSennheiser HD 400S
JBL Tune BudsSennheiser HD 400S

GENERAL

Price
$60
$70
Brand
JBLSennheiser
Release Date
May 1, 2023January 1, 2019
Form Factor
EarbudsHeadphones
Connectivity
WirelessWired

SOUND

Music Score
6.3/107.2/10
Phone Calls Score
4.9/108.2/10
Gaming Score
5.5/108.7/10
TV and Video Score
6.1/107.7/10
Exercise Score
7.6/104.2/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
10.4 HoursN/A
Wireless charging
NoN/A
Charging time
2 HoursN/A
Bluetooth version
5.3N/A
Case Battery Life
30N/A

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
YesNo
Noise Reduction Score
6.8/105.3/10
Virtual Surround
NoNo
Android App
YesN/A
iOS App
YesN/A
Mic Quality
6/108.5/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
7/108.4/10
Size
LargeN/A
Weight (headset or single earbud)
10.8 Grams213 Grams
Microphone style
IntegratedIntegrated

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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."

Sennheiser HD 400S

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Headphone Dungeon

Jim | August 2022
"Sennheiser has done it again. The HD 400S performs well beyond its price range and is one of the better budget model headphones I’ve tried. It has very few bells and whistles and offers a simple means of listening that still delivers amazing clarity and quality. If you need a good first pair of headphones or need something that you can take out of the house, then the HD 400S is definitely for you."

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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.

About Sennheiser

A family-owned company, Sennheiser is a German, high fidelity, audio equipment manufacturer founded in 1945. Their consumer audio division is now owned by the Swiss hearing aid and cochlear implant manufacturer Sonova. Sennheiser offers a wide variety of, very high quality, audio equipment solutions, from headphones to earbuds, full sets of monitoring speakers, amplifiers and microphones. They also make what is widely regarded as the best, and most expensive, headphones in existence, the HE-1 Orpheus, costing a whopping $59,000 dollars.

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