Sure, more well-known audio companies have been slow to launch similar products in this market. However, one particular brand would like to make a change. JBL recently announced two new true wireless headsets: The Tune 130NC and Tune 230NC.
The price is around Rs. 5,999 in India, the JBL Tune 230NC features active noise cancellation and app support and promises long battery life for a pretty competitive price. Do these headphones have the capacity to compete with the best in this market, including the ones Us Buds Z2 and the Oppo Enco Air 2 Pro? Learn more in the review.
JBL Tune 230NC JBL Tune 230NC supports the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs
JBL Tune features and design
One of the significant distinctions between JBL 130NC and the JBL 130NC and 230NC is that the latter’s ears have stems that contain their microphones. Also, there are indicators of status within the earpieces.
The JBL Tune 230NC comes with many design traits that we’ve come to anticipate from JBL, including large and prominent branding on both the case and the earpieces, some hints of colour on the ear tips and a sturdy industrial look and feel. The earpieces do not appear very expensive. However, they’re not too unappealing either. I found them to be comfortable to wear during the long listening time.
The charging case for JBL Tune 230NC is a good size. JBL Tune 230NC is neither too big nor too compact, and it is easy enough to put in a pocket along with the phone or wallet. Three indicators indicate the approximate level of the battery in the case. The USB Type-C port to charge is located at the back of the. The sale package comes with a USB Type-A to Type C charging cable and three pairs of ears for a customized fitting.
The earpieces feature indicator lights that indicate their connectivity status and a touch-sensitive area located at the very top of every stem. The JBL Tune 230NC is IPX4 certified for water resistance and features two microphones in each earpiece, enabling ANC and voice call capability. The only issue is that no wear detection feature allows the headset that will automatically play or stop your music.
JBL Tune 230NC app and specifications
The JBL Tune 230NC truly wireless headset utilizes its JBL Headphones application (available in both Android and iOS) to customize and manage headphones. You can alter the control buttons, select from various equalizer presets, create an individual one, or toggle to ANC or ambient modes. You can also check the battery levels in the charging case and earpieces and shut off the earpieces via the application.
Control customization doesn’t have the flexibility I would have liked. The app allows you to choose among a variety of control options to playback mode, ANC, the transparency modes, and volume or voice assistant settings. You can select one control for each earpiece. However, rules are not adjustable in the entire set. It was challenging to remember the tapping gestures in each group were difficult for me, and the single tap gesture was often accidentally activated when I tried to take or wear any of the ears off.
JBL Tune 230NC JBL Tune 230NC comes with active noise cancellation and is compatible together with the JBL Headphones app on iOS and Android
You can activate the voice assistant that comes with your phone or Alexa, which requires a more setup. This Find My Buds feature worked well, creating a loud sound that could be useful when searching for ears that were lost in the house.
The JBL Tune 230NC headset features 6mm dynamic drivers and amplitude between 20 and 20,000Hz. It utilizes Bluetooth 5.2 to connect and has support for SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. The headset has active noise cancellation and Google’s Fast Pair support for the headset.
JBL Tune the 230NC’s performance and battery life
True wireless earphones (exceptionally low-cost and mid-range models) have seen significant improvement in audio clarity and ANC performance in the last few months. This JBL Tune 230NC manages to compete with brands like OnePlus and Oppo and has decent sound and active noise cancellation.
Beginning by playing Over Here by Mk.gee, the JBL Tune 230NC’s sonic signature was relaxed and reasonably balanced, with the lows ringing softly and the highs and mids sounding smooth and precise. The synthesizer-like guitar elements that compose the beat of the track sound present and robust; however, they were never overly harsh or sharp; therefore, tracks like this were enjoyable to listen to for long periods.
The smooth and effortless sound allowed me to increase the volume in quiet places like my office or home. This allowed me to enjoy the excellent audio stage the JBL Tune 230NC has to provide. It was simple to detect the directionality of the sound and other elements, like the instruments from the folk at the start of the lounge track. With Arambol 2 by Astropilot.
The battery life of JBL Tune230NC is excellent, thanks to the earpieces and the charging case operating for 26 hours on a single charge cycle.
The bass-driven, deep beat of the Tune was precise and soft but did not feel weak or unsatisfactory. The sound quality of the Tune 230NC doesn’t have the same punch as other models, like the Z2 model from OnePlus and bass enthusiasts might not find it more appealing due to its absence of power. But the sound is crisp, measured and well-tuned to ensure easy listening across genres and tracks.
The active noise cancellation feature in this JBL Tune 230NC is essential, typically with low-cost authentic wireless headphones. While there was a notable reduction in background noise using the device inside, it was less effective outside or even with windows opened in the home.
The sound of air conditioners, ceiling fans, and outside sounds like machinery and construction equipment are still heard. The fact is, ANC did help to make music more accessible to enjoy even at low or moderate levels. The hear-through sound was strangely fake, and amplified wind sounds unjust. I prefer to remove the earphones for a short conversation with one of my friends.
Call quality and connectivity were acceptable with The JBL Tune 230NC. Call quality and connectivity were satisfactory on JBL Tune 230NC, with the earphones maintaining a solid connection for up to 4 meters from the device used as the source. I had no issues making calls in the indoor environment or made for a decent quality call outside at a higher volume.
The battery life of the JBL Tune 230NC is awe-inspiring, and the earpieces run for about 6-hours and 30- mins when you turn ANC turned on and at moderate levels of volume. The charging case can add three additional charges to give an average of 26 hours for each charge cycle. The earphones take about two hours to charge fully, and you can expect to enjoy about two hours of audio with just a 10-minute charge beginning at zero.
JBL isn’t well-known for its low-cost TWS products. Still, the Tune the 230NC, which has activated noise cancellation, puts it directly in concurrence with brands like OnePlus, Oppo, and Realme, with significant presences in this coveted segment. Even though ANC performance isn’t excellent, this JBL Tune 230NC makes up for it with its well-balanced audio, fantastic application and connectivity, extremely wonderful battery life, and the perfect wear. While it isn’t cheap compared to what’s available, the Tune 230NC is an excellent pair of wireless earphones when you’re on an estimated budget of Rs. 6,000.
Of course, competition in this area is substantial, and there are many other options to consider, like those from the OnePlus Buds Z2 or even the less expensive JBL Tune 130NC. If you choose to go with JBL’s Tune 130NC or 230NC, you’ll be satisfied with the whole experience.