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JBL Tune 130NC, Tune 230NC TWS Review

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JBL's latest wireless earbuds the Tune 130NC and TUNE 230NC both TWS promise to deliver sound that fits every type of lifestyle, whether you’re an urban explorer or ready for a road trip.

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The JBL Tune 130NC and TUNE 230NC are both equipped with active noise cancellation and JBL Signature Pure Bass sound. We put both wireless earbuds to the test to see if they could deliver high-quality sound and best performance.

Design
The Tune 130NC features a standard TWS design with a cylinder-shaped body, whereas the Tune 230NC has a stem-shaped body. Both have nice premium built quality with touch function support.

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Both earbuds have the same charging case design, with easy to flip cover, and comes with a USB Type-C port at the back for charging.

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 Because not everyone's ear canals have the same size, the included extra silicone ear tips that come in different sizes are a nice touch. The ear tips are particularly soft, so they won't bother your ears even after prolonged use.

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What's in the box?

JBL Tune 130NC / Tune 230NC TWS
USB Type-C charging cable
3 sizes of ear tips
Charging case
Paper materials

Features and Performance
The Tune 130NC packs a 10mm driver with JBL pure bass sound, it's great wireless buds for listening on the go with active noise cancellation. With its 4 microphones, it can keep your voice crystal clear during work or personal calls.

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The Tune 230NC, on the other hand, also features JBL pure bass sound. The 5.8mm driver's wireless sound output is impressive, making it ideal for use on the go. Four microphones ensure crystal-clear conversations, while its elegant stick-like design ensures a snug fit and improved bass performance.

The Active Noise-canceling technology with two microphones allows you to reduce the noise in your surroundings. To make you feel safer when outdoor, both Ambient Aware and TalkThru allow you to pause the music and converse without taking off your earbuds. This is useful for commuters who need to hear stop announcements in order to let in more ambient noise.

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Both earbuds are rated IPX4, which means they are water-resistant and sweatproof, allowing you to wear these earbuds when engaging in vigorous exercise at the gym or biking outdoors without the risk of water damage.

The JBL Headphones companion app is available for free download on both iOS and Android. The apps provide access to the ANC controls, Ambient sound mode, and Smart Audio & Video capabilities. Additionally, the equalizer can be adjusted by the user. Also, the home screen displays the battery status of each bud and the case.

One of the app's coolest features is that it allows you to determine the perfect fit for maximum comfort and noise cancellation. When using the earbuds for the first time, you can utilize this feature to ensure the best possible fit with the included ear tips.

Sound Quality
Both the Tune 230NC and 130NC are equipped with Bluetooth 5.2, which supports the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. Apple users have access to AAC, however, Android users have no access to alternative high-quality codecs such as aptX. The JBL Headphones app has three playback modes: Normal, Audio, and Video. The video mode is meant to reduce audio-visual lag, although it is not as good as the audio mode.

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JBL devices are well-known for their Harman Target influence on frequency response. Compared to other in-ear earbuds, these sound a little more bassy and a little less mid-heavy. Despite JBL's claim that these earbuds generate "pure bass, without noise," there will still be some noise over wireless transmission, the ANC feature works well in keeping the outside noise to minimal. Listening to music while commuting or working out at the gym is great with these earphones.

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Trendy songs and commuting music do well with a great bass and thumping drums while the voice is audible over them. Likewise, Reggie's music features excellent vocals and instruments. These earbuds effectively separate the vocals from the drums, cymbals, flutes, and other instruments.

Battery
These earbuds are claimed to last up to 10 hours without noise-canceling, and another 30 hours with the charging case. This is reduced to 8 hours for the buds and 24 hours for the casing when noise canceling is activated.

Charging the case with the included USB Type-C cable takes about 2 hours. Since it does not include a power adapter, you can use the one that came with your smartphone or connect it to any free USB port on your computer or laptop, but it will take much longer to recharge.

Good
Lightweight Design
Great sound quality
Great Bass
Featured pack companion App
Water-resistant
Good Battery Life

Bad
Only AAC and SBC wireless codecs
ANC is good
No wireless charging

Final Thoughts
If you are looking for earbuds that are ideal for travel and commuting, the JBL Tune 130NC and Tune 230NC are both great wireless earbuds that provide high-quality audio with a powerful bass thanks to JBL pure bass sound. Active noise cancellation is super useful if you want to immerse yourself in your music while retaining ambient noise.

Both the JBL Tune 230NC and JBL Tune 130NC are priced at ₱5,999 and it's now available in JBL concept stores as well as online on abenson.com, Lazada, and Shopee.

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