JBL is one of the brands that never fail to impress you with the audio quality it has to offer. Recently, they have made two new additions to the JBL Tune series, the JBL Tune 130NC and the JBL Tune 230NC. So I am pretty excited as I have finally got my hands on the JBL Tune 130NC which is released at a price of Rs. 4,999. These buds offer some cool features like active noise cancellation and promise a battery life of 40-hours on a single charge. So let’s not waste much of our time and let’s quickly start with the JBL Tune 130NC review.
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Starting with the box contents, you will get some basic paperwork along with a warranty card in the box. Next, you will get a small USB Type-C cable, two spare pairs of ear tips that are of small & large sizes, and one medium-sized pair that comes pre-installed in the earbuds. Finally, you will get a pair of JBL Tune 130NC earbuds along with a charging case in the box. They are available in Black, Blue, and White color variants.
Design & Build Quality
Moving on to the design and the build quality, the first thing to notice about the charging case is its minimal design. I got the black color variant which comes with a single-toned body that looks pretty neat. The case is compact-sized and is a bit slippery on hands so you may need to handle it with care. It comes with a matty finish over it and has a glossy JBL branding at the front which looks good. The three white-colored LED lights at the front look complementary to the design and indicate the battery charge status of the charging case. Meanwhile, on the back of the case, you will find a USB Type-C port to charge your case whenever required.
The earbuds also follow the same design pattern with a matty oval-shaped body and some glossy finish around the corners. They have a big touch-sensitive area which makes them very easy to operate. This touch-sensitive area has a JBL branding over it with a tiny blue-colored LED indicator which indicates the pairing and connection status. Both the earbuds and the charging case are made out of plastic but they feel pretty solid in the hands and would easily survive a few accidental drops without any issues.
The JBL Tune 130NC is IPX4 rated which makes them resistant to sweat, dust, or rain. This also means you can use it in the gym as well without any worries. Although taking it for a shower or a swim would not be a good idea. Also, the case has no IP ratings at all so you will need to make sure that you dry your earbuds well before putting them in your case.
So now let’s quickly go through the comfort as that’s what TWS is all about. The JBL Tune 130NC weighs about 52 grams in total, whereas each bud individually weighs about 6 grams each which is not the lightest in the market but would not feel bulky at all which is a good thing. To be honest, on my first impression, I thought the JBL Tune 130 NC would not be comfortable due to its bulky design but after using them for a while, the earbuds turned out to be very comfortable. You can easily use them for 3-4 hours without worrying about ear fatigue at all.
These true wireless earbuds nicely fit in your ears and offer a nice secure fit which in turn adds up a decent amount of noise isolation to them. The touch controls are nicely placed and can be easily accessed whenever needed. I will also like to mention that these controls are super responsive and work pretty well. You also get audio feedback each time your command gets registered which comes in handy as you usually get no idea if the command actually did anything or not. Another good part is that you can customize these commands for individual earbuds using the JBL headphones app.
Features & Microphone
The JBL Tune 130NC TWS comes with Bluetooth v5.2 and Google Fast Pair support which makes the pairing process pretty fast. Since it uses Bluetooth v5.2, the Bluetooth connection is pretty stable and consistent. These true wireless earbuds come with AAC and SBC codec support. They also have a low latency mode which you can activate using the JBL headphones app. Unfortunately, it lacks multiple device support which is one of the good features that really comes in handy when you have more than one device to work on.
The JBL Tune 130NC TWS comes with active noise canceling capabilities which does a decent job of canceling out background noises. These earbuds are not the best active noise-canceling earbuds I have tested out but are good enough for the price it is being offered on. You can also switch to the ambiance mode or the transparency mode using the companion app which also works pretty well.
Meanwhile, the companion app, which is the JBL headphones app is one of the most refined and optimized apps I have tested out. The main highlight of the app is its customizable audio settings which allow you to alter the settings as per your liking. You can also choose from a couple of presets that comes in the app by default. You also get audio and video modes for a lower latency which does a fairly decent job. Video mode has a lower latency rate compared to the audio mode and you won’t find any video lip-synching issues which are pretty common in low-budget TWS earbuds.
Although when it comes to in-game performance, you will feel a noticeable amount of audio delay which is okay if you do casual gaming. If you’re someone who has gaming as one of your main priorities then these might not be the best choice for you.
Finally coming to the microphone, the JBL Tune wireless earbuds houses a total of 4 microphones (2 on each earbud) which records good quality audio. Yes, it does capture a noticeable amount of background noise but it is okay for taking some calls or attending meetings.
Now finally coming to the part that is one of the best highlights of the JBL Tune 130NC TWS, the audio quality. These true wireless earbuds house 10 mm JBL tuned drivers which do an excellent job of delivering a bass-rich audio output. The audio volume is perfect and hence does not gets uncomfortable or distorted even at 100% volume. The bass output is excellent and adds a good amount of thump to the audio which enhances your overall experience. Another good part is that the bass does not overpower any other frequencies which is a good thing. The overall audio output of the JBL Tune 130NC is pretty impressive and is one of the best in its price segment.
The JBL Tune 130NC TWS offers a battery life of about 10 hours meanwhile with the case, you can expect about 40 hours of battery life which is pretty good when compared to other similarly priced wireless earbuds. Meanwhile, on regular usage, these true wireless earbuds easily gave 7-8 hours of battery life. When you turn on the ANC mode, you will get around 6-7 hours of battery backup. They take about 1 hour to fully charge themselves up.
So, is JBL Tune 130NC a good pair of earbuds for its price and worth buying?
Well, the Tune 130NC offers excellent audio quality along with decent active noise canceling capabilities. They offer a good battery life and have plenty of useful features like customizable audio settings and touch controls. Yes, these are not the best-looking earbuds and lack some features like in-ear detection or multiple devices connectivity but when it comes to the sound quality, these wireless earbuds are the best wireless earbuds under the price bracket of Rs. 5,000.
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