JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Jul 14, 2021 at 09:24 am
JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless Picture
7.5
Neutral Sound
7.8
Commute/Travel
8.2
Sports/Fitness
7.3
Office
5.9
Wireless Gaming
5.8
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless are in-ears designed for business professionals. They have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that offers good overall performance, especially if you're trying to block out chatting coworkers. They also have a neutral sound profile, and while they lack a bit of low-bass, you can customize them to your liking using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. On the downside, their roughly four hours of continuous playback time is fairly short, and their integrated mic offers a sub-par recording quality.

Our Verdict

7.5 Neutral Sound

The JBL Tour Pro Plus are good for neutral sound. They have a very neutral sound, although they lack a bit of low-bass. A dip in the mid-mid also pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. However, they have a less-than-immersive passive soundstage due to their closed-back, in-ear design.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Parametric EQ and presets available.
Cons
  • Bad passive soundstage.
7.8 Commute/Travel

The JBL Tour Pro Plus are good for commute and travel. Thanks to their ANC, they can block out a fair amount of noise like the low rumble of bus or plane engines. They also have a comfortable, well-built design, and their small size makes it easy to put them in most pockets or bags. However, their roughly four hours of continuous playback time may not be enough for long trips.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • ANC with good noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • 4.2-hour continuous battery life.
8.2 Sports/Fitness

The JBL Tour Pro Plus are great for sports and fitness. They have a comfortable, breathable fit, and thanks to their stability fins, they should stay in your ear during moderate physical exercise. They also have an IPX5 rating for water resistance, but we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • Stable fit.
Cons
  • 4.2-hour continuous battery life.
7.3 Office

The JBL Tour Pro Plus are decent for office use. They have a comfortable, breathable fit, and their ANC can block out office chatter around you. However, their continuous playback time of just over four hours may not be enough to get you through your shift without pausing to recharge them.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • ANC with good noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • 4.2-hour continuous battery life.
  • Bad passive soundstage.
5.9 Wireless Gaming

The JBL Tour Pro Plus aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with PlayStation or Xbox consoles.

5.8 Wired Gaming

The JBL Tour Pro Plus are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used on a wired connection.

6.5 Phone Calls

The JBL Tour Pro TWS are fair for phone calls. Their integrated mic does a sub-par job of recording your voice, so you sound unnatural. The mic also struggles to separate your voice from moderate background noise, which may be a problem if you're taking a call from a busy street. Luckily, their ANC cuts down a good amount of noise so that you can focus on your call.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built design.
  • ANC with good noise isolation performance.
Cons
  • Sub-par recording quality.
  • Mic struggles to separate your voice from ambient noise.
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.8 Commute/Travel
  • 8.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.3 Office
  • 5.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.8 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 10, 2021: Updated information regarding IP rating in 'Build Quality' box.
  2. Updated Jul 14, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Jul 07, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have a plain and non-descript look. They're round with a silver brand logo on each earbud. There's also the word 'Tour' on the side of the bud. They only come in black.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.03 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The JBL Tour Pro TWS are comfortable. Like the JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless, they don't put pressure on your ear. They also come with five sets of ear tips to help you get the best fit. However, the buds are bulky and stick out.

6.5
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control No
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
On/Off
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have fair controls. To connect them via Bluetooth, you can touch either bud once and hold. There's an audible tone when pairing. With the right bud, you can tap once to play or pause audio, tap twice to skip the track forward, and tap three times to skip to the previous track. The left earbud allows you to turn ANC on, off, or access ambient mode, and there's an audible tone when switching between modes. A double-tap activates talkthough. You can also tap twice to answer or reject a call, hold to mute and unmute your microphone, or hold either bud to activate voice assistant. There's even a Silent Now feature you can access by holding both buds for five seconds that keeps the ANC on but turns off Bluetooth and music.

If you prefer, you can customize the controls using their companion app. However, you lose access to some controls if you're only using one earbud. Ambient Sound controls can also only be adjusted while you're wearing them. There's no audible feedback when you double or triple press either.

9.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 0.8 °C

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have outstanding breathability. Thanks to their in-ear design, they don't really cover your outer ear. You shouldn't notice a temperature difference when you're wearing them, and you shouldn't sweat more than normal.

9.4
Design
Portability
L 1.5" (3.8 cm)
W 1.1" (2.9 cm)
H 1.1" (2.8 cm)
Volume 1.89 in³ (31.00 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

These headphones are incredibly portable. Like most truly wireless headphones, they have a small and lightweight design that should easily fit in most pockets or bags. Their carrying case is also fairly small.

7.5
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 2.2" (5.6 cm)
W 2.1" (5.3 cm)
H 1.3" (3.4 cm)
Volume 5.86 in³ (96.00 cm³)

The carrying case is good. It's plastic, and there's a magnet to hold the buds in place. There's an LED light near the charging port that lets you know its charging status and two LED lights inside the case for each bud. These two lights turn off a few seconds after opening the case.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

Update 08/10/2021: Following reader feedback, information regarding the headphone's IP rating has been added. The score hasn't been changed, but the text has been updated.

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have a great build quality. They're mostly made of plastic but feel sturdy and solid. They come with stability fins and five different pairs of ear tips, but the ear tips seem potentially weaker than other parts of their design. The buds themselves are rated IPX5 for water resistance, but we don't currently test for that.

7.5
Design
Stability

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have a stable fit. They come with a variety of differently-sized ear tips and have stability fins to stay put in your ears while you're moving.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • JBL Tour Pro Plus headphones
  • 5x ear tips
  • Stability fins
  • Charging case
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.34 dB
Treble Amount
0.1 dB

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have a very neutral sound profile, making them suitable for lots of audio content. That said, if you want to customize their sound, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets.

9.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.08 dB

These headphones have outstanding frequency response consistency. Like most in-ears, once you achieve an airtight seal, they should deliver audio very consistently each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.26 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
27.48 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.2 dB
Mid-Bass
0.44 dB
High-Bass
-0.69 dB

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have outstanding bass accuracy. They're a little underemphasized in the low-bass range, so your mixes lack a touch of thump and rumble. That said, the rest of the range is very flat and neutral, resulting in a warm bass.

8.3
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.29 dB
Low-Mid
-1.5 dB
Mid-Mid
-3.42 dB
High-Mid
0.01 dB

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have great mid accuracy. There's some underemphasis in the low to mid-mid, so vocals and lead instruments are thinned out a bit and pushed to the back of the mix. The high-mid is very neutral, though, which helps their clarity and intensity.

8.6
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.2 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.63 dB
Low-Treble
-0.85 dB
High-Treble
-4 dB

These headphones have excellent treble accuracy. It's very slightly underemphasized, but it shouldn't be too noticeable. Vocals and lead instruments are present but lacking a touch of detail, while sibilants like cymbals are slightly dulled.

8.2
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.09 dB
Dips
1.06 dB

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have great peaks and dips performance. The slight peak in the low to mid-bass adds extra thump and rumble to your mixes, while a dip in the mid-mid pushes vocals and lead instruments to the back of the mix. Another peak in the high-mid can harshen vocals and lead instruments a bit. The uneven mid-treble can make sibilants like S and T sounds alternatingly dull and piercing.

9.1
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.39
Weighted Phase Mismatch
1.29
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.16
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.02

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have fantastic imaging. Their weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers of our unit are also well-matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency. It's important for accurately placing and localizing objects like footsteps and instruments in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit, so your results may vary.

0.9
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
2.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.3

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have a terrible passive soundstage. To create a speaker-like soundstage, the outer ear has to be activated with sound. However, since they have an in-ear design, they bypass the outer ear altogether, resulting in sound being perceived as if it's coming from inside your head. Their closed-back design also means that their soundstage doesn't seem as spacious as headphones with an open-back enclosure.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No
8.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.179
WHD @ 100
0.073

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is great. The entire frequency range falls within good limits, which results in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
2.5.0
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Off
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Silicone (small)
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings used to test the JBL Tour Pro Plus, and our results are only valid in this configuration.

Isolation
7.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.48 dB
Bass
-15.84 dB
Mid
-15.23 dB
Treble
-27.11 dB

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have good noise isolation. They have an active noise cancelling (ANC) system that does a fair job of cutting down the low rumbles of bus or plane engines. However, their passive noise isolation capabilities are slightly better than their ANC when it comes to the mid to treble range. That said, they can still block out office chatter and the high-pitched hum of an AC unit.

8.9
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
27.98 dB

The JBL Tour Pro Plus' leakage performance is excellent. Leakage is mostly concentrated in the treble range, which sounds thin. However, if you like to listen to your audio at high volumes, people around you shouldn't be able to hear it.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
5.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
111.52 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
10.38 dB
HFE
8,010.97 Hz
Weighted THD
2.718
Gain
-9.42 dB

The integrated mic has a sub-par recording quality. Your voice sounds full but muffled and unnatural.

6.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
3.06 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone has okay noise handling. It struggles to separate your voice from moderate background noise, so you may have some trouble being understood if you're calling from a busy street.

Active Features
6.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
4.2 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
16.8 hrs
Charge Time
1.5 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The JBL Tour Pro have an okay battery performance. Although they're advertised to have roughly six hours of continuous battery life, we measured just over four. However, battery performance can vary depending on usage, so your real-life experience may vary. They have roughly three additional charges in their carrying case and have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life while not in use. You can also use one bud while the other one charges.

8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name JBL Headphones
iOS Yes
Android Yes
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
Parametric + Presets
ANC Control
On/Off
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping Yes
Surround Support
No

The JBL Headphones app is great. It has a parametric EQ and presets so that you can customize their sound to your liking. You can also remap the button layout to set volume controls or to adjust the layout of other controls. You can also set the auto-off timer or turn it off if you prefer, as well as turn on or off auto-play/pause when they're in your ear. The app also has an ear tip fit test to help you get the best possible fit.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
334.65 ft (102.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
312 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
284 ms
Android Latency
273 ms

The JBL Tour Pro Plus have fair Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. Their latency is also high on PC, iOS, and Android, which could be disappointing if you like to stream video. However, some apps compensate for latency, so your real-life experience may vary.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These truly wireless headphones can't be used with a wired connection. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable to charge their carrying case.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
No

These truly wireless headphones can only connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
2.2
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Charging Case
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
Yes
Power Supply
USB-C

These headphones come with a portable carrying case that charges via USB-C.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JBL Tour Pro Plus come in one color variation: Black, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant of these headphones, please let us know in the discussion section below, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The JBL Tour Pro Plus are in-ears designed for business professionals. They're similar in overall performance to the JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless but now come with five differently-sized ear tips and stability fins. They can block out a good amount of ambient noise around you, although their passive capabilities outweigh their ANC system beyond the bass range. On the downside, their continuous battery life of just over four hours is short and probably won't get you through a long day at work without recharging them again.

If you're looking for more headphones, check out our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best earbuds and in-ear headphones, and the best wireless earbuds for Android.

JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless

The JBL CLUB PRO+ TWS True Wireless and the JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless are similarly performing headphones. Both headphones are comfortable, well-built, and their ANC systems both offer comparable performances. However, the CLUB PRO+'s microphone offers a better recording quality and a better overall battery performance.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears for most uses than the JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Apple have a more stable fit, their ANC can block out significantly more ambient noise around you, and they have longer total battery life. Their H1 chip also allows you to seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. The JBL have a more customizable sound, thanks to their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. 

Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless

The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones than the JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are well-built, the Bose's adjustable ANC does a significantly better job blocking out background noise, and they have longer continuous battery life. Some users also may prefer their sound profile's touch of extra bass. However, the JBL are more comfortable, and their companion app allows you to adjust their sound to your liking using a parametric EQ and presets. 

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless

The JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless are slightly better headphones than the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the JBL are better-built, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out a bit more background noise. They also have a better battery performance, and you can customize their sound profile using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. However, the Samsung's integrated mic has a better recording quality.

EarFun Air Pro True Wireless

The EarFun Air Pro True Wireless are slightly better in-ears than the JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the EarFun have a somewhat v-shaped sound profile that some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out a lot more ambient noise around. They also have significantly better battery performance. However, the JBL are better built, and you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. 

JBL Tour One Wireless

The JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless are better overall headphones than the JBL Tour One Wireless. The Tour Pro+ are in-ears that are better built, have more consistent audio delivery, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. Their ANC also does a significantly better job of blocking out background noise. However, the Tour One support multi-device pairing and longer continuous battery life.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless are better headphones than the Beats Solo Pro Wireless. The JBL are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. However, the Beats have a better noise isolation performance and a longer continuous battery life. They also have an H1 chip that allows you to seamlessly pair them with Apple devices.

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