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JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Dec 01, 2021 at 09:50 am
JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless Picture
7.5
Neutral Sound
7.6
Commute/Travel
8.0
Sports/Fitness
7.2
Office
5.9
Wireless Gaming
5.7
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Calls
Type In-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Truly Wireless
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless are the next generation of the JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless. They have a more comfortable and well-built design than their predecessor, and their continuous battery life of 7.6 hours should last through long days at the office. They also have a very neutral default sound profile that's suitable for a variety of genres, although you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets if you prefer. However, while they have active noise cancelling (ANC), it only offers an okay overall performance and may not be enough to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines.

Our Verdict

7.5 Neutral Sound

The JBL Tune 130NC are good for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a very neutral sound profile suitable for a variety of audio content. Although their mid-treble is slightly underemphasized, you can adjust their sound to your liking using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. Unfortunately, their passive soundstage is bad, and sound seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable.
  • Consistent audio delivery.
  • Parametric EQ and presets available.
Cons
  • Terrible passive soundstage.
7.6 Commute/Travel

The JBL Tune 130NC are good for commute and travel. They have a small and lightweight design, making it easy to put them into your pockets or bags when you're on the go. They also have a comfortable fit and deliver over seven hours of continuous battery life. However, their ANC struggles to block out bus and plane engine noise.

Pros
  • IPX4 rating for water resistance.
  • Well-built and comfortable.
  • Consistent audio delivery.
Cons
  • ANC struggles to block out bass-range noise.
8.0 Sports/Fitness

The JBL Tune 130NC are great for sports and fitness. They have a comfortable, lightweight, and well-built design that's rated IPX4 for water resistance. They also have roughly 7.6 hours of continuous battery life, which should last through days on the move. They lack stability fins, though, and can fall out of your ears with more intense head movement.

Pros
  • IPX4 rating for water resistance.
  • Well-built and comfortable.
Cons
  • Terrible passive soundstage.
7.2 Office

The JBL Tune 130NC are decent for office use. These headphones have a comfortable fit and a 7.6-hour continuous battery life. They also don't leak a lot of audio at high volumes, so you can turn your music up without bothering your coworkers. They have active noise cancelling, too, and can block out an excellent amount of office chatter around you. However, you can't connect them to your PC and smartphone at the same time.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable.
  • Excellent at blocking out ambient chatter.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Terrible passive soundstage.
5.9 Wireless Gaming

The JBL Tune 130NC can't connect to PlayStation or Xbox consoles, and their latency with PCs, iOS, and Android devices is too high to be suitable for gaming. That said, they have a low-latency 'Video Mode', which helps lower their audio lag within reasonable levels on iOS and Android devices.

5.7 Wired Gaming

The JBL Tune 130NC are Βluetooth-only headphones, and you can't use them wired.

6.8 Phone Calls

The JBL Tune 130NC are okay for phone calls. Their integrated mic offers a satisfactory recording quality, ensuring your voice is intelligible to whoever you're talking to. However, it struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you, and your voice could be drowned out if you're taking a call from a busy street.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable.
  • Satisfactory recording quality.
Cons
  • No multi-device pairing.
  • Mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate noise around you.
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 7.6 Commute/Travel
  • 8.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.2 Office
  • 5.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.7 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Dec 01, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Nov 26, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The JBL Tune 130NC have a somewhat non-descript look, with the manufacturer's logo is on both buds in large, glossy print. They're also a bit bulky and stick out of your ear like similarly oval-shaped earbuds like the JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless and Bose QuietComfort Earbuds Truly Wireless. They come in three colors: 'Black', 'White', and 'Blue'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.02 lbs
Clamping Force
0 lbs

The JBL Tune 130NC have a comfortable fit. They're lightweight and don't enter your ear too deeply. They're a bit bulky, though, and they stick out of your ear a bit.

6.5
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
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 Tune 130NC have okay controls. There's a touch-sensitive surface on each bud, which is easy to use and responsive. There are beeps to let you know when you've registered a command, and an audible tone to let you know when you're pairing as well as cycling between ANC on, 'Ambient Sound Control', and ANC off. You can also remap the controls to add volume and voice assistant commands. On the downside, while you can use either bud at a time, you lose some access to controls.

On the left earbud:

  • Single tap: Cycle between ANC on, 'Ambient Sound Control', which allows you to better hear your environment without taking the headphones out of your ears, and ANC off.
  • Double tap: Turns 'TalkThru' on and off. This feature lowers your media's volume and enables 'Ambient Sound Control' so that you can have conversations.

On the right earbud:

  • Single tap: Plays and pauses audio.
  • Double tap: Skips to the next track.
  • Triple tap: Skips to the previous track.

On either earbud:

  • Double tap: Answers and ends calls.
  • Tap and hold: Activates voice assistant. Also rejects a call. When you're on a call, this function mutes and unmutes your microphone.

9.5
Design
Portability
L 1.1" (2.9 cm)
W 1.0" (2.5 cm)
H 1.0" (2.6 cm)
Volume 1.17 in³ (19.20 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The JBL Tune 130 are very portable, which is to be expected from truly wireless headphones. They're small, lightweight, and should easily fit into most bags or pockets without an issue.

7.0
Design
Case
Type Hard case
L 1.9" (4.8 cm)
W 2.4" (6.2 cm)
H 1.1" (2.7 cm)
Volume 4.96 in³ (81.20 cm³)

These headphones come with a decent carrying case. It's nearly identical in design to that of the JBL TUNE 230NC TWS True Wireless, although the inner molding is designed to fit these specific earbuds. It's also made of plastic, but it feels a bit cheap overall. The lid especially feels flimsy compared to the case's body. That said, it has magnets to hold the buds in place and there are LED lights to display the battery life of the case.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The JBL Tune 130NC's build quality is good. They're mostly made of plastic, although it feels a bit cheap. The ear tips also feel thin and could be a weak point of the build. However, they still feel solid enough to survive a couple of accidental drops without taking too much damage. They're also rated IPX4 for protection against splashes of water.

7.0
Design
Stability

The JBL Tune 130NC have decent stability. They come with three differently-sized pairs of ear tips to help you get the best fit possible. While they shouldn't move around if you're sitting at your desk, they can fall out of your ears during intense physical activity.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • JBL Tune 130NC headphones
  • 3x ear tips
  • Charging case
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.09 dB
Treble Amount
-1.24 dB

Out of the box, these headphones have a very neutral sound profile. They're well-suited for a variety of audio content. That said, if you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets so that you can adjust the sound to your liking.

8.0
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.4 dB

These headphones have great frequency response consistency. Although there's a bit of deviation in the treble range, once you achieve an air-tight seal, they should deliver audio consistently each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
9.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.15 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
0.34 dB
Mid-Bass
0.52 dB
High-Bass
-1.55 dB

The JBL Tune 130NC have outstanding bass accuracy. The range is fairly flat and neutral, resulting in thump, rumble, and body. A small dip in the high-bass slightly lowers their boom.

9.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.02 dB
Low-Mid
-0.25 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.04 dB
High-Mid
1.36 dB

The mid range is exceptional. This range is also very flat and neutral. Vocals and lead instruments sound bright, clear, and accurate, although a bit intense.

8.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.27 dB
Low-Treble
-0.35 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.21 dB
High-Treble
-3.05 dB

The JBL Tune 130NC have excellent treble accuracy. The low-treble is fairly neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are detailed. However, the mid-treble is underemphasized, so sibilants like S and T sounds are dull.

8.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
0.85 dB
Dips
0.76 dB

The JBL Tune 130NC's peaks and dips performance is excellent. There's a small mismatch between the left and right driver, and some peaks and dips affect one driver more than the other. The low to mid-bass is overemphasized, more so in the left driver, adding extra thump and rumble to mixes. A dip in the high-bass weakens boom in your mixes, while a small peak in the high-mid makes vocals and lead instruments bright. An uneven mid-treble means that the left driver dulls sibilants like cymbals while the right driver makes them sound harsh.

7.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.36
Weighted Phase Mismatch
26.73
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.12
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.23

The JBL Tune 130NC's imaging performance is satisfactory. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in frequency and amplitude response, ensuring a stable stereo image. However, there's a lot of phase mismatch that's audible with real-life content, which skews objects like footsteps or voices to one side of the stereo image. The low-mids are louder in the left driver, while the high-mids to treble range are louder in the right driver. The peak in the high-bass can be very hard to spot, though. That said, our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

1.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
N/A
PRTF Size (Avg.)
N/A
PRTF Distance
N/A
Openness
3.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
1.4

These headphones have a terrible passive soundstage, which is to be expected for in-ear headphones. To create an immersive and speaker-like passive soundstage, your outer ear needs to be activated with sound. By design, they bypass your outer ear, and sound seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. Since they also have a closed-back design, their soundstage won'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
7.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.312
WHD @ 100
0.127

The weighted harmonic distortion performance is good. Although there are some peaks in the treble range, it can be hard to hear with real-life content. Most of the frequency range falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
v3.1.0
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 these headphones. Our results are only valid when using them with these settings.

Isolation
6.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-16.44 dB
Bass
-10.23 dB
Mid
-17.34 dB
Treble
-22.48 dB

The JBL Tune 130NC's noise isolation performance is okay. The ANC doesn't offer significantly better performance than the headphones' passive isolation capabilities, and overall, these headphones block out less noise than the JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless. As a result, they struggle to isolate you from the low rumble of bus and plane engines. While they do a better job of cutting down office chatter, high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit is more challenging for the ANC to reduce well.

8.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
28.76 dB

The JBL Tune 130NC's leakage performance is excellent. Leakage is mostly concentrated in the treble range, which sounds thin. However, if you like to listen to your favorite tracks at a high volume, you shouldn't bother others around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
265.23 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.42 dB
HFE
4,695.06 Hz
Weighted THD
0.037
Gain
-16.12 dB

The JBL Tune 130NC's mic has a satisfactory recording quality, and your voice sounds natural but thin and lacking in body. You should have no problems being understood clearly, though.

6.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
15.97 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
6.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The JBL Tune 130NC's noise handling performance is okay. The mic has some trouble separating your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. As a result, it may be difficult for whoever's on the other end of the line to hear you clearly if you're taking a call from a busy street.

Active Features
7.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
7.6 hrs
Additional Charges
3.0
Total Battery Life
30.4 hrs
Charge Time
1 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The JBL Tune 130NC have a good battery performance. They're advertised to last roughly eight hours with their ANC on, but we measured a bit less than that. However, battery life can vary depending on use, so your real-life experience may vary. That said, their carrying case holds roughly three additional charges, and they have an auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when you're not using them. 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 Tune 130NC have a good app. It allows you to adjust their sound using their parametric EQ and presets, turn on and off ANC, toggle between 'Ambient Aware' and 'TalkThru', and remap controls. You can also toggle 'Smart Audio & Video' between the following settings: 'Normal' (for a stable connection), 'Audio Mode' (which is the default setting and is designed for the best sound for music), and 'Video Mode' (which lowers latency for streaming video). You can adjust the auto-off timer too, turn the auto play/pause feature on and off, and access 'Find My Buds'.

Connectivity
6.9
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.2
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
334.65 ft (102.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
313 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
253 ms
Android Latency
307 ms

The JBL Tune 130NC have alright Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, they don't support multi-device or NFC pairing. They also have high audio lag on PCs, iOS, and Android devices. However, they have a low-latency 'Video Mode' in their companion app, which lowers their latency to 203 ms on PC, 91 ms on iOS, and 132 ms on Android devices. That said, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your real-world 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

You can't use these truly wireless headphones wired. 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 headphones are fully compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs. However, you can't connect to a PC in any other way.

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

The JBL Tune 130NC come with a carrying case that holds roughly three additional charges. It only has a USB-C input so that you can charge the case.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JBL Tune 130NC come in three color variants: 'Blue', 'White', and 'Black'. We tested the 'Black' variant, and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Headphones

The JBL Tune 130NC are the next generation of the JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless and have a more comfortable and well-built design. Unlike their predecessor, they also have ANC, and although it offers an okay overall performance, it falls short compared to other truly wireless headphones like the EarFun Air Pro 2 True Wireless or the Anker SoundCore Life P3 Truly Wireless. That said, they offer a very neutral sound profile, and like many JBL headphones, have a companion app with a parametric EQ and presets.

Check out our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds, the best noise cancelling earbuds and in-ear headphones, and the best earbuds and in-ear headphones.

JBL TUNE 230NC TWS True Wireless

The JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless are similarly performing in-ears as the JBL Tune 230NC TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the 230NC have a more stable in-ear fit and better battery performance. The 130NC have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and their ANC can block out more ambient noise.

Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless

The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the JBL 130NC TWS Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Apple are better-built, have a better noise isolation performance, and have an H1 chip for seamless pairing with your other Apple devices. However, the JBL have a more neutral and customizable sound profile. Their continuous battery life is longer, too.

JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless

The JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless are better in-ears than the JBL Tune 125TWS Truly Wireless. The Tune 130NC are more comfortable, better-built, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have a significantly better battery performance, and their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you customize their sound to your liking. However, the Tune 125TWS have a better noise isolation performance, despite not having active noise cancelling.

JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless

The JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless are more versatile headphones than the JBL Live Free NC+ TWS True Wireless. While both are comfortable, well-built, and have a neutral sound, the Tune 130NC have active noise cancelling and can block out more background noise. They also have a better overall microphone performance and a longer continuous battery life. However, the Live Free NC+ have a more stable fit.

JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless

The JBL 130NC TWS Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless. The 130NC are more comfortable, better-built, and have a significantly more neutral sound profile. They also have ANC and offer better noise isolation. Their battery performance is better, and their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless

The Jabra Elite 7 Pro True Wireless are better overall headphones than the JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Jabra have a more stable in-ear fit, are equipped with an ANC system, and their default sound profile is even more neutral, which some users may prefer. They also have a slightly better battery performance.

JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless

The JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless are slightly better headphones than the JBL Vibe 100TWS True Wireless. While both headphones are well-built, the Tune 130NC are more comfortable, have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have a better overall battery performance. They're also compatible with the JBL Headphones app, which offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound. However, the Vibe 100TWS have a better noise isolation performance, despite not having a noise cancelling system.

Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless

The JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless are slightly better in-ears than the Sennheiser CX Plus True Wireless. The JBL are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, and have longer continuous battery life. Their companion app also offers a parametric EQ, which some users may prefer. However, the Sennheiser are better built.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

Depending on your usage, you may prefer either the Beats Solo Pro Wireless or the JBL Tune 130NC TWS Truly Wireless. The Beats are on-ear headphones that are better built, have a significantly better noise isolation performance, and have longer continuous battery life. They also have an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. However, the JBL are in-ears that are more comfortable and have a more neutral default sound profile that you can adjust to your liking using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets.

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