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JBL Tune 760NC Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 16, 2021 at 11:24 am
JBL Tune 760NC Wireless Picture
7.6
Neutral Sound
7.2
Commute/Travel
7.2
Sports/Fitness
7.3
Office
5.5
Wireless Gaming
7.1
Wired Gaming
7.3
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling Yes
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The JBL Tune 760NC Wireless are noise cancelling Bluetooth headphones. Out-of-the-box, they have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds some thump and punch to your audio while remaining neutral enough to be suitable for lots of different types of audio content. They have an ANC feature that can block out mid and treble-range background noise, though it doesn't perform much better than the passive noise isolation in these ranges. The ANC can help block out more bass-heavy background noise. However, you can still hear sounds like bus and plane engines. Unfortunately, they don't have any sound customization features, either.

Our Verdict

7.6 Neutral Sound

The JBL Tune 760NC are good for neutral sound. Out-of-the-box, they have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds thump and punch to your mix, though it shouldn't overwhelm vocals and lead instruments. The rest of the range is neutral enough for listening to a wide range of audio content. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features available.

Pros
  • Excellent imaging performance.
  • Reproduces low-bass.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
7.2 Commute/Travel

The JBL Tune 760NC are decent for commute and travel. With their ANC feature on, they can block mid and treble-range ambient noise, like ambient chatter and the hum of nearby AC units. Unfortunately, they still struggle to block out bass-heavy noises like bus and plane engines. They don't have a very portable design, and they can feel uncomfortable after long listening sessions due to their tight fit. That said, their long continuous battery life can last through your flights.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
  • Wireless design.
Cons
  • Struggles to block bass-heavy background noise.
  • Not very portable.
7.2 Sports/Fitness

The JBL Tune 760NC are decent for sports and fitness, though they aren't designed for this use. They clamp tight on your head, which can feel a bit uncomfortable during long workouts. Also, they aren't stable enough to stay on your head if you move around a lot, and they aren't rated for water resistance, though we don't test for this. Fortunately, you can use them wirelessly, so you don't have to worry about accidentally snagging a cable on your workout equipment.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
  • Wireless design.
Cons
  • Not stable enough for workouts.
  • Not very portable.
7.3 Office

The JBL Tune 760NC are satisfactory for office use. They have a long continuous battery life that can last through your 9-5. Also, while they leak some noise, it shouldn't be too noticeable in a typical office setting. Their ANC feature can block out ambient chatter and higher-frequency noises like AC units. Unfortunately, their tight fit can feel a bit uncomfortable during longer listening sessions.

Pros
  • Long continuous battery life.
Cons
  • Struggles to block bass-heavy background noise.
5.5 Wireless Gaming

The JBL Tune 760NC are compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs, but their latency is likely too high to be suitable for wireless gaming.

7.1 Wired Gaming

The JBL Tune 760NC are decent for wired gaming. You can plug these headphones into your PC or the controller for your PlayStation and Xbox consoles using the included 1/8" TRS cable, though you can only receive audio and can't use the microphone. Their low latency over a wired connection ensures that audio and video are mostly in sync, and their bass-heavy sound helps you feel the thump and rumble in action-packed scenes. Unfortunately, they lack a companion app, and there aren't any gaming-related customization features available.

Pros
  • Low latency over wired connection.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
7.3 Phone Calls

The JBL Tune 760NC are satisfactory for phone calls. Their integrated microphone has a decent recording quality, so your voice is understandable but also thin. Unfortunately, it can struggle to separate your voice from background noises, especially if you're calling from a very noisy setting like a subway station. Also, its ANC performance is just okay, meaning that you may be distracted by some background noises during your calls.

Pros
  • Integrated mic.
Cons
  • Struggles to block bass-heavy background noise.
  • 7.6 Neutral Sound
  • 7.2 Commute/Travel
  • 7.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.3 Office
  • 5.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.1 Wired Gaming
  • 7.3 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 16, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 12, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The JBL Tune 760NC are over-ear headphones with a simple design. They're mostly matte plastic, and there's faux leather padding on the headband and the ear cups. They come in three different colors: 'White', 'Black', and 'Blue'.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.5 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The JBL Tune 760NC are decently comfortable. They're lightweight, and the padding on the ear cups and the headband feels plush and comfortable. Unfortunately, they clamp a bit too tightly on your head, which could feel uncomfortable during long listening sessions. They also may not be ideal for listeners who wear glasses.

7.3
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control No
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control On/Off
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Voice Assistant

The JBL Tune 760NC have a decent set of controls. There are buttons on the right ear cup to help you adjust the volume, turn the ANC on and off, and power the headphones on and off. You can press and hold the volume up button to skip to the next track, and you can hold the volume down button to return to the previous track. The middle button lets you play/pause audio and answer/end calls. You can also hold it to decline a call or activate the voice assistant. Also, pressing the power button twice allows you to enter pairing mode for a second device.

Overall, the buttons are clicky and responsive. There's a chime when the headphones power on and when they connect to a device. Also, there's a chime to indicate when you reach max volume. Unfortunately, there isn't a chime when you reach minimum volume, which is disappointing.

6.4
Design
Portability
L 4.4" (11.3 cm)
W 8.3" (21.1 cm)
H 1.8" (4.6 cm)
Volume 66.26 inยณ (1,085.80 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

The JBL Tune 760NC are acceptably portable. Like most over-ears, they have a bulky design that may not fit easily into your bag. However, you can fold them flat, and you can also fold the cups together, which you can see here.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The JBL Tune 760NC have a decent build quality. They're mostly plastic, which feels pretty solid. The padding on the headband and the ear cups is faux leather. While the headband and the hinges feel pretty sturdy, the yokes seem like they could break if too much pressure is applied. They also don't have an advertised IP rating for water and dust resistance, and we don't test for this, so you should be careful if using them near a body of water.

7.0
Design
Stability

The JBL Tune 760NC are decently stable. Thanks to their strong clamping force, they should stay on your head during casual listening sessions. However, they can move around or fall out of place if you move your head a lot, so they aren't ideal for workouts.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • JBL Tune 760NC headphones
  • Manuals
  • USB-C to USB-A charging cable
  • 1/16" TRS to 1/8" TRRS audio cable

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.17 dB
Treble Amount
0.15 dB

The JBL Tune 760NC have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that adds some extra thump and punch to your audio. However, the rest of the range is pretty neutral, so vocals and lead instruments are still clearly reproduced. As a result, they're suitable for listening to most types of audio content. Unfortunately, they aren't compatible with the JBL Headphones app, so you can't customize their sound.

6.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.8 dB

The JBL Tune 760NC have passable frequency response consistency. Their bass and treble delivery is inconsistent, so you may not get a consistent sound each time you use them, depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. If you have thick hair or wear glasses, you could notice a drop in the perceived bass.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.85 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
15.42 Hz
Low-Bass
2.47 dB
Mid-Bass
4.22 dB
High-Bass
1.26 dB

The JBL Tune 760NC have great bass accuracy. The low-bass and mid-bass are slightly overemphasized, which adds extra thump and punch to your mixes. However, the bass delivery can be inconsistent, so these results represent the average response. Your real-world experience may vary.

8.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.68 dB
Low-Mid
0.02 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.68 dB
High-Mid
-1.9 dB

The mid accuracy is amazing. The range is very balanced and neutral, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly, accurately, and with detail.

7.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.2 dB
Mid-Treble
0.91 dB
Low-Treble
0.03 dB
High-Treble
-0.62 dB

The JBL Tune 760NC have very good treble accuracy. The range is pretty balanced, so vocals, lead instruments, and sibilants are bright and detailed.

7.8
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.3 dB
Dips
1.31 dB

These headphones have good peaks and dips performance. The peak in the low-bass to the mid-bass adds extra thump and punch to the mix. The low-treble is a bit uneven, so vocals and lead instruments are alternatively harsh and difficult to hear. Also, the uneven mid-treble can make sibilants alternately piercing and dull.

8.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.19
Weighted Phase Mismatch
2.72
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.13
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.14

The JBL Tune 760NC have an impressive imaging performance. While the weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, the small peaks indicate a slightly loose bass. However, the treble is transparent. Also, the L/R drivers of our test unit are fairly well-matched in phase and amplitude, so sound objects like voices accurately localize within the stereo image. There's some mismatch in frequency, but it's pretty slight, so you may only notice a few holes in the stereo image. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, so your real-world experience can vary.

4.6
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.9 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
1.94 dB
PRTF Distance
12.23 dB
Openness
3.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.1

These headphones have a poor passive soundstage. The soundstage isn't very large or natural-sounding. As a result, audio seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed all around you.

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Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.245
WHD @ 100
0.140

The JBL Tune 760NC have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. At a normal listening volume, there are some slight peaks, but this can be hard to hear with real-life content. Most frequencies fall within good limits, so audio reproduction is clean and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
On
Connection
Bluetooth 5.0
Codec
SBC, 16-bit, 44.1kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
On
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Integrated

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid with these settings.

Isolation
6.8
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-19.52 dB
Bass
-10.49 dB
Mid
-13.21 dB
Treble
-34.82 dB

The JBL Tune 760NC have an okay noise isolation performance. They come with an ANC feature that can block out mid-range sound like ambient chatter and high-pitched noises like the hum of an AC unit. However, the ANC feature doesn't perform much better than the passive noise isolation in these ranges. The ANC helps to reduce some bass-heavy background noise, but you may still hear the rumble of bus and plane engines.

7.3
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
37.75 dB

These headphones have a satisfactory leakage performance. They leak a bit of audio, especially in the treble range, which should sound mostly thin. That said, if you're listening at loud volumes in a moderately noisy environment like an office, the leakage shouldn't be too noticeable.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
Yes
In-Line
No
Boom
No
Detachable Boom
No
7.4
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
315.41 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.12 dB
HFE
5,046.6 Hz
Weighted THD
0.136
Gain
4.69 dB

The microphone's recording quality is satisfactory. Your voice sounds natural and neutral but also quite thin. That said, whoever's on the other end of the line should still be able to understand you.

7.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
10.96 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic has decent noise handling. It struggles to separate your voice from background noise in busy environments like subway and train stations. You may need to take calls from a quieter environment.

Active Features
7.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
40.9 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
40.9 hrs
Charge Time
1.6 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The JBL Tune 760NC have a very good battery performance. They lasted for over 40 hours off of a single charge in our tests with the ANC on, which is longer than the advertised 35 hours of playtime. The manufacturer says they can last 50 hours with the ANC turned off, though we don't test for this. Also, they claim that you can charge the headphones for just five minutes to get two hours of battery life, but we don't test for this, either. Unfortunately, there isn't a power-saving feature to help conserve battery life. Battery life can also vary depending on your usage habits.

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Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No
Connectivity
8.3
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
5.0
Multi-Device Pairing
2 Devices
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
334.65 ft (102.00 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
168 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
245 ms
Android Latency
249 ms

The JBL Tune 760NC have great Bluetooth connectivity. You can pair them with up to two devices at once, which is handy if you switch audio sources frequently. The manufacturer also says that they support Google Fast Pair, which lets you quickly connect to an Android device, but we don't test for this. Unfortunately, their latency is quite high with PCs and iOS and Android devices, so they aren't suitable for streaming video. That said, some apps compensate for latency differently, so your real-world experience can vary.

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Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.10 ft (1.25 m)
Connection
1/16" TRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The JBL Tune 760NC come with a 1/16" TRS to 1/8" TRRS cable, though it only transmits audio. There's also a USB-C to USB-A cable so you can charge them.

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

You can plug these headphones into your PC to receive audio. They're also compatible with Bluetooth-enabled PCs; however, their latency is likely too high to be suitable for gaming.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio Only
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
PS5 Analog
Audio Only
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
No

You can plug the JBL Tune 760NC into your PS4 or PS5 controller to receive audio. However, you can't use the mic to talk to teammates.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio Only
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

You can plug these headphones into the controller for your Xbox One or Xbox Series X. However, you can only receive audio, and you can't use the mic to communicate with teammates.

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Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JBL Tune 760NC come in 'White', 'Black', and 'Blue', and we expect these color variants to perform similarly. We tested the White variant, and you can see the label for our test unit here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The JBL Tune 760NC are Bluetooth headphones that have an acceptable noise isolation performance. Unfortunately, their ANC feature still struggles to block out bass-heavy background noises, and it doesn't perform much better than their passive isolation against mid and treble-range ambient noise. Unlike the JBL Tune 660NC Wireless, they have an over-ear design, which some listeners may prefer.

See our recommendations for the best wireless Bluetooth headphones, the best noise cancelling headphones, and the best JBL headphones.

JBL TUNE 750BTNC Wireless

The JBL Tune 760NC Wireless are better for most uses than the JBL TUNE 750BTNC Wireless. The 760NC are better-built, more comfortable, and their continuous battery life is longer. They have a better noise isolation performance, and their microphone performance makes them a better choice for phone calls. That said, the 750BTNC have better frequency response consistency, so they're marginally better for neutral sound.

Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Sennheiser HD 450BT Wireless or the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless. The JBL have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box and a longer continuous battery life. Also, they're a better choice for phone calls, thanks to their superior microphone performance. However, the Sennheiser are more stable and leak less audio. Also, their companion app has a graphic EQ and presets, so you have more ability to customize their sound.

Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless

The Anker Soundcore Life Q35 Wireless are better headphones than the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless for most uses. The Anker have better noise isolation, and they're more comfortable and better-built. Also, their companion app has a graphic EQ for sound customization. That said, the JBL have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, and they have a more stable fit.

JBL Live 500BT Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the JBL Live 500BT Wireless or the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless. The Live are better-built, more stable, and more customizable thanks to their companion app that offers a parametric EQ and presets. That said, the Tune come with an ANC feature that offers better noise isolation. They also have a better microphone performance.

Razer Opus Wireless

The Razer Opus Wireless are better headphones than the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless. The Razer are better-built, more comfortable, and more stable. They have better noise isolation, and their companion app offers a graphic EQ and presets to customize their sound. Some listeners may prefer their more neutral sound profile in comparison with the JBL's slightly more bass-heavy sound. That said, the JBL have a longer continuous battery life and a better mic performance.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Beats Solo Pro Wireless or the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless. The Beats are better-built, and they have better noise isolation and leakage performances. However, the JBL are more comfortable, and they have a longer continuous battery life and a better mic performance. You can also use them wired, unlike the Beats.

Razer Opus X Wireless

The Razer Opus X Wireless are better for commute and travel than the JBL Tune 760NC Wireless. The Razer are better-built and more comfortable with longer continuous battery life. Also, their companion app offers EQ presets to help you customize their sound. That said, the JBL have a better microphone performance, so they're a better choice for phone calls.

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