Latest JBL headphones and earphones deliver ‘smart’ noise reduction


Unsurprisingly, the Live 660NC and 460NC require wired charging, but they can last up to 50 hours (40 on the 660NC if you use its “adaptive” noise cancellation) and can get four hours of playback on one. 10 minute charge.

There are options if you don’t particularly care about the Smart Ambient features. The Tune 660NC on-ear headphones offer standard active noise cancellation and 44 hours of playtime with ANC enabled, while the no-frills Tune 510BT goes without ANC for 40 hours. If you prefer behind-the-neck headphones, the Tune 215BT and Tune 125BT last up to 16 hours – although you don’t want to use them for workouts when they’re not IPX rated.

A new Tour Series devices is for “professionals” who may be more concerned with video calls than getting lost in music. The On-Ear Tour One offers adaptive noise cancellation, ambient sound detection, and four microphones to improve the quality of your calls, albeit with just 25 hours of battery life with ANC on. The true Tour Pro + wireless earbuds offer just 30 hours of total playtime (six in the buds themselves with noise cancellation) and three mics, but they’re also IPX4 sweat resistant.

JBL says the Live Series headphones and earphones will be available on March 14 starting at $ 130 for the Live 460NC, $ 150 for the Live Free NC +, $ 180 for the Live Pro + and $ 200 for the Live 660NC. The Tune series arrives at the same time for prices ranging from $ 40 for the 125BT entry to $ 100 for the 660NC.

You will have to be patient for the rest. The Tour series appears on May 30 for $ 200 for the Tour Pro + $ 300 for the Tour One, while the Reflect Mini NC TWS ships in the spring for $ 150.

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