JBL is maybe greatest identified in India for its wi-fi audio system and automotive audio programs, however the firm’s headphones and earphones are well-liked as nicely. With a wide variety of merchandise ranging from under Rs. 1,000 and going as much as Rs. 25,000, masking varied capabilities and type elements, JBL has one thing on supply for consumers with nearly any finances and requirement. In the present day, I am reviewing the flagship product in JBL’s private audio lineup, the Tour One over-ear wi-fi headphones with lively noise cancellation.
Priced at Rs. 24,999, the JBL Tour One provides so much, together with good design, helpful options comparable to lively noise cancellation, contact controls, and app help. It guarantees good sound high quality in addition to battery life. Is the JBL Tour One an ready challenger to the present champion on this area, the Sony WH-1000XM4? Discover out on this evaluate.
Bodily buttons and contact controls on the JBL Tour One
Premium over-ear headphones are usually fairly massive, with a purpose to utterly cowl the wearer’s ears and create a comfortable match with correct noise isolation. Nonetheless, it helps for headphones to not be unnecessarily cumbersome, in order that carrying them remains to be snug and handy over lengthy stretches. The JBL Tour One does handle that stability, with a significantly sleeker type issue than the corporate’s earlier flagship Membership One headphones.
Accessible solely in black, the JBL Tour One seems to be and feels very refined. The ear cups and headband are principally matte black, with reflective black strips accenting the sides of the ear cups and the realm slightly below the headscarf. JBL and ‘Tour One’ logos can be seen in distinct locations on the headphones, and the underside of the leatherette headband is padded for consolation. The headset is gentle and was very snug to put on over lengthy listening periods, however I did want to regulate my glasses to make sure the noise isolating seal was maintained.
The facility and pairing capabilities are managed with a sliding change on the suitable earcup of the JBL Tour One; flicking this to the center turns the headphones on, and holding it in place for a few seconds within the lowest place places it in pairing mode. There are additionally devoted buttons for quantity adjustment on the suitable earcup, and a customisable button on the left. There’s a 2.5mm socket to attach the included stereo cable for wired listening, and a USB Kind-C port for charging.
The JBL Tour One makes use of a four-microphone system for voice pickup and lively noise cancellation, with two going through ahead, the third going through to one facet, and the fourth inside one ear cup. The surface of the suitable earcup is touch-sensitive. You’ll be able to faucet it to regulate playback and reply or disconnect calls.
I discovered the contact controls to be a bit fiddly. They have been straightforward to set off unintentionally, and sometimes didn’t register double or triple faucets. There’s additionally put on detection which mechanically pauses or resumes your music when the Tour One headphones are taken off or placed on, and this labored nicely for me.
The JBL Tour One works with the JBL Headphones app, out there for iOS and Android. This app shows the estimated battery stage of the headphones and allows you to customise and alter varied capabilities and settings comparable to lively noise cancellation, ambient sound mode, and talk-through mode. There’s additionally a ‘sensible audio mode’ for audio high quality, stability and latency enhancements, equaliser settings, contact controls, customisable button controls, and voice assistant settings, amongst different issues.
The programmable button on the JBL Tour One will be set to both cycle between ANC and ambient sound modes, or invoke the voice assistant in your smartphone via a protracted press. Along with Siri on iOS and Google Assistant on Android, Amazon Alexa can be supported. A protracted press on the touch-sensitive zone can be set to regulate ANC and transparency modes, or activate the talk-through operate which rapidly lowers the audio quantity and lets you have conversations.
This can be a very purposeful app, permitting you to set the JBL Tour One up precisely as you need, and likewise replace its firmware as and when wanted. One factor value noting is the power to set the lively noise cancellation and transparency modes as rapidly in keeping with the setting, and I typically discovered myself additionally tweaking the equaliser to seek out the suitable settings for the actual style of music that I used to be listening to.
The JBL Tour One has 40mm dynamic drivers, and makes use of Bluetooth 5 for connectivity with help for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. The dearth of help for superior Bluetooth codecs is a bit disappointing at this worth. The frequency response vary is 10-40,000Hz (when utilized in passive mode with the stereo cable) and 10-22,000Hz when used with Bluetooth. The gross sales bundle features a exhausting carry case, a stereo cable for wired connectivity, an airplane adapter, and a charging cable.
Battery life on the JBL Tour One was glorious. It ran for round 30 hours on a single cost with lively noise cancellation on and the amount at reasonable ranges, however this can fluctuate a bit relying in your utilization. Charging was additionally moderately fast, with the headset attending to a full cost in round two hours when utilizing the included cable and a 10W energy adapter.
Clear, balanced sound on the JBL Tour One
Excessive-end headphones include the expectation of fine sound high quality, and the JBL Tour One largely delivers on this, with a refreshingly impartial and adaptable sound. That stated, the dearth of help for superior Bluetooth codecs did maintain these headphones again a bit when it got here to element and definition within the sound, relying on the supply machine.
I used the JBL Tour One for music, calls, and video content material with an iPhone 13 as my major supply, however I additionally paired these headphones with an Android smartphone and a MacBook Air now and again for reference. It is attainable to optimise the sound for particular capabilities comparable to listening to music or watching movies, utilizing the app, and this did appear to assist make every use case a bit higher.
My earliest impressions of the sound high quality of the JBL Tour One have been pretty impartial, however over time, and by listening to music throughout a variety of genres, I grew to fairly like its balanced sound. Listening to Wherever You Go by The Avalanches, I loved the headphones’ means to adapt to its various tempo. The gradual vocal-based buildup of this observe sounded mild and refined, and the headphones nonetheless tailored nearly seamlessly to its quicker, rhythmic sections.
Lows sounded relaxed, but had simply sufficient assault and drive to not get misplaced within the way more succesful mid-range and highs. This adaptable and versatile strategy to sound was evident even in quicker tracks comparable to Yeke Yeke by Stylo and House Movement, giving the quick beat simply sufficient power to be heard alongside the catchy conventional African vocals of Guinean singer Mory Kante.
It positively helped to maintain lively noise cancellation on, and the amount on the upper facet – across the 80 p.c mark – to get the very best nuance and character out of those headphones.
The extent of element on supply, and an absence of all-out drive and assault maintain the JBL Tour One again a bit, when in comparison with equally priced competitors such because the Sony WH-1000XM4. The Tour One tries exhausting to deliver some enjoyable to the desk, and listeners in search of stability and an absence of ‘adulteration’ within the sound will respect the JBL Tour One’s sonic signature, however there’s only a bit lacking on the high.
Lively noise cancellation on the JBL Tour One was good, as it is best to count on from a high-end headset. It is extra geared to the everyday noise of the outside, and did not fairly carry out as impressively indoors. That stated, there was nonetheless a noticeable discount in typical family noises such because the hum of a ceiling fan, however the Tour One did not silence these sounds as successfully as some competing merchandise can. Voices and the sounds of exercise have been a touch softer.
Open air, significantly when strolling on the road, the JBL Tour One did a superb job of lowering noise, guaranteeing that I might take heed to music and audiobooks clearly. I used to be additionally in a position to conduct correct conversations on cellphone calls. The ambient sound and talk-through modes permit you to listen to your environment with out having to take off the headphones, however the sound felt a bit synthetic and unnecessarily amplified in noisy environments. Bluetooth connectivity on the headset was secure at distances of as much as 4m for me.
The premium wi-fi headphones phase is essentially dominated by a handful of manufacturers comparable to Sony, Apple, and Bose. As a longtime identify within the headphones trade, this worth phase was sorely lacking a succesful possibility from JBL, till now. The JBL Tour One is, in my view, a succesful pair of wi-fi lively noise canceling headphones for Rs. 25,000. It provides a clear, balanced sonic signature, good lively noise cancellation open air, glorious battery life, and superb options, together with a superb and detailed companion app that allows you to tweak the headphones to your liking.
It is also a really handsome and cozy pair of headphones, however is held again in a number of notable methods, together with the dearth of help for superior Bluetooth codecs, barely fiddly controls, and a sure lack of element and assault within the sound. Lively noise cancellation, whereas respectable, is not fairly class-leading on these headphones. It formally prices round Rs. 5,000 lower than the Sony WH-1000XM4, and with that distinction in costs, it would nonetheless be value contemplating the JBL Tour One.