Review and comparison of JBL Tube 130 NC and 230 NC

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JBL Tube 130 NCJBL Tube 230 NC
Diaphragm size: 10 mmDiaphragm size: 6 mm
Power supply: 5 V / 1 APower supply: 5 V / 1 A
Earphone: 5.7 gEarphone: 5.1 g
Charging case: 40 gCharging case: 47 g
Battery Type headphone: Li-ion polymer battery (70mAh / 3.85V)Headphone battery type: Li-ion polymer battery (70mAh / 3.85V)
Charging case battery type: Li-ion polymer battery (750mAh / 3.7V)Charging case battery type: Li-ion polymer battery (750mAh / 3.7V)
Charging time: 2 hours after full dischargeCharging time: 2 hours after full discharge
Play time music with ANC (active noise canceling) off and BT on: up to 10 hoursMusic playing time ANC (active noise canceling) off and BT on: up to 10 hours
Play time music when BT and ANC (active noise canceling) functions are on: up to 8hPlay time music when BT and ANC (active noise canceling) functions are on: up to 8h
Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHzFrequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Resistance: 32 OhmResistance: 16 Ohm
Sensitivity: 103 dBSensitivity: 105 dB
Sound pressure level: 94 dBSound pressure level: 93 dB
Bluetooth version: 5.2Bluetooth version: 5.2

Delivery set

  • 1 Pair of JBL Tune 130/230 NC TWS Earbuds
  • 1 case with charging function
  • 1 x USB-C charging cable
  • One pair of ear pads in 3 different sizes
  • 1 warranty card / warning
  • 1 x quick start guide / safety data sheet


At the end of autumn 2021, JBL introduced several new TWS-type headphones in the Tune line – 130 NC and 230 NC. Compared to their predecessors, the devices received a number of new technologies and, of course, active noise cancellation.

In general, the JBL brand is quite curious to observe: gadgets fly out of the pen every quarter, it would seem that they are no different, but upon closer examination it turns out that each model receives serious improvements. For example, last year JBL had almost no active noise canceling TWS headphones. This year, almost all devices, even up to 10,000 rubles, were equipped with ANC technology. That’s the right decision.

Coming back to Tune 130/230. Both models are very similar in terms of parameters: the batteries and operating time are the same, the form factor is similar (in-ear), there are 4 microphones each, there are JBL Pure Bass and Smart Ambient technologies, both models are protected according to the Ipx4 standard. Color parity.

The only difference is that the Tune 130 headphones are equipped with a 10 mm driver, while the Tune 240 has a 6 mm driver. The appearance is different: the former are completely intracanal, while the latter have a “stalk”.

JBL Tune 130 NC headphones cost 6,000 rubles, and Tune 230 NC – 6,500 rubles. It’s even a little strange that the older model has a smaller speaker size and is more expensive.

Case appearance

From a purely visual point of view, the headphone cases are the same. Both are made of plastic that is rough to the touch. Both are small, flattened kegs. Plus, they even come in the same colors: white, blue, gold and black. As I understand it, the colors are as muted as possible: white is closer to gray, and blue is closer to dark blue.

The Tune 130 NC headphone case weighs about 40 grams and is more flattened than the Tune 230 NC, which weighs 47 grams.

No fingerprints remain on the case. The material is simple, it is felt that TWS devices are representatives of the price segment below the average. It seems to me that Tune 120/125 were funnier.

On the front panel of the cases of new products there is an indicator with three levels. On the back is USB-C for charging. The location is somewhat unfortunate, as the wire sticks out of the device at 90 degrees. It would be more correct to install it from below so that the case lies freely on a flat surface.

Headphone appearance

The cases open equally easily and are held in place by magnets. The lid of the Tune 230 closes with a little force, that is, with a wave of the hand, it will not be possible to slam the case.

It seemed to me that the Tune 230 headphones were held more securely in the grooves of the case. However, both do not fall out.

The appearance of the Tune 130 NC headphones resembles the Tune 120/125 models, only the latter had a slightly more original design. The novelty is more modest, simpler: if you turn the headphones over, then we get something reminiscent of ugg boots – shoes with thick soles and a high fit.

Material – matte plastic, rough. In the color of the case.

There are two contacts for charging the battery, a compensation hole, microphones (4 pieces per earpiece) and a work indicator.

The Tune 230 device is a typical representative of the “stem” (as I jokingly call headphones with a long tube and a microphone at the end), which has 4 microphones, two contacts, an indicator of operation.

Most of the body of the device is made of matte plastic. In my case, it is black. The outer side is soft-touch.

Landing in the auricle

According to this parameter, the headphones are almost the same. The only difference is that the Tune 230 “stalk” is tightly pressed against the interglottic notch, therefore, it is more securely held in the auricle.

Both earbuds are not the best fit. They are poorly adhered to the auricle.

I got the same impression from the Tune 120:

“For a more comfortable use, I had to use a large ear cushion. However, even in this case, the impression was that due to the design features of the headphones (I do not exclude my own ears), there was a feeling that gadgets could easily fall out of the ears. “

It seems to me that this is not only a matter of the material (the auricle is a little slippery), but also of the shape of the headphones – there is no anatomical shape.

About the sound

The frequency range is the same – 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz, the sensitivity and sound pressure level will be considered approximately identical (100/90 dB). But the dimensions of the emitters differ greatly: the Tune 130 has a 10 mm speaker, while the Tune 240 has only 6 mm.

It’s even somehow strange that the older model (judging by the serial number) has weaker characteristics, but costs 500 rubles more.

Both devices support Fast Pair, that is, they connect to the smartphone immediately after opening the case cover, even during the first pairing.

JBL Tune 130 NC

  1. Very nice deep bass that colors the melody cleanly. And he plays without sacrificing volume.
  2. There is a rather large stage in width and quite a bit in depth. Usually the opposite is true for JBL.

Minuses. Some melodies sound mushy. For example, Geri Halliwell – It’s raining men. Headphones do not work out the sound clearly – overloaded. The attack and resolution are average, the sound is closed, soft.

JBLTune 230 NC

Compared to the Tune 130, the 230 plays much easier in all respects. There is almost no deep, the scene inthe same.

However, they have less congestion, the attack is stronger, the resolution is slightly higher, the sound is open.

These headphones play about the same as 90% of other devices in the price range under 5,000 rubles.

The downside is that JBL hardly works with atpX and LDAC codecs. And it should be, at least for show. Therefore, you have to squeeze all the juices out of the AAC and SBC.

A few words about noise cancellation. This technology is present in both models. As it is now customary to write – it works delicately: they cut off certain frequencies in the region of 300 – 1000 Hz (by ear). In the metro, ANC is almost useless, but in a taxi and on the street it cuts off the noise.

It seems to me that the technology works in a similar way to what I listened to in Huawei FreeBuds 4i or Honor Earbuds 2 lite.

I compared the “noise reduction” with Huawei FreeBuds 4. There it is more active, the low frequencies choke harder, which is better. Yes, they are more expensive, but only this model was at hand.


JBL Tune 130/230 are equipped with 70 mAh batteries (each earphone) and 750 mAh batteries (case).

It took me a very long time to discharge these devices. On average, the models worked for about 8 hours with active noise cancellation at a volume level of 60-70%. This is a very cool indicator!

During the test, the battery of the headphone case was discharged by 50 percent. That is, in real life, one charge of the case would be enough for me for about two to three weeks of using the Tune 130/230.


The JBL Tune 130 NC and 230 NC headphones are designed for undemanding users of JBL brand products who want to get good sound and active noise cancellation in a device for 6,000 rubles.

Can you find something better than the above models? Can! But in this case, you will have to choose a higher price segment bar. Well, or long and hard to choose from B- and C-brands. What I wouldn’t do.

Cons: uncertainly sit in the auricle, no aptX codecs.

Direct competitors are Huawei FreeBuds 4i and Honor EarBuds 2 lite. The first ones cost 6,500 rubles, they work almost half as much with ANC. The second ones cost 5,000 rubles and are a complete analogue of Huawei, only a different case.

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