Owned by Harman International, which is in turn a Samsung subsidiary, JBL has made a habit of essentially throwing everything at the wall twice a year to see what sticks in terms of AirPods, AirPods Pro, and yes, Galaxy Buds alternatives.
One high-end PRO model to undercut the AirPods Pro and Galaxy Buds Pro
In addition to Adaptive Noise Cancelling and Smart Ambient technology, JBL’s latest true wireless high-enders also have top-notch IP68 water and dust resistance, powerful 6.8mm drivers delivering “Signature Sound”, a grand total of 6 microphones guaranteeing “perfect” voice clarity in all settings, up to 30 hours of playtime, and wireless charging support going for them.
Two affordable mid-rangers with ANC
Given their identical MSRP, you shouldn’t be surprised to see these two share a lot of their key specs and features as well, starting with the state-of-the-art active noise cancellation functionality and also including everything from a stellar combined battery endurance rating of 40 hours to IPX4 water and sweat resistance, 4-mic technology, speed charge support, and Bluetooth 5.2 connectivity.
Apart from their obvious design distinction, the Tune 130NC and Tune 230NC also differ in terms of driver size, which sits at 5.8mm on the latter variant and a whopping 10mm on the former. That being said, both models promise to deliver powerful Pure Bass sound, with the silicone tips on the JBL Tune 230NC guaranteeing a more secure fit and thus claiming to offset their significant driver disadvantage.
Active noise cancellation for small ears
But there are also not a lot of kid-friendly options from top brands available right now, and there are even fewer we can think of that offer ANC, “high-quality” sound (at least in theory), up to 20 hours of battery life, and built-in volume limitations aimed at protecting the hearing of these bad boys’ very young users.