JBL Tour One Wireless Headphones Review: A New Flagship Challenger – Gadgets 360

February 14, 2022 by No Comments

JBL is perhaps best known in India for its wireless speakers and car audio systems, but the company’s headphones and earphones are popular as well. With a large range of products starting from below Rs. 1,000 and going up to Rs. 25,000, covering various functions and form factors, JBL has something on offer for buyers with just about any budget and requirement. Today, I’m reviewing the flagship product in JBL’s personal audio lineup, the Tour One over-ear wireless headphones with active noise cancellation.

Priced at Rs. 24,999, the JBL Tour One offers a lot, including good design, useful features such as active noise cancellation, touch controls, and app support. It promises good sound quality as well as battery life. Is the JBL Tour One an able challenger to the current champion in this space, the Sony WH-1000XM4? Find out in this review.

At its price, the JBL Tour One goes up against competition from brands such as Sony and Bose

 

Physical buttons and touch controls on the JBL Tour One

Premium over-ear headphones are typically quite large, in order to completely cover the wearer’s ears and create a snug fit with proper noise isolation. However, it helps for headphones to not be unnecessarily bulky, so that wearing them is still comfortable and convenient over long stretches. The JBL Tour One does manage that balance, with a considerably sleeker form factor than the company’s previous flagship Club One headphones.

Available only in black, the JBL Tour One looks and feels very sophisticated. The ear cups and headband are mostly matte black, with reflective black strips accenting the edges of the ear cups and the area just under the headband. JBL and ‘Tour One’ logos can be seen in distinct places on the headphones, and the underside of the leatherette headband is padded for comfort. The headset is light and was very comfortable to wear over long listening sessions, but I did need to adjust my glasses to ensure the noise isolating seal was maintained.

The power and pairing functions are controlled with a sliding switch on the right earcup of the JBL Tour One; flicking this to the middle turns the headphones on, and holding it in place for a couple of seconds in the lowest position puts it in pairing mode. There are also dedicated buttons for volume adjustment on the right earcup, and a customisable button on the left. There is a 2.5mm socket to connect the included stereo cable for wired listening, and a USB Type-C port for charging.

The JBL Tour One uses a four-microphone system for voice pickup and active noise cancellation, with two facing forward, the third facing to one side, and the fourth inside one ear cup. The outside of the right earcup is touch-sensitive. You can tap it to control playback and answer or disconnect calls.

I found the touch controls to be a bit fiddly. They were easy to trigger accidentally, and occasionally did not register double or triple taps. There is also wear detection which automatically pauses or resumes your music when the Tour One headphones are taken off or put on, and this worked well for me.

The JBL Tour One works with the JBL Headphones app, available for iOS and Android. This app displays the estimated battery level of the headphones and lets you customise and adjust various functions and settings such as active noise cancellation, ambient sound …….

Source: https://gadgets.ndtv.com/audio/reviews/jbl-tour-one-active-noise-canceling-headphones-price-in-india-review-2767821

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