Not so long ago, JBL released two similar, but different nuances, models of Bluetooth headphones: JBL Tune 510BT and JBL Tune 660NC. The former cost a little less than 3000 rubles, the latter – about 4000. This, of course, is not a penny, but for high-quality on-ear headphones it is quite budgetary, and the prices at the start of sales were higher. What is interesting about them?
What do they look like?
The models are difficult to distinguish from one another by their appearance. Both are made entirely of plastic, including the headband guide.
The ear cushions are covered with eco-leather, which is quite pleasant to the touch. In the center of the headband, in the place where it touches the crown, there is a soft insert finished with the same eco-leather. In general, the feeling of “cheapness” does not arise even with close examination of the headphones. Budget – yes.
The range of adjustment of the headband is quite large here, the adjustment itself takes place in steps. The earbuds are very lightweight, while keeping firmly on the head and do not try to fly off even with sudden movements. The cups are swivel and foldable, which makes them easy to carry.
All controls are grouped on the right cup. Both models have a power button and a volume rocker, but the Tune 660NC also has a noise canceling button and a 2.5mm jack. That is, in addition to a wireless connection (by the way, Bluetooth 5.0 is used here), they also provide for a wired one, and a 2.5 to 3.5 mm cable is included.
How do they work?
Connecting headphones is extremely simple: you need to hold down the power button for a few seconds to put them into pairing mode. Tune 660NC is detected by itself (you just need to confirm the connection), Tune 510BT will need to search in the list of available Bluetooth devices.
The younger model does not have active noise cancellation, so you have to be content with passive noise isolation capabilities. The ear cushions fit snugly, but even after listening to music for a long time, there is no discomfort. With the Tune 660NC it is still more fun: the noise reduction works, although not ideally, but much more efficiently than on the gags of the same JBL. Some of the noise is cut off, some of it becomes less noticeable, and if you listen to music at a volume above average, nothing distracts extraneous.
In terms of sound quality, both models are identical. For inexpensive headphones, it is very decent – there is also bass, it’s hard to find fault with the middle and high frequencies for a “non-music lover”. At the same time, even at a volume close to maximum, distortions are almost invisible.
From the point of view of a headset for a mobile device, the Tune 660NC performed better. Perhaps the presence of additional microphones allows for more accurate voice transmission and muffling of noises – at least the interlocutor heard the speech through the older model better.
The buttons and buttons on the headphones protrude beyond the surface of the cups – maybe it’s not so pretty, but it’s easy to feel them blindly. If you raise your right hand and put it on the cup, your thumb rests on the volume up button. Surprisingly, they even thought about the location of the charging connector. It is located at the end of the right cup at the top and slightly behind (let’s say, at 10 o’clock, if viewed from the side of the logo). As a result, if you have to charge the headphones and listen to music at the same time, the cable can be passed over the back of the head, and it will practically not interfere.
What’s impressive is the battery life. The younger model can be used up to 40 hours without recharging, the older one – up to 55 (or up to 44 with the included noise reduction). Charging time is about 2 hours, with only 5 minutes of connection to the adapter is enough for a couple of hours of work. What is nice – despite belonging to the budget segment, the headphones received a USB-C connector. Still, JBL does not skimp on matches.
Our verdict is – if you are not a graduate of a music school and do not listen exclusively to “not reaped” instrumental, the new headphones from JBL will suit you perfectly. Simple, but pleasant and high-quality – they are quite suitable for current streaming music of different directions.
By the way, among the TWS models there are also very worthy representatives. Look for them in our ranking of the best models of 2021.