The JBL Tune 750BTNC headphones are a high-spec and well-priced set of noise-cancelling headphones. Even though they're a few years old, we still highly recommend them if you're looking for a pair of all-rounder, over-ear headphones.
Battery life: 15 hours (ANC on) 22 hours (ANC off)
Noise cancellation? Yes
Wireless? Yes (but cable included too)
Bluetooth version: 4.2
Driver size: 40mm
Driver sensitivity at 1kHz/1mW (dB): 95dBSPL/1mw
Dynamic frequency response range: 20Hz - 20KHz
Impedance: 32 ohms
Features: Audio cable, foldable, voice assistant integration, hands-free calling, multi-point connection
JBL is a popular name in the world of headphones and Bluetooth speakers, and rightly so. Solidly dependable, consumers know what to expect from the brand – decent sound quality for a decent price.
That's what we found with the predecessors to these headphones, which launched in 2019 – you can read more about them in our JBL Live 650BTNC review. But the JBL Tune 750BTNC headphones are a solid successor and make some notable improvements.
We used them in a variety of different scenarios from workouts to the daily commute, and found that the experience is quite remarkable for the price. They offer a comfy fit and great sound quality makes them a bargain in their field, especially considering they offer noise-cancelling tech to rival some of the best headphones you can buy today.
This is why they're one of our top picks in our best noise-cancelling headphones guide, our best cheap headphones guide, our best over-ear headphones guide and our definitive best headphones guide. Few headphones make all of those top lists, further proof that the 750BTNC are a solid pair of all-rounders.
Read on for our full JBL Tune 750BTNC review.
JBL Tune 750BTNC review: price and availability
- Cost $130 / £120 / AU$200 at launch
- Now available for much cheaper
- Excellent value for money
The JBL Tune 750BTNC originally cost $130 / £120 / AU$200 when they were released in 2020, but expect to find them discounted for much less than that today.
Four different colors are available including black, blue, coral, and white. However, because these headphones are now a few years old you might be limited to the black version from some retailers.
Although they're not the newest pair of over-ears on the market, at this price the JBL Tune 750BTNC are even better value than they were when they launched – and we rated their price back then.
For some perspective, the current top over-ear, noise-cancelling headphones from Sony are $350 / £349 / AU$549. You can find out more about them in our Sony WH-1000XM4 Wireless Headphones review. Of course, the Sonys are the best of the best and offer better performance than these bargain JBL headphones, but it shows that you don't have to pay a small fortune for some of the same features.
In terms of direct competition, the JBL Tune 750BTNC are more like the AKG N60NC wireless headphones in terms of price. You can pick up a pair of those for as low as $149 / £85 in the US and the UK depending on the retailer. Find out more about those in our AKG N60NC review.
They're also similar in price and specs to Final's first ANC wireless headphones, which cost $149 / £119 (about AU$200). Take a look at our Final Audio UX3000 review for more.
In summary, the JBL Tune 750BTNC are fantastic value for money. At the time of writing, the 750BTNCs are now available for $79.95 / £99 / AU$129 from the JBL website, so there's a good chance you'll find a bargain in your region.
JBL Tune 750BTNC review: design
- Good design for the price, almost Apple-esque
- Slightly flimsy-feeling hinges
- No waterproofing is a shame
The JBL Tune 750BTNC wouldn't look out of place alongside Apple-owned Beats headphones. Pick them up and their plastic exterior feels solid and safe; while some plastic headphones can feel cheap and flimsy, the JBL Tune 750BTNC are comfortably sturdy in your hands. The plastic is smooth and they feel more expensive than their price would suggest.
The only place where the JBL Tune 750BTNC feel a little flimsy is when the hinges became exposed as we manipulated the ear cups or folded the headphones up for storage.
The hinges do look a little cheap although they're reasonably stable-looking. It's worth noting that these headphones don't come with a carrying case of any kind, so you're almost certainly going to want to buy a bag to store them in safely when you're out and about.
The headphones feel reasonably balanced when it comes to weight distribution. They're not super light, but when they're on your head, you won't feel like they're dragging you down by any means. Comfortable fabric ear cups further ensure that you won't feel restricted during long listening sessions.
Somewhat annoyingly, there's no proper IP-based waterproofing here, nor any other confirmation that the JBL Tune 750BTNC are resistant to light rain or splashes. We'd assume it's nothing to be worried about if the occasional raindrop makes its way to them, but clearly, these are designed for indoor use. The daily commute or gym session, yes. An outdoor run in pouring rain – probably best to leave the 750BTNCs at home.
All the controls and inputs you need are on the right earcup. That includes the microUSB charging port at the top of the earcup (hidden away until you fold it in) and a 3.5mm input to plug in the included audio cable, which means you can use these in wired mode when the battery is low.
As you may have noticed, the JBL Tune 750BTNC don't have USB-C support but they do charge reasonably quickly despite this. More on that later.
Underneath the right earcup are the physical controls. There's the power button that doubles as the Bluetooth pairing button, a button for disabling active noise cancellation, volume buttons, and a button to summon Google Assistant or Siri.
Buttons might not feel as modern and cool as touch-sensitive housings, but they do the job just fine with a satisfying click when you press them in. When you're on the move, you won't accidentally activate anything and you won't have to adjust to any fancy gestures that some manufacturers favor.
JBL Tune 750BTNC review: features and battery life
- Older version of Bluetooth 4.2
- 15 hours battery life
- Good noise cancellation
The JBL Tune 750BTNC only support Bluetooth 4.2 rather than the latest Bluetooth 5 standard. That might not sound like a huge issue, but it means that besides offering shorter pairing distances than Bluetooth 5-supporting headphones, the 750BTNCs aren't as clever with battery power as them either.
That means the JBL Tune 750BTNC offer a battery life of about 15 hours, with that number increasing to 22 hours if you switch off noise cancelation (which is switched on by default).
That's fine, but nothing remarkable in a world of wireless headphones that can offer upwards of 30 hours with noise-cancelling turned on. Throw in the fact there's only microUSB support rather than USB-C and require a two-hour recharge time.
Still, these are the kind of sacrifices you make for the 750BTNC's cheap price.
Saying that, the active noise cancelation provided by the JBL Tune 750BTNCs is rather good. It blocks out plenty of external noise around you, and it's immediately a standout feature of these well-priced cans.
You can't adjust it via an app or on-board controls – again a concession that's predictable given the price tag – but it's a small issue when much of the time, you'll just want to silence all environmental sound.
The JBL Tune 750BTNC also offers something called 'Multi-Port Connection', which is a fancy way of saying you can connect to two devices at the same time – meaning you can switch between devices whenever is convenient for you. There's also hands-free call support with a perfectly functional microphone, and that all-important voice assistant button that lets you summon Google Assistant and Siri.
But, there's no app support which means no chance of tweaking an equalizer or anything like that. It's a strange omission given JBL itself has to point out that these headphones aren't supported by the My JBL Headphone app – perhaps support will come in the future, but for now, you'll have to do without.
JBL Tune 750BTNC review: audio quality
- Punchy, quality sound
- Not audiophile-grade though
The JBL Tune 750BTNC are punchy and quite thrilling to listen to. Stick on something that needs to be played loud like The Cardigans’ My Favourite Game and you feel caught up in the moment, with just the right level of thump to the bass without it clouding the other details in the song.
That’s not to the detriment of sound quality either, with the mids of tracks like Billie Eilish’s No Time To Die still sounding smooth and clean throughout. Feeling the urge for a classic, we switched it up to Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You, and found that every high note sounded positively delightful with no sign of harshness.
The active noise cancelation means you can feel suitably ensconced within the sanctuary of these cans, ensuring you don’t miss a precious moment of your favorite songs. They sound suitably pleasant and with a warm presentation.
Granted, the JBL Tune 750BTNC miss out on one key detail that much pricier headphones love to boast about. There’s no support for aptX Low Latency, which prevents lag between video and audio.
Instead, they use a standard SBC codec which may bug audiophiles and those who want to use these headphones for gaming and watching videos, but it's to be expected at this price. Similarly, with no app support, you won’t be able to fiddle with the equalizer to your heart’s content. Still, as a ‘one size fits all’ example, the JBL Tune 750BTNC still sound mostly great for those not fussed about tweaking the settings.
The JBL Tune 750BTNC offer the same standard of sound quality and noise cancelation of their rivals that cost a lot more. It's only when it comes to the finer details like battery life, app support, and the lack of adaptive noise cancellation that this lower price becomes apparent.
Despite those shortcomings, the JBL Tune 750BTNC are an easy recommendation to make. They sound good, they feel good, and they cancel out sound sufficiently, even if it's not adaptive like more expensive options.
The JBL Tune 750BTNCs are a pair of winning headphones – good quality at a better price than most of the competition.
If our JBL Tune 750BTNC review has you considering other options, then here are three other wireless headphones to try, including on-ears and a high-end alternative.
The Sony WH-CH510 are similar to the JBL Tune 750BTNC in that they offer solid audio, great battery life, and Bluetooth connectivity for a budget price. However, these from Sony don't have ANC as they're on-ears rather than over-ears, which is what makes them even cheaper at $59 / £50 / AU$89.
Read our full Sony WH-CH510 review
Jabra Move Wireless
Here's another budget option, this time designed with fitness and exercise in mind. Like the JBL Tune 750BTNC, the Move have a lightweight design with solid sound. They're light and stylish with a choice of color options. Although they're on-ears rather than over-ears – good for hearing ambient sound, not so good for immersive listening.
Check out our Jabra Move Wireless review
Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700
We wouldn't consider these Bose cans direct competitors to the JBL Tune 750BTNC, they're more expensive and high-end. But if your budget can stretch further and you want some of the best noise-cancellation headphones out there, consider these. Not only do they have great ANC, they look and feel fantastic and offer lively sound.
Read our full Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 review
- First reviewed in April 2020