JBL Tune 230NCSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Sony LinkBuds SSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Tune 230NC||Sony LinkBuds S|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX4||ipX4|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|has an earbud foam||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✓|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||6mm||5mm|
|sound pressure level||105db/mw||✗|
|has a neodymium magnet||✗||✓|
|battery life of charging case||30hours||14hours|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||6only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has in/on-ear detection||✗||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
|See price on Amazon||See price on Amazon|
Ingress protection ratings is the level of protection offered by a casing, against dust and water. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represents a number The first value refers to protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (sweat).
Having a value of IPX4, the JBL Tune 230NC's rating for solids indicates that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
Compared to the JBL Tune 230NC, Sony LinkBuds S have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids
The JBL Tune 230NC have a weight of 11.3g . We take in account a lower weight best because lighter devices are more comfortable to move with.
Sony LinkBuds S, at 9.6g are lighter than the JBL Tune 230NC with a difference -1.7g
For a device to be true wireless it must have no wires connecting any part of the device together, JBL Tune 230NC are true wireless for this matter since they have no cables. This is a major difference as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the 2 earbuds together.
Sony LinkBuds S also is true wireless since it has no wires connecting the two earbuds .
JBL Tune 230NC have sweat resistance
Sony LinkBuds S's resistance to sweat makes both devices fit for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits, etc
An earbud foam is designed to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The JBL Tune 230NC have an earbud foam to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
JBL Tune 230NC have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
Both Sony LinkBuds S and JBL Tune 230NC have stereo speakers
ANC utilises more advanced kind of tech to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. ANC works when, it detects and analyzes the sound pattern of incoming noise and then generates a mirror signal to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like having +1 (noise) then producing -1 (counter sound by the device) giving 0 which results in a reduced level of noise.
The JBL Tune 230NC have ANC enabling you to listen at lower levels of volume, causing less ear fatigue since you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background sounds.
Sony LinkBuds S too have ANC making both earbuds ideal for flights and morning commutes. The JBL Tune 230NC and Sony LinkBuds S operate with different noise cancellation modes, pick the noise cancellation type that suits your travel or that enhances your relaxation time.
The JBL Tune 230NC stay tightly in place, creating a sound covering that reduces your environment noise while preventing the earbuds music from leaking out at the same.
Both Sony LinkBuds S, and JBL Tune 230NC have passive noise reduction this means that both limit ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
JBL Tune 230NC driver unit is 6mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, and can produce better bass.
A driver unit is basically a mini speaker that makes sound in the earbuds, the unit size corellates with the sound produced by the device.
Sony LinkBuds S driver unit is 5mm in diameter, which means that they have a smaller driver unit than that of JBL Tune 230NC by 1mm , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yes, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
JBL Tune 230NC's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response inidcates how well an audio device generates low audible frequencies and if it alters the signal while at it.
Sony LinkBuds S's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices produce equal bass
The JBL Tune 230NC's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component generates high human frequencies and if it makes any adjustments to the signal while at it.
Sony LinkBuds S's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, this implies that Sony LinkBuds S generate a clearer and crispier treble than the JBL Tune 230NC
The sound pressure level, is the pressure level of sound, in decibels, dB, JBL Tune 230NC's measurement is 105dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
The Sony LinkBuds S have neodymium magnets, when used in earbuds produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help produce music at quite a high SPL, with the use of high magnetic flux.
JBL Tune 230NC's battery life is 10 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is given by the manufacturer, and with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and requires fewer chargings.
Sony LinkBuds S's battery life is less than that of JBL Tune 230NC by 4 hours . Each time you recharge your device, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the manufacturer, and the JBL Tune 230NC's case has a charge of 30 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before recharging the case itself.
Sony LinkBuds S's charging case has a battery life of 14 hours, less than that of JBL Tune 230NC by 16 hours
It requires 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Tune 230NC's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been unused for long periods.
Sony LinkBuds S takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery, equal to that of the JBL Tune 230NC
The JBL Tune 230NC have a battery level indicator, an indicator notifies you when the earbuds has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging state of your device and charging case.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a battery level indicator, these allow you to tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or having a low battery.
The JBL Tune 230NC use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
Sony LinkBuds S too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
JBL Tune 230NC have Bluetooth version of 5.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in range, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
Sony LinkBuds S has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, equal to that of the JBL Tune 230NC . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The JBL Tune 230NC have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
Sony LinkBuds S have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the JBL Tune 230NC
JBL Tune 230NC support AAC, a codec used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the JBL Tune 230NC will work well with your iPad. If you intend on using these with Android you need to pay even closer attention to codec support for if they only have AAC they won't provide the best audio quality possible, ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The Sony LinkBuds S support AAC as well. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves higher sound quality than MP3 encoders at the same bit rate.
The Sony LinkBuds S support LDAC, a codec developed by Sony which allows streaming high-resolution audio over Bluetooth connections at up to 990 kbps at 32 bit/96 kHz. It can reach a high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high-resolution audio.
JBL Tune 230NC use a noise-canceling microphone, these microphones are intended to filter out background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
JBL Tune 230NC support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound so that they can still be heard even when wearing the earbuds
The Sony LinkBuds S support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, say you’re having a jog but still want to hear traffic.
Sony LinkBuds S have in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when removed from your ears so that the music is paused.
If misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, JBL Tune 230NC support the find earbuds feature.
The Sony LinkBuds S too have the find earbuds feature. You can use the device app on your phone to play an alarm from your earbuds to locate them.
The JBL Tune 230NC support fast charging. Most often, technologies like MediaTek’s Pump Express, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
The Sony LinkBuds S too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, only that the battery is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
JBL Tune 230NC have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have the mute function. The mute function means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but you can still hear the other party talk.
The JBL Tune 230NC, so you can access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever features are supported on the earbuds.
The Sony LinkBuds S also have a control panel on them.
JBL Tune 230NC support voice prompts. With voice prompts, you receive information through audio messages, like if there is a problem with the connection.
Sony LinkBuds S too support voice prompts meaning the device will notify you if the battery is running low, and you need to recharge the earbuds.
JBL Tune 230NC come with a special pouch. Carrying earbuds without a case, or putting them inside your bag without a casing may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
Sony LinkBuds S too have a travel bag included, which offers safe transportation.