JBL Tune 130NCSee price on Amazon
Overall Score 6.2 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
Ultimate Ears Drops
Overall Score 6 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.
|Category||Features||JBL Tune 130NC||Ultimate Ears Drops|
|DESIGN||ingress protection (ip) rating||ipX4||✗|
|has no wires or cables||✓||✓|
|is dust proof and water-resistant||✗||✓|
|has an earbud foam||✓||✗|
|has stereo speakers||✓||✓|
|SOUND QUALITY||has active noise cancellation (noise control)||✓||✗|
|has passive noise reduction||✓||✓|
|driver unit size||10mm||9.2mm|
|sound pressure level||103db/mw||110db/mw|
|battery life of charging case||30hours||9hours|
|has wireless charging||✗||✓|
|has a battery level indicator||✓||✓|
|CONNECTIVITY||has usb type-c||✓||✓|
|maximum bluetooth range||10meters||10meters|
|has aptx adaptive||✗||✓|
|MICROPHONE||number of microphones||4only||2only|
|has a noise-canceling microphone||✓||✗|
|EXTRAS||has ambient sound mode||✓||✓|
|has find earbuds feature||✓||✓|
|supports fast charging||✓||✓|
|has a mute function||✓||✓|
|control panel placed on a device||✓||✓|
|has voice prompts||✓||✓|
|travel bag is included||✓||✓|
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IP ratings refer to the rating of protection given by an enclosure, against dust and liquids. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value represents protection against solids say dust, followed by the one that refers to protection against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX4, the JBL Tune 130NC's rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and of liquids that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
The JBL Tune 130NC have a weight of 11.3g . We prefer a lower weight best because lighter devices are easier to transport.
For a device to be true wireless it must have no wires linking any part of the device together, Ultimate Ears Drops are true wireless for this matter since they don't have cables. This is a key difference as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the 2 earbuds together.
JBL Tune 130NC also is true wireless since it has no cables connecting the pair of earbuds .
The Ultimate Ears Drops come with wingtips, these are reserved for workout earbuds and are usually an optional add-on to each silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Ultimate Ears Drops are resistant to sweat
JBL Tune 130NC's resistance to sweat makes both devices good for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, cardio sweat workouts , etc
Ultimate Ears Drops are both dustproof and water-resistant.
The earbud foam is made to be ultracompact and lightweight, with little interference with earrings, spectacles, hats, or hairstyles. The JBL Tune 130NC have an earbud foam to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers, devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The JBL Tune 130NC also have stereo speakers
ANC uses more advanced kind of tech to actively counter noise. ANC works when, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and then inverts the soundwaves to counter it. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 (noise) and adding -1 (inverted noise) to make zero which results in a reduced level of noise.
JBL Tune 130NC have Active Noise Cancellation enabling you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue since you don't have to crank up the earbuds volume to outcompete background sounds.
The Ultimate Ears Drops stay tightly in place, this creates a sound seal that reduces background noise and also prevents the earbuds voice audio from leaking out .
Both JBL Tune 130NC, and Ultimate Ears Drops have passive noise reduction this means that both reduce ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a unit size of 9.2mm in diameter, the bigger the unit the more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, the unit size corellates with the loudness of the earbuds.
JBL Tune 130NC driver unit is 10mm in diameter, making them have a larger driver unit than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 0.8mm , 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 are capable of generating louder sound, but this does not imply that they deliver better quality sound.
Ultimate Ears Drops's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio component generates low recognizable frequencies and if it alters the signal while at it.
JBL Tune 130NC's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices make sound with equal bass
The Ultimate Ears Drops's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response shows how well a particular audio device makes high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
JBL Tune 130NC's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this means that both devices generate equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, in decibels, dB, Ultimate Ears Drops's measurement is 110dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
JBL Tune 130NC's sound pressure level measurement is 103dB/mW. How loud a device is can be considered differently by different people, so we need to have the means to get an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
Ultimate Ears Drops's battery life is 6 hours, these last longer than 5 hours of listening which is considered average before recharge. A device's battery life is usually given by the manufacturer, and with more battery hours, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often.
JBL Tune 130NC's battery life is more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 4 hours . Each time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less listening time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over a few years, your wireless earbuds will no longer play for long like they used to.
This is given by the vendor, and the Ultimate Ears Drops's case has a charge of 9 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go multiple times before having to recharge the case itself.
JBL Tune 130NC's charging case has a battery life of 30 hours, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 21 hours
It takes 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Tune 130NC's battery. It is highly adivsable to fully charge the battery before using the earbuds when they have been in storage for long periods.
Ultimate Ears Drops, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you simply put down on a supported charging pad.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. The battery indicator lights show the charging status of your earbuds and charging case.
JBL Tune 130NC too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you determine the charging state of your device, if charged fully, or having a low battery.
The Ultimate Ears Drops use USB TYPE-C, a standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
JBL Tune 130NC too have USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug is part and parcel of most current electronics.
Ultimate Ears Drops have Bluetooth version of 4.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that enables data movement between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JBL Tune 130NC has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of Ultimate Ears Drops . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a 10meters distance connecting via Bluetooth.
JBL Tune 130NC have a maximum range of 10meters, equal to that of the Ultimate Ears Drops
Ultimate Ears Drops support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Since it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Being the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Ultimate Ears Drops will work fine 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 JBL Tune 130NC 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 Ultimate Ears Drops support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps).
Ultimate Ears Drops have 2 microphones.
While the JBL Tune 130NC microphones are 4, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 2 . More microphones record better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
The JBL Tune 130NC have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are made to reduce noise from the desired sound.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to channel ambient sound to still be heard even while wearing them
The JBL Tune 130NC support ambient sound mode as well, helpful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of your surrounding, say you’re having a run but would still want to hear traffic.
When misplaced in a room, or can't be found in your bag, Ultimate Ears Drops have a find earbuds feature.
JBL Tune 130NC also have the find earbuds feature. Use the device app on your smartphone to play an alarm from your earbuds to find them.
Ultimate Ears Drops support fast charging. Most often, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to reduce the amount of time it takes to fully charge the earbuds.
Also the JBL Tune 130NC too support fast charging. This kind is similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. Say, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery is charged to 50% in just thirty minutes.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. Say, you can switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a mute function, they support the feature to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the earbuds.
The JBL Tune 130NC also support the mute function. The mute function means that you are in position turn off the device's microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice.
With the Ultimate Ears Drops, so you can easily access the volume control, pause, play, mute, etc whichever functions are supported on the device.
JBL Tune 130NC too have a control panel on them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have voice prompts. Automatically receive information via audio messages, say if there is a problem with the connection.
The JBL Tune 130NC also support voice prompts meaning the device notifies you when the battery is low, and you need to recharge the device.
Ultimate Ears Drops come with their own special case. Carrying earbuds openly, or putting them in your bag without a cover may easily put them at risk of getting damaged.
JBL Tune 130NC also have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.