JBL Tune 230NCSee 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 230NC||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||6mm||9.2mm|
|sound pressure level||105db/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 is the level of protection offered by an enclosure, against dust and water. The letters 'IP' are followed by two values The first value of the IP rating represents protection against solids such as dust, followed by the one that refers to resistance against liquids (water).
Scoring IPX4, the JBL Tune 230NC's rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second number of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes.
The JBL Tune 230NC have a weight of 11.3g . We prefer a lower weight best because lighter devices are easier to carry.
For a device to be true wireless it should have no wires linking any part of the device together, Ultimate Ears Drops are true wireless for this matter since they don't have wires. This is an important difference as some wireless earbuds have wires linking the pair of earbuds together.
JBL Tune 230NC also is true wireless because it doesn't have cables connecting the 2 earbuds together.
The Ultimate Ears Drops come with wingtips, these are commonly used for earbuds for workouts and come as an optional add-on to the separate silicone ear tip for a better fit.
Ultimate Ears Drops have sweat resistance
JBL Tune 230NC'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 230NC have an earbud foam to some it is more comfortable than the in-ear foam.
Ultimate Ears Drops have stereo speakers, what this means is that Ultimate Ears Drops's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better listening experience.
The JBL Tune 230NC also have stereo speakers
Active noise cancellation makes use of advanced technology to reduce unwanted ambient sounds. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern outside and inside the earbud and after inverts the soundwaves to counter it. Simply put, it's like taking +1 (noise) and adding -1 (counter sound by the device) giving zero therefore "diluting" the noise.
The JBL Tune 230NC have ANC allowing you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't need to crank up the device volume to outcompete background sounds.
The Ultimate Ears Drops stay well in place, this creates a sound covering that reduces background sounds well as preventing the device sound from leaking out .
Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which means that both tone down ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a unit size of 9.2mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful, therefor producing better bass.
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the earbuds, its size determines the sound produced by the earbuds.
JBL Tune 230NC driver unit is 6mm in diameter, which implies that they have a smaller driver unit than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 3.2mm , many people have a misconception that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality.
However, large drivers usually have difficulty producing high frequencies so yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they produce better quality sound.
The Ultimate Ears Drops's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, low-frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio component generates low frequencies that can be heard, and if it makes any changes to the signal while at it.
JBL Tune 230NC's lowest frequency is at 20Hz, this implies that both devices make sound with equal bass
Ultimate Ears Drops's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, high-frequency response tells how well an audio component makes high recognizable frequencies and if it adjustments to the signal on its way through.
JBL Tune 230NC's highest frequency is at 20,000Hz, this means that both devices can generate equal treble
The sound pressure level, is the level of pressure of sound, measured 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 230NC's sound pressure level measurement is 105dB/mW. How loud a device is can be considered differently by different people, so we need to have a way of getting a standard measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms.
The 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 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 230NC's battery life is more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 4 hours . Every time you recharge your earbuds, they get a little less playing time. The effect is not noticeable at first, but over time, your wireless earbuds will have shorter listening time.
The battery life of the charging case is given by the vendor, and Ultimate Ears Drops's case has a full charge of 9 hours. A charging case with a longer battery life enables you to recharge your earbuds on the go many times before having to recharge the case itself.
JBL Tune 230NC'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 230NC's battery. It is highly adivsable to charge fully the battery before using the earbuds for the first time.
The Ultimate Ears Drops, the device supports wireless charging. To charge the earbuds, you simply place down on a compatible charging pad.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a battery level indicator, an indicator shows you when the device has a low battery. Its lights indicate the charging status of your device and charging case.
JBL Tune 230NC too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you tell the charging state of your earbuds, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.
The Ultimate Ears Drops use USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power in a single cable.
JBL Tune 230NC too support USB TYPE-C. This USB-C plug comes along with most current laptops, phones, and tablets.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have Bluetooth version of 4.2, Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data movement between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves.
JBL Tune 230NC has a Bluetooth version of 5.2, newer than that of Ultimate Ears Drops . Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Ultimate Ears Drops have a 10meters distance to connect via Bluetooth.
JBL Tune 230NC 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. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it provides better results than other codecs at the same bit rate.
Since its the highest quality codec that any Bluetooth-supporting Apple product supports, the Ultimate Ears Drops will work well with your iPad. If you intend on using these with Android , ensure that they also support aptX HD, LDAC, or LHDC as well.
The JBL Tune 230NC 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).
The Ultimate Ears Drops have 2 microphones.
While the JBL Tune 230NC microphones are 4, more than that of Ultimate Ears Drops by 2 . More microphones result in better sound quality and help the earbuds to filter out noise.
The JBL Tune 230NC have a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are intended to reduce background sounds from the earbuds' sound.
Ultimate Ears Drops support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises to still be heard even when wearing them
The JBL Tune 230NC support ambient sound mode as well, it’s useful when you want to listen to music while being aware of your surrounding, for example when you’re having a run but still want to hear traffic.
When lost in a room, or can't easily find them in your bag, the Ultimate Ears Drops have a find earbuds feature.
The JBL Tune 230NC also have the find earbuds feature. Simply use the earbuds app on your phone to play a sound from your device to help you find them.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support fast charging. Commonly, technologies like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, are used to lower the amount of time it takes to charge the earbuds.
JBL Tune 230NC support fast charging. It's very similar to regular charging, just that the battery is filling up much faster. For example, with Quick Charge 3.0, the battery can be charged to 50% in thirty minutes.
The Ultimate Ears Drops support multipoint of 2 connections, the multipoint feature allows you connect to more than one Bluetooth device and switch between them. For example, you can switch calls from one device to another without manually disconnect and reconnect.
The Ultimate Ears Drops have a mute function, they have the option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device.
The JBL Tune 230NC also have this function. The mute function means that you can turn off the earbuds' microphone, but 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 earbuds.
The JBL Tune 230NC too have a control panel on them.
Ultimate Ears Drops have voice prompts. Automatically receive information through audio messages, say if there is an issue with the connection.
JBL Tune 230NC too support voice prompts .i.e the earbuds notifies you when the battery is running low, and you need to recharge them.
Ultimate Ears Drops come with their own special pouch. Carrying earbuds without a case, or placing them inside your pockets without a casing may easily damage them.
JBL Tune 230NC too have a travel bag included, which is useful for safe transportation.