JBL Tour One – Luxury Travelers Bluetooth, ANC, Over the Year Headphones (Review)

JBL Tour One is the latest from the stable version of JBL’s abundant headphones and earphones. This is a significant deviation from the Club and Tune series. A homage to an elegant trip with luxurious leatherettes and black chrome highlights.

To position it – for $ 349, it’s a direct competitor to mid-range headphones like the Sony WH-XB910N and Sennheiser HD458BT.

Our job is to see where it excels, and we can tell you that we are impressed. In terms of value and performance, this is very well appreciated.

JBL Tour One Australia Review

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price $ 349.95
from JBL Online and major CE retailers
guarantee 1 year ACL
Country of manufacture China
Company JBL (Est. Mid-40s) stands for James B Lansing (yes, he was Lansing for Altec Lansing). Currently, JBL is part of the Harman Group of companies owned by Samsung.
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Use Fail (below expected value), Pass (meeting expected value), Exceed (exceeding expected value or class leader) for many of the following items: Occasionally we give a passing “+” rating to indicate that it’s good, but it doesn’t exceed it.

First impression-Do you think these are JBL?Beyond

JBL makes great things – don’t get me wrong. But these are, well, different. Textured hard side travel case, fold flat design (such as Sennheiser PXC-550 II), 2-pin airplane adapter, 3.5-2.5mm audio cable, USB-A-USB-C charging cable to executive traveler.

Headphones exude a class – with soft leather earcups and headbands and black chrome highlights, this looks much more expensive than it really is. Remember that this is a mid-range product and should be evaluated as such.


Can be used as a BT headset without the app. The JBL Headphones app is for firmware updates, button customization, and EQ (I love this).

Basics-Travelers need comfort-Excess

It’s not the lightest at 275g, but it’s very comfortable to wear. In part, the earcups are so large (62 x 42mm x 21mm deep) that they fit any size ear. The clamps are light but solid (just right), but the cup can trap a bit of heat after a long period of use (like all closed-back headphones).

Noise Canceling – Path +

If you want to block a jumbo jet during takeoff, you have to spend more. This is when you are looking for effective adaptive noise canceling (the AI ​​algorithm constantly adjusts the level).

The result is reasonable active noise reduction from 20Hz to 100Hz (low, mid and low) and adaptive reduction from 100Hz to 1kHz (a mix of passive and active). Passive reduction (noise isolation) starts from 1 to 4kHz (voice range) and processes high-pitched sounds like an air conditioner.

You can use these as ANC (no music) to block the sound, but those who suffer from pulsatile tinnitus will hear your heartbeat.

Ambient mode is fine (music plays, but you can hear the surrounding sounds) and you can adjust the level. TalkThru is great and you don’t have to remove your headphones.

Privacy – Pass +

Since it is a closed back, there is no leakage, so it can be used in large quantities in offices and nearby environments.

Sound Signature-Excess

They have an accurate mid-bass profile (starting at about 50Hz and built firmly up to 100Hz), otherwise adding the warmth needed for a neutral (flat / good) sound signature. To do. From there, it’s pretty flat (neutral) up to 7kHz, dips (to avoid harshness), then flats up to 16kHz and down to 20kHz.

Tested with Bluetooth using the SBC codec.

  • The cable (no audio processing) moves the signature mid-centric – it’s still comfortable and unpunched. It also enables high resolution audio.
  • USB is for charging only.
  • The volume is very good. On smartphones it was limited to 80dB and the distortion was negligible.
  • The sound stage is just outside your ears (like any other closed-back headphones).

You can read more on how to tell if you have good music (sound signatures are the key – a guide).

We love AppEQ – very flexible.


There are two external beamforming microphones. One is external noise cancellation and the other is an internal feedback word microphone. There is “speech recognition” (side tone) to feed back a part of your voice in a conversation.

The voice during the call was clear, but the volume was a bit low. I had a hard time eliminating traffic noise. All this can be fixed in the firmware and I’m sure JBL will handle this.

Battery – Excess

JBL claims 25/50 hours BT, ANC / on / off. We set continuous loop BT / ANC and achieved over 30 hours. The charging time is about 2 hours (5V / 1A), and it cannot be used while charging. If you need it, the Sennheiser PXC550-II has a USB DAC for charging and listening.

BT 5.0 – Pass

We only offer SBC codecs suitable for travel headsets. Again, you’ll have to spend more to get LDAC, aptX (and its variants), and more.

The maximum distance from the host device was 18m. You can improve the BT bandwidth and adjust it to the best audio quality.

Gamers note that the BT delay is about 180ms, so they use a cable (though the microphone is disabled).

Voice Assistant – Pass

Supports Google Assistant and Siri depending on the OS of your smartphone. Works with Alexa devices such as PCs and apps.

Build – Pass

These are well done, but there are no user-replaceable items such as pads or batteries. Expect good use for 3-5 years.

Cyber ​​Shack’s View – JBL TourOne Offers Excellent Midrange Performance

The JBL Tour One meets or exceeds the requirements for midrange, over the year, BT and ANC headphones. If you are looking at Sony or Sennheiser in that bracket, they should be on your shopping list. Doing more than that would cost you quite a lot, so don’t hang if someone tries to compare it to the premium Sony, Sennheiser, or Bose. it’s not.

What they are is a very good, all-round BT, ANC headphone with its lovely JBL sound signature wrapped in a premium case.

Ironically, its main competitor is the JBL ClubOne with more ANC noise blocking. But frankly, Adaptive is probably a versatile use, so take advantage of TourOne.

JBL Tour One, JBL Tour One

JBL Tour One

$ 349.95

JBL Tour One

Strong Points

  • Comfortable and fits big ears
  • Excellent battery life – 30 hours ANC
  • Adaptive noise canceling is suitable for all applications
  • High resolution cable mode
  • Great apps and EQ


  • If the volume is a bit low, a hands-free call will suffice.
  • Don’t expect jumbo jet ANC levels
  • It will be a little warm after a few hours
  • More work is needed on the firmware to make it a class leader
  • SBC codec only

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