CES 2021: JBL unveils new “Tour Series” headphones
With the Tour Series, JBL expands its extensive product portfolio by another division. The new series of the audio experts is aimed specifically at users from the business sector. In particular, JBL wants to have placed here a great emphasis on unobtrusive design and intelligent features. Paired with the latest technology, long trips and video conferences should no longer be a problem. In addition to an over-ear headphone called Tour ONE, the Tour Pro+ is also a small True Wireless model in the latest series. In addition to adaptive noise cancelling, the two new additions should also be able to offer other exciting features. In particular, JBL promises a promising added value for business users with TalkThru and Adaptive Ambient Aware. Thanks to JBL Pro Sound, however, the two headphones should also be able to provide great performance when simply enjoying music and other media.
JBL Tour ONE – High-quality Over Ear
Above all, Adaptive Noise Cancelling makes the JBL Tour ONE the perfect companion on a plane or train. Thanks to a continuous noise analysis, the manufacturer promises a tailored noise cancellation here. The end result is that you should be able to wonderfully block out distracting ambient noise and concentrate on the essentials. You do not necessarily have to connect a Bluetooth device to benefit from noise cancelling. Thanks to the “Silent Now” feature, the Tour ONE also immediately provide silence on demand. Especially for concentrated work, this feature should prove more than practical.
The built-in drivers are supposed to provide for a decent sound. The in-house JBL Pro is responsible for that. The HARMAN Smart Audio mode also sounds exciting. This is supposed to make it possible to optimize the Bluetooth connection in a customized way. Special modes for listening to music or enjoying movies are available here. While the music mode is supposed to provide the most loss-free playback possible, JBL promises the lowest possible latency in the video mode. Business users have been dependent on a suitable setup for video conferences since Corona at the latest. Accordingly, the JBL Tour ONE should be able to ensure high voice quality thanks to its total of four integrated microphones. With a battery life of up to 50 hours, even long trips are no problem for the Business Over Ear.
JBL Tour Pro+ – A lot of technology in a small space
To accommodate a lot of technology, JBL does not necessarily need a large case. This seems to prove the manufacturer with its Tour Pro+. So if the Tour One are too big for you as Over Ears, you should take a look at these compact In Ears. Like the Tour One, these also offer adaptive noise cancelling. This means that annoying background noise can either be completely suppressed or even amplified. A classic situation for this can be found at the airport or train station. If an important announcement is made, noise cancellation is rather counterproductive. Accordingly, the adaptive noise cancelling amplifies the ambient noise in such moments. The Fast Pair feature is also practical. We already know this from other portable headphones like Apple’s AirPods. As soon as you open the charging or transport box of the small In Ears, the headphones are automatically paired with the device.
Also pleasing is “Dual Connect+ Sync.” Thanks to this technology, one can enjoy seamless enjoyment of music or other media. On top of that, it makes it possible to make calls with just one of the headphones. This is pleasing when you still want to hear something from your surroundings despite the phone call. If you add up the battery life of the headphones and case, you get a total of 30 hours with the Tour Pro+.
This is very pleasing and should definitely be enough for frequent travelers. Once the battery is empty, you can conveniently charge the case wirelessly. An inductive Qi charging surface is used here. Alternatively, wired charging is no problem. As with the Tour One, JBL has also placed a high priority on making calls with the compact In Ears. There are a total of three microphones in the small headphones. In combination to the so-called beamforming array technology should be able to achieve a very clear voice quality.
Price and availability
In May it should be so far. Then the small JBL Tour Pro+ are to come on the market. The US manufacturer calls here a RRP of 199 euros. Considering the lush features, this seems very fair, at least at first glance. The JBL Tour One are a bit more expensive. JBL charges 299 Euros RRP for the over-ears.