JBL Tune 125 TWS – True Wireless Vacuum Headphones. Excellent budget model: good sound, battery life up to 8 hours, reliable brand. What else do you need from $ 60 TWS headphones? It is a good workhorse for daily use.
JBL Tune 125 TWS Review – Specifications and Equipment
JBL Tune 125 TWS Features:
- Type: fully wireless in-ear
- Type: dynamic
- Diaphragm diameter: 5.8 mm
- Frequency Response Range: 20 – 20,000 Hz
- Sensitivity: 96dB
- Resistance: 14 ohm
- Bluetooth support: 5.0
- Profile support: HFP (Hands-free), A2DP, AVRCP
- Earphone battery: 85mAh
- Case battery: 850 mAh
- Working time on a single charge: up to 4 hours
- Working time with charges from the case: up to 32 hours
- Charging time: 2 h
- Case charging connector: USB-C
- Indication: LED
- Weight (headphones + case): 73 g
- Price: about 60 $ (4490 rubles)
- Charging case
- 2 pairs of ear pads
- Charging cable (USB-C)
JBL Tune 125 TWS Review – Appearance and build quality
The JBL Tune 125 TWS headphones come in a nice little box with the following neatly arranged inside:
- Headphones themselves;
- Charging case;
- 2 pairs of ear pads (+ 1 pair already on);
- USB cable (Type-C);
JBL Tune 125 TWS comes in several colors: white, black, pink, and blue. I had a white version on my test. And this color always raises certain concerns: it gets dirty easily. There is no such thing. The plastic of the case and headphones is matte and “dirt-resistant”: it does not collect fingerprints, dust, and other dirt. Even if you carry a case in your pocket with last year’s seeds (as happened by chance with me), it still looks new.
This model’s appearance as a whole practically does not differ from the “junior” version of JBL Tune 120TWS. Only here Type-C (without a plug, there is no moisture protection in either model) instead of the outdated micro USB and in the case there is no “card” for which the button on the right and left earphones is responsible.
So, I see no reason to dwell on design, especially. It is stylish and interesting. It can be seen in the photo and described in the review of the 120th model. Despite its size, the case is comfortable and ergonomic: it is flat and fits easily into any pocket. But the headphones are still big. The enclosures are larger than many others. But not the most cumbersome, I must say. There is a button on each earphone; it is covered with something like a soft-touch.
The assembly of the JBL Tune 125 TWS is easy to find. I did not notice any flaws in a week of use. There are no raw seams, backlashes, or any other imperfections. From this perspective, the headphones look very wear-resistant: they won’t get dirty or break. Themselves, at least. The only gripe with the design is the size of the earbuds. Still, I would like to be smaller. Other JBL headphones and speakers:
JBL Tune 125 TWS Review – Comfort and control
The JBL Tune 125 TWS is comfortable on the one hand and ambiguous on the other. Despite their size, the headphones fit easily and comfortably in the ears. They do not tire for a long time: I somehow sat in them for more than 3 hours and did not feel any discomfort. But this is exactly to sit. But walking in them is not so convenient.
Headphones don’t have the most secure fit. They stay in the ear only due to the ear cushions, and they are not the most optimal shape. And, personally, in my case, it turned out that the left earpiece did not want to hold on securely. Moreover, the replacement of the ear pads did not lead to anything. The choice in the kit is small; the average ones have remained optimal. When walking, from time to time, there was a feeling that the left one might fall out right now. But, I must say, I never fell out. When properly seated, the headphones provide excellent sound insulation: almost to the level of “vacuum.”
I want to point out that this is perhaps an individual feature. The JBL Tune 120 TWS had the same fit. Right is good; left is not set up. Yes, everyone’s ears are different (even the right one is different from the left); you need to be ready for this. But I tried a lot of headphones, and only a couple of models have such problems.
The JBL Tune 125 TWS headphone control is push-button. Each capsule has one large button. Given the above features of landing, at first, control may cause some problems. The buttons have a rather tight stroke, and if you press them into the ear when pressed, then the headphones will definitely move in the ear, and you will have to correct them. But, of course, you can fight this. Here, the cases’ size becomes a plus: hold the earpiece, for example, with the middle and thumb, and press with the index finger. And here are the main controls:
- Left earpiece. One press – the next track, two – the previous one.
- Right earpiece. One press – start, pause, accept/end a call. Hold for about 2 seconds – voice assistant, mute the microphone in call mode.
What is not? Right, volume control. I don’t understand why many large manufacturers “cut” it, but the voice assistant is always at hand. Share in the comments what is more important to you in this case: volume or Siri.
Since the control is push-button, there are no false positives. There is no smart pause, transparency mode, and other “fashionable tricks.” Still, this is a budget model, do not forget. There are sound signals for turning on, connecting, and a couple more. But this model is not supported by the proprietary application, which is a pity. After all, it (the application) is. And even not bad. Well, if you want the app, pay more. For example, JBL Live 300 TWS is supported by it.
JBL Tune 125 TWS Review – Connection quality
JBL Tune 125 TWS wireless headphones connect to a source via Bluetooth (up to version 5.0). No codec support was declared. Accordingly, there is only a standard SBC. In general, this applies to all True Wireless headphones from JBL. Their priority is the quality of communication. And here it is at a good level. The working radius is 10 meters, or even more; communication within these boundaries is stable, without stuttering (indoors). There are no problems on the street; no matter what pocket the phone is in, even if in a backpack, everything is fine. There are rare artifacts sometimes, but really rare.
I went around the house in these headphones 2 rooms from the phone, and still, the connection did not break. Although in this place, most of the analogs already had either “complete disconnect” or stuttering.
Pairing with the source is standard: turn on Bluetooth on the phone (or player), take the headphones out of the case, and find them in the list of available devices. This is one option. The second is Google’s fast pair. In theory, all phones with Android 6.0 and higher have this feature. We take the headphones out of the case near the phone with Bluetooth turned on, and after a couple of seconds, an invitation window will appear, which you need to click on. And then, the headphones will be paired with this phone and linked to your Google account.
After pairing (in any way), True Wireless headphones JBL Tune 125 TWS connect to the last “familiar” source; take one of the headphones out of the case. And this connection happens quite quickly: about 5 seconds from “withdrawal” from the case to “connection.” And importantly, the headphones work in isolation. You can get the left one, listen to an audiobook. Then get the right one and listen to music in both. And then remove the left one and, for example, call someone. All transitions (from one to a pair and vice versa) are fast and seamless.
Simultaneous connection with one source is supported, the multipoint is “not delivered.” There is no or almost no desynchronization of sound and picture when watching a video. However, this is when connected to a phone. When connected, for example, to a TV, the picture was different: the delay was already noticeable. In general, you can watch YouTube videos on your phone, but hardly a movie on TV.
JBL Tune 125 TWS Review – Battery life and Microphone
The JBL Tune 125 TWS headphones have an impressive autonomy for True Wireless – up to 8 hours on a single charge. And up to 32 hours with charging from the case. In the budget segment, you rarely find such indicators. Why, 2 years ago, even the most expensive TWS earbuds worked for 4-5 hours maximum. According to my observations, the stated figures are confirmed. For 3 hours of listening at low volume, the headphones were discharged by a third or less.
How did I know this? The charge information is displayed in a “standard location” depending on the OS version. On my phone – it’s upstairs about hours. The indication, by the way, is quite accurate. And the charge level of the case can be understood by the three indicators on the front side. A very easy to implement and useful feature. It’s a shame that many manufacturers neglect this.
Personally, it seems to me that the autonomy (on one charge) of TWS headphones for more than 6 hours is superfluous. Do you often listen to music for more than 4-5 hours in a row? I rarely. It would be nice if we focused on fast charging now. Autonomy is 6 hours, in the case for another 100 hours (or more), and the headphones are charged in 15 minutes in the case. This is the perfect model. What do you think? Share your ideas in the comments.
The microphone on the JBL Tune 125 TWS is pretty good for TWS headphones, but not the best. You can calmly communicate indoors or on a not particularly noisy street. The other person will hear the surrounding sounds, but they will hear you better. But if the noise level around you is above average, for example, you are walking near the road or washing dishes, and then the noise will already block you. In general, you can use headphones as a headset, but it is better to switch to the phone in noisy places.
JBL Tune 125 TWS Review – Sound quality
The sound of the JBL Tune 125 TWS is of high quality and surprisingly balanced. Surprisingly this is already “from old memory.” Everyone is used to the fact that JBL has a powerful bass, which often dominates the sound picture. But in the latest models of headphones ( full-size or TWS ), JBL has a different trend: the bass is still powerful and elastic, but the sound as a whole is more or less even and of high quality, without kinks.
Low frequencies (LF). The bass is powerful and resilient. Moderately articulated, but not quite percussive. Softness is present. But this is not at all friability. In short – a great option for any electronic music (synthetic bass), but the rest – just good. There is an emphasis on low frequencies (on mid-bass), but not strong. This is not to say that the bass covers something there.
Medium frequencies (MF). Smooth and well crafted. Served “straight to the forehead,” but not forced. Sometimes you can hear some “sinking” for the bass, but nothing criminal. There is probably no loss of detail than there is.
High frequencies (HF). Quite well-developed, although smoothed at the upper end of the range. No sibilance, no sand (almost none), and harshness. But there is no “blanket effect” either, as happens with models where the high frequencies are strongly smoothed—an excellent approach for TWS.
Scene. As usual, true wireless plugs are flat and not very wide (slightly wider than ears, so to speak). There is no elaboration in depth. Separation of instruments is present, but not perfect, of course. Images are drawn, but not always natural. In general, there are no complaints: nothing falls into a heap, there is some space – it’s already good.
Detail and naturalness. The detail is perfect for budget TWS. Due to the more or less flat frequency response, nuances are almost not lost here (perhaps, at the very top and sometimes at low frequencies). By naturalness, too, everything is good. Imperfect when it comes to live instruments, but good. The voices sound “full-bodied” and natural; you can’t find fault with most instruments.
Musical genres. The headphones are more or less versatile. There are no genres where they fail. But modern popular music in all its forms suits them best. Rhythmic electronics – excellent. But, of course, you can also listen to jazz, it does not cause negativity.
Applications (music, games, movies). Headphones are best, of course, for music. For every day (and not so) background listening on the way to work, at work, instead of work … The sound quality for such scenarios is excellent. For movies and games, it is better to choose something with less noticeable desync. However, you can watch the video on your phone without any problems.
JBL Tune 125 TWS Review – Summary
In conclusion, we can say that the JBL Tune 125 TWS is a very decent budget True Wireless earbuds. High-quality assembly, interesting design, gorgeous autonomy, and really high-quality sound – for only $60. Their money is definitely worth it.
- High-quality sound. Balanced clean detailed. At the same time, he is energetic and quite bright. There is a slight emphasis on bass. The presentation is universal, but for electronic music – just fine.
- Comfortable fit. There are questions about the landing (about them below), but the headphones are very comfortable in general. You can sit in them for 3 hours without discomfort.
- Interesting design and reliable assembly. The earbuds look attractive, albeit without any special frills. Everything is neat and stylish. There are several color options (white, black, pink, blue). Everything is assembled conscientiously, no flaws, they will last a long time.
- Excellent autonomy. Up to 8 hours on a single charge is impressive for TWS in principle and a budget model in particular. And at a volume lower than average, they will work even longer. Full autonomy (with recharges from the case) is also at a good level – up to 32 hours.
- Accurate display of the case. 3 LEDs are enough to know exactly when it is time to charge the case. By the way, only 2 hours is enough for this.
- Headphone operation separately. Right and left can work separately or in pairs. Switching is fast and seamless.
- Reasonable price. $ 60 for all the advantages described above (especially for the sound quality and autonomy, of course) – they look extremely reasonable.
- No volume control. Only on your phone or another source. Very sorry.
- Large headphone dimensions. The enclosures are larger than many others. In general, this does not interfere, but I would like less. This is already the size of TWS’s “last generation.”
- Landing features. Headphones may not fit your ears very confidently. If you sit, lie or calmly walk in them, there are no problems, except for the feeling that the earpiece can fall out (but do not fall out). But if you walk at a brisk pace or run, for example, the headphones can really fall out. But that depends on the ears. I have a good earpiece in one ear and a bad in the other.
- No branded application support. With that application available. A couple of functions would be nice, like an equalizer and an accurate display of the charge level.