jbl tour one m2 vs sony wh 1000xm4

Sony WH-1000XM4 vs JBL Tour One: Which wireless headphones should you buy?

Here's how two over-ear behemoths stack up.

jbl tour one m2 vs sony wh 1000xm4

Updated July 30, 2021

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The XM4 are the older of the two, and while they were $350 MSRP at launch, they’re fairly widely available for closer to $300. JBL’s Tour One launched a couple of months prior to writing and start at a $299 MSRP.

The Tour One are the cheaper of the two based on MSRP, and may be more likely than the XM4 to drop below $300 in the future.

Our pick: JBL Tour One

Fit and design

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Both headphones are comfortable, but the XM4 is light and cushy enough that you'll forget it's even on your head.

Both the XM4 and the Tour One are designed for comfort, and they're both stellar for short- and long-term use. However, at around 250 grams, the XM4 are the lighter of the two (by about 20 grams). They also net you some seriously cushy padding on the ear cups and headband, which—combined with that light weight—makes it easy to forget they’re even on your head.

The Tour One are plenty comfortable too, but they’re a bit heavier than the XM4, and not quite as lovingly padded. You can still wear them for hours without complaint, and the difference in pure comfort is very close, but the XM4 gets a slight edge there.

Where these two differ a bit more is in control functionality. The XM4 shy away from tactile buttons: you get a power and multi-function button but otherwise, all directives are executed via tap-and-swipe gestures on their ear cups. You can double-tap and hold, swipe left, right, up or down to control things like play/pause, raise/lower volume, activate your voice assistant, answer calls, and so on. In short, the XM4 have some of the most advanced and customizable touch controls in the biz.

jbl tour one m2 vs sony wh 1000xm4

The Tour One uses more button controls than Sony's touch-happy XM4.

The Tour One use more physical buttons and less touch control facility. You’re getting power, volume, and multi-function buttons, as well as a toggle-able Bluetooth switch for when you want to use them in a wired capacity. As an aside, a 3.5mm cable is included with both the XM4 and the Tour One, and both can be used in a passive, wired mode.

The Tour One do utilize touch controls on the surface of the right ear cup, but what you can do is very limited compared to the XM4. You can still tap to play/pause and tap/hold to activate a voice assistant, but you won’t get any of the XM4’s touch-enabled volume or track-scrubbing abilities.

While you might prefer the Tour One’s approach to controls if you prefer tactile feedback, there’s no denying that the XM4’s approach, while initially less intuitive, eventually makes for a very fast and technologically hip way to manage these core functions.

Our pick: Sony WH-1000XM4

Features and noise canceling

Both of these headphones stand out from the more affordable crowd in a major way because they’re stuffed with all sorts of extra features and ways to customize how they sound.

One of the XM4's coolest features is “Speak-to-Chat." This allows the XM4 to stop playing music (or a podcast, or whatever you’re listening to) when you begin to have a conversation, meaning there’s no fumbling to pause—you don’t even have to remove the headphones when you want to talk to someone. I guess you might want to turn it off if you like to sing or talk to yourself a lot.

You’re also getting multi-point Bluetooth connection, noise-canceling optimization (which measures both your ears and barometric pressure to adjust noise cancellation specifically), a full EQ, and compatibility with Sony’s proprietary spatial audio tech, 360 Reality Audio.

jbl tour one m2 vs sony wh 1000xm4

For both of these headphones, you'll want to use their dedicated apps to get the most out of them.

There’s also a ton of ways to customize the XM4's functionality in the app. You can swap whether the multi-function button controls ANC or transparency modes, customize the strength of those modes to the nth degree, disable the touch panel entirely, set up auto power-off, and more.

The Tour One are no slouches, either. JBL has its own app—My Headphones—and fiddling with it enables a granular and nuanced approach for controlling the Tour One. The main features are different ANC, ambient, and “smart” Bluetooth modes.

The Tour One headphones deliver two varieties of noise canceling: Adaptive, which (like the XM4) listens to your surroundings and actively cancels noise, and a less battery-intensive generalist mode. There are also two ambient/transparency modes: Ambient Aware and TalkThru. The former helps you to better hear non-repetitive noises around you, while the latter uses exterior mics to help you listen to and talk to people around you, all while music keeps playing.

The “smart” Bluetooth modes toggle between a setting that’s ideal for a non-congested home environment, while “Smart Audio” and “Smart Video” help to optimize Bluetooth quality during more congested listening situations, or specifically to sync audio with video content.

jbl tour one m2 vs sony wh 1000xm4

Both headphones feature robust apps full of ways to customize your listening and user experience.

The Tour One doesn’t stop there, either. Like with the XM4, you’re also getting a full EQ (with some solid presets already loaded in), the ability to customize control buttons, and a way to sync the Tour One with an alarm using the silence of noise canceling in a kind of “sleep bubble”—a feature totally unique to JBL. There's also Auto Play/Pause, Auto-off, and voice assistant selection.

As you can see, both models equate to some fully loaded nachos, but the XM4 have a slightly higher topping-to-chip ratio—it's close, but a barometric pressure setting on headphones that may find themselves on airplanes more often than not is inarguably useful.

Finally, where the XM4 undeniably trumps the Tour One is in noise-canceling performance. Both of these cancelers do a great job squashing unwanted noise and delivering you to a personal, quiet environment. Both were able to shut out droning air conditioners, traffic sounds, and unwanted nearby conversations. But Sony is simply masterful at engineering noise canceling, making it hard for anyone but Bose to match up.

Battery life

This is one area where the Tour One wins, no questions asked. Sony’s XM4 get you around 30 hours of battery life (sometimes less with constant ANC), but the Tour One average 40-45 hours even with ANC enabled, and can last as long as 50 hours when running without any noise canceling or transparency modes active.

Sound quality

This one is tough. Naturally, headphones in this price range need to sound really good to justify their price tags, and both the Tour One and the XM4 deliver on that promise. My experiences listening to both for the first time were eerily similar. I found myself impressed with the spaciousness and warm, detailed sound provided by these cans. Compared to your average headphones, they are streets ahead, and I have no complaints about either one in terms of sound quality.

jbl tour one m2 vs sony wh 1000xm4

While both the XM4 and Tour One sound great, the XM4 delivers a more nuanced soundstage with a more valuable array of EQ presets.

For picky listeners, however, the XM4 are going to edge out the Tour One a bit. The XM4’s bass and midrange emphasis is appreciably boosted, but in a subtler way than the Tour One, and the range of EQ presets really show off Sony’s attention to detail. On the other hand, listeners used to more bass-heavy cans might actually prefer the Tour One's sound.

As EQ presets go, the JBL has mastered the basics: one for boosting bass; one that adds sparkle to trebles; and one that brings out midrange (voice) frequencies, best for stuff like podcasts. Sony’s XM4 includes similar presets while also adding in a couple more uniquely tailored frequency responses, such as the “Relaxed” preset, which almost acts like a pass filter for louder and more sibilant sounds.

So while both default listening experiences deliver nuanced and distortion-free music, Sony has the edge when it comes to fine-tuning your listening experience in more advanced ways.


jbl tour one m2 vs sony wh 1000xm4

You're getting similar accessories with both headphones.

At face value, you're getting the exact same accessories from these headphones: a USB-C charging cable, a zip-up carry case, a dual-prong airplane adapter, and a 3.5mm cable for passive listening. But while Sony includes a notably short charging cable with the XM4, the Tour One's 3.5mm cable and charging cable are the same generous length.

This means you can listen to the Tour One passively while you charge them, a convenience that rides on top of the fact that the Tour One already net you better batter life. If you use the XM4 constantly, you're going to have to remember to charge often, and whenever you're charging, you likely won't be able to use them.

And the winner is…

The lauded Sony WH-1000XM4 wins this comparison, but it’s awfully close in a lot of categories.

To summarize: Both are very comfortable headphones, but the XM4 weigh less; both are well designed, but the XM4 reach further with their commitment to touch controls. Likewise, both are excellent noise cancelers, but Sony delivers a bit more consistency in that technology. Finally, Sony offers more flexibility in terms of EQ customization.

jbl tour one m2 vs sony wh 1000xm4

When everything is tallied up, Sony's WH-1000XM4 are still the champs.

That doesn’t automatically make the XM4 the better choice for everyone. You might prefer the Tour One’s higher battery life, more familiar button-based control scheme, or the specifics of its software features—especially since you can regularly get them for almost $50 cheaper than the XM4.

Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.

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JBL Tour One Wireless Headphones Review

JBL Tour One Wireless Picture

The JBL Tour One Wireless are high-end over-ears with active noise cancelling (ANC). These headphones offer a versatile performance with a comfortable fit and well-built design. However, their ANC offers a mediocre overall performance, and they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery. Luckily, if you prefer something more neutral than their default bass-heavy sound profile, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust them to your liking.

Our Verdict

The JBL Tour One are decent for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile. Luckily, you can tweak them to your liking using their companion app's parametric EQ and presets. On the downside, they're very prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery. Their passive soundstage is also poor and feels like it's coming from inside your head.

  • Comfortable, well-built design.
  • Parametric EQ and presets available.
  • Prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery.
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.

The JBL Tour One are satisfactory for commute and travel. While they have a comfortable, well-built fit, they're also bulky, which can make them hard to take with you on the go, and their ear cups can trap heat. Their ANC also struggles to block out bus or plane engine noise. On the upside, their over 33 hours of continuous playback time should get you through long days on the road.

  • Excellent battery performance.
  • Mediocre overall noise isolation.
  • Not very breathable.

The JBL Tour One are satisfactory for sports and fitness. They're comfortable and well-built. However, they can fall off your head with moderate head movements, and heat can get trapped inside the ear cups, which may make you sweat more than normal. They also lack an IP rating for water resistance, although we don't currently test for this.

The JBL Tour One are decent for office use. They have a comfortable fit, and you can pair them with up to two devices at a time. They also have over 33 hours of continuous battery life, which is excellent, and their ANC can help block out ambient chatter around you. However, their ear cups can trap heat, which may be uncomfortable during long shifts at the office.

The JBL Tour One aren't recommended for wireless gaming. While you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, the latency is likely to be too high for gaming. They also aren't compatible with Xbox or PlayStation consoles.

The JBL Tour One are good for wired gaming. Using their 1/16" to 1/8" TRS cable, you can connect to consoles with an AUX port. However, you can only receive audio and can't use their mic. That said, they have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile that can help bring out the intensity of sound effects in your games. They also have a comfortable fit, although they can trap in heat, which can be uncomfortable.

The JBL Tour One are fair for phone calls. Their microphone can record your voice clearly, although it sounds a bit bass-heavy. However, if you have an important call to take, it's better to do so from a quieter environment since the mic struggles to separate speech from ambient noise. Although the headphones have active noise cancelling, the system does a mediocre job blocking out background sounds.

  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 7.1 Commute/Travel
  • 7.1 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.5 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Calls
  • Updated Jul 29, 2021: Review published.
  • Updated Jul 26, 2021: Early access published.
  • Updated Jul 12, 2021: Our testers have started testing this product.
  • Updated Jun 29, 2021: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  • Updated Jun 19, 2021: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The JBL Tour One only come in one color variant: 'Black'. You can see our model's label here . If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The JBL Tour One are premium over-ear headphones with an adaptive ANC system. However, the ANC does a mediocre job of blocking out ambient noise around you and is especially poor at reducing the low rumble of bus or plane engines. On the upside, just like most JBL headphones like the JBL Tour Pro+ TWS Truly Wireless , they have a customizable sound profile, thanks to their companion app's parametric EQ and presets.

See our recommendations for the best noise cancelling headphones , the best over-ear headphones , and the best wireless Bluetooth headphones .

The  Sony WH-1000XM4  Wireless are better over-ears than the JBL Tour One Wireless. The Sony are more comfortable, are better built, and can deliver audio more consistently. They have a significantly better noise isolation performance.

The JBL Live 660NC Wireless and the JBL Tour One Wireless are similarly performing over-ear headphones. The Tour One are more comfortable and have a better battery performance. However, the Live have a better noise isolation performance and can deliver audio more consistently.

The JBL CLUB ONE Wireless and the JBL Tour One Wireless are somewhat similar headphones, although the CLUB ONE have a slight advantage. The CLUB ONE are better built, and their ANC can block out more ambient noise. However, both headphones are comfortable, and their sound profile is customizable, thanks to their companion app.

The Bose 700 Headphones Wireless are better headphones than the JBL Tour One Wireless. The Bose are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have a significantly better noise isolation performance. They also have a better overall microphone performance. However, the JBL have a longer continuous battery life. 

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the JBL Tour One Wireless are similarly performing headphones and depending on your usage, you may prefer either one. The Beats are on-ear headphones that are better-built and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have a better noise isolation performance and have an H1 chip, so you can seamlessly pair them with your Apple devices. In contrast, the JBL are over-ears that are more comfortable and have a longer continuous battery life. They also support multi-device pairing, and have a companion app that offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound.

The JBL Tour Pro+ TWS True Wireless are better overall headphones than the JBL Tour One Wireless. The Tour Pro+ are in-ears that are better built, have more consistent audio delivery, and have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. Their ANC also does a significantly better job of blocking out background noise. However, the Tour One support multi-device pairing and longer continuous battery life.

The  AKG N700NC M2 Wireless  are better over-ears than the JBL Tour One Wireless. While both headphones are equally comfortable and well-built, the AKG have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, are less prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, and have a significantly better noise isolation performance. However, the JBL have much longer continuous battery life.

Test Results

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The JBL Tour One have a fairly non-descript look. They have the manufacturer's logo embossed on each ear cup and only come in one color variant: 'Black'.

JBL Tour One Wireless Comfort Picture

The JBL Tour One are comfortable over-ears. They're lightweight, and they don't clamp on your head too tightly. The padding on the ear cups and headband also feels nice against the skin. However, if you have larger ears, they may touch the inner padding on the cup. Your ears may also feel hot when you wear the headphones for long periods.

JBL Tour One Wireless Controls Picture

The JBL Tour One have great controls. They have a mix of touch and physical controls. The right ear cup has a power button that you can slide down and hold to enter pairing mode. You can also adjust the volume by using the '+' and '-' buttons, but it can be hard to tell which button is which when you're wearing the headphones. On the center of the right ear cup, you can tap once to play and pause, tap twice to skip a track forward or end a call, and tap three times to skip a track backward. You can also touch and hold while in a call to mute or unmute the microphone and touch and hold for voice assistant.

The touch panel provides feedback for the number of taps you make and is responsive. There are also voice prompts for noise cancelling on/off, 'Ambient Aware', which allows you to hear background sounds around you, and Bluetooth pairing. Although the volume buttons feel a bit mushy, they make a slight clicking sound. Unfortunately, it's easy to accidentally activate a touch command when you're adjusting the headphones on your head.

JBL Tour One Wireless Breathability After Picture

The JBL Tour One have sub-par breathability. They trap in a lot of heat and don't allow for much airflow. Your ears could feel hot, even if you're not wearing them for long periods. If you're wearing them during physical exercise, you may sweat more than normal.

JBL Tour One Wireless Portability Picture

These headphones have mediocre portability. They're bulky, although they can fold into a slightly more compact shape to fit into their carrying case.

JBL Tour One Wireless Case Picture

The JBL Tour One have a good carrying case. There's a mesh pocket on the outside, and a clip fabric handle, so it's easy to carry with you. The hard case also has a zipper that completely closes. While it can be tricky to put the headphones into the case, there's a removable cardboard diagram inside to indicate the position the headphones should fold in. There's also fabric to help hold the position of the headphones.

JBL Tour One Wireless Build Quality Picture

The JBL Tour One Wireless have a good build quality. They have faux leather padding on the ear cups and headband, while the rest of the headphones are mostly plastic. There's a metal strap inside the headband that has lines so that you can evenly adjust them on both sides. Overall, they feel like they could survive some accidental impacts without taking too much damage. However, although we don't currently test for it, they lack an IP rating for dust and water resistance.

JBL Tour One Wireless Stability Picture

These headphones have decent stability. They should stay on your head while you're working at your desk. However, they can fall off your head with more high-intensity head movements, so they're not the best choice for use during physical activity.

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  • JBL Tour One headphones
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • 1/16" TRS to 1/8" TRS audio cable
  • Carrying case
  • Flight adapter

JBL Tour One Wireless Frequency Response

The JBL Tour One have a bass-heavy sound profile that delivers extra boom and warmth to your mixes. Vocals and lead instruments also reproduce clearly and accurately. If you prefer a different sound, their companion app offers a parametric EQ and presets to help you customize their sound to suit your tastes.

Note: We normally test our headphones with the ANC on. The JBL have an adaptive noise cancelling system, which automatically adjusts its level depending on your environment. During human testing, the ANC seemed like it was switching between being on and 'Ambient Aware' mode, which allows you to hear background noise around you, during the sweep. Without moving the headphones, we received a different audio curve each time we did a sweep. Turning the ANC off seemed to solve the inconsistency issue between sweeps, and the headphones seemed to stop switching to Ambient Aware. As a result, we tested these headphones with their ANC off for all sound tests except for Noise Isolation.

JBL Tour One Wireless Consistency L

The JBL Tour One have sub-par frequency response consistency. They're very prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery as they perform differently depending on their fit, seal, and positioning. You may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or glasses.

JBL Tour One Wireless Raw FR L

The JBL Tour One's bass accuracy is very good. It's overemphasized across the range, which some users may prefer. Mixes have a lot more thump, rumble, and boom.

These headphones are very prone to inconsistencies in bass delivery. Our results represent the average response, and your experience may vary.

JBL Tour One Wireless Mid

The mid accuracy is excellent. They have a fairly neutral response, although there's a small bump in the low-mid which can slightly muddy vocals and lead instruments. However, vocals and lead instruments still sound clear, accurate, and detailed.

JBL Tour One Wireless Treble

The JBL Tour One have good treble accuracy. The low-treble is underemphasized, which can slightly veil vocals and lead instruments. The bump in the mid-treble can also make sibilants like S and T sounds piercing.

These headphones are very prone to inconsistencies in treble delivery and are sensitive to fit and positioning. Our results represent the average response, and your experience may vary.

JBL Tour One Wireless Peaks/Dips Graph

The JBL Tour One's peaks and dips performance is good. A small dip in the low-bass reduces thump and rumble, while an extended peak across the high-bass to low-mid adds a bit of boom and muddiness to your mixes. A dip in the mid-mid nudges vocals and lead instruments to the back of your mixes, while another dip in the low-treble veils the upper harmonics of these sounds. A large peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.

JBL Tour One Wireless Group Delay

The JBL Tour One's imaging performance is good. The weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, resulting fairly tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. However, there are some peaks in the phase response's treble range, and they're audible when listening to real-life content. The peak in the bass range shouldn't be audible for most users, though. While the L/R drivers are well-matched in amplitude, there's also a slight mismatch between the drivers in frequency response, which could result in holes in the stereo image. Imaging is important for the accurate localization of objects like footsteps in the stereo image. Note that our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

JBL Tour One Wireless PRTF

The passive soundstage performance is disappointing. While the soundstage seems somewhat wide, it's perceived as a bit unnatural and as if coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. Since they have a closed-back design, their soundstage also seems closed-off.

JBL Tour One Wireless Weighted Harmonic Distortion

The JBL Tour One have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. There are a few peaks, particularly in the bass and treble range. However, the frequencies fall within good limits at moderate and high volumes, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.

These are the settings used to test the JBL Tour One, and our results are only valid using these settings.

Note: All of our sound testing except for Noise Isolation was conducted with the ANC off as the headphones weren't providing accurate and consistent results.

JBL Tour One Wireless Noise Isolation

The noise isolation performance is mediocre. Even with their ANC on, they still struggle to block out the low rumble of bus and plane engines and reduce less noise from this range than the AKG N700NC M2 Wireless . They do a better job of cutting ambient chatter, though. However, they're able to passively reduce high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit better than with their ANC on.

JBL Tour One Wireless Leakage

The JBL Tour One's leakage performance is satisfactory. A wide band of their leakage is across the mid to treble range, which sounds a bit thin. That said, if you're listening to audio at a high volume in a moderately loud environment like an office, people shouldn't be able to hear it.

These headphones have an integrated mic.

Note: We experienced difficulties testing the headphones' mic. We normally test the mic at 95dB. However, the mic could only reach 75dB. As our software requires a minimum level of 85dB, we tried connecting it to our Avantree BT 5.0 audio transmitter to see if we could obtain a higher volume, but the mic could only reach 72dB. We also performed a recording on an iPhone, which was low and sounded similar to our original PC recording.

We experienced issues testing the performance of the JBL Tour One's mic, and we couldn't run the tests necessary to measure its performance. We decided to use a subjective comparison to assess its performance. Due to these unique conditions, we have decided not to score this test.

The mic offers a satisfactory recording quality. Recorded speech sounds similar to the Razer BlackShark V2 , and your voice sounds natural and clear. However, it's a bit more bass-heavy than the Razer. You can hear a recording of the mic from our phone here . We also did an average of five passes for the mic's frequency response, and you can see our graph here . However, keep in mind that we process more data than what's represented in this graph.

The mic's noise handling performance is okay. The mic struggles to separate your voice from moderate ambient noise like a busy street. If you need to make an important call, it's best to do so from a quiet environment.

The JBL Tour One have an excellent battery performance. They're advertised to last 25 hours with their ANC on, but we measured over 33 hours. However, battery performance can vary depending on usage, so your real-world experience may vary. That said, they have an adjustable auto-off timer to help conserve battery life when not in use, and you can use them passively with their audio cable in a pinch.

JBL Tour One Wireless App Picture

The JBL Headphones app is great. It offers a parametric EQ and presets so that you can adjust their sound to your liking. You can also customize their controls like swapping the function button to trigger voice assistant or changing touch and hold to toggle between ANC, ambient, and off. You can also adjust the auto-off timer, switch voice assistants, and see the headphones' battery life. You can access 'Smart Audio & Video' mode too, which helps lower latency for movies and songs.

The JBL Tour One have great Bluetooth connectivity. They support multi-device pairing so that you can connect them with up to two devices at a time. They have somewhat high latency on PC and iOS. However, their latency on Android is a bit less, which makes them suitable for streaming video. However, some apps and devices compensate for latency differently, so your experience may vary.

JBL Tour One Wireless Cable Picture

The JBL Tour One come with a 1/16" TRS to 1/8" TRS cable. You can't use the USB-A to USB-C cable to receive audio.

These headphones can connect to Bluetooth-enabled PCs. You can also use their 1/16" to 1/8" TRS cable to connect to PCs, but you can only receive audio and won't be able to use their mic.

The JBL Tour One can only receive audio when using their audio cable on PS4 or PS5 cables.

These headphones can connect to Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S consoles when using their TRS cable. However, you can only receive audio and can't use their mic.

Jbl Tour One M2 Vs. Sony Wh 1000Xm4 Review

Sony WH 1000XM4

Sony WH 1000XM4

Reasons why you might like the Sony WH 1000XM4

Overall Score 7.5 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Weight of 254 g

Has Active Noise Cancellation (Anc)

  • Battery Life of 30 hours

Can Be Used Wirelessly

Has ambient sound mode.



Reasons why you might like the JBL Tour ONE M2

Overall Score 7.4 Represents average audio ecosystem compatibility score.

  • Weight of 268 g
  • Battery Life of 50 hours

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Jbl tour one m2 vs. sony wh 1000xm4 review in summary, jbl tour one m2 vs. sony wh 1000xm4 review in detail.

JBL Tour ONE M2 have a weight of 268g, these weigh below 320g, which we consider as the highest average a headphone should weigh for comfort during long use. We prefer a lower weight better for the reason that lighter devices are more comfortable to transport. The Sony WH 1000XM4 , at 254g are lighter than the JBL Tour ONE M2 by -14g

Has A Detachable Cable

Detachable cables are cables that have connectors on both ends. One end goes into your headphone cups, while the other end is inserted into a source device. Some new headphones, and not just the expensive ones, are coming with detachable cables, JBL Tour ONE M2 are one of those. With a detachable cable, Sony WH 1000XM4 too can use alternative cables and if the cable is pulled, it will pop out instead of breaking.

Ingress Protection (Ip) Rating

Ingress protection ratings refer to the level of protection offered by an electrical enclosure, against solids and liquids. In the format of IPXX, 'X' represent a number The first number of the IP rating refers to protection against solids say dust, while the second refers to protection against liquid. Scoring IPX4, the JBL Tour ONE M2 's rating is read as, the first number of X denotes that no data available to specify a protection rating, and the second value of 4 means that they can withstand low pressure spray similar to that of a shower head when tilted at 180° for 10 minutes. In comparison to the JBL Tour ONE M2 , Sony WH 1000XM4 have a rating of IPX4 meaning that we are not yet certain of their rating with solids (dust) and that of liquids is that, they both have the same rating against liquids

Can Be Folded

JBL Tour ONE M2 are foldable, which makes them more portable. Foldable headphones are easier to transport and take up less storage space. The Sony WH 1000XM4 too can fold up, foldable headphones can reduce their size by 60% to 70% when folded.

Has A Tangle Free Cable

Twisted headphone cables can be a great source of annoyance and inconvenience, JBL Tour ONE M2 's cable is designed to minimize tangling. Constant twisting of the cables can also lead to bends in the copper wires, affecting sound quality, or completely damaging your headphones.

Sweat Resistance

By sweat resistance we mean that the wireless earbuds are protected in the presence of low-pressure water jets at any angle, this is determined by the IP Rating of the earbuds. Based on the ingress protection rating of the JBL Tour ONE M2 they do have sweat resistance Sony WH 1000XM4 's resistance to sweat makes both devices ideal for use while doing sports such as long-distance running, marathons, training in workout bodysuits,

Cable Length

A long cable ensures more freedom of movement, but remember that every cable based on the conducting material used has a certain amount of parasitic resistance, inductance, and capacitance. How much depends on the length and construction. JBL Tour ONE M2 comes with a 1.2meters cable. Sony WH 1000XM4 comes with a 1.2meters cable. Almost any cable should be fine in sound quality If you're looking at lengths up to 2 - 3 meters.

Has An Over-The-Ear Foam

Over-ear headphones have larger earpads that fit around your entire ear JBL Tour ONE M2 have a comfortable full-size form with earcups that fully enclose your ears. This design is loved for its increased sound isolation and the fact that it won't leak sound to your neighbors. Sony WH 1000XM4 with this design offer potential for maximum bass and loudness levels.

Has Stereo Speakers

JBL Tour ONE M2 have stereo speakers, what this means is that JBL Tour ONE M2 's speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, this creates a richer sound and a better listening experience. Both Sony WH 1000XM4 and JBL Tour ONE M2 have stereo speakers

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Sound Quality

Active noise cancellation uses more advanced technology to actively counter noise. How it works, it listens to the sound pattern of incoming noise and then inverts the soundwaves to cancel it out. In simple terms, it's like taking +1 outside (noise from your surrounding) and adding -1 inside (counter sound within the device) to make zero hence "diluting" the noise. JBL Tour ONE M2 allow you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Sony WH 1000XM4 too have active noise cancellation making both devices ideal for plane rides and morning commutes. Each may work with different noise cancellation modes, pick the setting, mode, or noise cancellation type that suits your commute or that enhances your relaxation time.

Has Passive Noise Reduction

Passive Noise Cancellation uses well-designed ear cups to seal out unwanted noise. This is used for both in-ear earphones and over-ear headphones where the headphone itself will keep surrounding noise out. The JBL Tour ONE M2 sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal that reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out. Both of these devices have passive noise reduction which means that also the Sony WH 1000XM4 isolates you from ambient noise instead of actively using technology to cancel it out.

Lowest Frequency

Low-frequency response measures if and how well an audio device reproduces low audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on the way through. JBL Tour ONE M2 's lowest frequency is at 10Hz, the lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass. Sony WH 1000XM4 's lowest frequency is at 4Hz, this means that JBL Tour ONE M2 got a juicier bass than the Sony WH 1000XM4

Highest Frequency

High frequency response measures if and how well a particular audio device reproduces high audible frequencies and if it makes any changes to the signal on the way through. JBL Tour ONE M2 's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, the higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble. Sony WH 1000XM4 's highest frequency is at 40,000Hz, this implies that both devices produce equal treble

Sound Pressure Level

Sound pressure is the average variation in atmospheric pressure caused by the sound, the sound level .i.e how loud something is can be perceived differently by different people so we need to have the means to get an objective measurement of sound level expressed in numerical terms. The sound pressure level, SPL, is the pressure level of a sound, measured in decibels, dB, JBL Tour ONE M2 's measurement is 95dB/mW. Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source. Sony WH 1000XM4 's sound pressure level measurement is 105dB/mW.

Driver Unit Size

The driver unit is basically a mini speaker that produces sound in the device, its size dictates the loudness of the headphone. JBL Tour ONE M2 driver unit is 40mm in diameter, bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass. Sony WH 1000XM4 driver unit is 40mm in diameter, making both Sony WH 1000XM4 , and JBL Tour ONE M2 similar in how loud their sound gets , as many tend to believe that driver units of a bigger size automatically produce better sound quality. However, large drivers usually have difficulty reproducing high frequencies so yeah, larger drivers can generate louder sound, but this does not mean that they deliver better sound.

Defined as the device's resistance to the electromagnetic current, as electricity flows through a conductor, it experiences electrical resistance that counters the flow of current. The resistance of a wire is measured in ohms. JBL Tour ONE M2 's impedance is 32Ohms, the lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power. Sony WH 1000XM4 's impedance is 16Ohms. The impedance of earbuds is the electrical resistance of the driver unit present on the inside.

Has A Neodymium Magnet

Neodymium magnets if used in audio devices produce a higher sensitivity and substantial sound output using less power to do so. They can help produce music at quite a high sound pressure level, SPL, with the use of high magnetic flux. The Sony WH 1000XM4 have this type of magnet.

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Battery Life

If your headphones play wirelessly, cancel ambient noise, or enhance your listening experience with active features, their battery life will reduce over time. The device's battery life is given by the manufacturer, with longer battery life, you get to use it for longer and have to charge the device less often. JBL Tour ONE M2 's battery life is 50 hours Sony WH 1000XM4 's battery life is 30 hours. Each time you recharge your headphones, they get a little less listening time. The effect is barely noticeable at first. But over a few years, you may find that your device, no longer plays for long like it used to.

Charge Time

It takes 2 hours to fully charge the JBL Tour ONE M2 's battery. It is recommended to fully charge the battery before using the headphones for the first time or when they have been unused for extended periods. Sony WH 1000XM4 takes 3 hours to fully charge the battery

Has A Battery Level Indicator

JBL Tour ONE M2 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 headphones. Sony WH 1000XM4 too have a battery level indicator, charging indicators allow you to determine the charging state of your headphones, whether fully charged, or the battery is running low.

Battery Power

Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. JBL Tour ONE M2 's battery power is 750mAh, more battery power can be an indication of longer battery life. Sony WH 1000XM4 's battery power is 1,100mAh.

Has A Rechargeable Battery

A rechargeable battery is a type of electrical battery that can be charged, discharged into a load, and recharged many times, as opposed to a disposable or primary battery, which is supplied fully charged and discarded after use. JBL Tour ONE M2 's battery can be recharged and used over again. The Sony WH 1000XM4 too have a rechargeable battery.


JBL Tour ONE M2 can be used wirelessly, wireless devices allow you more freedom of movement. The Sony WH 1000XM4 also can be used wirelessly

Uses 2.4Ghz Wireless

2.4GHz wireless is used for devices such as headsets such as the Sony WH 1000XM4 , keyboards, and mice similar to Bluetooth but with a proprietary radio frequency. It typically offers better performance than Bluetooth, with low latency and good stability.

Bluetooth Version

Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. JBL Tour ONE M2 has a v5.3 Sony WH 1000XM4 has a Bluetooth version of v5. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.

Has Usb Type-C

JBL Tour ONE M2 support USB TYPE-C, an industry-standard connector for transmitting both data and power on a single cable. The USB-C plug is now part and parcel of most current laptops, phones, and tablets, it features reversible plug orientation and cable direction. Sony WH 1000XM4 too have USB TYPE-C

JBL Tour ONE M2 support LDAC, a codec developed by Sony which allows streaming high-resolution audio over Bluetooth connections at up to 990 kbps at 32 bit/96 kHz. It is capable of a very high bitrate of 990kbps, which provides high-resolution audio. Sony WH 1000XM4 support it as well, LDAC, can automatically adjust to a lower bitrate of 330kbps or 660kbps to increase stability.

Has Aptx Adaptive

JBL Tour ONE M2 support APTX Adaptive, an audio codec for Bluetooth devices that are developed by Qualcomm. It has a variable bit rate (between 279kbps and 420kbps), which means it can adjust the bit rate for different scenarios, such as listening to HD audio or reducing interference from other devices.

Has Bluetooth Aptx

JBL Tour ONE M2 support APTX, a codec used for transmitting audio wirelessly with Bluetooth. It is developed by Qualcomm and supports 16-bit audio at a bit rate of 384kbps.

JBL Tour ONE M2 support AAC, a codec that is used for Bluetooth audio. It supports 24-bit audio at 250kbps. Because it uses psychoacoustic modeling, it can provide better results than other codecs at a similar bit rate. The Sony WH 1000XM4 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.

Maximum Bluetooth Range

Bluetooth is a short-range wireless technology standard that is used for exchanging data between fixed and mobile devices over short distances. The JBL Tour ONE M2 can connect at a 10meters distance via Bluetooth or infrared to another device. The Sony WH 1000XM4 can connect at a 10meters distance via Bluetooth

Has A 3.5Mm Male Connector

Being an industry standard audio plug, a standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards. This means that it is commonly used in stereo headphones to your phone or connecting your phone to an external amplifier, sound bars, your car radio, etc. JBL Tour ONE M2 has this connector giving it a wider range of connectivity with most of the sound devices out there. All plugs have at least a tip and sleeve with the number of rings that stand as a differentiating factor. Sony WH 1000XM4 too have this kind of connector

Supports Bluetooth Pairing Using Nfc

Sony WH 1000XM4 support fast Bluetooth pairing using NFC so it can communicate with other devices over Bluetooth. You can fastly pair devices without entering a code by simply holding one device next to the device with which it is to be paired.

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Number Of Microphones

JBL Tour ONE M2 have only 6 microphones, more microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise. The Sony WH 1000XM4 microphones are only 5.

Has A Noise-Canceling Microphone

JBL Tour ONE M2 use a noise-canceling type of microphone, these microphones are designed to filter out background noise from the desired sound. Especially useful in noisy environments. The Sony WH 1000XM4 too use a noise-canceling type of microphone.

JBL Tour ONE M2 support ambient sound mode, which uses microphones to pass through ambient noises so that they can still be heard. It’s useful when you want to listen to music but also be aware of what’s happening around you, for example when you’re having a jog but would still want to be able to hear traffic. The Sony WH 1000XM4 support ambient sound mode as well allowing you to hear the ambient sound even while wearing them.

Has In/On-Ear Detection

JBL Tour ONE M2 support in/on-ear detection, the sensors in the device can detect when they are removed from your ears so that the music is paused, saving battery life and improving your listening experience while at it. The Sony WH 1000XM4 support in/on-ear detection, pause your music, or audiobook when you remove earbuds from your ears

Has A Mute Function

JBL Tour ONE M2 have a mute function, they have an option to mute/unmute a conversation directly from the device. The mute function means that you unilaterally turn off the microphone, but you can still hear the other party's voice. The Sony WH 1000XM4 too have a mute function.

Multipoint Count

JBL Tour ONE M2 support multipoint, which allows you to link to more Bluetooth devices and switch between them. For example, you can easily switch calls from one device to another without having to manually disconnect and reconnect. The Sony WH 1000XM4 support multipoint count. Bluetooth multipoint would come in handy because you can be on one call without missing notifications coming from another device.

Control Panel Placed On A Device

There is a control panel on the JBL Tour ONE M2 body, so you can easily access the volume control or remote without having to interact with a cable or another device it's connected to. The Sony WH 1000XM4 too have a control panel on them.

Can Be Used As A Headset

JBL Tour ONE M2 can be used as a headset. A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for apps that require communication i.e. Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones, etc. Sony WH 1000XM4 can be used as a headset. since they have a built-in microphone

Warranty Period

The period of time that warrant free repair and adjustment services in case of a malfunction occurring under normal use that has followed instruction manuals. When covered under the manufacturer’s warranty it is possible to get a replacement in the case of a malfunction. Sony WH 1000XM4 have a warranty period of 1 years

Travel Bag Is Included

Carrying headphones without a case, or putting them in bags without a casing can easily put them at risk of getting damaged. The JBL Tour ONE M2 come with their own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation. Sony WH 1000XM4 too have a travel bag or case included.

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JBL Tour One review: Noise-canceling cans for frequent callers

JBL Tour One wireless noise canceling headphones.

“A big battery and sweet call quality make these cans ideal for work or travel.”
  • Effective ANC
  • Good sound quality
  • Excellent call quality
  • Great battery life
  • No sidetone for calls
  • No aptX/aptX HD/LDAC codecs

Right now, Sony’s $350 WH-1000XM4 are the best noise-canceling headphones you can buy. We like them so much, they also top our lists of best wireless headphones and best headphones overall. Sony’s success hasn’t gone unnoticed by its competitors, which has led to several attempts to mimic the XM4, including JBL’s $300 Tour One.

  • What’s in the box?

Comfort, controls, and connections

Sound quality, noise cancellation and transparency, call quality, battery life.

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The Tour One aren’t just a little like the XM4. From their size, weight, shape, and materials to their controls and features, it’s almost as if JBL used the XM4 as its blueprint for the Tour One and then figured out how to sell it for $50 less.

The question you’re probably asking yourself is, should I go ahead and buy the Tour One and save that $50, or did JBL cut too many features in its attempt to slide in under the XM4’s price? I think the Sony headphones are still the ones to buy, but JBL has still managed to make the Tour One worth your consideration thanks to a few things it does really well. Let’s get into it.

What’s in the box?

JBL still has a thing or two to learn about sustainable packaging. The Tour One box contains lots of foam padding and coated cardboard, making it tricky to recycle.

Open up the box and you’ll find the Tour One nestled in their own semi-hardshell, zippered carrying case. This is your first clue that JBL took its inspiration from Sony. Not only is the case almost exactly the same size and shape as the one Sony uses for both the WH-1000XM3 and XM4, but it also has the same mesh pocket sewn to one side, which can be used for small accessories or perhaps a credit card and ID if you took it to the gym.

Inside the case, the Tour One are folded into exactly the same position as the Sony cans and there’s a paper insert with a diagram to remind you how to insert the headphones so they fit, again, just like Sony does.

If you find Sony’s designs too conservative, the Tour One add just enough bling to avoid looking boring.

The similarities continue right down to the small compartment that houses the included accessories: A USB-A to USB-C charging cable, a 3.5mm to 2.5mm analog cable, and a double-prong flight adapter.

Unlike Sony, JBL’s charging cable is actually a usable length (40 inches versus Sony’s ludicrously short 9 inches). The USB-A side is reversible for guess-free usage — a nice touch.

Given how closely the Tour One resemble the WH-1000XM4, it’s hard to quibble with their overall design. It’s a compact shape that keeps the earcups and headband close to your head, so you don’t look like you just walked off the set of a Daft Punk video.

The earcups smoothly pivot, fold, and articulate themselves to match the shape of your head. The headband is well-padded and the sliders move with a precise “notchiness” that is both easy to adjust and secure once adjusted.

The Tour One are still very light and very comfortable.

JBL has graced the Tour One with a slightly satin finish on the plastics and added some black chrome accents that give the cans a decidedly premium look. If you find Sony’s designs too conservative, the Tour One add just enough bling to avoid looking boring.

Controls-wise, JBL actually improves on Sony’s design. JBL keeps things simple by ditching Sony’s swipe gestures for a combination of simple taps on the right earcup for playback control and a dedicated set of buttons for volume.  A combo power/Bluetooth pairing switch on the right earcup and a single multifunction button on the left earcup round out the Tour One’s controls.

Though not quite as light as the WH-1000XM4 (9.45 ounces vs. 8.95 ounces), the Tour One are still very light and very comfortable. There’s generous padding on the ear cushions and headband, and I was able to wear them for three hours continuously without any fatigue, even while wearing glasses. One thing that did start to bother me toward the end of that time was the depth of the earcups. My ears stick out quite a bit — maybe a little more than average — and their outer edges make contact with the inside lining. Eventually, that pressure point needed some relief.

If your ears are like mine, both the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 offer deeper earcups.

The fold-flat hinges on the Tour One are great for when you want to wear them around your neck, and they fold the right way, meaning that the earcups point down, with the ear cushions against your collar bones. Sony does this too, but Bose makes the peculiar decision to rest the far-less cushy headband sliders against your clavicles.

Despite their comfy fit, the Tour One have a greater tendency to shift around on your head than either the Bose or the Sony. It’s not a deal-breaker by any means, but if you want a set of full-size cans for the gym as well as the office or airplane cabin, you should keep this in mind.

The Tour One’s controls are very easy to use. The single, double-, and triple-tap touches on the right earcup register every time (as long as you tap in the center) and I like having a power switch that instantly powers the headphones on. The Bose 700 power on instantly as well, but the Sony XM4s require more patience, with a press-and-hold gesture on the power button.

Using the JBL Headphones app provides some control customizations. Both the multifunction button as well as the tap-and-hold gesture on the touch panel can be set to control the active noise cancellation (ANC)/TalkThru modes or to trigger your voice assistant.

Bluetooth connectivity is excellent.

The auto-pause option works really well. Pulling the earcups away from your head instantly halts the tunes, then resumes them just as quickly when they are snapped back into place. You can disable the feature in the Headphones app if you want.

Bluetooth connectivity is excellent. Though not considered a class 1 Bluetooth device like the Beats Studio 3 headphones , I was still able to leave my phone at my desk and walk all the way to my garage (about 60 feet, one story, and several walls in terms of distance) and the signal stayed strong. You can also connect the Tour One to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously, though on one occasion this created a static sound that was resolved by disconnecting my phone and reconnecting it.

Out of the box, the Tour One have a relatively neutral EQ. There’s nice definition across frequencies, and excellent clarity in the upper midranges and highs. Bass response is snappy and not overbearing. You can tell that JBL has tuned these cans to be as genre-agnostic as possible, which stands in contrast to headphones that lean toward the low-end.

When compared to the Sony XM4, the Tour One don’t exhibit as much warmth or as wide a soundstage, but the difference isn’t huge. Curiously, just like JBL’s other flagship wireless cans, the Club One , the Tour One aren’t equipped with any high-quality Bluetooth codecs like aptX, aptX HD, or LDAC. So despite being capable of reproducing frequencies from 20Hz to 40kHz (and thus being considered hi-res audio compatible), you’ll never come close to experiencing this when using the headphones wirelessly. The XM4 give you LDAC, which won’t do much for iPhone owners, but will provide better sound quality for those with Android phones.

Listening via Bluetooth lets you appreciate the song’s bones, but going wired lets you hear its soul.

And that’s a shame because when you plug the Tour One into a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) with the included analog cable, they deliver much better depth and resonance.

One of my favorite test tracks is Billie Eilish’s Bad Guy . Not only does it have incredibly deep bass, but it also layers Eilish’s whispery voice on top, creating a torture chamber for audio devices. It’s also a deceptively complex recording. Listening via Bluetooth lets you appreciate the song’s bones, but going wired lets you hear its soul. Suddenly, Eilish isn’t just whispering her way through the lyrics, she’s whispering directly into your ears — it’s a goosebumps-inducing ASMR-level experience .

I don’t want to dump on the wireless performance too much as it’s actually very good, and I really like the fact you can access EQ presets and manual EQ adjustments within the app. Doing so can radically alter the Tour One’s sound signature, so if you’re not a fan of the so-called flat EQ, you don’t have to put up with it.

The Tour One does a decent job of canceling external sounds, but its performance can be a bit uneven. Unlike the Sony XM4 and Bose 700, the Tour One seems to struggle to create a nice, even cancellation effect. I have a fan under my desk that produces both consistent sound and consistent wind. JBL’s ANC blocks it well enough but it can’t quite decide which of the fan’s frequencies to block, so you can actually hear it hunting around and the result can be a bit unpleasant.

This mostly happens when you use JBL’s True Adaptive ANC mode, which attempts to respond to your listening conditions in real time. Turning that feature off helped a lot. In fairness, my desk fan situation is a bit of an anomaly — I wasn’t aware of the problem at all at other times — but both the Sony XM4 and Bose 700 handled it flawlessly, with the Bose being easily the best of the three.

The Silent Now mode is handy for when you just want quiet: It activates ANC but keeps Bluetooth communication turned off, saving the battery for when you need it.

In short, I’ve never tested a set of wireless headphones with better call quality than the Tour One.

JBL gives you two distinct transparency modes to choose from, and both have their advantages. For better general awareness of your surroundings, you can pick Ambient Aware — which lets in a lot of external sounds without altering your music. Or, if you need to actually speak to someone, you can engage TalkThru mode, which is just like Ambient Aware, but it also drops the volume of your audio to the point where it’s barely detectable.

Strangely, you can flip back and forth between full ANC mode and TalkThru by double-clicking the multifunction button, but if you want to switch between ANC and Ambient Aware, you’re forced to switch between three modes: ANC >,  Ambient Aware >, Ambient Aware off  > ANC .

So far, most of the JBL Tour One’s qualities put them more or less where you’d expect in comparing them to the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700. But one area where the Tour One blow these other headphones away is their call quality.

I was able to walk down a very busy street, with varying kinds of traffic noise including loud buses and some construction machinery, and yet when you listen to the recording I made, you’d swear I was sitting in a quiet park by myself — that’s how little external noise was picked up by the Tour One’s mics.

Not only is your voice uninterrupted by these competing sounds, but it sounds really good too. The Tour One capture and preserve your voice’s deeper tones, the ones that give it depth and resonance, which stands in sharp contrast to most other headphones and earbuds.

The only caveat here is that JBL has dedicated all of the Tour One’s mics to canceling noise and optimizing voice quality, which means there’s no sidetone, and no way to stay in Ambient Aware mode or TalkThru mode while on a call. So while your callers will love the way you sound, you won’t be able to hear your own voice as clearly.

JBL claims you’ll get 50 hours of battery life from the Tour One if you disable ANC, and about half that amount if you keep it on. I did not run them for a full charge/discharge cycle, but after about 10 hours of playing music at 50% volume with ANC on, the JBL Headphones app gave me a battery reading of 55% which seems pretty close to JBL’s claims.

These are great numbers. Better than Sony, better than Bose, and even a tiny bit better than the Marshall Monitor ANC II , our previous best premium cans for battery life.

It takes two hours to charge them fully from empty, but you can get three hours of play time from a 10-minute quick charge.

JBL’s Tour series which includes the Tour One headphones and the Tour Pro+ true wireless earbuds , are one of the few on the market that offer hands-free access to your choice of Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.

Once you pick your assistant, you can say “Hey Google,” or “Alexa” and then ask for whatever you need — including controlling playback, call answer, and volume. Using this option frees up one of the Multifunction button’s gestures, giving you more control over other headphone functions.

I only tested Amazon’s Alexa, but it worked flawlessly. JBL hasn’t indicated if using hands-free access reduces battery life (and I wasn’t able to determine if it does), but it’s highly likely that it will.

You also get JBL’s My Alarm feature, which lets you select from a variety of soothing sounds, combined with a customizable sleep timer.

For those who want a premium set of noise-canceling headphones, the JBL Tour One offer an excellent (and cheaper) alternative to Sony and Bose, with very few sacrifices made for their more affordable price. And they’re killer for phone calls.

Is there a better alternative?

Yes, overall, the Sony WH-1000XM4 are still a better set of noise-canceling headphones, beating the Tour One in sound quality, ANC, comfort, and wireless hi-res audio. But unless you can find them on sale, they’re a good bit more expensive than the JBL Tour One. If you don’t mind the trade-offs, I see no reason not to buy the Tour One instead of the Sonys.

How long will they last?

From what I can tell, the build quality and materials on the Tour One are both excellent, and I suspect they will fare about the same as models from Sony and Bose in terms of longevity. They may even have an edge thanks to their bigger battery life, as batteries are usually the first part to degrade in a set of wireless headphones.

JBL backs the Tour One with a one-year warranty.

Should you buy them?

Yes. They’re a solid option for those looking for comfortable noise-canceling headphones with good sound quality, great battery life, and excellent call quality

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Marshall's second-gen Motif ANC wireless earbuds -- appropriately called the Marshall Motif II ANC -- look exactly like the first-gen Motif, but under the hood are some welcome enhancements like better battery life, better active noise cancellation (ANC) performance, and support for Bluetooth LE Audio. The price, on the other hand, remains the same: you can buy them staring August 29 for $199 on Marshall's website. The company expects them to ship on September 12.

Marshall has a talent for understatement. Its press release for the Marshall Motif II ANC talks about the improved battery life twice -- the new earbuds now get six hours of ANC playtime on a charge and a total of 30 hours with the case (versus 4.5 and 20 on the first-gen) -- but never mentions that the new Motif now have Bluetooth Multipoint for connecting two devices simultaneously.

While most of the attention these days is on true wireless earbuds, it's easy to forget that some folks much prefer the older neckband style for its simple convenience and longer battery life. Beyerdynamic clearly hasn't forgotten. Despite launching its first true wireless earbuds in 2022 -- the Free Byrd -- the company is continuing to develop its original Blue Byrd neckband-style buds with the introduction of the second-gen Blue Byrd ANC ($149).

As the name suggests, the new earbuds have active noise cancellation (ANC), a feature that remains fairly rare in the neckband earbuds category. You can buy them now from Beyerdynamic or Amazon.

Sony has announced its latest wireless earbuds, and they bring the cost of the company's excellent active noise cancellation (ANC) technology to a new low price. At $120, the WF-C700N are a step up from the entry-level $100 WF-C500, which lack ANC, yet they're considerably more affordable than the $200 Sony LinkBuds S or the $279 WF-1000XM4, the company's only other ANC models.

The WF-C700N can be preordered immediately in one of four colors (black, white, lavender, and sage green), with an expected delivery date of April 17 to April 18.

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JBL Tour One M2 Review

Over-ear headphones brimming with features

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JBL’s flagship wireless over-ears offer an enormous number of features to make the commute more enjoyable, with fine sound, effective noise cancellation and an excellent wireless performance. But the competition they’re up against is tough.

  • Lightweight design
  • Excellent wireless performance
  • Great call quality
  • Effective noise cancellation
  • Clear, balanced sound
  • Unremarkable looks
  • Beaten for bass depth and extension
  • Tough competition


  • UK RRP: £279.99
  • Europe RRP: €299
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Key Features

  • SilentNow Wakes you up from your noise cancelling slumber
  • Voice control Supports both Google and Amazon’s voice assistants
  • Multi-Point Can be connected to two devices at once


JBL makes a gazillion headphones and speakers each year. Just recently it announced it had sold 200 million headphones, making the company the numero uno brand in the overall headphone market.

The JBL Tour One M2 are the company’s latest flagship over-ears, and in its own words, outperforms its previous headphones. Ticking the requisite boxes for a headphone in 2023, there is adaptive noise cancellation, personalized sound, spatial audio support and long battery life provided in a lightweight design.

We’ve come across a few headphones that are jack of many trades but master of only a few. Could that same description apply to the Tour One M2?

  • Lightweight and comfy design
  • Good controls

There’s a definite lack of flash to the Tour One M2’s appearance, their only real indulgence to style are the glossy highlights on the earcups and headband. Otherwise, these headphones are here to do a job, which is to sit on your head without causing discomfort.

And it’s mission accomplished, as they’re light on the head, causing very little bother. That’s unlike the previous JBL over-ears I tested in the Club One , which had a tight clamping force and bulky size. The Tour One M2 is positively light by comparison.

JBL Tour One M2 in case

They’re comfortable in the right places, the padding on the underside of the headband and earcups is nice and supple, the earcups are spacious and the clamping force is nice and snug. I can’t find anything to complain about. I haven’t noticed wind noise to be a factor in disrupting the ANC performance .

Controls are a mixture of physical buttons (power/Bluetooth, noise cancelling and volume) and touch controls (playback). Power button is a slider, a slightly flimsy one that you might accidentally swipe down on it as I did when grabbing the headphones. It can also be a little difficult to turn them off with the headphones on the head; I had to dig my fingernails in to ease the slider up.

JBL Tour One M2 buttons close up

Touch controls are well implemented: one tap to pause, another to skip forward and three to skip back. The noise cancelling button is on the left earcup and that allows for toggling between ANC on and pass-through modes. This is another aspect of the headphones I can’t find much to grumble with.

The headphones are also collapsible, which is a change from 2022’s trend of non-foldable headphones, which means you can pack them easily into a bag or put them into the carry case, which also has a pouch for storing cables/accessories (a 3.5mm cable, USB-C charging and airplane adapter). They also come in a more fetching silver finish (at least from the promotional photos).

JBL Tour One M2 carry case hard

  • Effective rather than resounding ANC
  • Pretty faultless call quality
  • Features in abundance

JBL does like to pack headphones with as many features as possible, and the Tour One M2 are no different. The adaptive noise cancelling is the highlight, and the performance is respectable, if not quite emphatic.

They do clear out a lot of surrounding noise, from people walking past on a late night in Shoreditch (voices effectively subdued) to cars, buses and vans going by, but there’s still some noise peeking through.

I did notice the level of the adaptive noise cancelling was not always consistent, which you would expect since it’s adaptive , but oftentimes it let through more noise than the ‘standard’ ANC mode.

Compared to the likes of the Sony WH-1000XM5 and Bose QuietComfort 45 , the Tour One M2 can’t match both pair’s eerie sense of calm.

JBL Tour One M2 hanging

They’re also not too effective at dealing with the noise on the Tube when it starts to get ‘loud’. I’ve used these headphones on the Northern, District and Jubilee lines and as soon as the howl of the wind picks up, music tends to take a background seat until it dies down. You can, obviously, raise the volume to combat it, so it’s not all doom and gloom.

It does, at least, exercise its noise cancelling cleanly, with none of that ‘whooshing’ sound as cars go by or that ANC whine. It also doesn’t noticeably alter the tone of audio being played, so I’d describe the noise cancelling as effective, but you can get better around the £300 mark.

The transparency is another effective feature, amplifying surrounding sounds so I can hear announcements on the train easily. As is the case with JBL headphones, the Tour One M2 has two different versions in Ambient Aware and TalkThru.

The former sounds clearer and adopts a more natural tone – it’s the standard ambient mode that grants greater transparency to sounds around you, the strength of which can be altered in the app. The response sliding from low to high ambience is instant.

TalkThru mutes music and focuses on people’s voices, and it does this very well. Used on the train, the headphones fixed their focus on people’s voices across the carriage, including the rustling of a bag which was amplified so much I felt it was happening right beside me.

JBL Tour One M2 headphones app ANC

For calls the JBL uses a 4-mic set-up with JBL’s Voice Aware technology, and the performance was excellent. The person I called commented they could hear me clearly and that background noise was kept to a minimum. They could hear people nearby but not to the point where he could make out what they were saying. That’s a very effective performance in my book.

Battery life is stated as 30 hours with noise cancelling on and 50 hours with it off. There’s no mention of fast charging but filling up the battery from dead reportedly takes two hours.

Delve into the JBL Headphones app and there’s a choice between enabling Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or accessing a mobile device’s native voice assistant. The Equalizer comes with five presets and the option to make a 10-band custom EQ.

Or you could rely on the Personi-Fi to craft your own personalized audio profile. It achieves this by conducting a test that measures how well you hear a series of receding blips for your left and right ear. The Low Volume Dynamic EQ boosts highs and lows when listening at lower volumes.

JBL Tour One M2 headphones app personalised sound

There is JBL’s take on Spatial Sound with Movie, Music and Game profiles, and you can modify controls for the Action Button (left earcup) and the touch panel, though that only refers to disabling it.

Smart Talk is like Sony’s Speak to Chat, automatically enabling the TalkThru mode when it senses you’re speaking and lowering music volume. It not only reacts quickly when I start talking but is prompt to return to music. The speed at which music resumes can be set in the app.

The Smart Audio & Video feature presents the best audio quality with music (in what way it doesn’t specify) as well as improving lip-sync performance with video. Switching between them necessitates the JBL headphones re-connecting with the source device, and I must admit that watching videos on Prime Video and YouTube, I couldn’t tell if there was a pronounced difference between the two modes. What I did notice was a couple more dropouts on YouTube with Video mode than I did in the Audio mode.

The SilentNow feature disconnects the Bluetooth connection and turns on the noise cancelling, so you can catch 40 winks and not be disturbed. You can set when it starts, how long it goes for and whether you want a notification to wake you up.

JBL Tour One M2 headphones app customised

The Personal Sound Amplification seems to achieve a similar objective as the Ambient Aware feature, which makes me ponder why it’s included. At least it offers a different set of customisations by changing the balance from left ear to right.

Elsewhere there’s Auto Power Off, Auto Play & Pause (which is speedy) and a Max Volume Limiter that protects your hearing. All the way at the bottom of the app is the means to update the firmware.

The headphones support Bluetooth 5.3 with SBC and AAC codecs supported. Connectivity has been excellent, there hasn’t been any dropout, significant or otherwise, whether walking through populated areas like Soho or in busy transport hubs such as Victoria train station.

Sound Quality

  • Good treble performance
  • Not for bass addicts
  • Clear, balanced tone to music

In a similar vein to JBL’s Live Pro 2 wireless earbud, the Tour One M2 take a balanced approach to audio that may strike some as bland. On the default volume they do sound reticent, the soundstage is rendered small and its sense of energy lacks ‘fizz’. But just two nudges on the volume control and the JBL gives a much better account of itself.

With GoGoPenguin’s Erased by Sunlight there’s clarity to the headphones’ treble performance and good tonal variation of the piano notes throughout the song. You can sense how much pressure is applied to each piano note, the sound of the trailing edge as it lingers; the brightness of each note is an improvement on the Club One’s dulled performance.

JBL Tour One M2 logo detail

I wouldn’t say the JBL offers the biggest bass performance. There’s weight provided to the drum hits in the Smashing Pumpkins’ Bullet with Butterfly Wings, but a headphone such as Sennheiser’s Momentum 4 Wireless expresses it with more depth and heft.

You get with the JBL a spacious, slightly wider and clearer performance, but the sense of energy and drive half-way through the track in its frenzied guitar section isn’t as intense on the JBL as it is with the Sennheiser or even the Club One.

Dynamically, the headphones feel broad in terms of describing the difference between a track’s highs and lows, a shade less sprightly in conveying the nuances of singers. The stereo image it offers of Tune-Yards’ Hypnotized is also not as vividly realized as on the Sony WH-1000XM4 , I sense more depth to the Sony’s performance than the JBL can offer.

With vocals there’s a clarity that’s possibly better than either the Sennheiser or Sony’s smoother approach takes. The difference with the Spinners’ Could It Be I’m Falling in Love is hard to judge, but I think there’s more character and a smidge more presence to the lead vocals on the Sony.

JBL Tour One M2 laying flat on table

It matches up to what I think of the JBL’s mid-range performance, which is clear and detailed, but the other headphones dig out more definition of instruments for a more musical performance.

That said, the JBL holds up well to both the Sennheiser and Sony. Its more neutral, perhaps even clinical approach doesn’t have the richness of either the Momentum or WH-1000XM4, but some listeners may prefer that approach.

The JBL also offers spatial sound within the JBL Headphones app and that amounts to a wider soundstage with vocals recessed to create a sense of depth. I’d stick with the default audio as all this really does is make the soundstage bigger rather than the sense of sounds being around you.

The Personi-Fi personalized audio is something that will differ with each person. I preferred to have it off than on, the slight emphasis on the midrange that I heard came across as too processed and giving voices a tone that felt artificial.

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Should you buy it.

If you prefer clear, balanced audio to a richer-sounding headphones Everybody has their preference when it comes to audio. There are many ways to serve a track to your ears, and if you prefer a balanced, more neutral approach to audio that’s what the Tour One M2 offer.

The competition is fierce You’ve got efforts from Sony, Bose, Sennheiser, and Shure, all around the same price and they range from being pretty good to excellent. There’s lots of options to choose from, especially for better noise cancelling.

Final Thoughts

The JBL Tour One M2 are a pair of headphones that score 8/10 in many categories and 9/10 in a few, which made deciding on a score a tad more difficult than expected.

As an overall package, they’re very competitive with regards to the competition. Their wireless performance is pretty faultless, as is their call quality performance. They sound very good but not brilliant, and perhaps the lack of any high-res audio codecs goes against them. But for those who prefer a balanced sound then they’re a pair to seek below the £300 mark.

Their noise cancelling is not class-leading – the Bose QuietComfort 45 are better in this instance – but they’re good for the commute and travel, and the levels of comfort the headphones offer is finely tuned. The list of features is extensive, and some will probably never use half of them, but there’s something for everyone who enjoy music, games or TV on-the-go.

I’ve found the Tour One M2 have been a very reliable pair of headphones in the two weeks I’ve used them, and while they’re short of the very best, for those who want headphones that cover a wide range of features and boast a very good performance (and who wouldn’t want that?), this flagship effort from JBL are well worth checking out. But the competition is decidedly tough.

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Sony WH-1000XM5 vs JBL Tour One M2 Review

Sony WH-1000XM5 vs JBL Tour One M2 Review by MajorHiFi

All major audio brands look to the Sony WH-1000XM5 as the gold standard when designing their flagship wireless headphones. (You can read our review of the Sony WH-1000XM5 here .) The JBL Tour One M2 sells for a $100 less than the XM5. Can it come close to the performance and design of the XM5? Or could it even be better?

Look and Feel

The our One M2 is a little heavier than the XM5, though both are equally sleek in their appearance. Since it seems to have fewer parts and more sturdy material, the XM5 appears to be the more durable of the two. I found the fit equally comfortable on both headphone models, and neither felt obtrusive or fatiguing after extended listening sessions.

Sony WH-1000XM5 has a more solid build than the JBL Tour One M2

Design and Functionality

Both, the XM5 and Tour One M2 have only 30 hours of playtime with the ANC on. But with the ANC turned off, The Tour One will give you 50 hours of charge. And charging the Tour One M2 for only ten minutes will provide a 5 hours of play. With the XM5’s ANC off, you can get 40 plus hours of battery usage.

The Tour One M2 offers Bluetooth 5.3 LE, which is the latest version, guaranteeing a reliable connection. Pairing both headphones is easy, and they connect almost immediately. The XM5 is equipped with Bluetooth version 5.2, which, while not the latest version, still provides a highly reliable connection. And during listening sessions, I never encountered any interruptions.

Neither headphone offers many hi-res codecs (AAC, SBC), though the XM5 also supports Sony’s LDAC.  

ANC (Active Noise Cancellation)

I was surprised to find that the Tour One M2 had slightly more powerful ANC than the XM5. It just seemed to kill more office hum and drown out higher frequencies.

Call Clarity

The Sony WH-1000XM5 had far superior call quality to the Tour One M2. The voice was brighter, crisper and more forward. But I experienced no dropouts or interruptions with either headphones.

Extra Features

Both headphones come with accompanying apps that give you complete control over your equalizer settings. In addition, both apps will allow you to adjust Ambient/ANC Modes. In fact, Sony’s app has so many adjustable controls, it may be too much to list here.   But JBL also has some interesting features as well, including Person-Fi, which conducts a hearing test to optimize the sound specifically for your ears to customize the sound.

How do the Sony WH-1000XM5 and JBL Tour One M2 compare in terms of design

Sound Impressions

The sense of space is more expansive on the Tour One. It displays more dimension in terms of height, width and depth and because the separation is superior and the mids slightly more forwards, the instrument placement feels more precise. So, the Tour One’s soundstage is the more colorful of the two.

The low-end is a bit more aggressive on the XM5. But the bass on the Tour One is tighter and cleaner. The bass on the XM5 has a somewhat veiled quality and it bleeds a little in the higher frequencies. In contrast, the bass on the Tour One sounds clear and always stays in its lane, never overpowering the higher frequencies.  

Generally, the mids feel cleaner on the Tour One than they do on the XM5. Again, the XM5 has a slightly veiled character in the mids. And given that the upper mids are brighter and more prominent on the Tour One, the whole profile feels more dynamic better delineated. In contrast the XM5 presents a softer, more lush mix. But, in terms of resolution, the Tour One M2 seems to have the upper hand in this range.

The Tour Oe M2 offers more sparkle in the highs, giving shine to percussion and a lightness and glow to vocals. The XM5, on the other had, has a darker profile with more rolled-off highs. So, the Tour One delivers more in this range. That being said, those who have a particular sensitivity to high frequencies may find the XM5 a more forgiving listen.  

In terms of sound quality, the JBL Tour One M2 seems to offer better resolution. It has a cleaner sound with more revealings mids and highs. It also has slightly more powerful ANC. On the flip side, the sound signature on the XM5 is super warm and easy on the ears, while the build quality feels a little more solid. The Sony app also offers tons of features, and has superior call clarity. All that being said, if you’re looking for the best bang for you buck, the JBL Tour One M2 is hard to beat.

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Sony WH-1000XM5 vs Sony WH-ULT900N

Why is sony wh-1000xm5 better than sony wh-ult900n.

  • 1 Hz lower low-frequency ? 4 Hz vs 5 Hz
  • 20000 Hz higher high-frequency ? 40000 Hz vs 20000 Hz
  • 266 Ohms lower impedance ? 48 Ohms vs 314 Ohms
  • Has a 3.5mm male connector ?
  • 7 more microphone(s) ? 8 vs 1
  • Travel bag is included ?
  • Has a tangle free cable ?

Why is Sony WH-ULT900N better than Sony WH-1000XM5?

  • 8 dB/mW higher sound pressure level ? 110 dB/mW vs 102 dB/mW
  • 10 hours longer battery life ? 50 hours vs 40 hours
  • 10 mm bigger driver unit ? 40 mm vs 30 mm

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Overall rating.

Build quality

Sound quality

Value for money

Noise isolation


2 years ago

One of the best in its class

Great piece of technology. Easy to wear - even for longer period of time. Noise cancellation must be one of the best in it's class - removing any background noise even in very noisy environments. If you think about new head phones - those are the ones to get.

  • Noise Cancellation


Best in class, premium value for money

The predecessors to the Sony WH-1000XM5 were king of the hill, and this new headphone takes that crown. With new drivers, features, and design, the Sony WH-1000XM5 is an intriguing set of headphones among the flagship active noise cancelling (ANC) devices on the market. It excels in travel or at the office, in particular.


microphones for unprecedented noise cancellation.

WH-1000XM5 noise canceling headphones combine our best ever noise canceling technology with superlative sound for a truly remarkable listening experience.

  • Very good since it has the microphones for unprecedented noise cancellation.
  • The price is too high

Unknown. Help us by suggesting a value. (Sony WH-1000XM5)

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Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2

Bowers & Wilkins PX7 S2

Sony WH-1000XM3

Sony WH-1000XM3

Sony WH-1000XM4

Bowers & Wilkins Px8

Shure Aonic 50 Gen 2

Shure Aonic 50 Gen 2

Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay Portal

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2e

Bowers & Wilkins Px7 S2e

Sennheiser Momentum 4 Wireless


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