At the risk of stating the obvious, JBL is one of the best-known audio brands, and for good reason. The company’s speakers and audio accessories typically have thousands of five-star ratings on Amazon. JBL’s on-ear cans are particularly popular, and Amazon has several models on sale for 50% off during the Christmas sale. Can you say “win gifts this year”?
Yes, it’s the perfect gift for any audiophile – or lover of podcasts, games, and even e-books. Gift a pair to your friends or family and you’re sure to be a holiday hero! Here are some of our favorites to check off your holiday gift list.
Great sound for a great price
JBL Tune 510BT Wireless On-Ear Headphones
Amazon’s #1 bestsellers are the perfect fusion of budget and muscle. A two-hour charge can give up to 40 hours of playtime, while Bluetooth 5 technology keeps you engaged whatever the conditions.
$25 at Amazon
Over-ear headphones generally provide a more immersive audio experience than headphones, and some users find them much more comfortable. Well, JBL’s Tune 510BTs are better than most. How? Count the paths. They deliver the brand’s signature Pure Bass sound and feature wireless Bluetooth 5.0 streaming. Then there’s their workhorse of a battery, which will give you up to 40 hours of listening time on a single charge. How about voice assistance? Just press the button on the headset and put Siri or Google to work.
“These are really good headphones, and I’m not just talking about price,” said one buyer. “These are versatile headphones! I had Beats for four years that fell apart. I researched on a budget and decided on these, and I don’t feel like I’m sacrificing at all. Very comfortable. Not tight on my head at all. I fly twice a month so I wear them for hours. No earache or pressure in the head. I also like that the controls aren’t directly to the side so when I’m dozing on a plane the volume isn’t adjusted or the pause is hit… Sound is crisp, bass thumps, the volume is perfect – no complaints!”
JBL Tune 510BT: Wireless On-Ear Headphones – White
JBL Tune 510BT: Wireless on-ear headphones – Blue
JBL Tune 510BT: Wireless on-ear headphones – Pink
The total package
Know what ? When it comes to the 760NC, the following testimonial is more convincing than any of our sales pitches…
“I have two young children and needed noise canceling headphones when I started working from home. I didn’t want to spend $350 on Sony or Bose, so I took a chance on these, and I’m so glad I did,” this mother-knows-best said. “I also recently took a flight and put the noise cancellation to the test, and ended up falling asleep on the plane because it worked so well – haha. I’ve never done that before . You can stop comparing headphones because these are perfect!”
JBL Tune 760NC Wireless Headphones – Blue
JBL Tune 760NC Wireless Headphones – White
High performance on a budget
If you want a more economical alternative and don’t mind using corded phones, the Tune 500s are a decent option. They only cost $15 but punch way above their weight when it comes to delivering clear sound with pure, deep bass. Some other advantages: they are light, foldable and available in four different colors. If there’s a more impressive testimonial than this, we haven’t seen it: “Love these. They’re better than my last pair, which was Sony… They also sound better than my Beats headphones!”
JBL TUNE 500 Wired On-Ear Headphones – White
Earbuds for a more subtle fit
If you’re not a fan of over-ear headphones and need something to wear while running or working out, the JBL Vibe 200TWS headphones might be the choice for you. Hear what this happy customer had to say: “Love my new JBL headphones! They’re way better than any others I’ve had! The sound quality is crisp and clear! It does a great job with noise cancellation. noise I’m happy with It also comes with various earbud coatings to match your fit I use these when I work out and they stay snug in my ear which is an issue I’ve had with them other headphones, but not with these! These work fine for me!”
JBL Vibe 200TWS True Wireless Earbuds – Black
JBL Vibe 200TWS True Wireless Earbuds – Purple
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The reviews quoted above reflect the most current versions at the time of publication.
More holiday gift ideas
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