JBL Live Free NC+ wireless earbuds: affordable AirPods Pro alternatives

JBL Live Free NC+ brings noise-cancelling to true wireless range
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JBL has doubled down on its true wireless in-ears range, throwing in active noise-cancelling technology while introducing new models.

The JBL Live Free NC+ headphones are the ones to look out for, and aside from noise-cancellation their other notable feature is the Dual Connect + Sync technology, which links the left and right buds independently to the user's source device the minute the charge case is opened, so either earbud can be used to take calls and unique functions can be assigned to each one.

JBL Live Free NC+ brings noise-cancelling to true wireless range

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The JBL live free NC+ headphones come with voice assistance built-in, an ambient mode and 21 hours of total battery life (seven hours in the buds themselves). They're available in October in a choice of black, white, blue and rose for £140.

Next up in the true wireless trio is a sports-focused set of buds for the Reflect true wireless series, the JBL Reflect Mini. Again, there's now ANC and 21 hours of battery life to add to the features list and an adjustable in-ear fin to ensure a tight fit, no matter how vigorous your exercise of choice.

They're IPX7-certified for water- and sweat-resistance and, as with the Live Free headphones, you can assign the left and right ears independently to calls and music. The Reflect Minis are will also be released in October in black, white and blue, priced £130.

JBL Live Free NC+ brings noise-cancelling to true wireless range

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Last of the three additions are the JBL TUNE 225TWS true wireless headphones, the successors to the TUNE 220TWS. There's no noise-cancelling this time but both battery life and audio performance have been given a bunk up thanks to a charge case (which gets users up to 25 hours) and a bigger (12mm) driver.

There are six colours to choose from: black, white, pink, blue, grey, rose gold. These affordable headphones will arrive in September for £90. Australian pricing and availability is yet to be announced.


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Dan Sung

Dan is a staff writer at What Hi-Fi? and his job is with product reviews as well as news, feature and advice articles too. He works across both the hi-fi and AV parts of the site and magazine and has a particular interest in home cinema. Dan joined What Hi-Fi? in 2019 and has worked in tech journalism for over a decade, writing for Tech Digest, Pocket-lint, MSN Tech and Wareable as well as freelancing for T3, Metro and the Independent. Dan has a keen interest in playing and watching football. He has also written about it for the Observer and FourFourTwo and ghost authored John Toshack's autobiography, Toshack's Way.