Most exciting JBL announcements | CES 2021

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We run down the best announcements from JBL at CES 2021.

JBL has gone big on noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds this year, with a comprehensive range of new cans for 2021.

First up, are the new JBL Tour ONE over-ear headphones and the JBL Tour Pro+ true wireless earbuds.

Both models come with adaptive noise cancellation, an Adaptive Ambient Aware mode for when you want to tune into your surroundings, and TalkThru, which allows you to hear the voices of people around you without turning off your music.

Best of all, JBL’s latest headphones come with a ‘SilentNow’ feature, which means you can activate noise cancellation without having to turn Bluetooth on – perfect if your device is in airplane mode during a flight.

Both models will be available to buy in May, with the JBL Tour One costing £279.99 and the JBL Tour Pro+ costing £179.99. Global availability is still TBC, but that works out at around $380 / AU$490 for the JBL Tour ONE and $240 / AU$310 for the JBL Tour Pro+.

JBL also announced its Live range of headphones. The JBL Live Pro+ boast adaptive noise cancellation as well as a ‘Smart Ambient’ mode, which allows you to hear your surroundings without removing the earbuds – handy if you need to have a quick conversation and don’t want to interrupt your music. There’s also an auto-pause feature, which means your music will stop as soon as you take out your buds.

An IPX4 water-resistance rating means you should be able to work out using the JBL Live Pro+ without worrying that a little sweat or rain will cause them to break. Meanwhile, battery life comes in at seven hours of playback from the buds themselves, with a further 21 hours provided by the wireless charging case – that’s longer than the AirPods Pro, though not the best battery life we’ve ever seen.

At £169.99, they’re cheaper than Apple’s premium earbuds too – though you’ll have to wait until April to get your hands on them. Global pricing is still to be confirmed, but that works out at around $230 / AU$300.

That’s not all – the new wireless earbuds are joined by two more noise-cancelling models, including a pair of over-ear headphones and a pair of on-ear headphones.

The JBL Live 660NC over-ear headphones come with up to 40 hours of battery life with ANC turned on, jumping to 50 hours when that feature is switched off, making them ideal for commuting (or more likely these days, working from home).

If you prefer the on-ear form factor there’s the JBL Live 460NC, the cheapest headphones in the new line-up at £119.99 (about $160 / AU$210). Despite the lower price, they still come with adaptive noise cancellation, JBL’s Smart Ambient mode, support for voice assistants, and up to 50 hours of battery life.
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