JBL Tune 500BT Review – Comfortable Bassy Over-Ears

JBL Tune 500BT Review – Comfortable Bassy Over-Ears

JBL has been one of the big boys when it comes to launching amazing headphones. With a long-range of products, JBL has landed another blow to its competition of wireless headphones by coming up with the JBL T500BT. Being a recognized leader in the headphones market, the JBL T500BT has become quite popular as the wireless headphones for mobiles. A distinguishing feature of JBL in the portable audio category is its high quality and powerful bass.

JBL Tune 500BT wireless headphones have standard devices for this segment of prices: documents, charging cable (micro-USB, sorry no Type-C), and headphones. Low priced over-ear wireless headphones with powerful bass and up to 16 hours of autonomy.

The headphones look amazing, and buyers have a range of colors available (blue, black, white, and pink). The raw materials used are not very costly: some leatherette and plastic discussed below separately.

JBL Tune 500BT Review

JBL Tune 500BT Review
JBL Tune 500BT Review

1. Overview

Type: Closed-back On-ear Bluetooth Headphones | Bluetooth: 4.1 | Latency: 200 ms (average) |Battery: 16 Hours | Charging Time: 2.0 Hours | Quick-Charge: 2 Hours in 5 mins | Drivers: Dynamic | Weight: 155g | Microphones: Integrated | Impedance: 32 Ohms | Frequency Response: 20 – 20.000 Hz



2. JBL Tune 500 Bluetooth Review

The JBL T500BT headphones have a convenient fit for their compact form factor. They can listen to music for more than a few hours without interruption. It is done in large part by employing very comfortable ear pads, encrusted with thin leatherette.

The quality of Bluetooth connection is fairly impressive. Taking into account the number of gadgets in a typical person’s “wardrobe,” the ability to attach concurrently to two devices also represent a great add-on.

In terms of performance per dollar, the sound quality is excellent, which makes JBL Tune BT a great model for bassheads. Thus, it benefits pop music, modern electronics dance, and hip hop with powerful bass.

JBL T500BT – Wireless on-ear headphones with a battery life of up to 16 hours, high-quality bass sound, and a reliable Bluetooth connection.

3. Ergonomy


JBL T500BT is very convenient and does not induce discomfort after an hour or two, unlike other overhead versions. This is not true for everyone, though the downforce will be too large if you have a big head. The head band of the JBL T500BT can resist mechanical damage as it is made of matte plastic of high quality. However, the ear cushions are not too durable as they are made of leatherette, but they seem to be sturdy enough.

With the cups hiding inside the headband, JBL T500BT is pretty portable because the ear cups have a 180-degree rotation space. The wireless headphones JBL T500BT offer a folding design and can be kept in a bag/backpack conveniently. The company did not place a cover in the kit, unfortunately. Nevertheless, considering the price of the product, it is unlikely to expect this. The thin and soft artificial leather provides a certain comfort level, but unfortunately, it wears out very fast.

4. Connectivity & Controls


JBL Tune 500BT works without processing of high-resolution codecs on Bluetooth 4.1. However, the signal is stable within the radius of 10 m. The process of pairing is easy: hold down the power key until the flash of Bluetooth indicator within 2 seconds, then identify the headphones on your smartphone’s list of devices, and you are done.

In Bluetooth, the headphones do not intrude with obstacles (rear pockets and walls) or objects. Besides, while watching videos even online that is very useful for budget headphones, there is no out of sync.

JBL Tune 500BT allows the user to connect to two devices simultaneously. For instance, you can watch a movie on your tablet in the headphones, and even though you have a smartphone connected at the same time, you will still not miss any incoming call.

The microphone on the JBL Tune 500BT is of moderate quality. Headphones can be used as a headset, but noisy places would not be the perfect location for listening to a 500BT.

It also has controls with push-button.

  • Multifunction key: that is responsible for receive \ end call; start \ pause, call voice assistant;
  • +/- key: that is responsible for track navigation, volume;
  • Power key, which is also responsible for pairing with the source.

Overall, the management is quite intuitive and convenient. Simple, without sensory tricks, old school.

5. Bluetooth & Technology


JBL T500BT went totally straight to the point because these Bluetooth headphones can be used only via Bluetooth 4.1 with no possibility of using a cable.

The headphones work best with high-resolution codecs and can work in about 10 meters radius. The connection performance stays good in open spaces and can be glitchy if barred by walls or other obstructions. You would probably be happy to know that the headphones support all of the following music profiles.

  • HSP – Headset Profile
  • Hands-free
  • A2DP

Pretty cool, right?

Looking at the functionalities of the JBL T500BT, the headphones have just the basic controls laid out on a few buttons, which seems pretty neat. No 3rd party device is required, and yet you can perform all the basic functions one does with Bluetooth headphones.

Another feature in these headphones has quite a mixed review. The fact that you cannot charge them while wearing (because you will have to fold the cups) makes them safe as sometimes batteries have been reported to damage when charging while listening to music. At the same time, you will not be able to use them while they are charging. So is it a good feature or a bad one? You can be the judge of that.

In terms of battery life, JBL Tune 500BT, for the form factor of on-ear headphones, is not bad with an autonomy at 16 hours. Actual testing confirms these claims, the headphones play up to 16 hours at medium volume and up to 18 hours at a single charge. If you don’t use the headsets too much, the battery might be sufficient for a few days. With 16 hours of use on a single charge, the JBL T500BT headphones are pretty badass. Plus, the battery capacity is 300 mAh, which means you can enjoy fast charging at its peak.

It takes 2 hours to fully charge the battery of JBL Tune 500BT. There is a rapid charging function: You can charge 1 hour of playback in 5 minutes. However, it won’t be wise to repeatedly charge the gadget for short intervals and then drain the battery. It is unhealthy for the battery.

6. Microphone


To sum up the answer, the headphones perform at a mediocre level when it comes to the microphone. Noise cancellation is not good; however, you can enjoy working with Siri and Google Now if you are in a silent place.

The noise isolation of the JBL Tune 500BT is sufficient so that the street’s sounds do not detract from the music as a whole. But the road’s noise is audible, so that is not bad. You can drown everything else out if you increase the volume, and ride the subway. Yet in this situation, the headphones play out significantly, which could be off-putting to some.

7. Sound Quality


The JBL T500BT features a powerful and recognizable corporate bass sound. These are genuine “basshead” headphones. However, at the same time, here lies the study of low frequencies, unlike many of the similar models. Therefore, the bass is “gurgling” and “blurry,” but there is some articulation as well.

If you are a fan of modern musical instruments, you will be simply blown by the audio quality put forth by the JBL T500BT. The headphones have amazing bass, which does not get blurred thanks to the awesome articulation embedded. This means you can get some superb sound quality while listening to genres having electronic music. This makes the JBL T500BT the best headphones for modern music with Pure Bass technology.

The JBL Tune 500BT shows off best of all on contemporary electronic pop music. There is a drive, bass dominate, do not saw the top. It is the synthetic bass that the headphones succeed better. However, thanks to the same feature, you might not get the same results when listening to jazz and classic numbers.

So there is no point in thinking about the frequencies that are remaining. The heavy bass drives them into the background. With these headphones, it is not possible to listen to classics or jazz with pleasure. However, I do not think anyone tried actually.

8. Conclusion


The gadget has its grey areas, but it supersedes most of the wireless headphones offered in the same price range. With high durability and portability, the JBL T500BT provides high-quality audio for most of music lovers but not for those who wish to use it as a communication gadget – mediocre microphone performance.

The controlling features are minimal and just perfect with the right amount of buttons. With no cable, the Bluetooth connectivity is pretty attractive, making it a suitable choice for mobiles and other music devices with Bluetooth, but not for computers.

If you’re looking for trendy, sleek headphones with one of the most powerful noise cancelation systems on the market, this model will suit you the best. Given the beautiful reproduction of music, its features, and aesthetics, Bose700 is an attractive model regardless of price tag.



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