JBL Signature Sound | “Sounds” Like a Winner to Me.

JBL CLUB 950nc Wireless Bluetooth Headphones

Are these headphones over-engineered? First, these headphones are built like a Humvee, but like a Humvee it is very heavy. They weigh in at 372 grams about 100 grams over what I think is comfortable. There is no denying that these are a good looking pair of cans, I guess you can call them buff. The over the ear earcups are spacious and have a very nice memory foam feel but the weight is something you should consider if you are a delicate flower. Football players, weightlifters and wrestlers who regularly workout their necks will not be affected by the weight of these behemoths.

The JBL CLUB 950nc tech specs say that on a full charge, which can be achieved in under 2 hours using a USB-C charging port, will give you a claimed playtime of 22 hours with Bluetooth and ANC on. 55 hours with just Bluetooth on and 30 hours with an Aux-in and ANC on. they also feature a Bluetooth 5.0 connection and can handle being connected to two devices at the same time.

There generally no latency issues when watching streaming services, but there is some latency with watching YouTube videos if you use an iOS device. There is no latency issues across the board if you are an Android user. Just something to be aware of.

There is a JBL smartphone app that will allow you to customize your sound profile so that you can choose how you listen to music or movies. And for ultra bass heads there is a switch on the headphones themselves called bass boost. These will rattle your head but not shake your head called haptic feedback. Most noticeably on the Skullcandy Crusher series. But these will keep bassheads happy. The mids are pretty clean and the highs sparkle but never tinny. Bit these are noticeably have JBL’s signature sound of powerful bass.

The ANC and Ambient Aware on these are good tools and The Talk Thru mode is pretty good too. You just push a button on the headphnes and it will lower your music and activate the mics so you can easily carry a conversation. These three tools are activated either on the JBL amartphone app and on the headphones too.

These JBL CLUB 950nc’s are a very feature rich pair of headphones. It seems to have just about everything you can ask for. But that weight though. These are a very heavy set, the most I’ve ever seen. Like the kids say today…These are phat, in more ways than one.

(Click on the image of the JBL CLUB 950nc  or here to see the details and price)

JBL LIVE 650BTnc Bluetooth Headphones w/ANC

These are a great sounding and affordable choice for people on a budget. And these weigh a lot less than it’s brethren the JBL CLUB 950’s. These weigh in at a much more reasonable weight of 263 grams making these very lightweight thus, easier to wear on your head.

These also work well with Google Voice Assistant and Amazon Alexa by simply tapping on a button on the headphones. These also have pretty good ANC (Active Noise Cancellation) if you want to block outside noise and just want to enjoy your music. These also have Ambient Aware and Talk Thru Tech when you need to hear what’s around you and carry a conversation.Hands free calling is also used in this set as well.

The LIVE 650’s also uses a micro USB charging cable and has the claimed battery life of 30 hours with ANC turned off and around 20 hours with ANC turned on. Recharge time is a claimed 2 hours. Additionally, these use Bluetooth 4.2 for data connection.

These definitely uses the JBL Signature Sound to produce great punchy bass, clear tasty mids with nice clear sparkling highs. And if you want more, the JBL headphone app will help you customize your sound profile meaning, if the native bass is not enough you can just tun up it up. As I have stated before, I am a self-professed basshead who loves me some bass! Of course there are many out there who listen to their music on a neutral level. Well, that’s fine too.

This begs the question. Are these good? For the features you get at the current price you can get these…my answer is an indubitable…YES!

c(Click on the image of the JBL LIVE 650BTnc or here to see the details and price)

JBL TUNE 120TWS – True Wireless Earpods

These JBL TUNE 120TWS are a very affordable and attractive earbuds. They offer a good fit for most people and if you use the right size eartips these will give you a good sound isolation feel and feel very rugged.

4.2 Bluetooth is the data connection that these use, now  I personally would have preferred a 5.0 Bluetooth connection and a USB-C connection but at this price I guess they had to leave something out. So these come with micro USB charging cable.

Charging time is a claimed 2 hours from empty to full charge giving you a 4 hour playback on these earbuds. Additionally, you get 12 hours more with the attractive charge case. These earbuds and cases come in 6 fun colors, if you consider black a fun color, but different color combinations nonetheless. The JBL TUNES 120TWS also has the capability of a quick charge of 15 minutes giving you 1 hour of additional playtime but no IPX rating so side on the side of caution and don’t get these wet. These had no latency issues watching videos  at least with iOS devices.

These definitely have the JBL signature sound. A great low end thick punchy bass kick with good mids and highs. But the bass is the star of these earpods. So, to recap, these are great for motivating you if you want to workout listening to Rock, Pop or Hip-Hop. And these are definitely not audiophile neutral listening devices.

(Click on the image of the JBL TUNE 10TWS or here to see the details and price)

JBL Charge 4 | Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

You can call this the fun speaker. First, it comes in 12 color variations, which I personally like the green camo color but would be personally be afraid to purchase because I would worry that I might lose it during a camping trip.

That is if I ever went camping. Which I used to in a 24′ motor home. Not exactly roughing it but I still went out into the wilderness, well kind of…Hey, I could still lose the speaker.

Second, it has an IPX7 rating, which means it can withstand being in water at a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes. So for all intents and purposes it can be considered waterproof. Would I ever do this to my speaker on purpose? No. But it is nice to know that it has that capability to be dunked in water and survive.

Third, The claimed battery life on a full charge is 20 hours. That’s pretty good for a rugged and durable  portable speaker like the JBL Charge 4.

fourth, It is charged with a USB-C charger which ensures a claimed faster charge time of going from zero charge to full charge in 5.5 hours. This is much longer than my B&O A1 portable Bluetooth speaker, but my B&O is newer than the JBL. Just saying…

This portable speaker will easily fit in a backpack so you can take it with you wherever you go. The Charge 4 weighs a bit over 2 lbs. so it is also reasonably light. For data transfer it uses a Bluetooth 4.2 connection and works with Android and iOS phones but has a slight latency with the iOS devices so listening to music is no problem but watching videos may annoy you a bit.

The Charge 4 also has JBL connect which is the ability to connect up to a 100 JBL devices together through a JBL app but cannot change the sound profile as it does not come with a native EQ. And you cannot pair of Charge 4’s together to create a stereo soundstage. They will be in a mono state.

(Click on the image of the JBL Charge 4 or here to see the details and price)


Listening to music is subjective. The sound that emanates from any of these headphones, earbuds, speakers and the like, will be different for each individual. So please be aware, what may sound good to me doesn’t mean it will sound good to you. Please read or watch reviews on any product that I showcase. Or listen to a friends’. Or, go to a retail store and try it out there. A little knowledge can go a long way…then you can buy from me. (Wink, wink)


13 thoughts on “JBL Signature Sound | “Sounds” Like a Winner to Me.

  1. Hi, I need a good set of wireless Bluetooth headphones but am on a budget. I was looking at several, but they were all beyond my power to buy right now. And then I came across your site. JBL CLUB 950nc suit me perfectly and they’re even affordable. I’m grateful you wrote about this option. Thanks!

  2. Courtney,

    I like what you said at the end that listening to music is subjective. Regardless, I felt like your review of these headphones was objective. Would you prefer the earbuds over the JBL LIVE 650BTnc? The JBL CLUB 950nc seem like they’re too heavy from what you were saying. Thanks for your review.

    1. Hello Robert,
      Thank you for your comment.

      For all around listening while at home or being active I like the JBL 650’s the best. I like the security of an over the ear headphones give me over the JBL LIVE 650’s, plus they are lightweight.and the weight of the JBL CLUB 950’s I think may be too heavy to wear for long durations.


  3. Thank you so much for this highly informative article, Courtney! I am currently in the market for some larger headphones, and I’ve heard great things about JBL’s line of products-the sound quality, the bass, the noise cancelling capabilities, the crisp and clear sound, etc. You have done an excellent job of showcasing a few of JBL’s products, and I will definitely save your site for future reference! God bless you!

  4. Hey Courtney,

    Thanks for the very informative review, I have always had good luck with JBL products and find myself coming back to them whenever I need to upgrade or replace. Currently I am looking for ear buds I can wear while working out and inside my motorcycle helmet.

    My question around the TUNE 120’s is for the latter of those activities, have you heard of any connectivity issues with these? Being inside my helmet while my phone is in my jacket pocket has me a bit concerned I would lose signal, but if they work it is better than worrying about the cord dangling of my current ones.


    1. Hello Tyler,

      The JBL TUNE 120’s are great for working out and riding your bike, as long as you play from a playlist from your smartphone. They use a 4.2 Bluetooth data connection so to have them under your helmet and your phone in your jacket would present no problems.I wouldn’t recommend any ear phones using streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and other services on a bike. There are many obstructions that may get in the way of the signal thus making your music spotty.


  5. I am not a weightlifter, footballer or wrestler and do not carry out workouts that are specific to my neck so I am actually thinking twice about getting this headphone. But having said that this sure looks like an awesome piece and I have checked out the price and it is very affordable compared to what I currently use. There is obviously no way to physically test the sound but I really hope I would be able to enjoy using it. This is the first time coming across a headphone that has a sound app that can be used to customize the sound of the headphone. That is really amazing and cool to have. I would love to try that out.

    1. Hi Manuel,

      The CLUB 950’s are a very handsome set of headphones. I do see the appeal to them. There are many headphones that have smartphone apps. Sony, Bose and Denon do just to name a few. I have a bunch of them on my website, https://bietooth-goodies.com  I just mention the weight because if you wear headphones for an extended amount of time, the extra weight will wear on you…Maybe not you, but others. If you are unhappy with them there is a return policy that you can use if needed.

  6. Your post comes at a very good time for me. I am “old school”– I really prefer headphones over earbuds. For me, it’s a comfort thing. Earbuds just don’t feel comfortable. Maybe its the ones I’ve tried? I do have wired headphones that are quite good, but am considering wireless to use when the wires are more trouble than not. Will I find the Bluetooth headphones have as good a sound effect as the wired?

    1. Hi Diane,

      I’m old school too. I prefer the over the ear feeling of a pair of headphones over earbuds. With my luck I would lose or step on one ruining my set. Wireless headphones today are great for listening to any music. They sound great, most are lightweight and have extra features like ANC (Active Noise Cancelling) and have smartphone apps to further customize your sound profile. I love mine and use it almost everyday. 



  7. I am a headphone fanatic. I use them to workout in, game, listen to music and more. I have owned some JBLs before and this is a great overview of certain popular models that will fulfill any musicphiles need. You did a great job of providing objective overviews for each model!

    1. I’m a huge Bluetooth headphone fanatic too. My first pair of headphones I used were for working out and listening to music. This was about 10 years ago. I had an iPhone3 and my headphones were my first pair of Motorola’s S9-HD Bluetooth. These items were my first Bluetooth devices I have ever bought and I’ve never looked back.

      Thanks for the great comment Matt.

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