JBL has just announced the Tour Pro 2 wireless earbuds, which feature adaptive noise cancellation and adjustable ANC alongside a charging case with a 1.45-inch LED touchscreen control panel.
The display on the charging case allows you to flip through multiple screens where you can manage your music and make adjustments to your earbuds, as well as receive calls, messages, and social media notifications without having to pick up your phone first. It’s advertised as a productivity feature, and it seems to hold the weight if you don’t already own a smartwatch or if you don’t tend to keep your phone in an easily accessible pocket.
The Tour Pro 2 earbuds themselves are Bluetooth 5.3 LTE compatible and come with 10mm drivers, up from the 6.8mm featured on the Tour Pro Plus. JBL says they’ll last up to 40 hours, with the earbuds themselves capable of running for around 10 hours before needing to charge in the case.
This is an increase from the total claimed 32 hours and the six hours per claimed usage on the Tour Pro Plus when ANC is on. review from Ring puts real-world usage closer to 4.2 hours of use and 16.8 hours of total battery life. Also, the Tour Pro 2 has six built-in microphones like the Tour Pro Plus, which doesn’t work as well according to this. Tom’s Guide review. We can only hope that the Tour Pro 2 earbuds deliver better battery life and microphone performance to avoid the same disappointments as their predecessors.
JBL also released the Tour One M2 wireless over-ear headphones, which the brand claims “combines JBL’s best hybrid True Adaptive ANC with JBL Pro-tuned drivers.” It is the successor to the original JBL Tour One, which offers increased battery life when ANC is on (from 25 hours to 30 hours) and increased connectivity to Bluetooth 5.3. Overall battery life remains at 50 hours, although the Tour One M2 offers fast charging, giving you five hours of juice in just 10 minutes.
The Tour One M2 cans will retail for $299, up from the $200 price tag on the original Tour One, while the Tour Pro 2 wireless earbuds will retail for $249, up from $200 on the Tour Pro Plus. Both the JBL Tour Pro 2 and Tour One M2 will be available in black or champagne and are available for purchase today.