Review of JBL Tune 125 and 225 TWS: A pair of wireless innovations in the test

In today's review, we will again look at two products that are very similar. These are the JBL Tune 125 TWS and JBL Tune 225 TWS wireless headphones, which, in addition to the design, differ only in minor details. The customer can thus choose between a stone design (similar to AirPods) or a plug design (similar to AirPods Pro). How are this year's autumn news doing?


JBL Tune 125TWS (plugs) have 5.8 mm dynamic converters with a frequency range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz and a sensitivity of 96 dB. The Bluetooth 5.0 protocol takes care of wireless transmission, and the integrated battery with a capacity of 85 mAh in the headphones and 850 mAh in the charging case takes care of the operation. The battery life of the headphones on one charge is 8 hours and the next 24 hours can be recharged in a fully charged case. Charging then takes less than two hours.

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The JBL Tune 225TWS (seeds) model has 12 mm dynamic converters with a frequency range of 20 Hz – 20 kHz and a sensitivity of 105 dB. As with the model described above, there is support for Bluetooth 5.0. Due to the design, this model has a smaller battery with a capacity of 22 mAh, thanks to which the headphones last up to five hours of operation. The charging box then contains a battery with a capacity of 410 mAh, which can charge the headphones up to four times. The total battery life is up to 25 hours, which is about 7 hours less than the Tune 125TWS. Charging time is the same. However, less endurance is compensated by a more compact size.

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Both models are made of plastic and this applies to both the headphones and the charging case. In both cases, it offers a USB-C connector for charging and a relatively large metal hinge that should last. Both models also offer notification diodes that show how charged the package is. The strength of the magnets that hold the headphones in place is sufficient, as is the strength of the closure mechanism of the package as such. In our case, we got black models in the editorial office, on the boxes of which various signs of use such as fingerprints or various smudges appear relatively easily. However, there are a number of color variants of these models and some of them will not suffer from these ailments.


In terms of ergonomics, headphones are probably the most different here, especially with regard to design. The Tune 125TWS offers a plug construction that may not fit everyone. The package contains the usual three silicone attachments, so everyone can adjust the size and comfort of the headphones to their liking. Personally, however, I don't look for this type of construction very much, and after about an hour of wearing it, my headphones were uncomfortable. It holds well in the ears after choosing a suitable insert, but emotionally it is not the most comfortable solution.

The Tune 225TWS model will offer a classic stone construction, which is much more comfortable. The headphones are very light, so you practically don't know about them when wearing them. The only problem may be the shape of the earpiece as such, which if it does not fit you, the earphones will simply not hold in your ears. And even the slightly rubberized surface that is available with this model will not help.

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There is one control button on each of the headphones. For both models, the control is mapped the same, so the button on the left earpiece controls the playback of songs, where one press moves the playback forward, double-press backward. Holding down the button turns off the handset, which in practice does not mean turning off both but only one. The headphones can only be used in listening mode on one of them. The button on the right handset then offers a play / pause function with one press and a double-click activates the voice assistant. Holding down the button turns off the handset.

As for the buttons as such, they are easier to operate on the Tune 125TWS because the button is larger and requires less pressure to activate. The buttons on the Tune 225TWS are much smaller and activating them requires a bit of strength and exercise at the same time.


In terms of listening quality, what is repeated here is true in almost all reviews where we have a plug and stone model of almost identical headphones. Thanks to its construction, the Tune 125TWS plug-in model will offer much stronger bass and a more powerful sound reproduction, which is positively influenced by far better passive soundproofing than the Tune 225TWS model. In terms of sound tuning, both models offer relatively strongly enhanced bass, which is the dominant element of sound performance. The heights are also much more pronounced compared to the mids, and the overall tuning thus resembles a classic equalizer "lid". At the highest volumes, the headphones face limits, where strong bass can (depending on the music being listened) tear down listening in one direction, which has a negative effect on the readability of the music being listened to. Otherwise, however, both models are pleasant to listen to and offer a classic "modern" sound, which a huge number of customers are looking for.

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In the fall, JBL came up with a pair of fully wireless headphones that are very similar. They differ only in design and battery life, with on the one hand we find plug headphones with better durability, on the other hand with pips with less durability, but with significantly smaller size. In essence, these are basic models that will please every unpretentious listener who will not have exaggerated expectations. Both the headphones and the cases are well made, the endurance is good or above average in both cases, and the sound will definitely not offend you. So if you're looking for relatively inexpensive wireless models, these two are definitely worth welding on.

You can buy JBL 125 TWS here: 2 790, – / 99 €
You can buy JBL 225 TWS here: 2 790, – / 99 €

Source: Edited by Flying the World with Apple

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