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JBL covers the headphone gamut with six new models at CES 2024
  Posted by: Engadget on Jan 8th, 2024 1:00 PM

It wouldn't be CES without a massive amount of JBL portable audio devices. The company has six new sets of headphones in Las Vegas to go along with several new earbuds, speakers and microphones. As it typically does, the company is covering a range of preferences with on-ear and over-ear options as well as those with active noise cancellation (ANC) and some without it. 

The JBL Live range is the more premium option, with the on-ear 670NC and over-ear 770NC offering identical spec sheets. The only differences are the style and the price. Inside, 40mm drivers power JBL Spatial Sound with adaptive ANC and a "smart" ambient mode. There are two microphones for calls, multipoint Bluetooth connectivity and automatic pausing. Both will also get LE audio for Bluetooth 5.3 via a future update. The Live 670NC is $129.95 and the Live 770NC is $199.95. 

The company's more affordable Tune lineup is getting the biggest upgrade with four new models. If you don't need active noise cancellation, the Tune 520BT offers up to 57 hours of listening time for just $49.95. The non-ANC over-ear model, the Tune 720BT, has up to 76 hours of battery life for $30 more. For adaptive ANC with ambient sound mode, the Tune 670NC is the on-ear model and the Tune 770NC is over-ear. Both muster up to 70 hours of playback with ANC off and can hit 44 hours with it enabled. The Tune 670NC has smaller drivers — 32mm versus 40mm — and costs $30 less at $99.95. Both of the noise-canceling models will get LE audio for Bluetooth 5.3 in a pending update. 

All of the new Live and Tune headphones will be available in March.

We're reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 6-12. Keep up with all the latest news from the show here.

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