- Driver size: 40 mm/ 1.58” Dynamic Driver
- Power supply: 5 V 1.5 A
- Weight: 272 g/ 0.6 lbs
- Battery type: Li-ion battery (920 mAh/3.7 V)
- Charging time: 2 hrs from empty
- Music playtime with BT on and ANC off: up to 50 hrs
- Music playtime with BT on and ANC on: up to 30 hrs
- Talk time with ANC off: up to 30 hrs
- Talk time with ANC on: up to 21 hrs
- Frequency response (Passive): 10 Hz - 40 kHz
- Frequency response (Active):10 Hz - 22 kHz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Sensitivity: 117 dB SPL@1 kHz
- Maximum SPL: 93 dB
- Microphone sensitivity: -38 dBV/ Pa@1 kHz
- Bluetooth version: 5.3
- Bluetooth profile version: A2DP 1.3.2, AVRCP 1.6.2, HFP 1.7.2
- Bluetooth transmitter frequency range: 2400 MHz – 2483.5 MHz
- Bluetooth transmitter power: <4 dBm
- Bluetooth transmitter modulation: GFSK , π/4-DQPSK, 8DPSK
- Maximum operation temperature: 45 °C
What's in the Box
What’s in the Box
- Tour One M2 Wireless Over-Ear Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black)
- Carrying case
- 3.5 mm audio cable
- Flight adaptor
- USB Type-C charging cable
- Warranty / Warning
- QSG / Safety Sheet
Customer Reviews for JBL Tour One M2 Wireless Over-Ear Adaptive Noise Cancelling Headphones (Black)
The Tour One M2's look small when I took them out of their box. The ear cups are flattened out and sleek, with a black design. There is a glossy top edge adds a more "finished" appearance. The ear cushions are very comfortable with a slim look. Everything feels sturdy with just the right amount of flex and lots of adjustment in the headband. The ear cups also pivot, so it should suit all head sizes. The headphones are light, and softly cushioned so they shouldn't be an annoyance during any long-distance trips. The ear cushions provide a tight seal around your ears, which helps provide plenty of passive sound isolation and keeps wind noise from interrupting the music.
The hard-shell carrying case that comes with the headphones feels secure and well-made. You have to fold the ear cups in a specific way to sit them securely. There is also a pouch holding the included USB-C charging cable, 3.5mm cable and air travel adapter.
I have to say that the sound quality is what you would expect from a JBL. The Tour One M2's 40mm dynamic drivers deliver good audio quality out of the box. I did find while listening to a variety of tracks that the headphones did not offer a great amount of headroom as I found myself having to increase the volume levels. Bass tuning is very good but it is not overwhelming and does not distort at higher volumes. You won't hear any overblown bass here. The midrange is right where it's supposed to be and the treble is elevated without being intolerable. Movies, content, podcasts, and most dialogue sounded natural.
The listening controls are primarily located on the M2's right ear cup. A few taps will control tunes: once to play and pause, twice to skip a track, three times to go back. A tap and hold will trigger Siri, Alexa or Ok Google, too. These controls are pretty sensitive, which can lead to a few accidentally skipped tracks, but still preferable to pulling my phone out each time.
The Tour One M2's has a ton of features, like EQ, spatial sound, smart audio, and customizable gestures, but the most interesting one is Personi-Fi. This is effectively a hearing test that when completed, will personalize the sound based on your hearing. You can basically tune the sound signature to your ears, which other Bluetooth headphones have used before, but Personi-Fi gives you very detailed results. Lastly, there are the physical hand gestures that control ANC modes and playback.
Setup is quick and easy, with a sliding switch on the right earcup both powering on the headphones and entering pairing mode. The Tour One M2 comes with Bluetooth 5.3 LE, ensuring a stable connection. Connecting the headphones is quick and easy, with almost instant pairing.
JBL's companion app allows for some serious customization. That includes adjusting the Adaptive Noise Cancelling, which uses four mics to react to changes in exterior sound. It's reasonably quick to adjust, but you can still tell when the isolation levels increase or decrease in real-time. Overall, you can expect decent cancellation, however, some louder, more sudden noises can creep in. The Ambient Aware transparency mode is effective enough though. TalkThru lets you have conversations without removing the headphones. Taking phone calls is pretty painless, with algorithms cutting out most wind noise and a loopback option if you want to hear more or less of your own voice while chatting. I thought the Smart Talk feature, which cuts off the music when it hears a voice, worked well. You can pick between two Smart Audio and Video listener profiles, which are meant to fine-tune what is being listening to. Most of the in-app features cannot be customized beyond an 'on/off' switch.
When it comes to battery life there are no complaints - it is excellent. JBL advertises that the Tour One M2 can last around 50 hours per charge and expect 30 hours with ANC enabled, though. I used the M2's for a whole week without charging. From my experience, a roughly thirty-minute charge will provide an 80% top-up. Charging the Tour One M2's for only ten minutes will enable five hours of listening.
In summary, I have had limited use of headphones in general but, there are a lot of things to like about the Tour One M2. For me it seems like it has everything I want in a wireless headphone. It's so full of features and personalization options, that it seems like there is something for everyone. The sound signature has a ton of customization with EQ and Personi-Fi, giving it a sound you can really play with. Battery life is also excellent, and the ANC is very effective. For me, the design, build quality, versatility, customization, mic, sound quality, and of course, the fact that they are a wireless, makes these headphones a worthy headphone contender for any reason.
Although the active noise-cancelling (ANC) of the JBL Tour One M2 headphones performs well, it could be slightly better. I sometimes had trouble blocking out all disturbing noises in loud environments. However, this is only a minor issue compared to the great sound these headphones provide.
Another highlight of the JBL Tour One M2 headphones is the customization. You can customize the headphones with the JBL app and adjust the equalizer to suit your personal taste. There are also different sound modes to optimize the audio experience.
In terms of comfort, the JBL Tour One M2 headphones are incredibly comfortable. The ear pads are soft and fit perfectly around the ears. The headband is also very comfortable and does not dig into the head, even when wearing the headphones for hours on end.
Overall, I can recommend the JBL Tour One M2 headphones to anyone looking for an excellent audio experience and willing to spend a bit more money. They offer great sound quality, excellent customization, and high comfort. The ANC could be better, but this is a minor issue that does not affect the overall great impression of the headphones.
The first thing I'll say is that these are some good-looking headphones! When I opened the box, I was really impressed. The ear cups are sleek and smooth matte black, with a gloss black outline where the yokes attach to the ear cups. This little touch makes them look really classy. The leather on the headband and ear cups is soft and the padding is supple. The headphones are light with ample clamping force, which is a welcome change from the Club One headphones from a few years ago, which were much bulkier, heavier, and felt tight after even moderate listening sessions. I feel like I could wear the Tour One M2 all day - they are supremely comfortable, probably the best JBL has ever had. There's no mistaking these are JBL's flagship cans.
The Tour One M2 supports Bluetooth 5.3 LE and connecting to my iPhone 13 Pro was a piece of cake, pairing almost instantly. Battery life is very good. With ANC enabled I got just about 30 hours of playtime, but without it turned on I still had battery left after 48 hours. Charging via USB-C for ten minutes gets an additional five hours of listening.
ANC was solid, especially filtering out the low frequencies. I took these on a flight to Boston and was really impressed. In my opinion there was very little difference in the music with ANC on or off - thank you JBL! One nice feature is SilentNow, which disconnects Bluetooth and turns on noise cancelling, essentially setting you up for a nice nap. You can set the start time, duration, and whether you want it to wake you up.
Another feature I really like is called Personi-Fi, which allowed me to create my own personalized audio profile. The app does a test that measures how well you hear a series of recorded beeps at different frequencies for both the left and right ear. Based on the results, the equalizer adjusts to correct for any deficiencies. For me, I have a pretty severe dip in the upper-mids in my left ear and I noticed a marked improvement with the feature on vs off. Others might prefer to keep the sound as-is.
All the features aside, the most important thing for me in a pair of headphones is the sound. I started with a high-res download of the Steven Wilson 2017 remix of Chicago's second album, Chicago II. I figured a classic 70s jazz-rock, horn-centered album would be a great test and Steven Wilson is a master. The acoustic guitar is tight and nuanced, bass is punchy without being boomy, horns and cymbals were crystal clear. It obviously sounded better running wired through a Schiit Fulla 3 DAC but I've got no complaints about the sound when running wireless.
I turned to Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon next and was just as impressed. Clarity is key, and I was able to hear every beat, every note, every texture. Rick Wright's amazing piano work on "The Great Gig in the Sky" especially stood out. The highs and mids are clear and detailed, the bass is tight and where it should be (bassheads expecting BOOM might want to look elsewhere), and the soundstage is spacious with a nice sense of depth without sounding artificial (note: I'll add here that JBL's Spatial Sound feature on the app did make it seem artificial).
And this is where we came in… I am over the moon with these headphones. Noise cancelling was on point, the sound was classic JBL hitting all the right notes, and they're super comfortable. A clear winner from JBL.
First they come in a very sturdy box that upon opening give a great presentation. The headphones were packed very well inside the box in its hard case. The case is very premium feeling and when unzipped show the actual headphones. The top portion of the case has a Velcro pocket that housed the instructions, headphone Jack wire and a very premium airplane adapter. A very nice, flat usb A to C adapter is included to charge the headphones. The actual headphones are folded nicely into contoured portions of the case making them very secure while in the case.
The headphones themselves feel exceptional. Build quality is top notch while utilizing a series of different materials. These feel like they will last a lifetime. Ear cups swivel flat so they can easy stay around your neck if you take them off of your ears. Each ear cup houses a series of microphones to give you superior calls and noise canceling features, as well as talk through and ambient awareness. You can switch through the smart ambient awareness and noise canceling by the button on the left ear cup. The right ear cup has a sliding power/ pair button and the volume controls. The right ear cup is also touch sensitive allowing you to utilize your smart assistant of your choice. You can also program different tasks through the JBL headphone app making these very customizable.
Utilizing the JBL app allows for further adjustability. There is your different noise canceling features such as adaptive noise canceling, ambient awareness and a talk through function. The active noise cancelling is excellent. I went for a bike ride while using these and all I was able to hear was my music. No wind or loud noise from the roar of my knobby bike tires which can be heard from far distances. A touch of the smart button changes noise canceling to either talk through or ambient awareness. This is programmable in the app. There is a fully adjustable equalizer in the app allowing you to customize the sound to your liking. By using the person-fi 2.0 function, you can adjust the headphones to be perfectly balanced and give you the correct amount of output through an actual hearing test which takes a few minutes. The headphones test for sound leaks and adjusts accordingly. I used these one day while mowing my lawn and the headphones automatically adjusted once I turned on my mower. They eliminated all outside noise again allowing me to enjoy my music. While using these at work I enabled the voice aware feature. This feature lowers the music and turns on the talk through feature when I start talking without touching any buttons. You can adjust the length of how long the feature stays active. Another very useful feature is that you can use the headphone to give you complete silence to help you sleep in noisy situations. Another feature that is offered in the app. Low tone enhancer is available as well as the spatial audio. Spatial audio makes what your listening to sound a bit more immersive. You can adjust the spatial audio for different listening applications. You can adjust it for music, movies, and for games. I particularly enjoyed this feature for watching movies. It created a very immersive sound for movies once enabled.
The JBL Tour One M2 have a very warm sound. They are not very loud or bass heavy. They are well balanced and offer an enjoyable listening experience. Being over the ear style and being a flagship headset I was expecting more volume out of these. I did hook these up with the headphone wire to my high end headphone Dac and amp. Doing this woke the headphones up. They handle power and can get extremely loud without distorting at all. I feel this headset would be great for a DJ for this reason and for the fact the ear cups swivel. I love how the drivers move so much that it actually tickles my ears. You can feel the music. Complete ear candy is what these headphones are. High-res audio is truly amazing to hear with these headphones. You hear all of the details of your music with these.
I have to say that I am truly enjoying these headphones. I have charged them upon opening them and haven't charged them since. I have used them daily for the past two weeks for at least 2-3 hours a day and they still have 75 percent charge. I don't listen to them with the volume maxed out, but battery life is very impressive. Charging for 10 minutes gives you 5 hours of listening. You get more battery life with active noise cancelling off but I continue to use the feature while experiencing great battery life. The fact that I forget I have these on for hours because they are so comfortable is great. They are very light and don't squeeze my head at all. For the price they are asking for the headphones you get a ton of customizable features, superior sound and exceptional build quality. You won't be disappointed with these headphones.
The headphones come with a practical Travel Case which is not the most compact one I've seen as it's quite thick in comparison to other headphone travel cases out on the market. The Case is good and functional and comes with a pouch inside where you can easily store your cables and adapters for the headphones.
Coming to the headphones themselves:
First of all, the build quality is excellent, the headphones look and feel very premium with the glossy finish and the soft padding around the ears.
All the buttons are very clicky and I find it very convenient that the power button is a switch and not a button like on other headphones.
They are a bit heavier than other competitors but still lightweight. One thing I noticed are the smaller earcups in comparison to other headphones I've worn. That also reflects in the overall soundstage. I experienced the sound stage being more on the narrow side.
Speaking of sound, out of the box the JBL Tour One M2 are tuned towards lightly emphasized bass and highs where latter in my opinion is a bit overdone. Luckily with the JBL Headphones App you can personalize the overall sound to your likings. When removing a little bit of the highs and lower bass frequencies while also boosting a bit the mids the headphones are in a good position soundwise. I also find it quite nice that you can choose which exact Frequency you want to equalize. With that, the headphones deliver a quite impressive low end around 40Hz.
There are plenty of functions available via the App, but I barely used the Spatial Sound feature as it boosts some higher mid frequencies and makes voices sound weird. But the spatial aspect of it is really working besides the weird sound.
Noise Cancelling: It can't keep up with the best out there on the market but it is very effective in canceling out continous noises. One thing I noticed is that the earphones screech sometimes when the microphones are (maybe?) at their limit. That happend twice until now and wasn't really pleasing for my ears. The AmbientAware Feature is also very helpful when walking around and can be set to different levels through the app. Only the TalkThru Function is making the voices sound like being on a phone call, so I almost never use that. Maybe this can be further improved in the future?
Furthermore I experienced the wearing detection being unreliable sometimes, as it somehow struggles to detect me wearing the headphones so the touch controls are somehow disabled. Then I need to take them off and put them on again to make that work. Maybe long hair is a problem? :D
Another downside would be that the AUX Input on the headphones is somehow smaller than the usual 3,5mm. Adding to that would be the lack of high quality codecs for Bluetooth Transmission. On my Google Pixel 6a I only get to use AAC which I assume is the best codec available for the JBL Tour One M2. Maybe a better codec such as aptX or LDAC would have been nice to see on such high end earphones.
Overall quite a good pair of headphones with the possibility to personalize the sound to your likings, while missing out on some things which I would expect in that price range such as the audio codec or a normal 3,5mm to 3,5mm cable for wired transmission. Also the need of an app to get to use all the functions is quite finicky as I experienced the app having issues connecting to the headphone sometimes.
I hope that JBL fixes these connection issues with the Android App in the future.