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Smart wireless earphones company Bragi has been making waves in the "hearables" market since 2014, when it debuted a Kickstarter for The Dash, the company's original pair of truly wireless intelligent earphones that subsequently launched to the public in early 2016. After numerous Bragi OS updates to The Dash, and the lower-priced, lower-specced launch of The Headphone, this year Bragi revealed the true successor to its original device in The Dash Pro.

Staying true to its predecessor, The Dash Pro ($330) remains a complete platform of its own that connects to your smartphone and provides workout tracking, 4GB of onboard music storage, a battery case that recharges the earphones for up to 30 hours, and a detailed collection of Fit Sleeves and Fit Tips to ensure The Dash Pro fits in any ear. In May, Bragi also announced an ultra-custom hearable available at select audiologists, The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey, but this review focuses solely on the mass market device, The Dash Pro.

Design

From the retail packaging to the satisfying snap of the battery case sliding home into the outer aluminum shell, The Dash Pro's premium feel is evident throughout the initial setup experience. The new minimal packaging ties in better with The Dash Pro's barely-there aesthetic, and not much else is lost in terms of the original box's step-by-step instructions on how to get the device up and running.

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The Dash Pro earphones are nearly identical to The Dash, so anyone looking for a massive design change from the originals will be disappointed (the only subtle difference I noted were small tweaks made to the size and angle of the in-ear curve of the earphones). I always found the sleek and smooth finish of The Dash to be visually appealing, and that remains true for The Dash Pro and its new silver aluminum charging case.


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Article Link: The Dash Pro by Bragi Review: Gesture Controls Impress, But Some UI and Design Frustrations Remain
 
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harami

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Dead on arrival . The AirPods are the next best thing to sliced bread.
Who would like to put a tampon in their ears for 2 times the cost.
 

69Mustang

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Looks good. Seems to have good sound isolation. The multiple tips and covers are a definite plus. The one size fits all paradigm has always been hit or miss for me. Take away the fitness aspect and intro a Headphone version of these and it would be a winner, imo.
 

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Looks good. Seems to have good sound isolation. The multiple tips and covers are a definite plus. The one size fits all paradigm has always been hit or miss for me. Take away the fitness aspect and intro a Headphone version of these and it would be a winner, imo.
Yep, that's what Bragi's The Headphone did earlier in the year: https://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/17/bragi-launches-headphone/ Those are a bit more directly aimed as an AirPods competitor than The Dash Pro.
 

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Smart wireless earphones company Bragi has been making waves in the "hearables" market since 2014, when it debuted a Kickstarter for The Dash, the company's original pair of truly wireless intelligent earphones that subsequently launched to the public in early 2016. After numerous Bragi OS updates to The Dash, and the lower-priced, lower-specced launch of The Headphone, this year Bragi revealed the true successor to its original device in The Dash Pro.

Staying true to its predecessor, The Dash Pro ($330) remains a complete platform of its own that connects to your smartphone and provides workout tracking, 4GB of onboard music storage, a battery case that recharges the earphones for up to 30 hours, and a detailed collection of Fit Sleeves and Fit Tips to ensure The Dash Pro fits in any ear. In May, Bragi also announced an ultra-custom hearable available at select audiologists, The Dash Pro tailored by Starkey, but this review focuses solely on the mass market device, The Dash Pro.

Design

From the retail packaging to the satisfying snap of the battery case sliding home into the outer aluminum shell, The Dash Pro's premium feel is evident throughout the initial setup experience. The new minimal packaging ties in better with The Dash Pro's barely-there aesthetic, and not much else is lost in terms of the original box's step-by-step instructions on how to get the device up and running.

bragi-review-2.jpg

The Dash Pro earphones are nearly identical to The Dash, so anyone looking for a massive design change from the originals will be disappointed (the only subtle difference I noted were small tweaks made to the size and angle of the in-ear curve of the earphones). I always found the sleek and smooth finish of The Dash to be visually appealing, and that remains true for The Dash Pro and its new silver aluminum charging case.


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Article Link: The Dash Pro by Bragi Review: Gesture Controls Impress, But Some UI and Design Frustrations Remain
 

jhfenton

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I love my AirPods, but it's still good to have a competitor pushing the technology, particularly the gesture and head-motion controls. (I doubt I would like the ear-filling fit or sound isolation, though.)
 
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roland.g

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I love my original Dash. Great for swimming. And the touch controls and gestures are great.
 
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LogicalVue

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I picked up the original Dash on Woot! (a refurb) for $100 a couple months ago. I highly recommend them for that price, if you can still find them. At $330, I just can't see purchasing these new Pro models. The tech is wonderful, but also finicky at times.

Personally, if they can get "The Headphones Pro" out for $160-180 with a battery charge case and touch controls, I think they'll have a real winner. I don't need all the fitness stuff or 4D menu.
 

Szarky

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Dead on arrival . The AirPods are the next best thing to sliced bread.
Who would like to put a tampon in their ears for 2 times the cost.
If the fit in the AirPods(no, I haven't tried them yet) is as terrible as the fit in the included earphones Apple includes with all iPhone's then I'll gladly pay a premium amount for comfort alone. All stock Apple earphones I've ever tried have felt terrible(if you compare to any rubber ear insert earphone).
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I love my original Dash. Great for swimming. And the touch controls and gestures are great.
Earphones while swimming? Very cool.
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I love my AirPods more than I expected. And at $159 they're a STEAL. Just sayin'.
Wish they came in black and had multiple silicone tips for customized comfort. Added cost would be what, like 15? 25? cents to Apple...
 
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robbieleffel

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I hope you review Kanoa when they ship in a few weeks. All early reviews by customers were really good. The delays seem to have paid off.
 

sidewinder3000

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If the fit in the AirPods(no, I haven't tried them yet) is as terrible as the fit in the included earphones Apple includes with all iPhone's then I'll gladly pay a premium amount for comfort alone. All stock Apple earphones I've ever tried have felt terrible(if you compare to any rubber ear insert earphone).
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Earphones while swimming? Very cool.
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Wish they came in black and had multiple silicone tips for customized comfort. Added cost would be what, like 15? 25? cents to Apple...
I own and love AirPods. The issue isn't whether they "could" include silicon tips—there are third parties that make them and they work great. The issue is that right now the AirPods fit perfectly into molded spaces in their case, with very exacting tolerances. It's very satisfying from a purely aesthetic design sense. But from a human design sense, it leaves something to be desired.

There is zero room for anything else in the case, so when I use a silicon tip on my right AirPod while running (the left one fits snugly without any aid and I don't need any help on the right one for normal household activities) I have to take the AirPods out of their case, add the silicon tip to the right AirPod, run, and then take the silicon tip off before putting them back in their charging case. Which obviously is a pain.

I'm hoping Apple isn't stubborn in their future designs, and creates some extra space in their cases so that AirPods with silicon or foam tips (perhaps of their own design) will fit inside. This could be done with some clever design so that there is still a satisfying fit and magnetic snap when adding the AirPods to their case, and would open up their market of potential users massively.
[doublepost=1499280766][/doublepost]I own and love AirPods, and there are a few design choices that give them an advantage over the Bragi Dash Pro for me for day-to-day usage (there are obviously esoteric use cases where the Dash is superior):

1. They are visually obvious. Some think this is a negative, I think it's a positive. I want people to know I'm wearing headphones. It's already weird enough when people approach you and don't know you are listening to something and basically in your own world. With something less obvious, the problem would be even worse, and even more anti-social.

2. They don't block out all ambient sound. Walking around with sound isolating headphones is weird. Unless I'm on an airplane, where you wind up turning the volume up too high to compensate for bleed, or plunked in a chair and not moving, I want to have a little ambient sound. I often use my headphones while walking around and don't want to be isolated from people, surroundings & traffic, for both safety and social reasons.

3. They are super small and easy to carry around. There is a great quote that says "the best camera is the one you have with you". The same is true for headphones. As convenient as throwing EarPods into your pocket as you head out the door the past 20 years, AirPods are even easier. The case is great, easily fits in your pocket, and the time it takes to pull them out of your pocket and put them in your ears is even less than the time it's takes to pull out corded earbuds, unwind then, plug them in and put them in your ears. Sounds like a minor thing, but it actually makes them way more useful, and more likely to be used, in daily life.

4. The price is right ($169). Losing them would suck, but not $350 suck. It's kinda like sunglasses: buy decent ones and you'll have them for a while. Splurge and spend a lot and you'll constantly worry about them and probably lose them in a week.

5. The sound is fine. I'm an audiophile, and have lots of expensive headphones, speakers, and stereo equipment in my house. But there is a difference between sitting down and really listening to music, or having music in the background or listening to podcasts. Obviously better sound is better, but not at the expense of losing all ambient sound (if your purpose is to use them while moving around your world). For walking around, casually listening to playlists, radio or podcasts, the sound is fine. Better than corded EarPods, not great, but good enough. If future versions had better sound, I would complain, but usability in daily life trumps sound quality for me in this category.
 
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roland.g

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If the fit in the AirPods(no, I haven't tried them yet) is as terrible as the fit in the included earphones Apple includes with all iPhone's then I'll gladly pay a premium amount for comfort alone. All stock Apple earphones I've ever tried have felt terrible(if you compare to any rubber ear insert earphone).
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Earphones while swimming? Very cool.
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Wish they came in black and had multiple silicone tips for customized comfort. Added cost would be what, like 15? 25? cents to Apple...
They are waterproof to swimming depth. Not sure how far below that. They carry onboard storage for listening untethered. And they can track fitness while you run, swim, or cycle. But yes. I can play from a selection of playlists loaded onto them, and use them while I swim (they don't fall out).
 

PlutoPrime

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Ordered a pair and returned them. They sound terrible compared to AirPods at 2x the price. Farewell Bragi.
 

QCassidy352

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The one thing that sounds pretty cool is onboard music storage, but I'll wait for either the Garmin 240/245 (if it has music on board) or Apple Watch series 3 and keep my current BT headphones. The price is just crazy.
 

LewisChapman

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Dead on arrival . The AirPods are the next best thing to sliced bread.
Who would like to put a tampon in their ears for 2 times the cost.

I guess someone who is interested in a device with different and more advanced set of functions?

Without this competition the AirPods would have been dead on arrival.
 
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harami

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I guess someone who is interested in a device with different and more advanced set of functions?

Without this competition the AirPods would have been dead on arrival.

Competition is healthy, but at twice the price for just about a bit more functionality...

I absolutely like that I can wear my AirPod in just 1 ear, still be able to listen to the rest of the world when I am biking or running and still enjoy some music or answer calls while having all that fun.

I might dare say , the AirPods are bigger in their impact compared to the launch of the original iPhone itself.
 

tony1984

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Dead on arrival . The AirPods are the next best thing to sliced bread.
Who would like to put a tampon in their ears for 2 times the cost.

Dead on arrival? This is the second generation of a popular brand which has been used in tv show on Netflix (Sense8). As a current owner of the Dash Pro I can say these are solid wearables. These aren’t just your everyday headphones. They are more. If all you want is something for audio purposes then AirPods are perfect but if you want something a little more technological then I would recommend these.
 
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LewisChapman

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Competition is healthy, but at twice the price for just about a bit more functionality...

I absolutely like that I can wear my AirPod in just 1 ear, still be able to listen to the rest of the world when I am biking or running and still enjoy some music or answer calls while having all that fun.

I might dare say , the AirPods are bigger in their impact compared to the launch of the original iPhone itself.

'Just about a bit more functionality' includes:

• On-board storage
• On-board data processing
• Gyro tech
• Bone-conduction
• Heart rate monitoring
• Step counting

... all in a device the size of the tip of your thumb.

You can use the Dash Pro earphones independently so you could have only one in playing music.

Please link me to a source that would suggest AirPods have had anywhere near this scale of impact - I am genuinely interested.
 

tony1984

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'Just about a bit more functionality' includes:

• On-board storage
• On-board data processing
• Gyro tech
• Bone-conduction
• Heart rate monitoring
• Step counting

... all in a device the size of the tip of your thumb.

You can use the Dash Pro earphones independently so you could have only one in playing music.

Please link me to a source that would suggest AirPods have had anywhere near this scale of impact - I am genuinely interested.

Don’t forget to add you can also enable transparency mode or windshield protection with the swipe of the left dash. There are many many features that are part of the Original Dash and Dash Pro. I’m def not knocking AirPods but I don’t think these are comparable. Comparing the Bragis The Headphone would make more sense
 

extrachrispy

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The killer app for me would be a set of wireless in-ear monitors that attenuate external noise comparably well to, say, a set of Howard Leight foam earplugs, fit comfortably under a motorcycle helmet, have ten-hour battery life (with perhaps a battery-preserving standby mode that wakes up in under 100ms), and Just Work with my Sena 20S. The earbud cord is deal-with-able, but not having to deal with it would be the shiznit.

On a sadder note, the class-leading (for motorcyclists) etymotic ER6i in-ear monitors have been NLA for some years now. When mine leave this mortal coil, I'm going to be hard-pressed to find something that works even close to as well.

To address concerns ahead of time, I don't listen to music while riding unless I'm droning down the interstate, where it actually does help to prevent fatigue and zoning out. My primary use is wind noise protection (even a quiet helmet at 60mph far exceeds OSHA limits), intercom, and delivery of RADAR detector audio alerts (hence the need for a blazingly-quick wake-from-standby).
 
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