The Headphone by Bragi

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  1. Paco II macrumors 65816

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    There are a handful of posts about The Headphone by Bragi, but after using it a few days, and wanting to post more about it, it seemed worthy of it's own thread with a proper title.

    First the basics: The Headphone are wireless bluetooth earbuds, that come with a non-battery case, a couple of sizes of "FitTips", as well as one pair of Comply foam tips. It's packaged in a neat little box, as has become the norm since Apple made packaging a 'thing.'

    My interest in The Headphone came from a few realities: There aren't many *good* truly wireless bluetooth earbuds on the market at a decent price, nor many with decent battery life, and AirPods weren't an option for me. As is the case with a non-insignificant portion of the population, AirPods do not stay in my ears. Additionally, the requirement of Siri to change tracks or change volume was also a deal breaker. I am constantly skipping tracks and changing volume as a result, and the 'lag' of using Siri would make me nuts.

    I ordered The Headphone as part of the pre-order group, and despite an unfortunate delay, I did finally receive mine early this week. And while it has only been a few days of use, at the moment I give these a big thumbs up.

    Ok, into the details. First off, these thing weigh like nothing. Super light. Setup was quite easy, as is the case with most modern bluetooth devices. Pairing was a breeze. Subsequent connects take about 3-5 seconds.

    I first tried The Headphone using the default sized (medium ?) FitTips that were already on them. They stayed on my ears securely, but based on the sound I was getting, the fit was clearly not right for my ears. I then switched to the Comply foam tips, and wow. The sound was clear and full. And of course the Comply foam tips are incredibly comfortable.

    Range is always an important metric for anything bluetooth, and I've been very pleased by The Headphone. I've put my phone in both front pockets, back pockets, backpack, jacket pockets, etc, and not a single drop. In very simplistic range testing, I could walk about 30 feet into a different room, when they started losing connection.

    The right earbud contains the controls, which are three multi-function buttons. They are raised, which makes them very easy to find with your finger. Pushing the buttons pushes the unit into your ear a little, which is weird, but I've not found it to be an issue. No pain or anything like that. The buttons serve the usual purposes: volume and track changing, play/pause, access to voice control (Siri on iOS), power. Everything works as expected. It's great being able to very easily change tracks or change volume. It's important to me, and The Headphone does it with ease.

    I don't make too many phone calls, but I did do two 'test' calls in a quiet environment, and the receivers said I sounded fine. I don't expect these to do well in a noisy environment, but I plan to give it a try and will report back. For me, it's not an issue, as using it for phone calls was not a requirement.

    One slight ding for me, is that when putting them back in the case, they do not automatically shut off. They do automatically shut off once you connect it to a charger, and they will auto shut off after a period of time of no connection, but it does seem like an oversight.

    I'll end this post with mention of a great feature The Headphone has called Audio Transparency. With this enabled, The Headphone brings in some surrounding sound, to allow you to be more 'aware' of your surroundings. I hadn't thought much of this feature, but having used it the last couple of days, I have to say it's pretty awesome, and something I'll likely use a lot. Whether it be my commute on the bus, or some walks about town, sometimes it's nice to be cut off, and other times it's nice to be more aware. This feature give you that option. With it enabled, music sound quality remains high.

    So that's it for this first post. I am sure I missed something which I'll add in subsequent posts.
     
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  3. bigjnyc macrumors 601

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    Maybe I'll give these a shot. I loved the Airpods but they didn't fit my ears so had to return them.
     
  4. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'd say definitely worth trying. The AirPods are an excellent product, but like you, they just don't fit me correctly. And The Headphone has been excellent so far for me.


     
  5. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm using the Comply foam tips, and did my first run/jog with them. Stayed firmly in place. Stopped even thinking about them after the first couple of minutes.
     
  6. hulkki macrumors member

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    How about volume? Somebody said that max volume isn't loud enough in noisy enviroment.
     
  7. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Let me try to answer that: my 'default' volume level is higher on the Headphone than typical, just under 3/4. However, I would not be able to listen at full volume - it would be too loud for me.


     
  8. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Not to hijack your thread but I picked up a generic set of totally wireless headphones on Amazon for 40 bucks about the same time I got the Airpods and I can't recommend them enough. Especially when you're going for headphones that don't have a W1 chip in it.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M659IIY/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    These things are pretty awesome... I only seem to get 4-5 hours or so out of them so I need to charge every other day if not daily when I work out with them, I do have long work outs though 2-3 hours at a time.. The SQ is really good. Great bass and clarity and I'm not seeing too much lag on my iPad when I'm watching videos.

    I actually use these guys at the gym and my Airpods are my daily drivers for when I'm walking around or sitting at my desk at work. Someone one these forums linked it in an Airpod thread and I'm thankful someone did cause I think they're great!
     
  9. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, you definitely hijacked this thread. Start your own next time

     
  10. hulkki macrumors member

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    True, but could you answer the volume question?

    EDIT: Sorry, NVM, it was you who answered... and thanks for that.. That was biggest thing why I canceled my preorder, but now I reconsider again. :)
     
  11. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

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    Getting mine soon. Will pit it up against the AirPods. The delayed shipment is killing me.
     
  12. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My impression was that all Headphone preorders were shipped. When did you order yours?

    Having only played with the AirPods, they are a good product. If they match your needs, you'll likely prefer them. But if fit is an issue, or there is a need for volume and track change buttons, good chance you'll prefer the Headphone. I am grateful for choice in the world. And in the days ahead, we will only get more options.

     
  13. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Short update to add that I am so far very pleased with battery life. Use the Headphone twice a day during my commute, about 1.5 hours total per day. Easily got through Thursday. That's with volume at about 3/4, and Audio Transparency enabled about half the time.
     
  14. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

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    You're right. Mine was a pre order unit. It just needed a little more time getting here since I forwarded it from the US.

    I got mine yesterday and here's my initial review.

    1. Sound quality is not any better than the AirPods. I'm kinda surprised the bass is noticeably more prominent on the AirPods. I'm surprised because the bragi headphone being an in-ear type.
    2. Volume is a little weak. I needed to adjust my slider to 3/4 of the total volume control just to get my preferred loudness, again kinda baffles me since in-ear headphones usually sound louder due to their noise cancelation tips/buds.
    3. The fit is NICE. One thing they hit out of the park is their partnership with comply tips. I like how they fit in my ears as well as comfortability in prolonged usage. Don't use it lying down though, it can get uncomfortable because of the pressure of your ears on the pillow.
    4. Side button controls are nice BUT not that important for me after having have used the AirPods. Its nice to have once in a while though.
    5. Battery life is good. But I can picture recharging it to be an added headache being in the Apple Ecosystem and all. The micro-usb port is the culprit since I don't have any micro-usb device so its another usb port to hunt down when I need to recharge.
    6. You can use the right bud independently but not the left since Bragi uses a diff type of frequency to transmit audio to the left bud which requires both to be at a close proximity with each other (i.e. the width of your head), any further and the audio cuts out off the left earbuds.
    7. BT Range is about the same distance as the AirPods. No iCloud integration of course but pairing is quite easy.
    8. Nice implementation of Audio Transparency. The audio quality did not suffer when you turn it on.

    Will use it extensively over the weekend to get a better feel of it. So far, being $10 cheaper is not THAT good of a value proposition against AirPods esp since the case does not have a built-in battery to recharge the buds + iCloud integration is absent.

    I think if they kept the $119 pre order price tag, they would have a winner here.
     
  15. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I've mentioned this before, but it really will come down to whether or not the AirPods fit and provide the functionality that someone needs, or doesn't. The lack of physical volume and track controls, as well as just not fitting in my ears, eliminated the AirPods as an option. I think it would be valuable to review the Headphone not just in comparison with the AirPods, but as a product on its own.

    For me, I've been extremely pleased. They fit well, battery life has been excellent, audio quality is good. I can easily recommend the Headphone.

     
  16. infinitejest macrumors 6502

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    AirPods fit a lot of people and some, like me, don't worry about the lack of physical controls, so I think it is actually really helpful to review things like battery life, charging, sound quality, and so on in comparison with the AirPods.
     
  17. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    The differentiators are the physical controls and fit. Battery life is similar. Charging is similar. I bet sound quality is also similar but that will vary per individual. If you (the general 'you') are someone who already likes the AirPods, they fit, and don't care about controls, it's unlikely any review of the Headphone is ever going to sway you.

    My comment was really just suggesting that the Headphone be reviewed on its own as well, and not just in comparison to the AirPods. For someone who might not care about the AirPods and just want to know if the Headphone is a good product, it would be helpful to have that.

     
  18. dslrjunky macrumors regular

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    +1 for unbiased review...we've got too much alternative facts already..
     
  19. kingston73 macrumors 6502a

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    I just had to requote this for being such a funny post. I think we will all be hearning many "alternative facts" in the future.

    Back on topic, I know you posted a picture of these in your ear, in your opinion how far do these stick out? Do you thing they'd fit under a helmet of some type? I love my Bose but they stick out so far I can't use them under my motorcycle helmet.
     
  20. MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    Just recommending alternatives to the the Airpods. Sorry if that offends you.
     
  21. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    No no, no offense taken. The smiley emoji was supposed to convey that.

     
  22. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Obviously everyone's ears are slightly different, but for me they do not stick out much at all. I could easily wear a helmet over them.

     
  23. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

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    I understand where you are coming from and I agree that the headphones should receive its own merit when it comes to what it brings to the table. With that though, I'd also like to remind you that we are in an Apple Forum and The Headphones does not exist in a vacuum where it is the ONLY product available. I drew comparisons because of what it is in relation to what is out there (or what I have to compare it with).

    High technology like fast charge for the AirPods or Easy syncing is not available on the Headphone, aside from fit and controls, it hard to justify the $149 price in relation to the AirPod's price.

    BUT I really like the fit of the headphones and it is the only thing that is making me regret giving it up soon.

    For others this is my OPINION if you are on the fence between the AirPods or The Headphones:

    A. If you only have 1 Apple/android device, get the headphones. It connects automatically and after the initial set up, you're basically done. It'll connect every time you turn the headphones ON.
    B. If you have multiple Apple devices, get the AirPods, easy switching in control center is just waaay more convenient than opening BT settings and then turning on the headphone in pairing mode (long press until you hear the pairing sound) and then selecting it in the list of BT devices.
     
  24. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    A note on battery life: I am very pleased to say that for me the Headphone has lived up to their 6 hour claims. In fact, I got the little 10% remaining tone after hitting 6 hours of listening to music (over the course of a few days) meaning I would likely have gotten a bit more than 6 hours.
     
  25. Paco II thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just a bit more feedback on The Headphone. A frequent comment in reviews, including my own original one, is that pressing buttons can be awkward because it pushes into the ear. Well, I've found this to be true only for long presses, such as when turning on or off the unit. Volume and track changes do not present any problems. I've simply gotten into the habit of turning on the unit before it goes in my ear, and turning it off after I take it out.
     

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