Truly Wireless EarBuds Discussion

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by blairh, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. blairh macrumors 68040

    blairh

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    I'm surprised we don't have a general thread to discuss current truly wireless earbuds. With the Powerbeat Pro's coming next month, I'd like to open up a discussion thread where we can talk about what we are currently using and what we are thinking about getting in the near future.

    Currently I'm using the Powerbeats3 and I'm very happy with them, but I'm so ready to ditch wires and will order the Powerbeat Pro's immediately once available. I've also looked at the current competition and I don't see a single model that appears to compete with the potential multiple features of the Pro's with respect to great sound and deep bass, solid BT connection, and comfortable/secure fit.
     
  2. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

    blairh

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    I've used (and returned) two different truly wireless earbuds in the past weeks.

    The first was the Soundcore Liberty Air's. Despite opting for the black (and not white model) on purpose, I disliked their shiny matte finish and AirPod-like look. For $80 the sound was fine but left a lot to be desired. Touch controls were terrible with respect to consistency and level of press needed.

    Compared to the Air's, the Galaxy Buds looked better in-ear. They also sounded better but still don't come close to the Powerbeats3 and I'm willing to guess the Powerbeats Pro's either. The Buds also annoyingly suffer from no dedicated app on iOS so you cannot tinker with EQ via Samsung nor can you alter touch settings to control volume. A huge mistake by Samsung. However touch controls were very consistent unlike the Air's.

    At this point I'm just going to sit tight and wait for the Pro's to hopefully be released as promised in May.
     
  3. skadd macrumors regular

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    I've been looking at wireless headphones/earbuds for a few years and I would say that I'm quite picky regarding sound quality. The Sennheiser momentum earbuds is said to have the best audiophile experience for any wireless earbuds, but they lack battery life, the controls are unintuitive and I believe they occasionally don't stop playing when placed in the case. Also they don't have wireless charging.

    Having the impression that the AirPods contain the whole package, including not too bad sound quality and wireless charging, I finally got them a week ago. I'm very pleased, they actually do sound a lot better than the wired EarPods in my opinion. The sound is well balanced, relatively open, the bass in punchy and they have instrument separation.

    I will keep these until something better comes along. But as of now, I think the AirPods are the best wireless earbuds.
     
  4. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    I first bought Enactfire earbuds off Amazon and for the price they aren’t bad.

    I then bought the Jabra Elite Active and absolutely love them. Sound quality is pretty good, call quality decent and they have passive noise cancellation. I use them out and about on my daily walks and what’s really cool is no wind sound and it’s been crazy windy here this spring. Now I’ve seen reviews where other complain that the left ear bud stops working. Mine is fine so far. I would be super disappointed if that does happen as I really like them.

    I bought the AirPods for my daughter for Christmas and she wasn’t crazy about them. So I tried them for a week and ended up returning them as I like the Jabras better.
     
  5. blairh thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I had AirPods for 24 hours and really was not a fan. Found the sound lacking, the lack of noise isolation wasn't going to work for me, and the inability to adjust volume frustrating. I know they are enormously popular however in general.

    I feel the consensus 'best sounding' truly wireless earbuds at this moment are the Sennheiser Momentum's and the Bose SoundSport Free's. The Bose are however much larger than the Sennheiser's.

    I wish I could listen to the BeoPlay E8 2.0's. They are smaller than the Sennheiser's and have wireless charging. But given their reviews I doubt I'd be happy with their sound. And with the impending Powerbeats Pro release (which seem to have everything I want except a small case and wireless charging) I really have no reason to get anything new until then.
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    I think the Elite Active is probably best in class below $200. The SoundSport Free's sound better but are much larger and a touch more expensive at retail.
     
  6. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    I did look at the SoundSport as an option but due to the size of them, just knew they wouldn’t work for me.
     
  7. Vdovin macrumors member

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    Tranya Bluetooth 5.0 Deep Bass True Wireless Earbuds from amazon
     
  8. Ralfi macrumors 68030

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    Subscribe to Flossy Carter on YouTube. He’s been in beast mode for months when it comes to wireless buds. Check out his channel.

    Personally, I like the all-round convenience of Airpods for work, gym etc. I’ve gone on about them too many times, so won’t again...
     
  9. whsbuss macrumors 68040

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    Has anyone tried the Raycon wireless earbuds? I see them advertised just about everywhere.
     
  10. Nhwhazup macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, I like Flossy.
     

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