HEAD­PHONES

A PAIR FOR EVERY SCE­NARIO

iPhone Life Magazine - - 2018 Best Tech Guide - BY DONNA CLEVE­LAND

Li­bra­tone Track+ In-Ear Head­phones

($199) We have yet to find wire­less in-ear head­phones with sound qual­ity that can stand up to that of the Track+. This Scan­di­na­vian com­pany em­pha­sizes great de­sign, and it shows in this prod­uct's fea­tures, in­clud­ing easyto-ad­just auto noise can­cel­la­tion, tan­gle-proof wires that lay flat, and auto sleep mode so your head­phones won't drain bat­tery or in­ter­fere with other Blue­tooth con­nec­tions when you're not us­ing them. Li­bra­tone's app is worth down­load­ing too—it al­lows you to cus­tom­ize your sound ex­pe­ri­ence and hook up with an­other Li­bra­tone wearer so you can both jam out to mu­sic from the same au­dio source.

Earin M-2 ($249) The M-2s are ex­tremely com­pact—even for true wire­less buds! Earin has art­fully crafted its sound ex­pe­ri­ence—highs and mid­dles are crys­tal clear, bass is de­cent and doesn't over­whelm, and au­dio trans­parency is eas­ily ad­justable from Earin's app. The M-2s are great for ur­ban life or the of­fice. You can lis­ten with one or both ear­buds, which is a nice touch, but sadly there's no vol­ume con­trol on the M-2s them­selves. A fea­ture we re­ally ap­pre­ci­ate in such small and easy-to-mis­place tech is the mag­netic hold of the charg­ing case, so the buds won't go fly­ing if you yank open the case or ac­ci­den­tally drop it.

Jabra Elite Sport Wire­less Ear­buds ($219.99) The Elite Sports are de­signed for the most se­ri­ous (and sweati­est) of run­ners. The most rugged of Jabra's wire­less ear­buds, this pair of true wire­less ear­buds sound great, fit snugly in your ears, and fea­ture heart rate mon­i­tor­ing as well as Hear Through tech­nol­ogy, so you can ad­just how much street noise you want to hear. For weightlifters, the Jay­bird

Run True Wire­less Sport Head­phones ($179.99) are a great op­tion, al­low­ing you to block out all sur­round­ing noise and ad­just the tre­ble and base to your lik­ing. Pros of the Jay­bird Runs in­clude a light­weight build and great bat­tery life; the one con is that even with the tips and fins, we found sharp move­ments like run­ning to dis­lodge them oc­ca­sion­ally.

Sony MDR-1000X ($399.99) The Sony MDR-1000Xs are the com­plete pack­age. Not only do they have best-in-class sound qual­ity and noise can­ce­la­tion, but they're also beau­ti­fully de­signed for hours of com­fort­able wear and fold up neatly and stow in a pro­tec­tive case for easy travel. Sony went the ex­tra mile with its noise can­cel­la­tion—not only will you find sen­sors on the out­side of the earpads like most head­phones, but also on the in­side, so that the noise can­cel­la­tion can tai­lor to your in­di­vid­ual head shape. If you travel fre­quently, these head­phones are worth splurg­ing on. If you're look­ing for amaz­ing sound at a lower price point, check out the no-frills, wired al­ter­na­tive with the 1More Triple Driver Over-Ear Head­phones ($249.99).

Plantron­ics Voy­ager 8200 UC ($379.95)

The sound qual­ity of the Voy­ager 8200s are so good, you'll think you're lis­ten­ing to a turntable in the pri­vacy of your bed­room in­stead of wan­der­ing a crowded of­fice. Other sell­ing points in­clude a strong wire­less con­nec­tion, noise can­ce­la­tion, and the abil­ity to pair with two de­vices at once so you can seam­lessly switch be­tween your iPhone and lap­top with­out hav­ing to re­con­nect to dif­fer­ent de­vices. The play­back con­trol but­tons on the ear cups are un­in­tu­itive, how­ever, and while you can cus­tom­ize con­trols in the Plantron­ics app, it re­quires a lit­tle trial and er­ror to ad­just your head­phone set­tings ex­actly how you want.

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