Pi­o­neer Rayz Plus

Clever and ca­pa­ble ca­bled head­phones

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$150 From Pi­o­neer, pi­o­neer­rayz.com Fea­tures Light­ning con­nec­tor, passthrough Light­ning port, HearThru am­bi­ent sound mode

Th­ese Light­ning head­phones solve a prob­lem that iPhone 7 users have been deal­ing with for a year now – how to lis­ten to wired head­phones and charge your phone at the same time. Here, it’s easy. You plug their Light­ning con­nec­tor into your de­vice, then plug power into them, and you’re all set. Of course, Light­ning means they only work with suit­ably equipped iOS de­vices.

But that’s not all th­ese head­phones do. They’re packed with ex­tra smarts that make them great head­phones even be­yond that fea­ture. There’s active noise can­cel­la­tion that ri­vals the Bose Qui­etCom­fort range – our gold stan­dard – for cut­ting out sound, plus a very smart auto-mut­ing mic fea­ture that cuts out all sound from your end of a call when you’re not talk­ing, so the other per­son doesn’t have to talk over back­ground noise. They also auto-pause your music when you take them out of your ears, just like Ap­ple’s AirPods. The Rayz app in­cludes the abil­ity to set the ac­tion of the in­line re­mote’s Smart But­ton to tog­gle noise can­cel­la­tion, mute/ un­mute calls, or open an app of your choice.

The head­phones come with a wide range of in-ear tips to make sure you get the best sound out of them too, which is great, since they don’t skimp on au­dio qual­ity ei­ther.

The sound is pretty punchy, fill­ing the mid and bass with rich­ness, with­out for­get­ting to pack the high end with de­tail and pre­ci­sion. Those who are par­tic­u­lar about a very open and nat­u­ral sound won’t find them to­tally to their taste, but we think just about ev­ery­one else will love them, es­pe­cially for the price. the bot­tom line. Charge and lis­ten at the same time, en­joy great sound, and count on top-notch noise can­cel­la­tion. A top buy for your iPhone if you don’t mind wired head­phones. Mat­tBolton

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