Wire­less ear­buds

SmartHouse - - CONTENTS - Writ­ten by Jack Gra­menz

You can put a price on (wire­less) free­dom, and it’s less than you think.

It was only a few years ago when you were hard-pressed to find a set of de­cent wire­less head­phones, let alone in-ear buds.

Fast ad­vance­ments in Blue­tooth and bat­tery tech­nol­ogy have led to a mar­ket where wire­less and true wire­less in-ears are the new nor­mal.

The per­fect companion to the now ubiq­ui­tous smart­phones, wire­less in-ear buds now pro­vide sound that not only ri­vals but ex­ceeds some of their an­ti­quated corded an­ces­tors, with prod­ucts to suit on-the-go lis­ten­ers at ev­ery price point.

Blue­tooth IE Buds Un­der $150 JBL E25BT - $89.95

JBL’s wire­less in-ear head­phones of­fer im­pres­sive sound at a low price, with a bat­tery life of up to 8 hours.

While they don’t have a charg­ing case, they do come with a carry pouch, neck clip and mul­ti­ple eartips to en­sure op­ti­mal fit.

Jay­bird X3 - $99

The Jay­bird X3 of­fers a sim­i­lar bat­tery life of up to 8 hours, with a companion app giv­ing users con­trol over the out­put and al­low­ing them to save cus­tom sound pro­files.

The sound pro­files save to the buds them­selves, pro­vid­ing con­sis­tent lis­ten­ing across all de­vices.

De­signed with sport in mind, the X3’s fea­ture fins to keep the buds se­curely in the ear, with dou­ble coat­ing and re­in­forced seams to pro­tect against sweat.

Blue­tooth IE Buds Be­tween $150 - $300 Jabra Elite 65T - $299

Th­ese true wire­less earphones use a set of four mi­cro­phones to iso­late noise and im­prove clar­ity on voice calls, as well as block out (or let through) am­bi­ent sound, as well as com­mu­ni­cate clearly with voice assistants Ama­zon Alexa, Google As­sis­tant and Siri.

While the buds them­selves are only good for 5 hours, the in­cluded charg­ing care pro­vides an ex­tra 10.

Marley Lib­er­ate Air True Wire­less - $249

Sus­tain­abil­ity fo­cused au­dio brand House of Marley have man­aged a prac­ti­cally un­par­al­leled 9 hours of bat­tery life on its new true wire­less ear­buds, with an ad­di­tional charg­ing case pro­vid­ing a fur­ther 32 hours.

The buds are con­structed with bamboo, re­cy­cled alu­minium and Marley’s own fab­ric made from re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles.

Pair­ing starts the sec­ond the charg­ing case is opened, mean­ing in most cases the buds will be con­nected and ready to go by the time they’re in the user’s ears.

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