Wireless earbuds that have the best combination of battery life, sound quality and a good ear fit
The markets are buzzing with new wireless earbuds or as a layman would say it, ‘wireless earphones’ being released almost every week. Over the past month or two, we have seen the new bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live, Google Pixel Buds and Microsoft Surface Earbuds launched in this already crowded segment. More options translate into a bigger challenge to pick the correct wireless earbuds for your individual requirements.
We have found you wireless earbuds that have the best combination of battery life, sound quality and a good ear fit. Essentially ensuring a set of wireless earbuds that are good for listening to music, taking calls and ones that can be carried to the gym for workouts as well. We are considering options besides the popular Bose SoundSport and Sony WF-1000xM3.
Before all else, we will talk about the challenger to the Sony WF-1000xM3 in the Noise Cancelling department, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW. The audio quality is true to the Audio Technica name and is very balanced with 5.8 mm DLC (diamond-like carbon) coated drivers. The Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW earbuds use two microphones to pick background noise and cancel it out and the Audio Technica Connect-App allows the user to select 3 noise cancelling modes, aeroplane, on-the-go, Office-study, depending on the environment you are using these earbuds in.
The Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW earbuds come with Four sizes (XS/S/M/L) of thin, flexible silicone ear tips that allow a customized fit with excellent isolation for optimal sound delivery. A pair of COMPLY™ foam ear tips (M size) is also included to give you an additional option. These earbuds, the Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW come loaded with Bluetooth 5, are compatible with Qualcomm aptX™ audio, AAC codec and have a multi-pairing function that allows you to pair the earbuds with multiple devices and save pairing history.
The battery life on the Audio Technica ATH-ANC300TW allows up to 4.5 hours of continuous playback on a full charge. Plus, the charging case provides you an additional three times of full-charge of on-the-go power. With all the packed features it is definitely a worthy contender to be the best and an equally good option to consider.
The Huawei Freebuds 3 have recently been launched and are the first to include Active Noise Cancelling (ANC) in an open-ear fit design. Without a doubt, the sound quality of the Huawei Freebuds 3 is amazing with justice done to the bass as well. ANC can be activated from the Huawei AI Life app or with a simple double tap on the left earbud. You can also select to reassign what a double-tap can do on either the left or the right earbud on the Huawei Freebuds 3.
The Huawei Freebuds 3 earbuds have a battery life of up to 4 hours on a single charge. The carry case can be charged wirelessly or by using a C-type charger and supplies an additional 20 hours of battery life. The availability of Huawei Freebuds 3 in both white and black and now the Valentine Red is brilliant for those who want something either darker or in colour over a vanilla white option of the AirPods. The Huawei Freebuds 3 have dedicated bone sensors that help to improve the call quality as the sensors pick up your voice from bone vibrations making them useful for daily office use. As the Huawei Freebuds 3 come equipped with the world’s 1st certified BT/BLE dual-mode Bluetooth 5.1 SoC, they are good for gaming, videos as well as audio use with no lag.
Jaybird Vista offers a secure fit with its wing and ear tip sleeves and IPX7 standard targets serious athletes. No matter how much you sweat or move while you workout, Jaybird Vista wireless earbuds at just 6 grams a piece ensure a continued flow of some amazing sound and music while being comfortable. The Jaybird Vista Bluetooth earbuds are packed to perform for 6 hours with quick charging functionality about 5 minutes in the case results in 1 hour of playback. Overall, the case adds about 10 extra hours with a USB-C charging connection for these Bluetooth earbuds.
Jaybird Vista wireless earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 but lack high-quality Bluetooth codec support which is compensated by the Jaybird MySound App giving a nice bass output with custom EQ presets. The Jaybird Vista Bluetooth earbuds can also be used in a single earbud mode which potentially gives them a 32-hour life.
Creative Outlier Gold wireless earbuds come from the homegrown brand, Creative. The battery life for the Creative Outlier Gold is called out for an incredible 14 hours of playtime on a single charge and reaching up to 39 hours with the charging case. These wireless earbuds also use a Bluetooth 5.0 connection, have IPX5 standards to cover for sweaty workouts and offer a punchy bass output. The Super X-Fi software that comes with the Creative Outlier Gold Bluetooth earbuds gives the sound a 3-dimensional appeal. So if you are looking at a Bluetooth earphone for a budget, we recommend you pick the Creative Outlier Gold wireless earbuds.
Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0
Bang & Olufsen offers another stylish wireless earbud, the Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0. The Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 is available in multiple colour schemes and also offers wireless charging for the case taking the truly wireless concept a notch up. The case for the Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 wireless earphones is worth mentioning as it comes with a leather enrobed design and 12 hours of backup adding to the 4 hours playtime of the wireless earbuds.
The Bang & Olufsen E8 2.0 wireless earbuds come with touch-sensitive controls with each bud offering different controls. Audio output is true to Bang & Olufsen name and is excellent. The Bang & Olufsen app, in addition, offers preset themes and customising options. The wireless earphones come with IP54 certified standards making them pretty good at handling splash & dust. These Bang & Olufsen Bluetooth earbuds work with a Bluetooth 4.2 connection with AAC codes and do not offer active noise cancellation.
If you thought Jabra was on top of their game, they just upped their standards further with the Jabra Elite Active 75T. In terms of the spec-sheets, we doubt that anything even comes close to the supremacy of the Jabra Elite Active 75T. With its 4 microphone technology and a claimed 7.5 hours of life on a single battery charge, it not only is perfect for your office calls, but also an IP57-rating makes them fully waterproof and sweatproof, so there’s nothing holding you back from running through the storm or sweating out your new personal best in the gym.
As far as music listening experience and connectivity are concerned, the Jabra Elite Active 75T with its 6mm speakers provide for surprisingly powerful bass, intuitive volume controls (right for up, left for down), renowned rock-solid wireless connection with Bluetooth 5.0, and a customizable equalizer through the app. But yes, if you are solely looking for earbuds with Active Noise Cancelling, this one is not for you.
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