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Google’s USB-C Earbuds are Basically Wired Pixel Buds

There were plenty of rumours regarding Google's slate of announcements last night, among them one claiming Google would be launching a refreshed pair of Pixel Buds. That would have been a welcome update, because Pixel Buds were pretty terrible, but unfortunately nothing was mentioned. As it turns out, Google's new USB-C earbuds are essentially wired versions of the Pixel Buds - with many of the same features and questionable design choices. Read More >>

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Master & Dynamic’s New Truly Wireless Earbuds Thump

Sound quality on truly wireless earbuds can seem like a bit of an afterthought. After all, most people just want these things not to fall out of their ears. But Master & Dynamic’s new MW07 truly wireless earbuds do a few new interesting things. Not only do they feel good and look great. They sound like an expensive dream. Read More >>

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I’m Amazed By How Much I Love These Earbuds

A weird thing about reviewing gadgets for a living is that my neighbours notice. Sometimes they just call me out for getting a lot of packages in the post. Other times, they ask me for advice. One neighbour recently pointed out the £170 Jabra 65t Elite Active truly wireless buds I was wearing in the lift. “What do you think?” he asked. After taking the earbud out of my head and asking him to repeat the question, I was honest and probably a little bit surprised by my candour. I said, “I love them. You should buy them.” Read More >>

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Sony Almost Made the Perfect Commuter Earbuds

There are two ways of listening to music: you can shut everything out and focus purely on the tunes, or you can use music to enhance other activities in your life. Headphones and earbuds, especially those of the noise-cancelling variety, are quite good at first; you just put some on, turn up the volume, and let everything else fade away. However, when it comes to the second kind of enjoyment of tunes, earbuds aren’t quite as proficient. Now sometimes that’s a good thing, because I doubt many people like hearing others grunt at the gym or taking a jackhammer to the street. But at the same time, wearing earbuds often means you lose the ability to hear the bell of a bike coming up from behind you, or the chirping of birds on a beautiful day in the park. Read More >>

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The Truly Wireless Earbuds You Should Buy Instead of AirPods

If you’d told me in 2007 that people would be walking around listening to music with wireless, popcorn-sized earbuds, I would have called you crazy. It is now 2017, and these futuristic little gadgets are a reality. But which ones are the best? Read More >>

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Lightning Earbuds With Built-in Charging Make Avoiding Wireless Slightly Easier

After the initial outrage of Apple removing the headphone jack from the iPhone 7 died down, users not wanting to go wireless soon realised that using the phone’s Lightning port meant they could no longer charge while listening to music. Pioneer’s new Rayz Plus earbuds include a simple solution to that problem, but they’re still far from perfect. Read More >>

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Apple AirPods Are Too Simple for Their Own Good

When they were first announced in September, it was obvious that AirPods were Apple’s attempt to distract everyone from the iPhone’s lack of a headphone jack. At $160, AirPods are Apple’s version of truly wireless earphones, a gadget lots of companies have been trying to perfect with varying degrees of success. No one disagrees that wireless is the future, the big question is what company will finally manage to make a truly wireless earbud that is comfortable, affordable, and worth using over more traditional wireless headphones. After two months of delays, AirPods are finally shipping—but don’t run out and buy them. While they’re the best buds of their kind in the world, they’re too inconvenient to really be worth it. Read More >>

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These Earbuds Offer a Perfect Fit Without Wings or Gimmicks

The audiophile community is an insular place where science and hard facts can often take a backseat to PR speak that’s treated like religion. Yet some headphones and earbuds rise above the noise and the companies that produce them gain titanous reputations. Noble, a small company operating in the US, with production in Japan, has a reputation for crafting some of the best — and prettiest — headphones you can spend a paycheque on. Recently Noble’s redesigned its universal in-ear monitors (high-end earbuds) and now the mid-range Noble Savant IEMs are some of the best fitting buds you can shove in your ear. Read More >>

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These Bionic Earbuds are Nearly a Smartphone You Can Leave in Your Ears Forever

Doppler Labs, the company that wants to stick a Jarvis-like computer in every ear, will go live with it first bionic buds that anyone can buy later this year. This is some futuristic shit. Read More >>

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Bose Wireless SoundSport Earbuds are Great for the Gym But Not Much Else

“Fitness abhors a wire” is a quote I just made up, but it makes a lot of sense. The last thing you want to deal with is wire snaking from your head and getting tangled up in the intricate movements a quick run, a downward dog, or some dumbbell curls. That’s why Bose made new the SoundSport wireless: to cut that annoying audio umbilical cord. Or at least make it shorter. Read More >>

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Bose’s Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones Finally Go Wireless

Bose likes to talk about how they invented noise-cancelling headphones. While technically true, it didn’t seem to give them any advantage over the competition that’s now saturated store shelves with wireless ear gadgets of various kinds. But, finally, Bose is making its most popular noise-cancelling headphone, the QuietComforts, completely wireless. Read More >>

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Nobody Needs These Massive Wireless Earbuds With ‘GPS-Like Tracking’

It’s CES time, you know what that means. It’s time to groan at another swarm of disappointing wireless earbuds littering the CES showroom floor. First in line are these supposedly un-losable monsters from Altec Lansing. Read More >>

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BioSport Earbuds: Finally, a Fitness Tracker You Never Have to Charge

50 Cent and SMS Audio announced a new partnership with Intel last night. It's a plan to bring the joys of fitness tracking to both the flakey workout amateur and the finely sculpted sports pro, in the form of earbuds. Read More >>

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These Wireless Earbuds are 3D-Printed to Fit Your Ears (and Style)

For as long as I can remember, I've dreamed about a pair of earbuds that could pump music into my brain without the fuss of wires or plugs. And in recent years, various companies have tried (and failed) to make good ones. A funded Kickstarter project promises to finally succeed. Read More >>