For what they are, the sound is amazing. I can't really do a phone call anymore without them. Working on my car, doing dishes, going for a jog, taking the dogs on a walk, the pods are goin' in.
My wife finally made the switch from Android (she had mulitple Samsung Galaxy devices) to iOS w/ an XS and she is also hopelessly addicted to the new ecosystem and her AirPods. We had a running joke for years that she would never switch teams but now she is 100% stoked on Apple gear.
I am not in the market for anything like this, since I have the high-end spectrum covered w/ some Sony over the ear noise cancelling cans but if I was I would give these a shot in a new york minute.
The chead buds don't sound quite as good as Airpods, but they're 85% of the way there, fit better, can actually handle the rain and sweat without breaking down, can be used during exercise without falling out, and they cost a fraction of the price.
But the cost, even for people who would immediately go buy another pair, does suck. When I used <$20 headphones at the gym, it was reasonable to keep a backup on hand, or a second pair at work or in a gym bag. If I leave my AirPods somewhere unexpectedly my options are to go back and get them. Buying or borrowing a pair of wired headphones aren't even an option in most cases anymore.
Not as a counter to your story, but I know someone who was gifted knockoff AirPods and didn't know it. They were really confused why people liked them so much and returned them within a week.
Doubt so, Bluetooth 5 doesn't really do anything with audio streaming. Check this out: https://habr.com/en/post/456182/, in particular:
> Only one change affected the Classic version within the specification of Bluetooth 5: support for the Slot Availability Mask (SAM) technology, designed to improve radio frequency sharing. All other changes affect only Bluetooth LE (the same applies to Higher Output Power too).
> All audio devices use only Bluetooth Classic. Headphones and speakers cannot be connected via Bluetooth Low Energy. There is no standard for transmitting audio using LE. The A2DP standard, used to transmit high-quality audio, works only through Bluetooth Classic, and there is no equivalent in LE.
> To sum up: buying audio devices with Bluetooth 5 only because of the new version of the protocol is meaningless. Bluetooth 4.0/4.1/4.2 in the context of audio transmission will work the same way.
> If the announcement of the new headphone mentions a doubled radius and reduced power consumption thanks to Bluetooth 5, then you should know that they either do not understand themselves or mislead you. No wonder, even the manufacturers of Bluetooth chips confuse the difference in both standards, and some Bluetooth 5 chips support the fifth version only for LE, and use 4.2 for Classic.
To boot, the fact that these things only cost me about 20 bucks just makes it so much easier to carry around with me every day. People have reported having anxiety/panic attacks over fear of misplacing their AirPods because they're so damn expensive. I don't really have to worry about that with the Anker ones--I'd be bummed if I lost them, but they're just another pair of earbuds, at the end of the day.
The main issues with inexpensive earbuds (Tozo T6) is bluetooth connectivity and touch controls. Pairing between the two earbuds is hit and miss, then a few more seconds to connect to the phone. The touch controls are inaccurate. Perhaps I should have bought cheaper ones without touch. In contrast, Apple earpods connect instantly and just work. It's like comparing Macbook touchpads vs PC touchpads. Macbook touchpads are unequaled.
I use the inexpensive earbuds daily despite their quirks. I can buy 5 of them for the ridiculously priced Pro.
That is my biggest issue, as a distance runner I have never had a pair of headphones last >6 months before they stop work (likely due to salt from my sweat). Its one thing to buy a pair of earpods for $29.99 every 6 months (and Apple usually gives me a pair free under the warranty), but I don't want to spend $150 every 6 months. I've been considering the bone conduction headphones, but haven't been able to test a pair yet.
Not afraid of rain, only of sweet, as I use earphones only inside on treadmill.
- left and right earbud need to first pair with each other on startup before pairing to your phone. Otherwise you get one side paired to your phone and the other side is just dangling
- lack of volume controls on many
Battery capacity was actually never a show stopper for me - some earbud charging cases are 550 mAh while others are 3500. But the 550 one would already be enough for a whole day's worth of use, so by the end of the day I could just charge the case all the same.
I have to imagine they'd last up to a half marathon, but might struggle on a full marathon.
- Liberty Neo
- Zolo Liberty [Upgraded]
- T5 IPX7 TWS
- M20 IPX7 TWS
- Airpod Pro
This is why people buy Apple products.
I do a lot of home improvements and listening to audio books is how I make the experience tolerable. only having to charge my earbuds at night (along with my phone) is nice.
Like the first-gen AirPods, I think having noise-cancelling in this form factor is a game-changer. All other noise-cancelling headphones, as far as I know, are either bulky on-ears or earbuds with a brick that dangles at the end of the cable.
Being able to block out the world with a device like the AirPods that just fades into the background is a dream. Especially for someone like me who has to wear noise-cancelling headphones to sleep at night.
Echo buds: https://www.amazon.com/Echo-Buds/dp/B07F6VM1S3/
Sony WF-1000XM3: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-WF-1000XM3-Industry-Canceling-Wi...
There's probably more, but this was my simple amazon search. Lots of manufacturers are calling their earbuds noise canceling with cVc 6.0 or 8.0, but those are only for phone calls, not for other audio.
I think that if you're not in the Apple ecosystem, it wouldn't be a bad idea to check these other options out. Of course, if you are in Apple's ecosystem it's almost a no-brainer to go with Apple's earbuds.
The Apple web site states that the new AirPods have an internally-facing microphone, as well. I wonder if that will help. They're touted as being unnoticeable.
Sleeping on my side isn't 100% ideal but they don't prevent it, for me. My biggest problem is turning over in the night and getting tangled up in the cord, then waking up slightly when I try to adjust it.
I h ave these, too, and they're pretty great. I don't sleep with these in except on an airplane, but even then never on one of these. They're a little big since they stick out of my ear.
Should note that I don't need noise cancellation, I just listen to audiobooks until I fall asleep on nights that I am having trouble getting to sleep, but have a partner who is a light sleeper and can't just play them on a speaker.
At worst, you can have some minor earwax buildup (if you also don't ever wash your ears)
So that's a 1 in 1 failure rate ;)
Switching devices is the only situation that I find annoying since I need to open up the bluetooth menu and tell it to connect.
That said I wish these things didn't have a microphone. People tend to shout into them.
Haven't been my experience. They sound excellent for voice stuff (paired to the Mac/iPhone)
The sound would have to be in the same ballpark though, which is hardly a guarantee given my experience with IEMs in the past.
When choosing between QC35 and Sony's noise cancelling cans, Bose was a clear winner due to that fact alone.
Whenever switching between my mac, PC, or phone, I have to repair the headphones. Very annoying.
They also don't stay in my ears for the life of me, so exercising at the gym I have to use over-the-ear headphones. I think this impacts the sound for me, as well, since they sound better when I hold them in my ear versus when I let go.
Any recommendations for what I'm doing wrong?
Oh, btw, the connection is very dependent on your Android phone. Bluetooth is in year ~20 of widespread alpha testing and Android implementations vary. I initially had an HTC; it had bluetooth issues. I'm now on a Google-made phone and it's seamless. Anecdotally, Samsungs work well too.
With a Pixel 3a I also have had zero Bluetooth connection issues; I keep it paired to both my 3a and my laptop and it works flawlessly, including switching between devices as needed.
Seems like a common problem too and various fixes that I've read up on don't work.
She is no considering the airpods but I don't know what to tell her. Like the poster above, the price seems ridiculous to me, especially after the bad experience with the Jabras which are also expensive and supposedly high quality.
I wonder if a complete reset would fix it, got them last Christmas and the pairing process was horribly buggy back then and don't feel like risking it again....
Probably, never had any complaints and my own recordings work (airpods/iphone)
Maybe android fixed some bugs?
Goodness, controlling something like volume by voice sounds _excruciating_. I rarely know where I want the knob to be and thus fiddle to the left and right until the desired level is reached. I wonder the ergonomics of this experience.
That said, I really* wish there were an option that didn't decay in battery quality so rapidly after a year.
* iPhone required
I currently use Jabra Active 65-somethings because they offer adjustable soft rubber tips, and airpods do not fit my ears. The Jabra's don't have a mute button on the earbuds; you have to open your phone. Do the Airpods?
100% agree that if you take a lot of calls, airpods or their clones are the best thing I've bought in 5 years.
For instance, my right pod will skip to the next song with a double-tap. My left pod activates Siri.
I left my airpods at home today (what a coincidence) so I cannot visit that menu to let you know whether or not mute is one of the possibilities for the tap gestures.
Bluetooth also caps out at roughly the midrange for headphones. High-end bluetooth Bluetooth headphones are technically possible, but nobody makes anything equivalent to say, the Focal Clear, but with Bluetooth.
At home I use the Sennheiser RS 185, Sennheiser's top-end RF (non-Bluetooth) wireless headphones. I love them, but realistically, the sound quality is on par with $200 wired headphones.
They are comfortable and very useful to have phone calls but nothing more unless you are in quiet environment most of your time.