Tagged With earbuds

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This fall seems like the season we're finally going to see an amazing new family of gadgets: completely wireless headphones that work properly. Sure, companies have tried for years, but most of those attempts have sucked (or been really hard to actually buy). And now, Jaybird is sprinting out of the gates with Run, a slick set of earbuds that practically disappear in your ears. Unfortunately, the new Jaybird buds have some problems.

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Shopping for new heaphones isn't simple — there are thousands of different options out there, and not all of us are completely sure what we're after.

Consider this your jumping off point: we're going to break down the most common types on the market, and what they're best suited for.

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If you'd asked me three years ago which wireless earbuds to buy for the gym, I would have laughed and laughed and laughed. The entire category was so hilariously bad back then, how could I recommend anything? Well let me tell you friend: a lot has changed in the best of ways.

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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 $229 in Australia, 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.

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I am listening to music at all times. Always. I've missed whole memos of verbal information and dodged countless potentially life-changing conversations. I've been the guy in a bar with headphones on. And carrying me through this blissful solitude was a pair of indestructible $10 corded earbuds that I knew to sound only kind of good. Wireless earbuds usually market themselves towards the sporty, sweat-prone types, and I'd yet to find a pair that could also help me tune out the world 24 hours a day. That's still not the case, but the Jaybird X3 comes pretty damn close.

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The 3.5mm headphone jack that has existed in audio players for 100 years is no more. Apple ditching the headphone jack had been rumoured for some time, but it was unclear what the company was going to do to replace it. In part, it's all about the Lightning port — and Lightning buds will ship with the iPhone. But the real future is AirPods, the truly wireless listening devices that look just like EarPods without the wires.

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"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.

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

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Sensors are everywhere — in our phones, watches, and shoes. And now our earphones, too. The SMS BioSport heart rate-sensing earbuds aim to be the audio companion of choice for all you marathon runners, mountain bikers, and other hardcore athlete types who need to know your beats per minute on a daily basis.