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I'm something of a heathen when it comes to audio quality. I just... don't care that much? This may have something to do with the fact that I mostly listen to podcasts, Hamilton and the same 90s trash I was into in 1999. It's just who I am as a person.

But I do love me some noise cancellation. But even then, I've always been a tad 'meh' about it when it comes to earbuds. This is probable because there have really only been a handful of contenders in the area and they tend to be really expensive.

And then I met Sennheiser's Momentum True Wirless 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 packages in the mail. Other times, they ask me for advice. One neighbour recently pointed out the $329 Jabra 65t Elite Active truly wireless buds I was wearing in the elevator. "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 candor. I said, "I love them. You should buy them."

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 the 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.

Despite many tries, no company has nailed truly wireless earbuds. Apple's AirPods come close, but the lack of sports-friendly features has always been a problem. That's why I was so excited to see Sony release a set of truly wireless earbuds that are not only tight-fitting and water resistant, they also come with noise-cancelling. After two weeks of testing, I have to admit that the new Sony buds aren't perfect, but they're seductively good.

How many times have you seen this: A guy or gal walking down the street with one earbud in, while the other hangs loose around their shoulders and neck like some ridiculous techie bolo tie. If you're like me, it's a daily occurrence, and a sad symptom caused by design that doesn't quite work.

Wireless earbuds are all the rage right now. And there's a good reason for that -- wires are annoying. Jaybird has a new pair of truly wire-free Bluetooth 'buds called the RUN, and it shouldn't take you too long to guess what they're made for.

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.

Apple doesn't release new products very often, but when it does, people pay attention. In fact, it's probably safe to say that the gadget gurus at Sony were taking notes. The Japanese company just announced two products that could safely be called ripoffs of Apple's newest products: a slick set of wireless earbuds and a smart home speaker.

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.

One of the big trends we're expecting at CES 2017 are "truly wireless" earbuds, much like Apple's AirPods. But unlike others out there, the IQbuds from startup Nuheara have a bit of a twist. IQbuds aren't just truly wireless earbuds for music, they can also be used to augment the sound happening around you to dial-back ambient noise and elevate the sound of someone talking.

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.