It doesn’t matter what you call them; either wireless earbuds or truly wireless earphones – they are the talk of the town and for all the right reason.
Almost every other smartphone manufacturer is getting pairs made for their own line-up and others are rebranding the Chinese-made copies to make their way into the market. So, with that being said, not all wireless earbuds are created equal, and neither they will perform the same way.
You are going to find some really amazing earbuds out there like AirBuds Pro and sometimes you may even find really dreadful options. Hence, before making the decision to buy any one of them, there are a few things that you must keep an eye on and we are here to guide you on that.
Although there are cheap wireless earbuds out in the market but we would personally recommend you to avoid them by all means. This is because good wireless earbuds aren’t going to come cheap as they have Bluetooth chips from Qualcomm, and also have decent high-density batteries which make them last longer. So, save up some money and buy a good one instead of changing the cheap ones months after months and also not getting to enjoy the best sound quality.
Another important thing on the list is to know which codec your preferred wireless earbuds support. The most basic models support SBC, but unfortunately, that codec isn’t compatible with higher resolution music and can even sound flat because of the limited transmission speed of the codec.
In case if you use Apple, this requirement becomes even more important as their devices only support SBC or the higher quality AAC. So buying aptX or LDAC would be a waste of time for you then. On the other hand, Android fans don’t have to worry a lot as the latest versions of Android supports most of the Bluetooth audio codecs, including the Hi-Res aptX HD which offers the sound quality of gold standard.
3- Battery Life
Majority of the wireless earbud manufacturers usually offer a playing time between three to five hours. But for usage in real-life, we would expect you to consider subtracting 20% of the quoted time.
Apart from that, you should also be aware of the fact that some makers of wireless earbuds quote the time by combining the playing time of the three or four top-ups available from the charging case. So, if the company is claiming a 12-15 hours playing time, that would most probably be not for listening on one single charge.
4 – Noise Cancellation
There are some amazing noise-canceling earbuds out there that can even help you avoid the noise of aircraft engines or the train passing by you as well. But the noise-canceling circuitry consumes a lot of battery so such earbuds are eventually going to last less comparatively.
With that, you also always have a ‘Hear-Thru’ feature through which you can adjust the noise-canceling to the level which is comfortable for you during the times like jogging.
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