The cord cutting trend is here to stay – even though it’s easier to lose the earphones, and they could make a person look dorky, everybody loves the “wireless convenience”.
While Apple AirPods earphones are probably best known for their design and the hefty price tag, Realme looks to deliver a similar product for a lot less. Buds Air features Bluetooth 5.0, active noise cancellation and a charging case. Oddly, noise cancellation only works for calls. The earbuds cost only RM299.
Oppo Enco Free
Oppo’s Enco Free comes with two types of silicone – a secure in-ear version and a more breathable semi in-ear kind. The earphones allow users to adjust the volume by tracing their finger up or down the left earphone, and use the right one to rewind or skip a track. Despite not coming with a charging case, they cost RM499.
Jabra Elite 75t
Jabra has gone for a stemless design, which the company claims offers a better fit. Though it may look rotund, the Elite 75t is in fact 20% smaller than the Elite 65t. The earphones also last 90% longer than their predecessor, now boasting 28 hours of battery life. As they are not tied to a smartphone brand, the earphones will work with Google Assistant, Siri or Alexa.
Panasonic’s earphones, the chunky-looking RZ-S500W, emphasise noise cancelling technology. The company claims the earphones offer 50 levels of noise cancellation for different situations. Announced at the CES tech fair along with a low-end version, the RZ-S300W, the earphones are expected to go on sale sometime this year.
For those that value branding over budget, Master & Dynamic’s collaboration with Louis Vuitton should interest you greatly, as it resulted in the Horizon Earphones. The earphones, essentially an updated version of the MW07 earphones, bear the luxury brand’s initials and flower monogram. They offer 10 hours of listening time, and feature active noise cancellation. They cost a whopping US$995 (RM4,050) and come with a stainless steel chassis.
The Sony WI-1000XM2 earphones are wireless and yet still wired. You read that right – though they are wireless, there is a neckband connecting the left earphone to the right. The company claims the neckband improves comfort and allows the earphones to fit deeply into the user’s ear, offering better sound isolation. The neckband also allows users to easily adjust the volume, play and pause music and take calls. It also has a programmable button that the user can assign a function to. The WI-1000XM2 retails for RM1,299.
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