At first glance, wireless earbuds may come across as utterly ordinary.
After all, they are technically just earbuds… that are wireless. So what’s the big fuss about them?
Well lest you’re wondering that, here’s an eye-opener.
Wireless earbuds are actually in high demand all around the world, and rather deservedly so.
And so, here are 10 facts about wireless earbuds that you should have known about since yesterday…
Because they’re the newest, and most in-demand, a solution to all your on-the-move audio problems.
1. They have been all the rage for years now
For years, wired earbuds and headphones have dominated the audio device market…
Until Apple’s Airpods came along.
Revolutionising the market with their aesthetic look and convenience of use, the revelation has led every headphone manufacturer to get a pair on the market.
2. They are not all created equal
Contrary to popular belief, not all wireless earbuds are created equal.
Several factors may determine whether your product is a good one or a dreadful one. These factors include cost, codecs and battery life.
3. You Can’t Go Cheap
Though some wireless earbuds may come cheap, you’re well-advised to stay away from them unless they’re of a proven calibre.
As good wireless earbuds often require a good-quality Bluetooth chip and some decent high-quality batteries to work well, they tend to cost more.
So expect to pay more for a good pair of wireless earbuds.
According to Forbes, most basic models only work with SBC, a codec which fails to support higher resolution music and tends to sound a little flat (due to the limited transmission speed utilised by the codec).
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Apple users should check to see if the earbuds support AAC, as Apple devices only support SBC and the higher quality AAC. Hence, earbuds that only support SBC, aptX or LDAC would be a waste of time and money.
As for Android users, they are more entitled than the rest, as the latest versions of Android support most Bluetooth audio codecs, including the Hi-Res aptX HD.
So if you’re an Android user, count your blessings. And if you’re not…
Well, we just have to deal with it.
5. Battery Life
Earbuds refuel their charge by using power from a battery built within a charging case. The charging case would commonly be able to charge the earbuds for around three to four times, before it needs to be recharged itself.
Wireless earbuds have an estimated playing time of around three and five hours, though the duration may vary depending on the model.
Lest you’re unaware, good-quality wireless earbuds come with control pads or buttons that enable you to increase volume, skip a track, take phone calls or even issue vocal instructions.
Apple’s Airpods, for instance, can even pause music automatically the moment you pull an earbud out of your ear.
Cheaper wireless earbuds, however, often lack controls, which means that you’ll need to have your smartphone near you to adjust volume and such.
7. Noise Cancelling
Some wireless earbuds also come with a noise-cancelling feature that can help reduce the volume of background noises.
However, the function requires additional battery power, so don’t be surprised if they end up proffering shorter listening times, or come in chunkier sizes to accommodate the larger-size batteries required.
8. The Big Three
Though they have different takes on what wireless earbuds should look like, they’re more or less equal in sound, though they do have a few varying features.
Sweat and water resistance, for instance, differs across the three models.
Ambient noise reduction and the way they fit in your ear also differ to a certain extent.
9. Big Three
Looking for the best pick amongst the top three? Here’s a rough breakdown of what they entail.
Google Pixel Buds
The Google Pixel Buds come with sweat and water resistance, which will surely appeal to all the fitness gurus out there. It’s also a feature that Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live and Apple AirPods distinctly lack.
Galaxy Buds Live
Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live, on the other hand, offers more battery life than the other two, with three hours more playtime.
Last but not least, Apple AirPods may just be the worst pick out of the three. Though they’re undeniably good, they appear a little basic on the features front and are, according to sources, probably not the best choice for even iPhone users.
10. The Future
You might be a long-time fan of wired earbuds. Or you may have had your headphones around you for ages. But the fact remains that the future is now…
And that wireless earbuds are part of just that.
Whether it’s the aesthetic outlook, accessibility or convenience of use, it almost certainly has other audio devices in the current market beat.
So if you consider yourself a fan of the latest audio gadgets, well…
You may want to invest in a good pair of wireless earbuds, for more reasons than one.
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