Amazon Echo Buds have been officially announced, and these wireless earbuds offer easy access to Alexa hands-free while on-the-go. Each earbud boasts two outer microphones and one inner microphone that work together to reduce ambient noise so Alexa can hear you in any environment. Simply ask to hear your favorite playlist, find the nearest coffee shop, or summon a ride share. That’s not all, later this year, you’ll be able to use these to ask Alexa if Whole Foods Market has what you want and she’ll tell you if it’s in-stock and which department and aisle to find it in. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video and additional. information.
Apple AirPods, or at least the current generation, will have some major competition this holiday season in the form of Huawei’s FreeBuds 3. They’re claimed to be the world’s first open-fit active noise cancelling headphones, powered by the all-new Kirin A1 chipset. Yes, even with its open-fit design, these headphones make use of ambient noise cancellation technology rather than passive. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Next-generation AirPods may come in different colors, but jeweler Pablo Cimadevila just couldn’t wait. So, he transformed a standard pair of AirPods into 18K AirGolds. Not just gold plating, he actually melted 18-karat gold, took apart a pair of existing AirPods, and then placed the innards directly into the new gold casing. As you can see, they were inserted back into the charging case, though there’s no indication on whether if they still charge normally. Read more for a video of the entire process and additional information.
The AirPods charging case isn’t the most exciting or aesthetically pleasing, but this new Apple ad from Korea shows the possibilities of just what you can do with them. Whether it be a burger, salt & pepper shaker, fries, or just random small animals, your imagination is the only limit. None of these are available for purchase, but it could hint at a line that may be coming sooner than later, especially since there’s a big Apple press event scheduled for September 10th. Read more for the video and additional information.
At $995, the Louis Vuitton Horizon Earphones, developed by Master & Dynamic, not only look the part, but are designed to deliver impeccable sound thanks to a precisely engineered audio system. They come in four colorways: black, white and red Monogram or yellow and blue LV stripes. When these earphones are fully charged, expect up to 3.5 hours of continuous listening, while an intuitive touch control element making adjusting volume or skipping tracks a breeze. Read more for the hands-on video and additional information.
AirPods are currently Apple’s most popular accessory product, with 35 million units sold in just 2018 alone, and the latest generation comes with the H1 chip as well as hands-free “Hey Siri” support. However, that wasn’t enough for LA-based designer Ian Delucca, so he created “Object No. 1”. As you may have already guessed from the title, these luxurious pair of AirPods will set you back a whopping $20,000, and they’re limited to just 25-units worldwide. No, the price unfortunately does not include an iPhone, Apple Watch, or any other one of their devices, just a real shiny pair of earphones. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Apple AirPods 2 are available in two different models, and this one, with the wireless charging case, is being offered for $179 shipped, this weekend only, originally $199. Just like the standard model, this one features dual beam-forming microphones, dual optical sensors, a motion-detecting accelerometer, speech-detecting accelerometer, and the new H1 headphone chip delivers faster wireless connection to your devices. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
Apple AirPods 2 are rarely discounted, but today, you can pick up the latest model with a charging case for $144.99 shipped, originally $159.99. If you’ve never used AirPods, they automatically turn on and connect with nearly all your Apple devices. This updated model offers quick access to Siri by just saying “Hey Siri”, while still allowing you to double-tap the earbuds to play or skip forward. The new Apple H1 headphone chip delivers faster wireless connection to your devices. Product page. Read more for another video and additional information.
Apple AirPods aren’t the lowest-priced wireless earphones, but with some clever engineering, at least one teen managed to make his own pair using wired Apple EarPods. Sam Cashbook, a 15-year-old teen on Reddit, wanted to make his own, so he started watching DIY videos and then bought a hands-free bone conduction headset from eBay for $4. Once he took apart the casing, he desoldered the wires from the original speaker in the headset, and connected the Apple EarPod speaker to the headset’s printed circuit board. Read more for a short video and additional information.
Twelve South’s AirFly Wireless Transmitter lets you connect wireless headphones to wired headphone jacks with Bluetooth 4.1 technology, and it’s being offered for just $32.95 shipped, today only, originally $39.99. When your next long flight begins, simply plug AirFly into your seat’s headphone jack and listen to the film with your AirPods or other wireless headphones, or if you’re at the gym, plug this into the headphone jack on treadmills and stationary bikes. It has a built-in battery that lasts about 8-hours per charge. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.