TicPods Free are a great affordable AirPods alternative, and you can pick up a pair of these wireless earbuds for $79.99 shipped, today only, originally $129.99. Similar to Apple’s offering, simply touch of your finger on the stems of the earbuds, combined with in-ear detection, to control your audio on the go. Yes, these do feature noise-cancellation technology as well. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
AfterShozk Trekz Titanium open-ear wireless bone conduction headphones are great for those who require situational awareness, but still want flexibility, and you can pick up a pair for $79.95 shipped, today only, originally, $99.99. Unlike normal over-ear / in-ear headphones, Titanium lets you hear everything going on, while still listening to your music or make/take calls. They offer a secure fit and are sweatproof, so you’ll be able to enjoy them without worry for the 6+ hours battery life on a full charge. Product page. REad more for a video review and additional information.
Apple’s Powerbeats Pro Wireless Earphones are touted as being more comfortable to wear than AirPods, while offering superb sound quality, and you can pick up a pair for $199.95 shipped, today only, originally $249.95. They offer up to 9 hours of listening time (more than 24 hours with charging case), and feature adjustable, secure-fit earhooks for lightweight comfort as well as stability. The chassis has been reinforced for sweat and water resistance during tough workouts. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
The Klipsch R5 Neckband wireless headphones boasts an 8-hour battery life with neck call vibration, all for $34.99 shipped, today only, originally $119. Featuring hand-stitched, edge-treated brown leather, the R5 neckband headphones rests extremely comfortably against your skin, and it’s designed to age, not wear out. The genuine materials combine with a minimalist shape to sit either directly on your neck or be tucked under the collar of your shirt. It also uses an evolutionary new 5mm micro-driver that condenses the same great Klipsch legendary sound into an even-smaller form-factor. Product page. Read more for a hands-on video review and additional information.
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We may have gotten a sneak peak at the next-generation AirPods with noise-cancellation technology in Apple’s new iOS 13.2 beta. How so? Buried in the beta’s Accessibility settings folder is an icon that appears to show a pair of AirPods with rubber ear tips. Plus, that folder also references a device with an internal codename of B298. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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.
We covered the Human Headphones a couple weeks ago, but they’ve already started shipping, and they may perform better than it looks. These wireless headphones do away with the headband, and have been designed to adapt to the physical structure of your ear. In other words, each of the earpieces is mounted directly on the ear. They can also be used as language translator, with support for 11 different languages. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
Say goodbye to plastic / aluminum headphones, and hello to fungus. Design studio Aivan unveiled Korvaa, the world’s first headphones made from microbial-grown materials. The studio created two versions of the Korvaa headphones, with each consisting of six microbe-grown components with different properties: enzymatically produced, lignin-free cellulose; 3D-printed biodegradable microbial bioplastic PLA for the frame; a leather-like fungal mycelium for the soft foam inside the headset; biosynthetic spider silk for the mesh inside the earphone; and protein foam with plant cellulose. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Anker’s Soundcore Life Q20 Bluetooth Headphones have hybrid active noise cancellation technology, and can be picked up for $48 shipped after clipping the on-page 20% off coupon, today only, originally $59.99. Custom-designed oversized 40mm drivers reproduces your music with extended high frequencies that reach up to 40 kHz for extraordinary clarity and detail. Innovative bass up technology conducts real-time analysis of the low frequencies to instantly strengthen the bass output. Product page – make sure to clip the 20% off coupon for the additional discount. Read more for a video review 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.