Truly Wireless Earbuds are here to stay. It’s easily one of the most sought-after segment of audio products and 2020 spurred its evolution with active noise cancellation now becoming the norm, and not the exception in such tiny form factors. Battery life, connectivity and, most importantly, the audio quality itself reached new heights. The usual suspects in audio – Sennheiser, Sony, Shure, and Samsung pushed the limits of what these earbuds can offer. And the best part? None of these TWS earbuds break the bank in terms of pricing. But the quality of audio they deliver – quite priceless. So, these are the nominees for the Best Truly Wireless Earbuds of 2020 for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020 –
Nominees for the Best Truly Wireless Earbuds 2020 for Indian Gadget Awards 2020
- Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
- Sony WF-1000XM3
- Jabra Elite 85T
- Samsung Galaxy Buds+
- Shure Aonic 215 True Wireless
- Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2 defines the premium in the TWS segment. Housed in a fabric-laden case, the Momentum Truly Wireless 2 is only the company’s second attempt at making a premium TWS. Only this time, the sound signature achieved by the 7mm dynamic audio drivers is non-pareil. There’s active noise cancellation, and the design is quite ergonomic for long hours of use. Speaking of long hours, the Momentum True Wireless 2 delivers 7 hours of battery life on a single charge, while the carrying case extends that to 28 hours. The earbuds are controlled using touchpads that can be customised through a smartphone app. The app also offers an equiliser to tweak the sound output to just how you like it.
The Sony WF-1000MX3 packs an impressive number of features to seal its spot as one of the best TWS earbuds around. For one, this one rocks digital noise cancellation with smart listening algorithms to dynamically adjust the ambient noise based on your activity. It also rocks a transparency mode and wear detection. Further, AI algorithms in the earbuds can recognise your location such as when you are at home, work or at the gym and adjusts the noise cancellation accordingly. The WF-1000MX promises six hours of battery life on a single charge, while the charging case extends that to 24 hours with support for 10-minute fast charging that delivers 90 minutes of playback.
Jabra Elite 85T
The Jabra Elite 85T also offers active noise cancellation and even comes with an adjustable ANC slider to control the amount of ambient noise you want to hear. Plus there’s Jabra’s HearThrough feature that turns off the ANC temporarily to let you hear the world outside. The earbuds rocks 12mm drivers for strong bass and clear sound, and Jabra promises a 5.5 hour battery life on a single charge with a total of 25 hours through the charging case with ANC turned on. The Jabra Elite 85T is also quite comfortable to wear for long hours. It comes with oval EarGels and pressure relief vents that allows long hours of listening.
Samsung Galaxy Buds+
The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ takes the already capable Galaxy Buds and adds more features and functions. Samsung claims to be the first to offer a 2-way dynamic speaker system and boosted drivers tuned by AKG to deliver rich, natural sound. While the earbuds are pretty good at cutting off ambient sound, you can also adjust how much of the outside world you want to hear to stay aware of your surroundings. Samsung promises 11 hours of music playback that can be extended to 22 hours using the charging case. The charging case can be wirelessly charged on any Qi-certified wireless charger.
Shure Aonic 215 True Wireless
The Shure Aonic 215 True Wireless Earbuds looks nothing like the usual TWS offerings available today. While there’s no ANC on this one, the design and the foam tips are able to block most of the ambient sounds, allowing you to immerse yourself in the music. The TWS earbuds support AAC playback, as well as Qualcomm AptX for lossless audio. The sound can be further customised using the ShurePlus PLAY app, while touch controls on the earbuds allow you skip tracks, answer calls and hear the world outside. Lastly, the Shure Aonic 215 TWS also support MMCX connectors, which means you can attach a neckband or make it wired too.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live or the Galaxy Beans as they are lovingly called, sports a distinct bean-like design that Samsung claims deliver better ergonomics when wearing for long hours. The Galaxy Buds Live rocks 12mm drivers with dedicated bass ducts and air vents for clearer, deeper sound. The speakers are tuned by AKG and the sound quality isn’t so bad. The Buds Live also feature active noise cancellation and has Bixby built-in. Bixby inside lets you manage calls, adjust the volume or check the weather. Samsung promises a 21 hour battery life on the Buds Live with the charging case.
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