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Somehow, I’ve gone the past few years without ever trying a pair of Bluetooth earbuds.
I’ve worn wired earbuds, and over-ear headphones, but I was so burned by early wireless headphone experiences that I avoided them completely until a couple of months ago.
It’s weird because they’re everywhere; if I see someone wearing Bluetooth headphones, they’re almost always wearing earbuds. The only real exception is wireless Beats headphones. I’ll admit that the first day was a little rough. But, after that, I found a lot to like both about Bluetooth earbuds in general, and this pair from 1More.
I didn’t realise how important getting the right fit and seal was when wearing Bluetooth earbuds. I found their shape intimidating, and so for the first couple of hours, I wondered why they were so treble heavy. Then I twisted and turned them a bit, and pushed them in a little deeper into my ears. Then I got it. Everything became instantly tighter; these earbuds do have a treble bias, which is true of 1More’s over-ear Bluetooth headphones, but there’s midrange and bass to balance them out.
The only time the treble gets problematic is when cranking these earbuds up to full volume, which I did during my commuter test. It depends on whether or not the song has a lot of treble to begin with, but I found myself listening to bass-heavy music during my commute to get the best results. Despite a tight seal, I could still hear some ambient train noise. Just the train and tracks, though; I couldn’t hear anybody’s conversation.
In a normal environment where you don’t have to crank the volume up, though, these earbuds provide good, reliable sound. Walking on the streets of NYC during my lunch break I only hit one patch of connectivity issues. It was an isolated incident and didn’t last long, my guess is there was a lot of interference from people using their phones and Bluetooth devices. Other than that, I didn’t really have any problems.
I understand why Bluetooth earbuds are so popular, though. They’re incredibly convenient, and I mean incredibly. Not since the days of wrapping old earbuds around my iPod Mini have a pair of headphones offered me such freedom. When I went to see Louis CK last night, I popped them into my shirt’s breast pocket (I didn’t want them to fall out if I pulled my phone out). They fit perfectly, without protruding. Even walking around my neighbourhood, or doing laundry, is easy with these earbuds.
If you’re feeling constrained by cords when you listen to music on your commute, when working out, or running errands, these earbuds will end all of that. Even when compared to over-ear Bluetooth headphones, it’s no contest. What music you prefer listening to will also determine whether or not this pair will be a good fit; if you mostly listen to bass-heavy genres at moderate volumes, then these are a really good choice.
Prefer treble-heavy music? You might find yourself fatigued after listening at high volumes for an extended period of time. Still, these headphones offered me an impressive amount of freedom. When I have to meet up with friends for dinner or a night out, these will be the first pair of headphones I grab.
This article was originally published on 9/9/2016.
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