What are Wireless Earbuds/Earphones?

Wireless Earphones are becoming increasingly popular in the world today. The technological advancements we are seeing are becoming increasingly frequent and are changing the world around us. Looking to the portable audio market, there are ever increasing storage capacities for storing music and videos. You can get a full terabyte of storage (1000 Gigabytes) in the palm of your hand with the new Galaxy S10 Plus. That can hold over 200,000 songs or 17,000 hours of music. All of that in your pocket! With that amount of portability we need good headphones or earphones to listen to it privately.

Wireless Earphones are the next big thing in audio consumption. With the release of Apple AirPods being extremely popular as well as the Galaxy Buds, we are seeing more and more wireless earbuds pop up. Some people ask what the difference is between earbuds and headphones and the answer is shockingly simple. Earbuds go into your ears, while headphones rest on your head and cover your ears. The wireless aspect of it just takes away the cords. Most can connect over bluetooth, while some even use wifi as the form of connection. Whichever way you choose, the reliability is getting better and better. We now are on the Bluetooth 5.0 Standard which increases the range for how far the connected devices can be from each other as well as offering the ability to connect with what is known as “Low-Power Bluetooth.” This function reduces the amount of power used when the bluetooth connection is active but not being utilized. 

There are many different brands and styles of wireless earphones. To make it even more complicated, you can have wireless earphones that are connected by a wire, or you can have wireless earphones that aren’t connected to anything at all except over bluetooth. These are things you will have to consider when looking to purchase wireless earbuds. Do you want a wire around the back of your head connecting the two earbuds? Will it be annoying dangling back there? Is it worth it to spend extra money on truly wireless earbuds? These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself when looking for a pair of earbuds. There are many different styles, prices, and sound qualities that each earbud has. It is up to you to find what you like, what you don’t like, and then make a decision based on that. 

One of the most popular wireless earbuds are the Apple AirPods. They are lightweight, come with a charging case, and are recognizable from quite a distance away. There are pros and cons to these earbuds. The pros are that they have amazing range when it comes to connectivity. They can be over 150 feet from the phone they’re connected to before they start losing signal. This has only improved with the latest revision of the earbuds. They also have relatively good sound quality. The downside to these earbuds is a relatively big one, the price. Brand new these earbuds are $199 which is high for what you are getting. Some of the other earbuds have a lot more features and can justify the price. These are purely for audio besides the small amount of iOS features. 

Not all earbuds are great in the connectivity department. Earbuds like the Bragi Dash have good connectivity until you have your phone in your pocket. When you turn your head to the right they just cut out. Bragi has pushed multiple software updates to their earbuds to fix this issue but cannot seem to get it right at this time. Along those same lines, the Bragi Dash is still the first and one of the best earbuds you can buy. Starting out as a Kickstarter in 2014, Bragi was the first to bring truly wireless earbuds to the market. There have been many since and it has become a highly growing market to get into. Companies such as Apple, Samsung, and even Google have pushed their own versions of the “truly wireless earbuds” following the success of The Dash. Bragi raised nearly $3.4 million to kickstart their product into the atmosphere. They have since released The Dash Pro in 2017 and in recent months announced they are leaving the market to pursue other interests. They will keep updating their software but they won’t be making any more hardware. The Dash has 4GB of onboard storage, an assistant similar to Alexa and Siri, as well as the option to use Alexa natively in the earbuds. There is a heart rate sensor, gyroscope, pedometer, and even more sensors, 22 total in fact. These are the most technologically advanced earbuds as well as the first to the market. They constantly push updates with new features and bug fixes. 

There are many differences and similarities between the multitude of wireless earbuds on the market. They key is finding what you like in an earbud, and find the one that is perfect for you. 


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