August 9

Review: Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless noise-canceling earbuds are the new champs

Over the past month, I’ve used the Sony’s poorly-named but pretty incredible WF-1000XM3 wireless earbuds for gym workouts (recommended) and bike rides (at your own risk). These $228 earbuds fall between Apple’s $159 AirPods and $259 PowerBeats Pro but offer something both don’t: active noise cancellation.

In fact, I reviewed the PowerBeats Pro last month and thought I was done with my search for the perfect wireless earbuds. Turns out I was wrong…

August 4

expiredBeats Solo3 Wireless Headphones offer Apple’s W1 chip, more for $160 shipped

Amazon offers the Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones in various colors for $159.99 shipped. That’s up to 20% off and the second best price we’ve tracked at Amazon. Best Buy is currently matching this offer. If you’re looking for a new pair of headphones, go no further than Beats’ popular Solo3 wireless. With Apple’s built-in W1 chip, you can count on stellar 40-hour battery life and near-instant connectivity. Perfect long listening sessions thanks to built-in memory foam ear cups. Rated 4.1/5 stars.

August 2

I bought AirPods immediately after they were released. This was despite the high price tag and questionable style at the time. Fast forward more than two years later and there is an enormous market for truly wireless earbuds. Many sport in-ear designs like the AUKEY Key Series that I reviewed about two months ago.

Unlike others, Happy Plugs Air go head-to-head with AirPods thanks to an extremely similar style. At $90, they cost nearly half the price and at first glance, look identical to Apple’s iconic earbuds. For this reason, this review will pit Happy Plugs Air directly against Apple AirPods. expand full story

July 30

In what seems like a never-ending parade of AirPod competitors, House of Marley has now joined the list with its new Liberate Air Truly Wireless Earphones. Unlike many of the other manufacturers that have entered the fray, Marley has nailed a few key specs that have plagued the competition in recent years. Most notably is the inclusion of USB-C, stereo voice communications, and up to 32 hours of battery life when the charging case is accounted for. Of course, you’ll find the usual House of Marley focus on sustainable materials, which delivers some nice bamboo styling. Hit the jump for more on the new Liberate Air earbuds.

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June 20

Even though the era of true wireless earbuds has arrived, higher-end audio companies are still managing to find success targeting releases towards the audiophile crowd. The very same listeners willing to shell out big bucks for studio-grade cans still need options for enjoying hi-fi music on-the-go. And with AirPods’ sound quality not cutting it for many, that’s where RHA’s new T20 Wireless Earphones come in. Cutting the cord on one of its more popular releases, the brand’s new earbuds come as feature-packed as it gets. More details below.

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June 12

Another week, another AirPods competitor. Just two weeks ago after we covered AUKEY’s truly wireless Key Series earbuds, a new AirPods rival has emerged that fully commits to Apple’s stem-like design. Instead of going inside the ear canal like Anker’s Liberty Air and many others, Happy Plugs Air 1 simply rest just outside of it, closely mimicking Apple’s popular offering. expand full story

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