Wired headsets are losing their charm to earbuds in every sector of life, be it listening to music or using them for gaming. The absence of wires has made the experience a lot less messy, which often used to get tangled, and the lightweight of the earbuds has also added to the portability factor. Now different users have different criteria; some look for deep bass, others for excellent noise cancellation, and thus it becomes difficult to choose the right one from the pool of options. To make things easy, in this article, we have made a list of 5 premium earbuds that you can choose from according to your needs.
Apple AirPods Pro 2
Apple is slowly turning up its game in the earbuds market to compete with brands like Sony and Bose, and with the release of the AirPods Pro 2, it is just getting close. The external design has not changed much for the earbuds from their predecessor, but the implementation of the swipe volume control on the stem is a welcome change. The earbuds carrying case now has a lanyard and an in-built speaker, which comes in handy. The H2 chip in the buds has significantly improved audio performance, and the ANC reduces background noise to a low murmur. Adaptive Transparency protects your ears from harsh sounds, while Spatial Audio helps you drown in the immersive sound experience. With an IPX4 rating, the Apple AirPods Pro 2 is able to provide 6 hours on a full charge and around 5 hours with Spatial Audio and ANC on. If we are being completely honest, go for the Apple AirPods Pro 2 if you are a member of the Apple ecosystem or an iPhone owner, otherwise, at ₹26,900, it will not seem like a fair deal.
Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II
Bose has always been crafting premium-end headsets for a long period of time, and with its QuietComfort Earbuds II priced at ₹25,900 it again proved why it is still best in class. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II have undergone a major design overhaul compared to their predecessor, with each earbud weighing 6.24 g. The voice call has also improved over the first-generation buds, with four microphones in each. Using Custom Tune technology, the earbuds deliver a balanced sound that is perfectly tailored to each user’s ear. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II probably have the best ANC in the market, and with their Quiet Mode, the earbuds have the ability to silence any sound in the world to the point of nothingness. For softening loud sounds and staying aware of your surroundings, you can use the Aware Mode, which has Active Sense technology. The Bose QuietComfort Earbuds II provide 6 hours of listening time on a full charge and have an IPX4 rating, making them water and sweat resistant. The absence of multipoint Bluetooth pairing, wireless charging, and aptX or LDAC compatibility are the drawbacks of these earbuds.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3
From design to materials inside the earbuds, Sennheiser has made the Momentum True Wireless 3 more refined than its predecessors and priced it at ₹19,990. Available in three colors, White, Grey, and Black, the earbuds have become 16% smaller than their predecessors and have been given a rectangular shape that sits comfortably on the user’s ears. With its TrueResponse technology, the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 is able to provide detailed, open sound with the utmost clarity. According to the environmental conditions, the Adaptive ANC automatically adjusts the type of noise cancellation required, and the Transparency mode helps you stay in touch with the outside world. Voice call performance has improved massively, which is assisted by the three advanced microphones on each earbud. With the help of the Sound Zone feature, you can set your desired noise isolation levels and EQ. Though the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 supports high and low codecs and wireless charging, but the battery life has not improved, and with ANC on, you can get around 5 hours at the top.
Google Pixel Buds Pro
Google has finally been able to crack the wireless earbuds recipe with the introduction of the Google Pixel Buds Pro, which is its fourth-generation earbuds and costs ₹19,990. Available in 4 soothing and cool colors like Fog, Charcoal, Lemongrass, and Coral, the earbuds are IPX4-rated. Not only do the earbuds provide premium quality ANC, but they also have superb quality Transparency mode, and you can toggle between them with touch and hold gestures. The sound quality of the Google Pixel Buds Pro is spacious and natural, and it does maintain a decent amount of bass. The fast charging support and wireless charging are really advantageous, and the earbuds provide an insane battery life of 7 hours (ANC on). The absence of an equalizer and aptX or LDAC compatibility, along with some users’ complaints of fitting issues, must be addressed by Google, as these are the only drawbacks of these earbuds.
When it comes to ANC and sound quality, the Sony WF-1000XM4 is probably the best in the market that money can buy. It takes a bit of a learning curve to get the earbuds to fit correctly in the ear, but once done, they sit comfortably due to their ergonomic surface design. The Sony WF-1000XM4 supports all high- and low-quality codecs, and its sound quality and noise cancellation are further enhanced by the integrated V1 processor. Features like Speak to Chat reduce the volume automatically during a conversation, and the bone conduction sensor along with a beam-forming microphone helps provide crystal clear voice calling in various environments. The Sony WF-1000XM4 is IPX4 rated and also has 360 Reality Audio Support. Around 8 hours of battery life on a single charge and wireless charging support are another feather in the cap for these earbuds. Though it is a bit old as it was launched in 2021, the ₹19,679 Sony WF-1000XM4 is a complete package in the premium range.
Each of the 5 earbuds mentioned in this list excels in one area or another. But when we look at their overall performances, all of them are exquisitely superb, as a premium earbud should be. In this Holi, you can pick any one of them according to your desire when they are expected to get a good amount of rebate.