Wireless Earbuds

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Wireless Earbuds

Postby CKinnard » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:04 am

I am in the market for these.
Prices, quality and durability vary significantly from my research so far.
I'd appreciate others' experience/recommendations.

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby RonK » Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:16 am

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby CKinnard » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:54 pm

RonK wrote:https://www.earmold.com.au/


Sorry Ron, I've confused the subject.
Many sites refer to earphones as earbuds nowadays.
https://www.cnet.com/topics/headphones/ ... eadphones/
I am after the "wireless" earphones.

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby BrianDamage » Fri Oct 12, 2018 4:44 pm

What I wouldn't recommend are the Bose QuietControl 30 neckband style bluetooth earphones, at least for cycling.

The noise cancellation works beautifully on a plane or mowing the lawn, but I had high hopes they would also cancel out wind noise while cycling. They don't. If anything, they actually amplify it, though to be fair they're not exactly designed for this use case.

Instead of earphones though, have you considered the bone conduction type like Aftershokz? They work a treat and have the added benefit of not blocking out traffic noise, sirens etc. I need to get a new pair, as I hamfistedly broke the headband when removing them.

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby eeksll » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:34 pm

not purely wireless ... Plantronics backbeat fit

pros:
Soft rubber material that goes over ears, I don't notice them and through winter, I had a beanie type thing over my ears/headphones and it was still comfortable.
Not isolating (not a "pro" if your looking for isolation)
The controls are a bit odd, but that does mean the phone answer, auto call button is on the opposite ear to music controls, so no accidental pressing of that button (which i always manage to do on the other headphones I have).
I operate the controls ok through gloves hands and my thin beanie
Battery life is good compared to most wirelss i have tried

cons:
My first pair DOA, bit of google seems to suggest this is not uncommon. JB HiFi exchanged etc
The rubber "cord" around the back of the head, can catch on a high collar (e.g a cycling jacket) and that is a bit annoying, its quite flexible and I pushed it up under my cycling beanie hat.

Also I use these commuting, so slow speeds and wind noise isn't a factor.

I was very keen on getting the Aftershokz, but on demoing them in store (in on of those display cabinet/demo things) I could just hear music when the store was quiet, a bit of people walking around and I could not hear anything. Maybe there are little tricks/adjustments one can do to make them louder :?: not sure.

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby Mububban » Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:51 pm

BrianDamage wrote:Instead of earphones though, have you considered the bone conduction type like Aftershokz? They work a treat and have the added benefit of not blocking out traffic noise, sirens etc. I need to get a new pair, as I hamfistedly broke the headband when removing them.


That was going to be my suggestion too. Unless they're not specifically for use when cycling only?
When you are driving your car, you are not stuck IN traffic - you ARE the traffic!!!

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby CKinnard » Fri Oct 12, 2018 6:57 pm

Thanks for feedback.
Yeah I've been tossing up whether it is worth getting buds wired together or not.

My usage will probably be
30% cycling mostly off road or quieter roads, and associated coffee.
the rest of the time when in public spaces - especially noisy shopping centers.

I find myself listening to podcasts and youtube on the phone a lot more these days. better than listening to the inane cacophony of many public spaces.

I've been using wired earphones that are a snug fit in the ears, and they do a good job of dampening noise at the shops, and wind on the bike.
When I don't want that level of ambient noise dampening, I tend to just pull one earphone out.
However, the cord is always getting in the way.

I keep reading a lot about these things failing after a few months use, even the $200+ models.

I did read up on the bone conduction ones, but I presume they are not going to suppress ambient noise when required.

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby CKinnard » Sat Oct 13, 2018 10:48 pm

ok, so I needed some retail therapy and picked these up this arvo
https://www.jbhifi.com.au/skullcandy/sk ... ey/318006/
They get among the best feedback on ebay in the US for sub $100 wireless earphones (over 2000 reviews)

I have to say I am impressed with the sound and general quality.
I am also really happy I got some with the frame that sits around your neck.
The more I think about using them in different circumstances, the more the frame makes sense.
Bluetooth connection happened without a hitch for phone and computers. Range is about 7 meters at which the stream starts breaking.

I've been wearing them non stop for about 5 hours, while cooking, a bit of work in the garden, some computer work....they aren't tiring my ears. Listening to everything from Pavarotti to Karen Carpenter, The Doors, Robyn Trower, Steve Vai. and several youtube vids. Am just really enjoying being able to get on doing stuff without cords getting in the way. I look forward to testing them on the bike when the rain eases in BNE.

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby CKinnard » Mon Oct 15, 2018 1:00 pm

Went for a couple of mainly off road rides in the drizzle over the w/e.
Skullcandy performed most excellently.
Though I didn't ride over 30kph when I presume wind noise would be an issue.

For a month, I've also been using an andoid app that allows me to run youtube content with the screen locked or off and removes ads.
https://youtubevanced.com/

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby CKinnard » Sat Nov 10, 2018 11:39 am

Well the SkullCandy buds were great while they lasted.
two days ago when I took them off charge, I could not turn them on....but they work when plugged into usb charger.
Some kind of electrical short I presume.

so back to JB HiFi for a refund....which took the best part of 30 minutes due to poor staff attitude towards returns.
I won't spend $100 again on bluetooth ear buds. They are under-engineered.

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Re: Wireless Earbuds

Postby boyracer » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:52 pm

66 audio bluetooth headphones?
66 audio
$100 us
Had mine for over a year.. used everyday, rain or shine. Charge once a week.
A little quiet compared to my cabled
Polks or Grado but excellent on bike performance.

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