Save 60% on these truly wireless earbuds that rival Apple's AirPods

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The ARIA wireless earbuds have a longer battery life than AirPods.
The ARIA wireless earbuds have a longer battery life than AirPods.
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TL;DR: The xFyro ARIA wireless Bluetooth earbuds are strong AirPods competitors and on sale for $99, saving you $151.


AirPods are not the be-all and end-all of truly wireless earbuds.

Sure, they may have sparked an entire wireless revolution, but there are worthy and dare we say, better, alternatives out there. Even better, many of these alternatives don’t require you to shell out more than $120.

A prime example: the xFyro ARIA wireless Bluetooth earbuds, a pair of top-rated true wireless earbuds that give AirPods a run for their money. And for a limited time, you can snag your own pair for 60% off the original price.

Raising almost $2 million on Indiegogo, this crowdfunded sonic wonder delivers next-generation audio technology to today’s on-the-go listeners. Here’s why people were willing to hand over money to fund this project:

Superior HD sound and noise cancellation

The ARIA team tested 100 different drivers to deliver superior sonics. With these earbuds, you’ll get to bask in powerful bass, crisp mid-highs, and crystal-clear vocals. They also feature premium acoustics, so you can listen to your playlists in your own personal bubble.

Bluetooth 5 technology

ARIA utilizes Bluetooth 5, which is currently the strongest and most reliable connection you can get. It’s 2.5 times more secure and allows for ten times more capacity for data transfer, resulting in unparalleled sound detail and accuracy.

All-day battery life

These true wireless earbuds pack a punch when it comes to battery life. Unlike the AirPods, these boast eight hours of initial playtime, which can then be extended to 32 hours with the accompanying charging case. Quite literally, you can use them all day without rushing to a power outlet.

Universal ergonomic fit

There’s no use in all-day listening capabilities if you constantly want to yank the earbuds off your ears due to discomfort. That’s precisely why the makers at ARIA spent months ensuring that they fit a broad spectrum of ear sizes so everyone can have access to superior sound. From the form to the ear tips to the wings, each part of the ARIA earbuds is thoughtfully designed to allow for maximum comfort. Once you put them in, they’ll remain secure in your ears for hours on end. Oh, and did we mention that they’re waterproof and dust-proof, too?

They usually retail for $250, you can get the xFyro ARIA True Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds for $99 here— a savings of 60%.

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Jabra Elite 85h review: Noise cancellation to rival Bose and Sony

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Jabra shocked the world (ok, maybe just me) in 2018 when it debuted the Elite 65t true wireless earbuds. Those headphones quickly shot to the top of a lot of “best of” lists, including a couple of Engadget Buyers Guides. The Elite 65t have dependable controls, solid audio and cost less than much of the competition. For 2019, Jabra is tackling over-ear, noise-cancelling headphones with the Elite 85h. However, no matter how good they are, they’re not as good of a deal at $300.

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The world of noise-cancelling headphones was dominated by Bose for years. It had the best noise-cancelling technology, even if most of us weren’t enamored with the company’s design choices. Then Sony introduced the 1000X line in 2016, a set of headphones that rivaled the Bose QuietComfort 35 (now QC35 II) in terms of blocking out sound, but also delivered high quality audio. Other companies have caught up to Bose too, and the field is increasingly crowded with legitimate contenders.

Like Sony, Jabra definitely offers a better design on the Elite 85h than the Bose QC35 II. Jabra’s latest headphones don’t look cheap, even though there was plenty of plastic used to make them. The headband and the outside of the earcups are fabric, which is a nice tactile change from many flagship models. It’s a canvas-like material that matches the color of the Elite 85h. But it does have one downside: If you leave them out of the case, dust and other debris sticks to it noticeably more than the typical plastic or leather. Those can be easily wiped off, and that’s not the case on the Elite 85h.

Jabra Elite 85h

Underneath the headband is soft, cushiony leather-like material which contributes to stellar comfort. And the portion of the headband that retracts when you adjust it is painted to look like metal. Again, this looks much better than colored plastic, even if it isn’t the real thing. The inside of the earcups are also wrapped in leatherette, and cushion your head without being too soft you feel the plastic behind them. In other words, they’re comfy, but still provide adequate support. At 10.4 ounces, the Elite 85h is 2.1 ounces heavier than the QC35 II and 1.5 ounces heavier than Sony’s 1000XM3.

Like many over-ear headphones, the earcups on the Jabra Elite 85h rotate flat and fold in for easy storage. That folding motion is also how you turn them on and off, which was super confusing to start. I spent a few minutes looking for a power switch to turn the headphones off. They automatically came on when I unpacked them and spun the earcups into the proper listening position, so getting started wasn’t a problem. Yes, I could’ve read the directions first, but what’s the fun in that.

Most of the controls are on the outside of the right earcup. Here, you’ll find three buttons, one in the center for play/pause and receiving calls with one above and one below for volume and skipping tracks. A single press on the two secondary buttons adjusts the volume while a long press skips tracks. A long press on the center button will put the headphones in pairing mode, and if they’re already unfolded, it will turn them on. You need that in the event you let the Elite 85h go into sleep mode. There are two more buttons on the rim of each earcup, in the same spot on each side.

On the right, that button activates your virtual assistant with a single press or mutes the microphone during calls with a long press. The 3.5mm jack and USB-C port are located beside this button . On the left earcup, a single press switches between ANC on (active noise cancellation), ANC off and hear-through/transparency modes. With a long press, you can select what Jabra calls Moments inside its Sound+ companion app.

Basically, Moments are EQ and noise cancellation presets that you can enable based on your environment. You can have different settings for your commute, in public and in private. There’s also a fourth option called “My Moment” that you can adjust how you see fit. And instead of remembering what those were, you can save them for easy access on the headphones themselves, without having to fire up the app to change modes. The headphones themselves can analyze noise to try and detect which location you’re in before switching to the appropriate Moment — a feature called SmartSound. This tool worked for me for the most part, though a few times it selected public instead of commute. It was much better at gauging when I was in a quiet or “private” setting. Like many features on the Elite 85h, you can turn SmartSound off if you don’t want to use it.

Inside the Sound+ app, you can quickly change the ANC mode and adjust the EQ sliders or choose one of six EQ presets. The software will also show you what all the on-board controls do, allow you to change your voice assistant preference, help you find your headphones if you lose them and more. The Elite 85h offers on ear detection, a feature that senses whether or not you’re wearing the headphones. When active, you can automatically answer calls or resume audio simply by putting them on. It’s handy, but Jabra gives you the choice to turn it off completely inside the app.

Unlike some headphones, the EQ tools make a noticeable difference in the tuning. The default sound profile is fine, but you can definitely improve it with the EQ sliders and presets. Or at least, you can tweak it to fit your taste. After testing all the premade options, I found manually adjusting the curve was best for me: more bass, a little more mid and a touch more treble. With that change, hip-hop, electronic music and metal had the thump it needs without overpowering everything else. I found the sweet spot for things like Com Truise’s Persuasion System, Denzel Curry’s ZUU and Gojira’s Magma. All of which are best served loud and bassy.

Jabra Elite 85h

The Elite 85h also handles softer genres like bluegrass well, with a nice clarity and depth to the instrumentation that keeps things from sounding compressed and muddy. With Punch Brothers’ All Ashore album and anything with an upright bass, the low end can get boomy if you aren’t careful, and I had to adjust the EQ so that it wasn’t too overpowering. The default setting is nice for this genre, but the more aggressive styles I mentioned tended to feel flat. It’s nice that you can make these changes with the help of an app, but at the same time, you also shouldn’t have to. On truly great headphones, the default tuning would handle all genres well.

Jabra promises a whopping 36 hours of battery life with ANC on, six hours more than Sony’s 1000XM3 and 16 hours more than Bose’s QC35 II. Turn off noise cancellation and the company says you can expect up to 41 hours between charges. Basically, if you can limit yourself to 7 hours a day (lol), you can listen to these all week (five days) before you’ll need to charge them. To me, that’s ridiculous, and during my tests, I found out just how outrageous it was. Starting with a full charge, I used the Elite 85h for around 2-3 hours a day for seven days — with a weekend-long break thrown in. At that point, I still had 85 percent left, according to the Sound+ app. Needless to say, you won’t be reaching for that USB-C cable very often. And like many headphones nowadays, the Elite 85h has a quick-charge feature that will give you five hours of use in 15 minutes if you completely run them down.



As I’ve already mentioned, the two closest competitors to the Elite 85h are the Bose QC35 II and the Sony 1000XM3. They’re all the same price at $300 (Bose was $350 at launch), and the noise cancellation will adequately block out any ambient noise with all three. The deciding factor is overall audio quality, and Sony has the edge there. The 1000XM3 will be a year old in a few months, and Sony could reveal a new model at IFA in early September. The company also has XB900N on the way that looks very similar to the 1000XM3, but with the promise of more bass. Sony has already said the noise cancellation is different on this XB model, so if blocking out the world is your goal, you might want to wait and see if those are still up to par when they go on sale later this month. I really like the sound profile on the Master & Dynamic MW65, but at $499, it’s hard to justify the extra expense, even with its stunning design.

Jabra impressed us last year with a mix of quality and value on the Elite 65t. Those true wireless earbuds were every bit as good as competitors that cost over $100 more. With the Elite 85h, the company has built another solid set of headphones with amazing battery life and capable ANC. But, the sound quality isn’t as good at the Sony 1000XM3. And, other than keeping you away from a charging cable for insane lengths of time, these headphones don’t really impress. The trademark SmartSound feature works well for the most part, but I’m not convinced of its necessary. If these were even $50 less than Bose and Sony’s current flagships, Jabra would have earned my praise yet again. However, at $300, there’s not enough here to justify recommending them over the QC35 II or 1000XM3 unless you really need the absurd battery life.

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These sleek wireless earbuds are on sale — save 53% in our shop

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Move over, AirPods.
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TL;DR: The crystal-clear PaMu Scroll wireless headphones are a true competitor to the coveted AirPods, and you can grab a pair for just $69.99 in the Mashable Shop.


Look to your left, and then to your right. It’s almost certain that you’ll spot a handful of people with earbuds on. Whether they’re listening to podcasts or blasting playlists — or simply trying to avoid conversation — there’s a reason why people are glued to their earbuds.

The true wireless earbud revolution is here, folks, and it’s here to stay.

But now that cable-free earphones are cementing their status as a necessity rather than luxury, there comes another set of problems. More and more companies are coming out with their own version of wireless buds just for the heck of it. 

The PaMu Scroll earbuds, however, stand out from the crowd. These true wireless earbuds raised $3 million on Indiegogo, and we’re here to tell you why. But first, some good news: you can snag a pair here for 53% off.

So what makes these puppies tick? Here goes:

Crystal-clear sonics

The point of buying earphones in the first place is to thoroughly enjoy the immersive sound. PaMu Scroll, of course, does not disappoint. These babies boast deep bass and crisp, clear sound with minimal distortion, giving off the illusion that you’re having your own exclusive concert.

Uninterrupted Bluetooth streaming and enhanced ergonomics

Thanks to Bluetooth 5.0 technology, these true wireless earbuds allow you to listen for longer and with fewer dropped connections. They feature auto-pairing functionality, so you won’t have to manually connect your device with every use. Plus, they’re engineered for comfort, including different-sized ear tips to fit your ears.

Touch controls and smart assistant support

You can play, pause, switch songs, answer calls, or connect to Siri, Alexa, or Google Assistant with the built-in touch controls. With just a single click, you can get quick access to your A.I. assistant whenever you want.

Unique and stylish charging case

One of its most unique features is the accompanying scroll-shaped charging case. Unlike AirPods, which come with a case that looks like gum packaging, PaMu Scroll is equipped with a stylish case that adds a touch of elegance to your wireless listening setup.

Available in two delightful designs — graphene & glory,  — you can now get a pair on sale for $69.99 — a savings of 53%.

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Sennheiser debuts its first wireless gaming headset, the GSP 670

During Computex last week, Sennheiser gave media a sneak peek at its first wireless gaming headset, the GSP 670, slated to ship starting at the beginning of next month.

The GSP 670 retails for €349 (about $393), significantly pricier then other popular wireless gaming headsets (as well as its wired predecessor, the Sennheiser GSP 600, priced at $249.95). Sennheiser is hoping its features, as well as the company’s reputation for excellent sound quality and comfortable headsets, will convince gamers to take the plunge. (When I tried on a pair at Computex, it delivered on wearability, connection speeds and audio quality, but of course it is hard to tell how headsets will feel and sound after hours of gaming, versus a few minutes of testing).

Despite the freedom afforded by wireless, many gamers stick with wired headsets to avoid reductions in sound quality and connection speeds or having to worry about battery levels, issues that Sennheiser addresses with the GSP 670’s features. Like other wireless headsets, the GSP 670 needs to be connected to a wireless dongle. Each one comes with a GSA 70 compact USB dongle with proprietary technology that Sennheiser developed to ensure a low-latency connection it promises transmits sounds with “near-zero delay.” The USB is compatible with PCs and the Sony Playstation 4. The GSP 670 also has Bluetooth, so users can pair it with their smartphones and tablets as well.

The GSP 670’s microphone is noise-cancelling and can be muted by raising the boom arm. The headset has two volume wheels to allow users to control chat audio and game audio separately. Gamers can also adjust the audio on the GSP 670 with Sennheiser’s Gaming Suite for Windows, a software tool that lets users switch between audio presets or customize sound levels, and also includes surround sound modes and an equalizer.

In terms of battery, Sennheiser claims the GSP 670’s quick-charging battery can run for two hours after a seven minute charge. When fully charged, it says the battery can last for up to 20 hours on Bluetooth and 16 hours when connected via the GSA 70 dongle. The headset has automatic shutdown to save power.

The GSP 670 is currently available for pre-order on Sennheiser’s website and will ship beginning on July 1.

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Beats Solo3 wireless headphones are available for just £175 in a range of colours

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The choice is yours.
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TL;DR: The impressive Beats Solo3 wireless headphones are discounted to just £175 on Amazon, saving you over £70.


There’s nothing quite like the heartbreak of finding the item you want on sale, only to discover that the deal applies specifically to models in an absolutely horrible colour scheme. Then it dawns on you that the only reason it was discounted in the first place was to try and shift stock that refuses to sell.

Do not fear, because there is no risk of heartbreak here. You can take your pick from a wide range of Beats Solo3 wireless headphone colours, including black, white, gold, rose gold, red, and many more. Whichever colour you choose, you’ll save. 

Beats Solo3 wireless headphones are discounted by more than £70 on Amazon right now, with some colours available for £175, and others for £169.99. The choice is all yours. 

These headphones aren’t just super stylish. They are also packed full of great features to make your listening experience more immersive and hassle free. You can connect your device with Bluetooth for wireless listening, and the battery lasts for up to 40 hours on one charge. You can also take calls, control your music, and activate Siri with the multifunction on-ear controls.

Everyone likes to have the opportunity to choose, and that’s exactly what you have with these Beats deals.

Beats Solo3 wireless headphones are available for just £175 in a range of colours

 

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