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Review: Soundcore Liberty Air true wireless earbuds are an incredible value

Like it or not, headphone jacks are getting harder to find on smartphones, and that makes your wireless headphones more crucial than ever. There are some compelling true wireless options out there, but you have to spend big to get features like low-latency, Type-C charging, and long battery life. As the technology improves, we're finally starting to see some compelling budget options in true wireless—for example, the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air. For a mere $80, these earbuds offer an experience that's almost a match for products that cost twice as much. If you can make a few small compromises, they're an incredible deal.

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Jaybird unveils the thoroughly unexciting RUN XT true wireless earbuds

The Jaybird was one of the first big name accessory makers to jump on the true wireless bandwagon with the RUN, but it's been doing wired Bluetooth earbuds like the Tarah since then. Now, it's time for the RUN's successor. Jaybird's RUN XT earbuds have the same form factor as the RUN, but they're fully water-resistant. That's basically the only difference, and Jaybird is sticking with the same $179.99 price tag.

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Cheap wireless workout buds: Anker's aptX SoundBuds Slim+ are $22 with a coupon

You can spend hundreds of dollars on Bluetooth earbuds that sound great and don't have any wires, but that's overkill if you just need something to toss in your gym bag and eventually lose. That's what the Anker SoundBuds Slim+ are all about. These are competent earbuds that usually only cost $30, and you can get them for a mere $22 today with a coupon code.

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Anker Zolo Liberty Air true wireless earbuds are $64 ($16 off) on Amazon with coupon

In the last couple of years, we've seen some real strides toward the truly wireless earbud dream — one that I do not share, but I digress. Doubtless, Apple kicked off the fervor with the Airpods, but that hasn't stopped some other legitimately good options from popping up. We've looked at few here at AP, but this one is still in testing. Anker's Zolo Liberty Air normally goes for $79.99, but with a coupon, you grab a pair for $63.99.

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Review: Sony's $350 WH-1000XM3 headphones live up to the hype

In today's $350 wireless, ANC-equipped over-ear headphones space, there are two primary competitors: Bose's QuietComfort 35 II and Sony's WH-1000XM3. Bose has long been championed as the king of the segment by many, but it seems impossible to talk about the QC35 II these days without someone butting in about how the identically-priced 1000XM3 is superior. After some time with the 1000XM3, I understand why everyone has been talking about it.

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RHA TrueConnect true wireless earbuds review: You can do better

Everyone is trying to make true wireless earbuds these days, but most of these products aren't very good. The technology has gotten cheap enough that any white label OEM can throw together a true wireless setup that does the bare minimum. Unless you simply refuse to have wires under any circumstances, these cheap options aren't worth the tradeoffs like sync issues, poor sound quality, and A/V lag. At the high-end, there are true wireless systems that can almost match a nice set of regular Bluetooth earbuds, but there's a lot of variation. The RHA TrueConnect earbuds look like an able competitor, but the USB Type-C port can't make up for the missing features and so-so sound quality.

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Anker's Soundcore Bluetooth speakers, earbuds, and headphones are up to $30 off today on Amazon

Anker sells all manner of affordable, well-received audio gadgets under its Soundcore label: headphones, earbuds, speakers, you name it. Today, several of the company's most popular Soundcore accessories are on sale on Amazon for as much as $30 off.

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JBL Xtreme 2 speakers are down to $230 ($70 off) in flash sale

The JBL Xtreme 2 series of boombox-like Bluetooth speakers is currently on sale. Right now they're going for $70 off, bringing pricing down to $230 with free two-day shipping — that's $20 less than the last time we saw them discounted. The manufacturer's website calls this a 24-hour flash sale, so act fast if you are considering these.

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[Update: Just $120 at Costco] Samsung Gear IconX (2018) on sale for $130 ($70 off)

The age of wires is over, but true wireless earbuds are expensive. One of the better sets of earbuds is slightly cheaper today, though. Samsung's Gear IconX (2018) launched at $200 before coming down a bit over time. Today, they're on sale for $124.95-129.99, the lowest we've ever seen them.

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Fast Pair learns to share Bluetooth pairing data across your Android devices — and soon Chromebooks, too

With so many phone-makers dropping physical headphone jacks in favor of a Bluetooth-dominated music experience, we're all the more aware of the sacrifices we make going the wireless route. Beyond concerns over latency, battery life, and sound fidelity, it's also important to consider issues with setup; while it's effortless to plug in a pair of wired headphones and immediately get listening, Bluetooth pairing isn't always as straightforward. Last year Google took steps to simplify things with the introduction of its Fast Pair system, and today we get word of the latest Fast Pair enhancements.

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