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The best wireless headphones, USB-C earbuds, and smart speakers you can buy (Winter 2018)

Are you listening to music right now? You probably are. If you're looking to upgrade whatever it is you're listening on, you have a ton of options. Android Police has tested all kinds of headphones and speakers this year, but those reviews are a whole lot of words to read. So here, as part of our Most Wanted series, is a digestible list of the audio gear we're really feeling this year.

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Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless review: Top of the class

German company Sennheiser has a sterling reputation for creating high-quality audio products, so I was understandably enthused when I learned they were making a pair of true wireless earbuds. These products have improved a great deal since they first burst onto the scene, but they still tend to lag behind wired equivalents in terms of sound and can’t compete with bulkier Bluetooth sets in battery life.

Since Sennheiser is pretty late to the true wireless game, you would hope its engineers have taken their time to craft something superior to the many rival products already on the market. As it turns out, that’s not far from the truth.

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Lenovo releases ThinkPad-branded earbuds in China

ThinkPad laptops have been popular for over two decades, and the ThinkPad name is well-known. Lenovo has tried several times to use the brand for products other than laptops, like Android tablets, with mixed results. Now the company has introduced a pair of ThinkPad-inspired Bluetooth earbuds — the 'Thinkplus Pods One'.

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Anker Zolo Liberty true wireless earbuds are $60 ($39 off), Liberty+ are $75 ($75 off) on Amazon

If you've looked into affordable true wireless earbuds, you've probably heard of the Zolo Liberty (and Liberty+). The buds are made by Anker, and provide competent performance for a relatively low price. Currently, those prices are even lower on Amazon, and you can snag a pair for as little as $59.99.

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Funcl's truly wireless earbuds now on sale, starting at $19 [Sponsored Post]

One of the reasons many people hate the lack of headphone jacks on newer smartphones is that Bluetooth headphones are typically expensive, especially if you want a pair that actually work. Funcl today launched a crowdfunding campaign for two pairs of wireless earbuds — the $19 Funcl W1 and the $54 Funcl AI.

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TicPods Free review: Capable true wireless earbuds that won't break the bank

True wireless earbuds have seen a huge rise in popularity over the last couple of years as the products have reached a price point and level of quality that make them viable purchases for mainstream consumers. The IFA 2018 show floor was packed with new models from various brands, and I’ve already reviewed two products in the category in the last couple of months.

The Earin M–2 ($249) and Master & Dynamic MW07 ($299) were both premium products with hefty price tags, but now it’s time to try something a little easier on the wallet. AI company Mobvoi is best known for its TicWatch smartwatches, but it has previous experience with audio, too.

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Master & Dynamic MW07 review: Exceptional sounding true wireless earbuds, but probably too pricey for most

As the 3.5mm headphone jack slowly descends into the freezing cold waters of the past, our audio options for most high-end Android phones are limited to three. We can use and subsequently lose the adapter, get some USB-C headphones, or we can ditch the wires altogether. Bluetooth earbuds inelegantly attached to one another by a wire just won’t do any longer; true wireless earbuds are where it's at right now.

Apple’s AirPods have acted as a blueprint for other manufacturers, but none has yet perfected the form and function of this fledgling product category. It’s now Master & Dynamic’s turn to try.

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Pixel USB Type-C earbuds now available on the Google Store for $30

There were whispers about second-generation wireless Pixel Buds being announced today, but that didn't happen. As previous leaks suggested, the Pixel 3 comes with USB Type-C earbuds, so you aren't limited to using the included headphone jack adapter. If you lose your earbuds or you aren't buying the Pixel 3 at all, you can now get the earbuds separately on the Google Store.

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[Update: Not coming to the US] Nokia unveils True Wireless Earbuds and Pro Wireless Earphones

HMD Global just announced its latest hardware at a swanky event in London, leading with the intriguing mid-range Nokia 7.1 smartphone. The company also introduced some literally-named companion audio products — meet the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds and Pro Wireless Earphones.

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RHA TrueConnect are true wireless earbuds with USB-C and 5-hour battery life

RHA probably isn't that well known outside audiophile circles, but the Scottish company is renowned for making excellent audio products across various price points. I've often recommended the RHA S500 as a great sounding pair of budget earbuds, for example. True wireless earbuds are the hot product in audio right now though, as we see the headphone jack excluded from more and more phones, so it's good timing for RHA to release the TrueConnect.

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