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. Read More
Jaybird has had a busy few months. Following September's release of both the flagship X4 and budget Tarah, the company released last month the Tarah Pro, a second high-end headset that evidently shares enough in common with Jaybird's entry-level offering to share its name.
Tarah, it seems, is Jaybird's name for these devices' particular form factor, rather than an indicator of budget-friendliness. While the Pro take a number of design cues from the vanilla Tarah, they certainly don't take inspiration from their price: at $160, the Tarah Pro are Jaybird's most expensive earbuds. They're also the company's best. Read More
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. Read More
Black Friday seems to have become a season, as we're seeing more and more "Black Friday" deals in effect well in advance of the day. A lot of them are pretty good, though. For example, right now, Best Buy has the Jaybird X3 Sport wireless earbuds for $59.99, less than half what they originally cost. Read More
Jaybird is hitting it hard this year. Following the release of the X4 earbuds in September and the entry-level Tarah last month, the company is back at it with the Tarah Pro, a $159.99 pair of buds that can purportedly eke out a truly impressive 14 hours of playback on a single charge. Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
As headphone jacks keep dying off, wireless headphones keep being relevant. And unless you're at peace with wrangling dongles, that means the average price of decent earbuds is rising. The days of swinging by Target on your way to the airport to grab a passable pair of $10 buds are numbered. C'est la vie.
Jaybird is aware of the rising cost of mobile audio accessories, though, which is why it's introduced the Tarah, a more affordable take on its X series of headphones with fewer bells and whistles. And while I applaud the company's initiative in introducing an entry-level Bluetooth headset to its lineup, at $99.99, the Tarah are plainly too expensive for what you get. Read More
Jaybird released its X4 earbuds not even two weeks ago, but the wireless headphone manufacturer is already back at it. Today, the company announced the Tarah, a new set of athletic earbuds set to retail at $99.99. They'll be available in three color combinations starting in October. Read More
A confession: I gave up on my previous pair of Bluetooth earbuds, Jaybird's own X2, after about a year. It wasn't their fault; they sounded good, they were comfortable, and the battery lasted long enough. But keeping the things charged (with microUSB, no less — yuck) and juggling connections became a chore. I gave them away and cozied up to a pair of no-name wired buds. Once I got a Pixel 2, I was living the dongle life.
After spending a week with the Jaybird X4, though, I'm reminded of what I was missing. By virtue of being wireless, they're miles ahead of any wired earbuds for exercising — they don't catch on gym equipment and pop out. Read More