Now that the furor over the headphone jack-less iPhone 7 has somewhat died down, consumers raring to listen to their favorite grooves are now in seach of the perfect wireless earphones to complement their newly acquired device. We list down the 10 contenders for your music-appreciating pleasure here...
1) JayBird Freedom
For a high-quality wireless earphone, this one is surely easy on your wallet. Costing only $36.99 on Amazon or P1,785.41, the JayBird Freedom earphones are sweat-proof, come equipped with a built-in mic, and have a control station that enables you to answer or reject calls and play some music without having to pull out your phone from your bag. Its power lasts for up to six hours while charging time takes two hours.
2) Plantronics BackBeat Go 2
These earphones are highly rated everywhere. Why? These babies come with their very own charging case, and are sweat-proof and water resistant, too. These slick buds can last up to 14 hours and if you just happen to use up all that power and are in a hurry, charging for 20 minutes will already add an hour's worth of life to them. Like the JayBird, they have a built-in mic and control center so you won't have a problem shifting from one song to another. Have them $59.95 or P2,893.64 on Amazon. Pretty neat huh?
3) Photive PH-BTE50
Don't get intimidated by the appearance of this pair. The fins are detachable so you can just pop them off if you feel uncomfortable with them. They actually serve a purpose, though, keeping them in place when you're exercising. Again, these sweat-proof earphones have the ability to skip tracks and noise cancellation so you'll only hear pure music when you're listening to your jam. They're surprisingly cheap, costing only $24.95 or P1,204.27. The caveat is, you have to shell out $31.57 or P1,523.80 for shipping. But what the heck, they're worth the trouble, promise.
4) Soundpeats Qy7
Ranking first on Amazon in the Audio Headphones category, these earphones are also on the cheaper side of the spectrum. Apart from the variety of colors you can choose from, you can squeeze up to five hours of playtime with this pair and around 150 hours when you're not using it. Also sweat-proof, they surprisingly can be had for $19.99 or P964.87 on Amazon.
5) Jabra Elite Sport Earbuds
Best for active persons. Not only can they be used to answer calls, they also have a command to activate Siri or Google, can be used to control your music, include an accelerometer, and a heart rate monitor. They can also measure time, speed, distance, pace, steps, calories burned, and your heart rate when you're working out. Obviously it's sweat-proof, too. There's only three hours of power in these earphones, but thanks to their charging case, you can top those three hours with six more. All these features come with price, of course—a whopping $250 or P12,066.88. Ouch!
6) Bose Wireless Quiet Comfort 35
If you're a fan of noise-cancelling technology, then these are the headphones for you. The right earcup is where you'll be able to control your music and calls. Though they don't pack as much mouth-watering features as the others, the Quiet Comfort 35 can guarantee you 20 hours worth of wireless listening. They can be yours for $350 or P16,893.63.
7) BeatsX Wireless Earphones
Like the Apple AirPods, these earphones are built with the W1 wireless chip that connects easily with your iPhone 7 or Apple watch. An equalizer is also included so that you can adjust your sounds according to your preference. It offers 8 hours of music when fully charged. They cost around $150 or P7,240.13.
8) Sennheiser Momentum Headphones
This option, that also banks on its noise-cancelling technology, is pricier than Bose at $500 or P24,133.75. That's because you can still attach wires on this set for wired sounds. It has a long battery life of about 22 hours. No problem charging these ear-pleasers all the time.
9) Sony Walkman NWZ-W273S
Though they may look like plain headphones, the NWZ W273S is actually an MP3 player, too. You can upload music to it just like any other MP3 players out there. They're waterproof so you can take them with you for a swim and they boast of an eight-hour battery life. You can choose between 4GB and 8GB memory. It costs $169.95 or P8,203.06 on Amazon.
10) BÖHM S10
Like the AirPods, these are also small in size. But don't be fooled because you can listen to music for nine hours using them and each earpiece has its own independent battery. Also similar to the AirPods, the casing is magnetic so that you won't easily lose them when not in use. Like most on this list, they're also sweat-proof, have a built-in mic, and control for your music. They're way cheaper than the AirPods at $79.99 or P3,860.92.
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