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Best True Wireless Earbuds 2019: Better Alternatives to Airpods

by Headphone Zone April 25, 2019 5 min read

Best True Wireless Earbuds 2019: Better Alternatives to Airpods

“Move away the wired earphone and go wire-free!” is the new anthem of every wireless in-ear around. The wireless revolution has taken over the earphone market by storm but you truly haven’t yet experienced this marvel unless you’ve gone truly wireless. Need us to convince you to ditch that wired (or not so wired) earphone? Well, we’ll give you not one or two but multiple good reasons why you should go true wireless. If you are looking for the best in true wireless, then what are you waiting for? Let’s dive in!

What should you be looking for?

In a nutshell, better the Bluetooth codec, more awesome the sound quality. Some codecs to look out for include aptX & aptX HD (for Android), AAC (for Apple) and LDAC (for Sony devices). Also, check which codecs your phone/audio player supports.

The completely wire-free design makes sure that they don’t come in the way of what you are doing. This is why a good number of truly wireless earbuds are made keeping gymmers or those into sports in mind. If you are one of those, checking whether your earbud water/sweat resistant can prevent it from irreparable damage. But, not every pair of earbuds is equal. An IPX-rating tells you how water/sweat resistant your in-ear is with IPX4 offering sweat resistance and IPX7 letting you even swim with your earbuds on.

While the sound quality of truly wireless earbuds is no match to their similarly priced wired counterparts, you still get a good sound. Choose your preferred sound signature based on whether you’d like an extra bass sound, balanced sound, or any other sound signature.

Generally, truly wireless earbuds have a shorter battery life when compared to their neckband/ wireless in-ear counterparts. This is because of all that cool tech that’s needed to be stuffed in it. However, to ensure you don’t have to live without your music all day, most truly wireless earbuds come with a charging case that you can carry around. When deciding on the required battery life check for one that’ll last the entire duration you normally need your earbuds for. For example, if you spend 3 hours listening to music, an in-ear with a 4-hour battery life ought to do.

 

 

Our Headphone Gurus' Top Pick




RHA TrueConnect

The All-Rounder
RHA TrueConnect


The Guru Says

"Why I would prefer the TrueConnect over the AirPods? Well, for its seamless connectivity with my Android phone and RHA's clear, detailed sound!"

- Varun Soni

Taking potshots against the Apple Airpods was always going to be a challenge. The RHA TrueConnect aces it on multiple fronts and comes out on top. Featuring an understated design with its matte-black-everything approach. The earbuds and case are coated in a soft touch rubber coating, balancing the best of comfort and style.

Similar to the Apple AirPods, the TrueConnect feature stems that protrude out from the bottom of each bud. A warm and smooth sound with a battery life that’s going to last you for more than a day make it the greatest of all time.

The Good

  • Warm and smooth sound offering great detailing that would appeal to most people
  • Dual MEMS microphone ensuring great call quality
  • Great battery life of 25 hours (5h+20h)
  • IPX5 rated sweat-proof build

The Bad

  • Absence of volume controls
  • No codex support
  • The surface might be a fingerprint magnet

 

 

 

 

Our other picks in the true wireless category are:


1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds

The latest in true wireless is the 1MORE Stylish True Wireless Earbuds. While made for the budget true wireless shopper, this one's positioned to punch well above its price-point due to its features. The earbuds have a huge battery life of 6.5 hours which is impressive considering that most earbuds feature a battery life anywhere between 2 and 5 hours.

The Good

  • 24-hour battery life (6.5 hours in the earbuds + 18 hours in the charging case)
  • Qualcomm aptX and AAC codecs for CD-quality sound
  • Mono + Stereo mode so that you can use either one earbud for calls or both for music

The Bad

  • No IP-rating i.e. no water & sweat resistance
  • Does not have LDAC support

 

 

 

 


Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless:

If you're willing to pay a bomb and want something premium, then the Sennheiser should be your top pick in this segment. It offers the convenience of a comfortable fit, stylish body and compromises as little as possible on sound quality. The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless is a rare example of a headset that doesn't sacrifice on sound quality and offers aptX support for this form factor.

The Good

  • Bluetooth v5.0 and aptX support
  • Decent build quality and design
  • Tight sub-bass and strong response with highs
  • Loud, clean sound with an excellent sound stage

The Bad

  • At times, the bass can overpower the mids
  • Controls need some time to get used to
  • It may feel expensive to some

 

 


Urbanista Tokyo Truly Wireless

Great sound meets inimitable style, that’s what Swedish brand Urbanista is all about. The Tokyo True Wireless is their first venture into the true wireless realm. The sound quality is surprisingly good with a clear, well-articulated mid-range and enough power in the bass. A snug fit ensures great isolation. The earbuds have a battery life of 4 hours and the charging cradle provides a backup of an additional 16 hours.

The Good

  • A warm sound that ensures punchy bass, one that’ll appeal to the masses
  • Multipoint connectivity allows you to connect the Tokyo to two devices at the same time
  • 3-year manufacturer warranty

The Bad

  • No volume controls
  • Voice prompts for battery levels don’t exist

 

 

 

 




Apple Airpods

The Reigning King
Apple Airpods

The reigning king of truly wireless earbuds out there, the Apple Airpods started it all! Not straying away from Apple’s original aesthetics or Earpods design, the Airpods have adapted a similar style and design when it comes to designing the buds. A great punchy sound coupled with an advanced microphone technology makes it an almost ideal pick. However, all of this only works with an Apple device only.

The Good

  • Has an exceptional battery life
  • A great sound with a wide response and deep bass
  • Pairing is quick and easy due to the Apple H1 chip

The Bad

  • One-size-fits-all design
  • No in-line remote
  • The design seems a little off with the stems jutting out

 

 


 

So, there you go these were our favourite picks. You can also check out the entire range or ask a Headphone Guru for personalized suggestions here:

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