Visit any gym and chances are very good that they are using some type of earphones that are connected to their smartphones. Wireless earbuds are one of the greatest ways to jam to your tunes on the go. This is if you’re commuting, sweating it out on the treadmill, or relaxing poolside on a sunny day.
If there’s one movement that we’ve seen explode in the past couple of years, it’s the shift towards wireless earbuds. The marketplace is booming with what feels like millions of models on offer that you can use during your training sessions. One big appeal of these types of earphones is the freedom. With no cable running between headphones and phone, wireless earbuds won’t restrict your movement one bit. That’s great for training and physical exercise, but this type of capability is also pretty handy for commuting and general day-to-day life.
Some wireless earbuds are true wireless designs too. These don’t even have a cable or neckband connecting the buds together. This means that they look just like earplugs. Other additions include noise-cancelling tech, a carry case which can double as a portable charger as well as a heart rate monitor (the ear is a good place to measure your pulse).
What’s the difference between ‘wireless’ and ‘true wireless’?
Wireless earbuds have been in existence for a while now – approximately since Bluetooth was invented. As we stated in the previous paragraph, although these types of earbuds are battery-powered and not actually connected to your phone, they have a cord which connects both buds – and sometimes a band around the neck as well.
True wireless earbuds have no cord of any kind. While wireless allows users to wear headphones a good few centimetres away from our music players, True Wireless literally ‘cuts the cord’ between the earbuds and gives us true freedom.
The next generation of Bluetooth wireless headphones
In days gone by, Bluetooth earphones didn’t produce as great sound as their wired counterparts did. This is because these types of earphones suffered from connectivity issues and, in addition, they became known for having battery lives which were very short.
Luckily for us, times have evolved thanks to improvements in wireless transmission standards, for example aptX and innovations in battery technology. This means that Bluetooth earbuds are fast becoming the most popular way to listen to music as well as many phones are preferring to have only one jack for charging and connecting headphones. Many of the best earbuds have wireless connectivity.
When one speaks of wireless earphones, the big question is: which brands have emerged as the best when it comes to big Bluetooth improvements and are leading the charge in terms of the future of audio innovation? Audio companies such as Jaybird, Plantronics, Nuforce, RHA as well as Jabra are all are great options. This is owing to the fact that they’ve all committed a great deal of time and money to refining audio quality without sacrificing battery life. There are some good options from big players like Sony, Apple and Bose as well.
Some of the wireless earbuds available in South Africa
Polaroid Wireless Earbuds
Enjoy improved mobility with the Polaroid True Wireless Earbuds. These earbuds have a cable-free design that won’t end up getting tangled or hold you back. The Polaroid Wireless Earbuds boast superior sound quality for music as well as calls. In addition, they have advanced wireless connectivity to ensure true performance. As these earbuds have a built-in microphone, by using these earbuds you can experience hands-free calling and enjoy between two and three hours of talk time.
Remember that for these earbuds to work the Bluetooth on your phone needs to be switched off before you pair the two together. First switch the left and right earbud on. After this, they will pair together. Then you switch your Bluetooth on and it will pair both Left and right units to your mobile phone.
Skullcandy Indy True Wireless In-Ear Earphones
These earbuds offer the following technology:
- Bluetooth Wireless Technology
- Approximately 16 hours of total battery life
- IP55 Sweat Water as well as Dust Resistant
- Call Track and Volume via Touch Controls
- Noise Reduction for Calls
- Removable Ear Gels for Secure Fit
- Bluetooth 5.0
- Two-year warranty
Why not try out one of these versions of wireless earbuds to enhance your training?
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