Wireless earphones in Singapore: Which should you be investing in?
An audio match in heaven
The time for gnarly wires is finally over. But in the burgeoning industry of wireless earphones where companies jostle to outwin each other with the promise of superior sound quality, sleek design and long battery life, which wireless earphones should you really be investing in? We take a look at these top picks and reference them to everyday personalities, leaving you to decide which earphone is best suited for yourself.
Jabra Elite Active 65t
Best for: The awkward wallflower
The Jabra Elite Active 65t is perfect for those who want to keep the outside world at bay with their hybrid active noise cancellation feature. We can imagine that the awkward wallflower would benefit from this feature — to block out any distractions while plugged in. With an audio that provides good impact and extension making sound reasonably balanced, you might just break out into a dance midway, along to today's top hits. It's okay, no one will notice anyway.
Priced from $298, available at selected electronic stores islandwide.
Best for: The millennial who's always relevant
When we think of the Apple airpods, the millennial inevitably comes to mind. With the incessant need to stay relevant and well, hip, owning the all white candy cane look-alike wireless earphones will complete the whole package. Boasting an impressive battery life with five hours of listening time on one charge, a charging case that holds multiple additional charges for more than 24 hours of listening time and three hours of listening time with just a quick charge of 15 minutes, this is ideal for the city dweller who loves to be plugged in 24/7.
Priced from $238, available in Apple retail stores and through Apple Authorised Resellers.
Best for: The minimalist
The Beoplay E8 is the epitome of aesthetic beauty in the industry of wireless earphones. Inspired by the motto "less is more", we can expect minimalists going ga-ga over the supersubtle design that mixes plastic with aluminium accents and a charging case made from genuine leather. However, don't let that understated beauty fool you as it produces a balanced, lively and warm audio.
Priced from $405, available at Bang & Olufsen Grand Hyatt, Bang & Olufsen Takashimaya, Bang & Olufsen TANGS and through Bang & Olufsen Authorised Resellers. Also available in the limited color edition of Racing Green.
Bose SoundSport Free
Best for: The aspiring athlete
Calling all athletes: the Bose SoundSport Free is designed specially for your workouts. Suited for a variety of sports — from being zen during a yoga session to running at the speed of 30km/hr on the treadmill, these ear buds will be kept effortlessly in place thanks to its Bose's StayHear+ tips that spread contact evenly in your ears while the fin fits naturally to the shape of the upper ridge of your ear. Sweat in ease, as the open ports are fitted with a water repellent mesh that keeps the inside of the buds dry and functional. The sound is full and balanced at any volume — perfect even if we were to crank the volume to the maximum level.
Priced from $319, available in Bose online stores and through Bose Authorised Resellers.
Best for: The practical Joe
The JBL Free offers versatility in sound — providing a deep, punchy, and well-balanced bass. Along with a clear mid-range and a very good treble, making suitable for a variety of genres. We are getting the vibes of a music aesthete who would definitely approve of such superior sound quality.
Priced from $249, available at selected electronic stores islandwide.