Anirudh RegidiSep 20, 2016 12:11:37 IST
So Apple has finally convinced you that the headphone jack is passé and you’ve decided to leave your wired life behind you. Where do you go from here? What are the wireless audio options available to you now? Let’s find out!
Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless
You can’t claim to love audio and not have heard of Bowers & Wilkins. And if you’ve heard of the company, chances are high that you’ve heard of their epic P5 headset. Considered by many to be the ultimate expression of music, the P5 are impressive.
Since you’ve established that wireless is passe, however, the P5 just aren’t going to cut it anymore. So what do you do? You get yourself the Bowers & Wilkins P5 Wireless of course!
B&W claim to have maintained the music fidelity that we know and love, while removing the wires and adding support for aptX Bluetooth technology. The latter maintains the integrity of streamed audio.
To top it off, the P5 Wireless will offer you 17 hours of battery life and are foldable, making them easy to transport.
If the P5’s are too mainstream, you can always opt for the P7 Wireless set.
Price: Rs 28,950
Some would call these the original wireless earbuds. They’d be wrong of course, but one can’t deny that they’re popular, and not without reason.
The Jaybird X2 are a pair of wireless earbuds that are targeted at people who love to workout. They’re designed to fit snugly in your ears and even have a ‘fin’ of sorts that ensures a snug fit.
Jaybird claims that the X2 hold about 8 hours of charge. These earbuds come with an assortment of tips and support the latest Bluetooth standards so as to optimise audio quality.
The best part is that they come with a lifetime warranty against damage from sweat!
Price: Rs 13,572
Bose QuietComfort 35
If you want a comfortable, wireless headset with excellent noise-cancellation and great sound quality, look no further than the Bose QC35.
Engineered by Bose, this set pairs with your phone via Bluetooth and NFC (only on Android) and support for Bose’s exceptional noise-cancellation technology.
In wireless mode, the QC35 will offer 20 hours of battery life with active noise-cancellation (ANC) enabled. In wired mode, the QC35 will offer 40 hours of battery life with ANC.
Price: Rs 29,000
Beats Solo 3
These aren’t ‘audiophile’ headsets or anything of that nature, but they’re an Apple-branded headset, after a fashion, and whatever else you might say about audio quality and price, they work.
Also, if you’ve actually sunk money into an iPhone, chances are that you look a little more kindly upon Beats.
The Solo 3 wireless from Beats is what you get when Apple’s W1 wireless chip makes its way into a Beats headset. The W1 gives you the seamless pairing and syncing experience that the chip promises, and it’s coupled with a fairly large headset.
The Beats Solo 3 will offer you 40 hours of continuous playback (a 5-minute charge giving you 3 hours of playback) and access to Siri on the go. You also get a carrying case.
Price: TBA (US price: $300)
Where: Apple Store
If none of these are to your taste, don’t lose heart. We’ll soon see a flood of earphones and headphones from myriad manufacturers as they seek to grab as much market-share as they can.
Motorola/Lenovo has already entered the fray with their VerveLife series of wireless earbuds, the likes of JBL and Sony have been around for quite a while and you can easily expect the likes of Xiaomi and OnePlus to come up with their own designs.
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