If you’re an iPhone user looking for a great pair of truly wireless earbuds the obvious answer is AirPods… But the same hasn’t been true for android users until now. Even though the market is flooded with truly wireless earbuds who’s prices range from $50 dollars to $1,000 dollars, have different features and styles… not many have been able to hit the same dollar to performance ratio found on the AirPods. But I think thats finally changed with Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds.
Back at CES 2019 Sony announced their upcoming Sony XB22 and XB32 portable bluetooth speakers… And I also expect a Sony XB42 is also on the way. Cause over the last few days Sony has been updating their companion apps for their Headphones and Speakers to support unspecified newer models. But now Sony Asia has officially announced their upcoming WH-XB700’s. Now I’m going to tell you what the WH-XB700’s are all about and also what it could mean for upcoming yet to be announced products.
Im going to start off this video by saying that I really like Audio-Technica’s $200 ATH-SR50BT headphones… And if it weren’t for their crappy touch pad, I think they would be the best $200 headphones on the market right now. So when Audio-Technica announced their new ATH-ANC900BT Quietpoint headphones at CES 2019, admittedly I was pretty excited. But after getting my hands on them… its just pretty hard to recommend these headphones in today’s super competitive Premium ANC Headphone market.
Im going to start off this video by saying that I was pleasantly surprised and impressed by Audio-Technica’s $200 ATH-SR50BT headphones… and if it weren’t for their crappy touchpad they’d be the best $200 ANC headphones on the market right now. But sadly, the same cant be said about Audio-Technica’s new truly wireless earbuds, the ATH-CKR7TW’s… I just don’t think they hold up to the rest of the competition.
Even though there are a lot of great premium ANC headphones on the market right now, and there’s even whole bunch more on the way… the most common question I get in my comments is WHEN ARE THE BOSE QC45’s COMING OUT?!?! Now I don’t know if the Bose QC45’s will be coming out next week, next month, or next year… But I thought I would make a wish list of what I would like to see from the Bose QC45’s… And showcase how the aging Bose QC35’s stack up against some of 2019’s top ANC headphones.
When apple announced their AirPods, the market was quickly flooded by truly wireless earbuds from other companies. And most of them were sports wireless earbuds meant for working out. But then premium truly wireless earbuds started to become a thing. So given that AirPods are super popular and over all pretty good… is it worth paying almost double for something like the Sennheiser Momentum True wireless ear buds??
Shortly after releasing their Jaybird Tarah Pro, which I feel are currently the best wireless earbuds Jaybird has to offer… Jaybird has now updated their truly wireless earbuds with their new Jaybird RUN XT. And even though they might not be all that different from the original Jaybird RUN… The RUN XT do have one major improvement over the original.
Unfortunately, at CES 2019 Sony didn’t announce any new headphones to compliment their 1000XM3’s. I was personally expecting them to announce a new pair of H.ear On 3’s and an updated version of their XB950N1’s. They did however announce that their headphones would be getting Alexa integration. And like I’ve been saying for awhile now, more and more headphones are going to have voice assistant integration here on out. Just look at how prominent cortana is on the Surface Headphones.
But over the last few days I’ve been getting a lot of comments about how the new 4.1.1 firmware update has negatively effected the Active Noise Cancelation on the Sony 1000XM3. So to get to the bottom of this I updated my 1000XM3’s to 4.1.1 and did ANC test with another pair 1000XM3’s running the previous 2.0.0 firmware. And heres what I got.