Nothing just cryptically revealed a new (old) pair of TWS Earbuds

It’s not entirely clear if Nothing is releasing an upgrade to the Ear (1) TWS earbuds, but the rumor mill seems to indicate that their latest product, the Nothing Ear (Stick) is simply a new charging case for their existing TWS earbud design from last year.

I bet you have a lot of questions. Don’t worry, so do I. The announcement (or rather reveal) for the Ear (Stick) dropped rather unexpectedly, without as much as a poster or keynote to mark its moment. Revealed as an accessory at Chet Lo’s SS23 fashion show on the runway, the Ear (Stick) seems to be a new case design for the Ear (1) buds. Unlike the old case that’s square-shaped, this one is styled to be the same shape and size as a lipstick (or if you’re looking for a less glamorous term, a nebulizer). It’s unfair to assume or speculate that the earbuds with the Ear (Stick) are simply the older earbuds. As far as we know, the design hasn’t changed, although Nothing did indicate that maybe this new SKU will get some sort of revamp in the form of a spec upgrade.

Designer: Nothing

Without getting too much into the actual art direction of the images (I never really understood experimental fashion, tbh), let’s just analyze the tech before us. Pei has often claimed that Nothing aims at doing things differently, creating an ecosystem that’s open to all and that’s designed to shake the status quo. Without any details on the Ear (Stick), it’s difficult to really make critiques on the company’s implementation of the philosophy… however, the Ear (Stick) does look different from any other TWS case from a major company. They also open differently, by rotating the transparent outer cylinder to have the cutout on it match up with the TWS earbuds in the inner cylinder.

Maybe there’s also an ecosystem feature in play (who knows, the earbud case could also unlock your Tesla or something), although one thing stands out… the company has touted the phone (1)’s ability to reverse-charge devices like TWS earbuds simply by placing them on top of the phone (1)’s coil. This seems unlikely with the Ear (Stick) given its cylindrical shape will probably roll right off the phone.

With this announcement, it’s expected that Nothing will reveal more details about the Ear (Stick) over time. If anything, the company’s mastered the art of the reveal, leaking out bits strategically to fans and the media… like the Glyph Interface was first debuted in March, 4 months before its launch in July!

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JBL unveils the Tour PRO 2 TWS Earbuds with an actual touchscreen display on the charging case

Is that the new iPod Nano?? Nope… it’s a pair of JBL TWS earbuds with a screen on the case.

Announced just before IFA 2022 kicks off in Berlin, the Tour PRO 2 are JBL’s upcoming flagship TWS earphones. Their latest gimmick feature? A touchscreen display that shows you music-related information so you don’t need to pop your phone out to navigate Spotify or Apple Music while listening to tunes and podcasts. It has the potential to be an incredibly clever idea (I’ll explain myself shortly), but it isn’t the kind of idea JBL is capable of pulling off, so we’re probably stuck with one more screen on our person… although it does offer a more music-centric experience. After all, nobody wants to scroll through their music playlist while also seeing angry messages from their boss about why they haven’t sent that mail yet.

Designer: JBL

To just get the facts out of the way, the Tour PRO 2 are JBL’s latest flagship pair of TWS earbuds priced at $249.44 USD. They come with 10mm audio drivers and are Bluetooth 5.3 compatible, have active noise-canceling, and last 10 hours alone, and 40 hours with the charging case. However, their most impressive little upgrade lies in plain view in the form of a 1.45-inch touchscreen LED display on the front that lets you toggle features like ANC, make adjustments to your music-listening experience, or answer/reject calls without taking your phone out. JBL’s idea with this seems to hark back to the original days of the iPod – to provide a clean, uncluttered music experience.

Honestly, I find myself a little conflicted with the idea of a display on my TWS earbud charging case because there are as many cons as there are pros. There are also as many unexplored potentials, which I promise I’ll get to in a bit. For starters, the Tour PRO 2 does, to a degree, give you the benefit of a phone-free experience. You can control playback, seek through songs, see what’s playing, and even toggle earbud features without needing an app or even needing to unlock your phone. However, this doesn’t quite work as well for other earbud-aided experiences, like watching videos or attending video calls/conferences. JBL also somewhat shoots itself in the foot by using that screen to show you phone notifications. So there’s still that likelihood of stumbling across angry texts from your boss/client. Effectively, this makes you end up taking your phone out, which completely destroys the premise of a phone-free music experience in the first place. Not to mention that yet another screen on a device means more battery woes. It also results in a thicker product.

Here’s what gets me excited about this idea, though. The TWS earbuds are essentially wearables, and a screen on the case now has the unique ability to offer a wearable-grade fitness device experience that matches, if not overtakes a smartwatch. Here’s the data you can capture through your earbud – your body temperature, and your pulse (two data points that your smartwatch already tracks). Pair this with music hardware and you’ve got yourself the ultimate fitness device. Imagine if these earbuds could track your heart levels alongside the music you listen to. It knows when you’re exercising and how effectively you’re exercising, it also knows whether you enjoy a song because of changes in your body temperature and heart rate. Moreover, the earbuds can also help with routines like meditation, just because they’re audio devices with bio-tracking abilities. I’ve long believed that if Spotify wanted to absolutely obliterate Apple at the music game, they’d launch smart earbuds that could do the aforementioned things. Sadly though, it seems like JBL isn’t quite the company that’s up for the task… and now I’ve given up my idea for free.

The JBL Tour PRO 2 will only be available in Europe for now, starting January 2023 (that gives JBL enough time to really fine-tune their product). This isn’t the first time we’ve seen screens on TWS earbud cases, though. Just last month, a Teenage Engineering TWS earbud concept showcased something quite similar!

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These TWS Earbuds have solar panels on their charging case and it’s honestly an incredible idea

While we’re all living with the fear of an impending ‘port-less iPhone’, one company’s got a clever workaround to the charging woe. Meet the Urbanista Phoenix, a set of TWS Earbuds with solar panels built into their case. Sure, the Phoenix comes with a USB-C port to conventionally charge your earbuds, but it also ambiently charges every time you leave the case on a table with access to sunlight. It’s a clever, elegantly-executed solution that works without cables, wireless chargers, or even human intervention!

Don’t you hate it when you pop your AirPods into your ears only to get a notification that you forgot to charge them? Well, the Urbanista Phoenix seems to have an unusually sensible fix. Equipped with a Powerfoyle solar panel on the charging case, the Phoenix just keeps charging your TWS Earbuds whenever it has access to sunlight or any bright light. This isn’t the first time that Urbanista’s incorporated solar panels into its audio solution, though. Just last year, the company announced the Los Angeles, a pair of wireless headphones with a solar panel built into the headband. The Phoenix builds on that rather clever idea by introducing solar panels onto the charging case instead (because the TWS earbuds themselves are too small to put solar panels on). This effectively allows the earbuds to charge in their case without you needing to physically plug them in or place them on a wireless charging mat. It’s incredibly convenient, quite literally effortless, and seems like the kind of idea that other companies should rapidly adopt too instead of pushing us to buy chargers, dongles, and expensive phones with ‘reverse wireless charging’ capabilities.

Designer: Urbanista

The earbud themselves are just like your average TWS earbuds. They come with a familiar stemmed design that’s practically a design archetype now thanks to the AirPods, but they also sport silicone ear-tips for a better seal. They even have touch-sensitive controls built onto ths stems that let you control the Phoenix’s features, including being able to summon and talk to your phone’s voice assistant. Unlike the AirPods, however, the Phoenix also has built-in active noise canceling and is even equipped with noise-canceling microphones for crystal-clear audio conversations and calls. Other features include IPX4 water resistance so you can wear it while sweating it up during workouts, onboard sensors for in-ear detection, a companion app, and a battery capacity of 8 hours for the earbuds, and 32 additional hours with the charging case. Combine that with solar charging and it’ll probably be weeks or months before you even need to find a USB-C cable to charge the Phoenix.

The Phoenix’s game-changing feature still remains its solar charging ability. The only minor trade-off is that as a result, the Phoenix has a slightly large charging case to fit the panel, but the benefit absolutely outweighs the con. The result is a pair of TWS earbuds that, at least in theory, never need plugging in. As long as you can keep the charging case near a source of light, the Phoenix will run perpetually without requiring a charging cable or a charging mat. Moreover, and this is the biggest win so far, you don’t need to REMEMBER to charge the Phoenix. Something most scatterbrained people like me will really appreciate!

The Urbanista Phoenix comes out later in the year, priced at $149.

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Serena TWS earbuds prove you don’t have to damage your ears to have great sound

Earbuds are convenient and great, but they also come with their fair share of drawbacks. Their design almost makes it too easy for ambient sounds to get into your ears, forcing many to crank up the volume to drown out the noise. Their proximity to your eardrums, however, means they pose an even greater risk of damaging your sensitive ears for life. Balancing noise cancellation and audio quality is one of the delicate dances that earbuds manufacturers have to do with each new product, a dance that often ends up in one compromise or another. An innovative pair of earbuds wants to do away with those compromises, promising crystal clear audio delivered to your ears without putting them in harm’s way, no matter how loud the world around you becomes.

Designer: Hear+Hi

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Even as children, we learned that one of the fastest ways to drown out noise is to make an even bigger noise. Sometimes that means shouting at the top of your lungs, while other times it means turning the volume up to eleven. Even with active noise cancellation technologies, wireless earbuds still seem to call for that kind of radical countermeasures. Unfortunately, that only solves the short-term problem while creating an even longer-lasting one in the form of ear injury.

Due to their basic shape, earbuds often let an amount of ambient sound into your ear more than regular headphone cups. Yes, they do form a seal in your ear canal, but it often isn’t tight enough or is actually too tight, making them uncomfortable to wear. Because of their size, however, it took awhile before ANC or active noise cancellation became available in these small earpieces. But even then, they aren’t always effective, causing people to still raise the volume to the max and risk causing lifelong injury to their ears.

Serena, however, takes ANC up a notch by nearly doubling the amount of noise it can cancel. While regular ANC for earbuds can reduce external sounds by around 25 decibels, the Serena TWS buds boast a whopping 45-decibel reduction, a feat that it calls Super ANC for a good reason. Serena accomplishes this by utilizing a dedicated Noise Cancellation Module that encapsulates the transducer and the noise cancellation Feedback microphone, which allows the microphone to sit much closer to the eardrum than any other conventional ANC earphones. With the noise-sensing mic closer to the eardrum, it cancels out the noise much more effectively.

What this means, in effect, is that you can enjoy crisp and clear audio without having to raise the volume just to drown out the noise that the ANC can’t handle. The buds’ dual mics also make calls crystal clear, so you don’t have to strain your voice or your ears in a conversation. Serena is also able to silence sound waves below 200Hz, protecting your ears from the low-frequency noise of airplane cabins, subway cars, HVAC systems, and even drones. Despite those new technologies that enable its Super ANC power, the Serena Earbuds manage to keep the size down to a minimum. Looking like stylish audio accessories with a bit of a hi-tech touch to its faceted surface, the buds’ simple design almost belies the power within. Even better, it won’t cost you an arm or a leg to get your hands on a pair, a testament to how good design and great technology don’t have to be out of reach.

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Teenage Engineering BD-1 TWS Earbuds Concept

It may look a little odd at first glance, but it captures the Teenage Engineering design language perfectly – Nerdy + Nordic. Meet the BD-1, a conceptual pair of TWS earbuds modeled on the company’s OP-1 synthesizer. The OP-1 synth became a pop culture design icon when it was used in Swedish House Mafia’s first music video, One. It sported a form factor that was sleek yet fun, retro yet new, and predominantly clean-looking without being boring. The BD-1 follows similar design cues by being relatively boxy, white, and use colorful ear-tips that match the colors used on the OP-1 synth. The best part? The earbuds case comes with a tiny AMOLED display that mimics the one found on the OP-1, displaying visualizations that react to the music you’re listening to!

Designer: Haechan Ryu

The BD-1 aren’t your average pair of earphones. They’re designed to look different, feel different, and be different. Made for audiophiles and people who appreciate nerdy audio gear, the BD-1 comes with a display on the front that sports visualizations, displays the name of the audio track you’re listening to, and even gives you battery stats (and also a date window, just for good measure).

The earphones sit within the clunky case, with an oddly appealing Star Wars-ish sci-fi design (I guess we’re looking at peak nerd). The earphones and case both use a combination of white plastic and metal to evoke this aesthetic that’s sort of comfortable and refreshing at the same time, and the colored ear-tips provide just the right splash of vibrancy to the design.

Just like the OP-1 synth, the BD-1 uses red, yellow, blue, and green color accents to stand out. In this case, the accents manifest themselves in the ear-tips as well as the BD-1’s USB-C charging cable. Each BD-1 comes with its own charging cable (which is more than what I can say for most smartphones these days). The cables even come with partial coiling as a hat-tip to the coiled wires used by most musicians and audio engineers.

Although Teenage Engineering hasn’t released any TWS Earbuds (yet), the audio-tech company did partner with Nothing over the design of the ear (1) earphones. However, those earphones were arguably designed keeping Nothing’s brand language in mind, with a focus on transparency. The BD-1 TWS earbuds aren’t transparent, but they’re unapologetically Teenage Engineering. They’re edgy, compact, fun, functional, and nothing like anything you’ve seen before. It’s a shame these ones are conceptual, though. I, for one, would really like to see earbuds with AMOLED displays built into their charging cases!

This is a fan-made concept and isn’t affiliated with Teenage Engineering. Any use of the Teenage Engineering brand and logo is for representational purposes only.

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This phone houses its own wireless earbuds so that you won’t lose yours

There was a time when Nokia was the Samsung of its era, the household name when it came to mobile phones. It flooded the market with a confusing array of handsets with indecipherable digits as their name, covering many sizes, shapes, and features to cast its nets wide. After undergoing a few changes of hands and guards, the Nokia brand is being revived by HMD Global with seemingly the same intent to hit every market segment, both smartphones and feature phones. The new owner is even reviving old names, like the camera-centric “PureView” and the musical “XpressAudio.” Of course, it also puts a modern twist on those names, with the new Nokia 5710 XpressAudio representing its strangest and most curious one yet.

Designer: Nokia

As its name clearly points out, the Nokia XpressAudio puts the focus on music. Back in Nokia’s golden age, personal music players were quite the fad, and using phones for those was still a revolutionary concept. Back in those days as well, such phones not only played music stored in 8GB of internal storage or micro SD cards but also tuned to FM radios. The newest member of that lineage does that and more, housing its own earbuds and charging case for those earbuds.

The Nokia 5710 XpressAudio has a rather unusual design where the top part of its back slides down, which reveals its most unique feature. A pair of Truly Wireless Stereo (TWS) earbuds is hiding inside, charging so that they’re ready to jump into action the moment you take them out. The buds are Nokia branded, of course, so there’s no telling whether they’ll sound as great as your favorite pair.

It’s a rather ingenious and creative design that solves some of the biggest problems of owning wireless earbuds. Either you forget to put the buds inside the charging case, or you forget everything somewhere. You might also forget to either charge the buds or the case itself. With the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio, everything is in one package, so you’re less likely to forget things, though you could still forget to put the buds inside the phone.

This kind of convenience is only possible because there’s plenty of room inside a feature phone, sometimes pejoratively called a dumb phone. This 4G handset has the basics for phone calls and SMS, as well as a few apps, particularly for playing music. The screen is only a 2.4-inch QVGA without any touch capabilities, so you’ll have to retrain your fingers and your brain for good old T9. There is a camera on the back and even an LED flash, but the 0.3MP probably won’t satisfy anyone.

When it comes to design, the Nokia 5710 XpressAudio continues the polycarbonate DNA of its distant predecessors. It’s pretty much what you’d expect from a traditional candy bar phone design hearkening back to the glory days of Nokia, with the addition of dedicated buttons for playback controls flanking the display. It may be a very dated look, but the clever inclusion of built-in earbuds shows that there’s still room for innovation even in this space.

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Beyerdynamic launches their first TWS Earbuds with ANC, Transparency Mode, and 11 hours of listening time

Labeled the Free BYRD, beyerdynamic’s foray into TWS earbuds sets your ears free, allowing you to go about your day while listening to music, podcasts, and even the world around you, thanks to a Transparency Mode feature.

The German audio company announced the Free BYRD today, priced at $249 and available in black and white. The earbuds are relatively compact, come with a silicon tip that gives them a decent seal, and a black strip running along the outside that sort of makes the Free BYRD look like a distant relative of the Pixel 6 smartphone.

Designer: beyerdynamic

While on the higher side, price-wise, Free BYRD is designed for audiophiles who want their tech to be a great blend between compact yet capable. The Free BYRD’s earpieces sport 10mm audio drivers that deliver crisp, balanced sound to your ear, and also dual mics with Qualcomm cVc™ for crystal clear audio. For the price, you also get ANC along with Transparency mode, so you can either cancel environmental noise for clear listening or have audio from the real world play right back in your ear so you’re aware of your surroundings.

In true TWS style, the Free BYRD is certified by Google and Apple, and has support for Google, Alexa, and Siri. The earbuds have Bluetooth 5.2 and thanks to Google Fast Pair, will instantly connect to your device seamlessly. Gamers will also appreciate the Free BYRD’s Low Latency mode that ensures a perfect sync between audio and video, and for true audiophiles, beyerdynamic’s MIY app allows you to personalize your hearing and fine-tune your earbuds’ output.

The earphones, as mentioned earlier, come in a choice between black and white. They sport an impressive battery life of 11 hours, which bumps up to 30 hours with the charging case. Putting the earbuds in the case for just 10 minutes gives you up to 70 minutes of listening time, and the charging case is Qi-enabled, allowing you to wirelessly charge it off a charging pad or even reverse-charge it off the back of your phone. The Free BYRD is designed to be IPx4 water-resistant, making it just about fine to use in rainy weather… or better still while working up a sweat while exercising. For the active folk, the Free BYRD also offer 8 different silicone ear-tips to choose from, ensuring you get the most bespoke, perfect fit to seal the sound in and prevent the earbuds from accidentally falling off.

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GPods TWS earbuds use light control to let your unique soul shine through

Wireless earbuds like the Apple AirPods have become a common accessory in this digital world. It isn’t considered odd or even rude anymore to see people walking about with small knobs sticking out of their ears. While different brands try to stand apart in their designs, most Bluetooth earbuds share the same basic shape or, at the very least, share the same standard color choices. Almost everyone wants to personalize not only their experience but also their accessories to show off their personality and style. Earbuds, however, are one of the most difficult things to personalize, but this revolutionary pair breaks out of the mold and uses light and color to let the real you shine even in the dark.

Designer: HHOGene

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Call it whatever you want, but each one of us has what some would refer to as a unique soul. It is a part of ourselves that sets us apart from others, whether through the way we see the world or the ways we express ourselves. Our clothing, our accessories, and even our gadgets have become part of such expressions, but mass-produced electronics like earbuds don’t always offer customization options, and that’s where the GPods come in, shedding some light on the problem, literally.

Whether it’s matching the beat or matching your style, the GPods’ six RGB LEDs light up the stem of the earbuds to let you shine and show what you hear and feel. Every color is in your control, whether you handpick the hues yourself or let the AI select the colors based on a photo of your choosing. With 72 basic colors at your disposal, you or the AI can create around 300,000 color combinations, ensuring that no two GPods owners will be alike.

Adjustable Light Mode – The software system allows full control of emanating light. Dimness, brightness, rhythm response, shades, and colors are all at your fingertips.

Color Photo Recognition – Colors for each pixel point in an image are sorted in order to calculate color blocks. These blocks are transformed into light which is then projected in colorful style from each earbud.

And if that weren’t enough, the GPods come with snap-on accessories that further add a bit of flair to the earbuds. Most notable is the Tiger Stripes, which introduces a play of light and shadow into your listening and shining experience. Ripples, Solar Eclipse, and Newborn are some of the planned accessories that you can easily snap and swap to truly make your buds unique.

The GPods isn’t just all show, of course, and it packs some of the best hardware found inside Truly Wireless Stereo (TWS) Bluetooth buds. High-quality audio is delivered by 10mm dynamic drivers with polymer composite diaphragms, and Bluetooth 5.2 is the conduit through which your music travels. Convenient touch controls and IPX4 water resistance make the GPods a fit for any use and occasion, while the remarkable five-hour battery life (20 if you include the charging case) and speedy charging mean it will be ready for action anytime you need it.

We stick earbuds to our heads all the time these days, and these accessories have become an important part of our lives. Why settle for bland, uninspiring, and common earbuds when the rest of your body and your accessories are screaming with expression? With the GPods TWS earbuds and its light control, you can tell the world just how much you enjoy your music and dare to let your unique soul shine, whenever and wherever.

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Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds will let you live and breathe audio

Sennheiser continues to redefine the limits of possibility. The brand has just introduced a new pair of wireless earbuds ready to make an impression if we are talking about the audio listening experience.

The company’s MOMENTUM series has been recognized as one of the best, and it now has a new entry in the form of the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds. The brand has raised the standards in wearing comfort, adaptive noise cancellation, and sound quality. This pair takes your audio listening experience to a whole new level.

Designer: Sennheiser

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds

Starting with the design, it’s clear that the pair of earbuds have been made with premium workmanship, remarkable details, and top-quality materials. Likewise, the tech features, specs, and technologies are all devoted to delivering the best experience. For example, the case of the earbuds looks like a mini speaker because of the fabric used on the outside.

The rounded rectangular box opens to reveal the earbuds that boast a futuristic ergonomic design. The stylish pair won a 2022 Red Dot Design Award, so we know this won’t disappoint. It offers a comfortable fit that can last for hours. The pair can fit most ear shapes and sizes with silicone pads.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Design

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds

The MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 is ready for most workouts or adventures. It comes with an IPX4 splash-resistant casing to work out even when you’re sweating or in the rain. The battery can last for seven hours, but the charging case can extend the power up to 28 hours. That’s more than a day of listening with wireless earbuds.

The Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 will be sold for $329.95 CAD ($258 in the US). It will be ready in three color options: graphite, white, and black. The pair will be released in the market by May 10 but you may now place your pre-order.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds

Sennheiser knows audio and the brand is something true audiophiles love. The excellence of its products offers audio solutions other companies can’t deliver. Sennheiser knows the consumer audio business, and the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 will definitely perform as expected.

Durability is already a given because it’s one of the many things Sennheiser is known for. The pair looks a bit rugged and its waterproof rating proves that. The pair is also comfortable to wear and use for hours. On the technical side, it takes advantage of Sennheiser’s True Response transducer as made possible by the dynamic 7mm drivers. The pair also comes with a new Sound Personalization feature for an improved sound experience. Meanwhile, the Smart Control App includes an equalizer and presets a user can choose from.

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds

Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless 3 Earbuds

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Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX tries to bring a bit of class to earbuds

When the Apple AirPods first came out, they were ridiculed for looking like EarPods whose wires were simply cut off. Like any new thing that Apple does, however, that stem-shaped design became the next trend in True Wireless Stereo or TWS earbuds, to the point that similar-looking earbuds from other brands have been comically seized as counterfeit products. That’s not to say that there’s no room for refining that design, especially given how little it has changed in six years. That’s the breath of fresh air that good old B&O is bringing to the table with the Beoplay EX, turning earbuds into fashion accessories as much as they are tech gadgets.

Designer: Thomas Bentzen

There is admittedly something odd about the stem-shaped design popularized by the AirPods. In addition to its novelty, the form has an element of asymmetry that some might feel almost uncomfortable. Of course, our eyes and minds have gradually adjusted over time to see it as normal, which also makes it an opportune moment to refine the design with some luxurious embellishments.

The Beoplay EX brings Bang & Olufsen’s signature touch to the stem design, wresting the crown from Apple in order to make earbuds more attractive as fashionable pieces rather than just geeky accessories. As typical of B&O’s design language, there is a touch of glass on the touch-sensitive surface of the buds, surrounded by a brush aluminum ring to accentuate the contrasting surfaces while also offering protection for the more fragile material.

It isn’t all just looks either. Unlike the AirPods or even the AirPods Pro, the Beoplay EX’s body doesn’t go straight but bends a bit to the side as it tapers off to the end. This shape, along with a smaller earpiece that goes inside the ear canal, promises a more stable and comfortable fit that won’t wear down your ear or fall off on a run. It’s also IP57 rated, so it won’t shrink away from a slight shower, and neither should you.

Bang & Olufsen didn’t make a name for itself just by looking great, of course. After two generations of stem-less earbuds, it has more or less gotten the wireless audio performance down to a T. Despite its small size, the Beoplay EX boasts of Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation and lets you decide how much of the outside world to let it or keep out. Three mics on each bud ensure crystal clear voice calls on both ends by separating your voice from other sounds. And with 9.2mm drivers, you are guaranteed a listening experience that seems too big for earbuds of this size. In other words, the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EX promises all the trappings of high-quality wireless earbuds, now wrapped in premium clothing you wouldn’t be embarrassed to wear all the time.

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