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# 251418 25-Jun-2019 06:26
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Hi, I was the proud owner of a pair of Zolo Liberty+ Wireless Earbuds up until 2 weeks ago when they were taken during a burglary.


I would like to replace them and am unsure of what is out there and slightly worried we're at the stage where it's hard to tell the crappy cheapo ones apart from the good devices.


Anyone had any good experience with resonably priced Wireless Earbuds?


- No Apple


- Budget: ~$100-$150


- Decent sounds, decent battery, no faffing around..


- True Wireless please


I came across the "Pamu Slide". Has anyone got any experience with that?



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  # 2263937 25-Jun-2019 12:00
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I guess "crappy cheapo" will also be a subjective measure, but I bought a pair of Soundpeats Truefree from Amazon a few months back.  They are my first true wireless earbuds, and for the price I think they are a pretty good deal.  I paid $24USD using a discount code, plus Youshop fees.  I find the sound is pretty good, but then I'm not especially picky about that.  Everything I listen to sounds okay to me - music on Spotify, Youtube videos etc.  One thing I read about in reviews is that there is some audio lag when watching videos.  If I really concentrate I can pick it up, but then I use these earphones mostly to drown out the sounds of the open plan office, so I'm not watching big budget movies.


I like the convenience factor.  They come in a magnetic charging case (no lid, but there are pretty strong magnets holding them in place for charging, and they haven't fallen out yet), which uses micro-USB for recharging.  I keep the case on my desk at work for charging, and when I leave I take it with me.  I've never had them run out yet, because they always go back in the case and get topped off.  I think they have about 4 hours charge, and probably 3 recharges with the battery case, but I haven't used them that long in a single session.


I find them pretty comfortable, and the ear tips seal out most of the outside world for a good balance between bass and dialogue sound.  I like that I can pair the left bud separately from the right.  So when I want to listen to stuff on my phone I take out the right, then the left bud, and get stereo sound.  But if I just want to watch a quick youtube video, I can just take out the left bud (which is paired to my laptop at work), and use it as a mono bud for a different device.  I find that really handy.


There are buttons on each bud.  Double click the left bud skips back a track, the right skips forward, and either pauses.  I think it can also activate your phone's digital assistant, but I don't really make use of that. I get occasional drop outs of sound, but I've found them to be more reliable than most other wireless earbuds I've tried.


Overall, I'm really happy with them.  I figured they were cheap enough to take a chance and work out if true wireless was worth it - if they weren't, it wasn't a big loss.  But they are now my go-to earbuds, and if I ever do leave them at home, it bums me out at work having to use my backups.  I'm sure there are better models out there, but for the price, it seems hard to beat.

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  # 2266617 29-Jun-2019 09:33
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What do you mean by 'true wireless'?  Separate buds for each ear?  I use Jabra Elite 65t - they are great, but also $3-400.  Jabra do a couple of different sets of bluetooth (wireless to source but wired to each other) earbuds in the $mid100's range.  There are plenty of lower end options like that out there.  True wireless tend to cost more because they have better features, not least of which is the charging cases they come in that give far greater battery life.


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  # 2266630 29-Jun-2019 10:28
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For the price of $30 the QCY T1s are pretty good

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  # 2266637 29-Jun-2019 10:48
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There are many rubbish products on the market. To do these properly, needs a lot of design and engineering. 


After considering: ergonomics/charging system/battery life/audio/build quality/functionality (user interface)/connectivity/reliability.... and cost to a degree.....


Best option is Jabra Elite 65t... you can get them down to around $280 on special. 


I know above your budget, but consider you might use these for 5 years plus. Works out to under $60/year.


Otherwise, these... $71.00nzd + $20-$30nzd shipping via youshop.



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  # 2267918 1-Jul-2019 19:20
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Thanks everyone. THis was for an insurance claim and the insurace company agreed to get me a pair of Jabra Elite 65t. Those are a great!

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  # 2268224 2-Jul-2019 08:39
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Nice work!

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