IFA 2017 has launched various much-awaited technological products. Earpieces are one of them, which include top brands like Sony, JBL and B&O Play.
Earpieces: Leading Brands
Here’s the JBL Free, the wireless earbuds unveiled at IFA 2017
We all know that wireless earplugs are becoming a major trend. Why would a mega audio brand such as JBL stay behind? The company has made an entrance in the market with the JBL Free. These are the company’s first ever pair of wireless earbuds. And the earpieces promise to ‘cut down the cord’ in the audio department. Similar to what Apple AirPods provide, the JBL Free will have two tiny earbuds along with a silicone sleeve on them.
The JBL Free promises to offer 4 hours of continuous music playback. Also, the silicone case will add an extra 20-hour’s playback. A mere charging of 15 minutes inside the case will offer you an extra hour for your earbuds. The earphones will connect to the audio devices via Bluetooth. You can even use them for a hands-free calling (even as a single bud) along with a stereo music playback. The packaging includes three comfort-fit eartips along with two extra silicone sleeves.
The JBL Free costs $155 (approx 9911 INR). The JBL Free will only be made available in two White and Black color variations. This pair of earbuds will only be available for buying in the coming October.
B&O Play’s Beoplay E8 wireless earbuds announced for $299
B&O Play declares their first-ever wireless earbuds Beoplay E8 during the IFA 2017 event in Berlin. They are a direct rival to Apple’s AirPods, but are priced almost double, $299 (approx 19,124 INR). And for this added price, you will get your earpieces loaded with a lot of features.
The Beoplay E8 wireless earpieces are made up of aluminum, stainless steel, and textured rubber. They have dust and water resistance certification. You will get five ear tips with the package. From the five, the four of are made of silicon. The last one is made up of Complyfoam. Of course, they use Bluetooth to connect to your Android/iOS smartphone.
The external bit of these earbuds will provide you access to a touch-enabled surface. You can use some customizable gestures to accomplish various tasks like accept/reject calls, play/pause music, forward/rewind, and even trigging the virtual assistant on your device.
The earbuds offer Transparency Mode, which allows you to listen to your surroundings without taking them off. There are three levels of the mode. And you can choose anyone depending on your preferences or needs. You get to use the ToneTouch system that will help you customize the audio tuning for a particular type of music, among other things.
About the battery now, B&O Play Beoplay E8 wireless earpieces can last for up to 4 hours on a single charge. The charging case offers an additional two hours of battery. They will be available for sale from October 2017.
Sony launches WF-1000X Earbuds and h.ear headphones
At the ongoing IFA event, Sony has some new noise cancellation models in its 1000x earbuds array. The first is the wireless WF-1000X earbuds; then we have the behind-the-neck WI-1000X; lastly we have the WH-1000XM2 headphones.
The WF-1000X earpieces work wirelessly. They come with a 6mm driver with a powerful sound output. They come with a designer charging case that charges the bud for up to 9 hours of usage.
The second set of earpieces are the behind-the-neck earphones called WI-1000X, which provide vibration alerts for an incoming call. They promise up to 10 hours of battery life.
The third new entry in the arrangement is the WH-1000MX2 headphones. They present a wonderful audio quality along with an excellent noise canceling technology. With a maximum battery life, they can stay up to 40 hours on a single charge with an audio cable. They can last for up to 30 hours when used wireless.
Sony also launched something else in its audio category. The company has introduced color variants for the wireless h.ear headphones. These three headphones include WH-H900N, WH-H800, and WI-H700. They are designed to couple up with a new Walkman in some other matching color variations. The new colors go on to include Horizon Green, Twilight Red, Grayish Black, Pale Gold and Moonlit Blue.