When stepping on to the wireless earbuds bandwagon, there are a whole multitude of factors that we consider, and it’s not always about the technology. For instance, the styling cues in your True Wireless earbuds need to be distinct, if discretely so, with an intriguing range of color options. Then there is that question of whether to go in for open-fit earphones or in-ear earphones. Sure, the in-ear designs ensure greater physical noise cancellation with a better seal and they also tend to be more stable as they fit better inside users’ ear canal. But one of the major reasons for choosing open-fit earphones is how super comfortable the experience. That, and the fact that active noise cancellation (ANC) technologies on open-fit earphones is super advanced, means that some of the open-fit wireless earbuds out there are genuine contenders!
After a fair bit of real-life trial and error, we at T3 Middle East have put together a compiled a list of some of the best open-fit wireless earbuds available today, sizing them on four specific parameters.
We start with a Huawei offering that is easily the King of the lot!
HUAWEI FreeBuds 4
Studio-Quality Sound: Sound quality is possibly the most important factor for most consumers to pick their earphones. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 is equipped with a 14.3mm dynamic driver, producing greater and more impressive bass sounds. In terms of bass performance, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 adopts a newly upgraded bass enhancement engine, bass tube and motherboard to form an independently sealed sound cavity. Using the HUAWEI AI Life app, users can record surrounding sound with ease as well as Voice Mode to enhance voice pick and reduce environmental noise.
Open-Fit Active Noise Cancellation: Aside from the dynamic driver, the ANC technology also plays an important role. The earphones use an ergonomic simulation platform to objectively evaluate the comfort of the earphones. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 curvature and size are optimised and polished at the micro level, which fits the ears better, providing better comfort and noise cancellation thanks to an airtight seal. They also adopt a dual-microphone hybrid de-noising technology that helps improve noise cancelation. These microphones can help accurately pick up ambient noise and also features a new internal structure that can help avoid wind noise interference as well as improving sound pickup sensitivity for the internal microphone.
To enhance noise cancellation effectively across different wearing scenarios, HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 are the first open-fit earbuds in the industry to uses Adaptive Ear Matching (AEM) noise cancellation technology. When noise cancellation is switched on, the earbuds automatically detect the users’ ear shape and determine the optimum noise cancellation setup for each user, resulting in the most comfortable noise cancellation experience. HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 can achieve up to 25 dB which is one the deepest extent in open-fit ANC TWS earphones.
Air-like comfort: Wearing comfort is key to ensuring an optimal user experience. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 has been revamped with 13 size optimisations that further reduced its body size. It also brings three enhancements to its overall curvature for a better fit. These string of optimisations not only enables a more pleasant wearing experience for long periods but it also allows for strengthened ANC performance on the earbuds.
All-New Interactions: Leveraging Huawei’s all-scenario device ecosystem and accumulated expertise in wireless connectivity, the HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 bring various connection features.
Dual-device connectivity: HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 supports dual device connection with various kinds of devices such as smartphones, tablets, PCs, smartwatches, and smart TVs under Huawei’s all-scenario devices. It also supports dual device connection with smart devices running on different operating systems like Android, iOS, and Windows systems, achieving simultaneous connection with smart devices of different operating systems and brands.
Smart and personalized controls: The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 comes with a smart interactive experience. You can effortlessly enable active noise cancellation, adjust the volume, answer calls, press play, and switch songs right from the earphone stems, with simple Swipe/Double tap/Long press touch controls.
Apple Airpods 2
Sound quality: Looking at the specs sheets of HUAWEI FreeBuds 4, Apple AirPods 2 and Samsung Galaxy Buds Live, the size of the dynamic driver is 14.3 mm, 14 mm and 12 mm respectively. HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 features the largest dynamic driver in this comparison, it should be capable of producing higher audio output and better bass performance.
Active Noise Cancellation: Apple AirPods 2 does not come with this feature, it lost to HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 in the quiet listening session.
Design: The colour of the earphones represents your personality and more colour options cater for more user’s preferences. The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 comes in Ceramic White and Silver Frost, which have always been the classic colourways for Huawei audio products, offering users a trendy and classic design. Meanwhile, the Apple AirPods only available in white.
Connectivity: Airpods 2 did a good job on the stability of connectivity, but they are limited to Apple’s system, the dual device connection only can be used between iOS system.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
Sound quality: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live is equipped with only 12 mm driver.
Active Noise Cancellation: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live claims to have ANC function however it is only at 10db whilst HUAWEI Freebuds 4 can achieve up to 25 dB
Design: The Samsung Galaxy Buds Live is available in Mystic Bronze, Mystic White, and Mystic Black, and it scores on that front, being a good match for everyone
Connectivity: Samsung Galaxy Buds Live doesn’t support dual device connection.
The HUAWEI FreeBuds 4 are available in the UAE in two colourways including super cool Silver Frost and clean Ceramic White, and will be available for pre-orders starting from 5th to 11th August at a price of 569AED. The Pre-orders come with gifts worth of 200AED+, such as, HUAWEI Mini speaker and 3 months HUAWEI Music VIP subscription.
The pre-order consumers will also enjoy a special one year subscription to HUAWEI Loss Care FreeBuds Service. With HUAWEI Loss Care Service no matter accidental loss or damage, the users are to enjoy one-time 50% discount on a new single earbud purchase.