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Wireless earphones are small, compact, and don’t have the most tangled dread – wires. That makes them popular and convenient today. Apart from that, features like Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and Ambient Noise give them an edge over others. Ambient Noise is also known as headphone transparency mode. It helps you focus on listening to songs and podcasts by canceling out the ambient sounds. That’s quite useful when jogging or walking in a public area which has a lot going on.
Until a few years ago, Ambient Sound was only available in a handful of wireless earphones. Things have changed for the better, and this feature is now available in almost all premium wireless earphones. The best part is that you can enable it with a tap of the button (or touchpad) on the earphones.
Here are our recommendations for the best wireless earbuds with the ambient sound feature.
Let’s check them out. But first,
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1. SAMSUNG GALAXY BUDS PRO
The ANC feature works its best seal the ear canal to remove any noise and distraction. The degree of ANC is customizable and you can select one depending on your preference. The Ambient Sound feature can be turned on/off right from the touchpads on the earphones, and this is a huge plus.
As long as you find the right fit, the Galaxy Buds Pro is comfortable to wear even for long periods. The best part is that the IPX7 waterproof rating makes them suitable for the gym, and the lightweight nature helps its cause. The compact charging case is the cherry on top.
Last but not least, the audio delivery is balanced. While you may not get a thumping bass, but it gets the job done. At the same time, it comes with added perks like wireless charging, voice detect, and spatial audio.
2. SONY WF-1000XM3
The Sony WF-1000XM3 is not a discreet looking pair. And you can attribute that to it’s slightly dated design. Nevertheless, the buds are lightweight and are comfortable to wear. One of the main highlights is that Sony ships six pairs of ear tips (form-based and silicon-based), and they add to the comfort in the long run.
They pack touch-based controls, and the companion app can customize them. Like most ANC earphones, the battery life is on the shorter end. You will get around 5-6 hours of constant playback time before the buds need a top-up on a single charge. Thankfully, this can be taken care of by the charging case, capable of providing up to three charge cycles.
The WF-1000XM3 has a few limitations. This pair of earphones don’t have a dedicated IP rating and lacks support for wireless charging. You can enable the ambient noise with just a tap. Also, the soundstage is quite impressive.
3. AUDIO-TECHNICA ATH-ANC300TW
The ANC is almost in the tunes of Sony’s WF-1000XM3. The companion app allows several customizations, and the ability to switch the levels of ANC and Ambient Noise is probably one of the highlights. Both these options give you the flexibility to pick the noise level (or no noise) as per the scenario at hand.
However, not all is hale and hearty. With ANC, the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW lasts for only 4.5 hours, with the charging case providing around 13 hours as a backup.
4. JABRA ELITE 85T
The app comes with pre-built soundscapes, which means you do not need to open your music app separately if you want to listen to white noise or rain sounds on loop.
The only drawback is that the Elite 85t comes with physical buttons. Now, when most wireless earphones are moving to touch-based buttons, the physical buttons seem a bit of a downer. On the upside, the buttons are soft to press and do not jam into your ear canal when pressed.
The battery life is decent for earphones with ANC. On a single charge, they will last around 5.5 hours with ANC, and you can buy around 2 more hours if ANC is disabled. While the battery life is considerably decent, they are shorter than the Sony WF-1000XM3’s duration.
But, the attribute that leaps up is its instant connection process. They connect as soon as you open the case and put the earphones in your ears.
5. SENNHEISER MOMENTUM TRUE WIRELESS 2
The folks at the What Hifi state that the Momentum True Wireless 2 delivers an impressive soundstage and can be compared to the likes of Sony WF-1000XM3 or the much-popular Apple AirPods Pro. Now, that’s something, right?
At the same time, the ANC quietens the environment so that you can pick every detail in your favorite songs. You can enable ANC and ambient sound feature using the buttons.
The Momentum True Wireless 2 walks the line between large earphones and discrete earphones like the Galaxy Buds Pro. Well, they do protrude less from your ears, but aren’t entirely invisible once you prop them up.
That said, it brings an attractive package for the price, and if you want to listen to great music with clear vocals and music, you shouldn’t miss this one.
The Jabra Elite 75t is probably one of the most popular truly wireless earphones of 2020, at least for now. This year, Jabra has worked on the sound quality and the design of these earphones. Another pair of earphones that are fast growing in popularity is the Galaxy Buds Plus. These second-generation wireless earphones from Samsung look super cool and are also known to pack a punch.
So, at the end of the day, which wireless Bluetooth earphones should you pick? Should you go with the ones that are popular with the crowd, or should you simply pick the old and trusted name like Samsung?That’s what we are going to find out today when we compare the Jabra Elite 75t against the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus and see which earphones are more suited for you.
1. BUILD, COMFORT, AND DESIGN
Over the years, wireless Bluetooth earphones have evolved to be more compact and stylish, and the Jabra Elite 75t and the Galaxy Buds Plus are no different. They are compact and easily fit into the ear canal with the outer body hugging the ear cavity. Compared to its predecessor, the 75t has shrunk in size. As noted above, they are slimmer, and this feature makes them easy to handle. And the dual-metallic tones help accentuate its looks.
What I love about these buds is the fit. They hug your ear canal and stay put regardless of how much you move. The fit is snug and they are comfortable to wear even for long periods. There have been instances where I wore them for 3-4 hours straight without any discomfort or irritation in my ears.
The trick here is to find the right size of ear tips. Thankfully, Jabra ships three sets of tips, and the odds are that you will find your fit amongst these three. Apart from that, the Jabra’s wireless earbuds also bundle physical buttons. And each button can be used for different commands like tweaking the volume, controlling the playback, summoning the virtual assistant, and accepting or rejecting a call.
Though the buds bundle physical buttons, they are flexible and smooth to operate. They do not jam into the ear, and this is a big plus. Just a simple click and the required function will be taken care of.
Samsung’s new wireless buds appear more or less similar to its predecessor. Unlike the Elite 75t, you won’t find the dual-tone metallic looks here. Instead, you will be greeted by a plasticky-look. But rest assured they look premium.
It’s nothing less than frustrating when poor connectivity ruins the experience. With the Jabra Elite 75t and the Galaxy Buds Plus, thankfully there wasn’t any sour experience. Before the pandemic locked us indoors, I could walk around the gym with my phone in the locker and both earbuds would still be connected without any issues.
So, here the question here is how do the earbuds handle the connection. The best part is that both earbuds sport automatic ear detection and pauses the music as soon as the bud is removed from the ear.
However, there’s a slight catch. In the case of the Galaxy Buds Plus, both the buds continue to act independently. That means, regardless of the side, you can continue to listen to music on one bud. As opposed to it, you can only use the right earbud of the Elite 75t independently.
3. BATTERY LIFE
When it comes to battery life, both earphones do not disappoint. Jabra’s earphones last around 7 hours and the case provides about additional cycles, which gives you around 28 hours. At the same time, you get the advantage of fast charging. A mere 15 minutes of charging time will buy you playback time of around an hour. Cool, I must say.
Samsung’s true wireless goes a step further and can play songs continuously for around 11 hours. However, its charging case can store a single cycle of battery life. Overall, the batteries can churn out around 22 hours on moderate volume.
The Galaxy Buds Plus has another trick up its sleeves. Apart from supporting wired USB-C charging (the Elite 75t does too), it also incorporates wireless charging. Yep, you simply have to place the case over a wireless power mat and voila. Or, if your Samsung phone supports Wireless PowerShare, you just have to switch it on, place your phone face down, and keep the case on top. Yep, you read that right.
4. APP FEATURES
The Jabra Sound+ boasts of many exciting features. From built-in equalizer settings and Soundscapes to HearThrough and Find My Earbuds, there is a lot to play with. On opening the app, you will find the option for HearThrough, the sound transparency feature. A handy slider lets you adjust the degree of the HearThrough feature.
As noted earlier, the app also lets you customize the button actions. But perhaps, what I find to be most useful is the sleep mode. To save on battery life, you can set a time when the buds will enter the sleep mode when they are inactive.
Another favorite feature of mine is SoundScape. This one has a bunch of nature-inspired sounds like Pink Noise and Waterfall that helps you focus better and masks the noise around you. This feature can turn out to be more than handy if you like to do focus-intensive work with your earphones.
While the Galaxy Wearable app might not have features like Soundscapes or Sleep, it does pack a bunch of handy options. For instance, you can adjust the degree of the ambient sound as per your preference. Secondly, the Wearable app lets you have finer controls over the notification. You can either choose to ban them all or allow the important ones.
5. AUDIO PERFORMANCE
Now comes the most important feature of any audio accessory—how good is the sound quality? Jabra’s earbuds produce a deep thumping bass, which is great for workouts, and other high-intensive jobs and don’t be surprised if you start grooving to songs during your workout. Yes, they are that good.
However, sometimes, the bass can get a bit much, especially if you want to use these buds to focus-intensive jobs like writing, building a presentation, etc.
On the bright side, the sound isolation is exceptional. With the HearThrough feature turned off, you won’t have any outside noise creeping in.
The Galaxy Buds Plus produces a balanced sound as opposed to the booming bass of the Elite 75t. After all, AKG has tuned them. While bassheads might miss the heavy bass, let me tell you that they deliver great sound quality. The bass is amplified, but not as much as Jabra’s earbuds.
Furthermore, the buds’ snug fits seals your ears from outside noise, meaning you will be able to listen to high-quality tracks minus the distraction.
JABRA ELITE 75T OR GALAXY BUDS PLUS: VERDICT
So, which one should you buy? If you are all in for long listening hours and want a good thumb of bass, you can’t go wrong with the Jabra Elite 75t. They have a robust build quality, and the feature set is sufficient for a great experience. Plus, at 28 hours, you will have enough juice to listen to your favorite playlists without worrying about battery life.