I'm thinking of buying a pair of wireless earbuds.

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Edit: I've returned the headphones as I don't need them, my apple wired headphoens work completely fine for me.

I'm thinking of going with the airpods second gen (I like the flat apple design,) or airpod pros cause of the listening to the world around you thing, the only issue is you can't turn your volume up and down using them but instead have to use siri or the volume buttons on your phone.

I like siri for some things but come on, I understand people keep their phones at certain volumes and that's fine but if I have a headache or something and want to turn the volume down; I don't want to get out my phone and do that or ask siri if I don't have to.

What ear buds are people using and does the listening to the world around you thing really help that much wehn walking around?

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Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

He did a nice review on one. Can not recall the name but he checks all the features and how they work. $150 the one he did recently.

Submitted by Brad on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Thanks for the reply.

Submitted by Holger Fiallo on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

I got some of the different types he review. Hope this help.
Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro - These Killed The Game For $149
NEW Sennheiser CX True Wireless Earbuds - These Sound AMAZING!
Beats Studio Buds - “Real Review”
Sennheiser Momentum 2 - Now Featuring Active Noise Cancellation!
Sony WF-1000XM4 - “Real Review”
Bowers & Wilkins PI7 - The Best Truly Wireless Earbuds?
Nothing Ear (1) True Wireless Earbuds - Too Good To Be True?
All The New JBL Truly Wireless Earbuds - 2021

Submitted by al-Salil on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

B&W PI 5 sounds amazing.
I've also used Sennheiser Momentum TW 1 and Jabra Elite Sport but B&W PI 5 sounds better in my opinion.
The problem with BlueTooth True Wireless buds is a slight lag when using VoiceOver.
I type a lot of text messages and emails, so the slight lag when using the keyboard is a show stopper for me.
I'm back with a pair of Apple lightning earpods.

Submitted by Brad on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

I think I'm going to go with the airpod pros but I'll see.

Submitted by Cobbler on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

In case you aren't already aware, you should know that it's anticipated that the 3rd generation AirPods will launch at next Monday's Apple event.

If the rumors are correct, these will have a shorter stem than the current generation. Rumors also suggest that the 2nd generation will remain available, with the new model fitting in between these and the AirPods Pro. Considering the current price points, my guess is that for this to be true, the 2nd generation will likely only be available with the wired charging case. So, the 3rd generation could be priced at the current price of the wireless case-equipped 2nd generation model. But, this is far in to speculation land ☺️

One thing that I would recommend you consider, is your use case.

I have 1st and 2nd generation AirPods and AirPods Pro. I have used each of these at times when out with my guide dog, but found that none allowed me to feel completely comfortable in knowing what is going on around me. The regular AirPods simply block out too much ambient sound, whilst the AirPods Pro's transparency mode in some situations can make it difficult to accurately place the position of sounds.

For my use case, it's AfterShokz Aeropex whenever I go out. I also use them for yard work, as they are a more secure fit.

Around the house, I typically use the 2nd generation AirPods, with the AirPods Pro being used for nighttime listening. The latter might seem a very niche choice for the most expensive in my collection, but I've never found them to be the most secure of fits for general use... the left AirPod in particular wants to slip out at the first opportunity, and that's even with using Comply foam tips.

I can't comment on the comparative audio quality of each, as I don't have the knowledge or use case to offer any thing meaningful.

As for lag, perhaps it's my old ears, but I honestly don't detect enough to make any meaningful difference to my use of any of the above headsets.

One final observation is that the lack of controls on the 2nd generation AirPods does drive me a little crazy at times, although Siri is an option for some things. However, as with Siri everywhere else, it isn't always reliable or consistent in behavior.

For what it's worth, if I could only keep one of the above headsets, it would probably be the AfterShokz. That's because I typically use them for 2 hours daily whilst out walking, and wouldn't want to have to use AirPods for this. Around the house, the experience would be worse, but I would personally sacrifice this for greater awareness of the world when out and about. Note that this choice would possibly be different if the vast majority of my listening wasn't books, podcasts, and talk radio.

Submitted by Brad on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

You've convinced me with the AfterShokz Aeropex.

I used to thave some AfterShokz blues? I think they were called and I remember liking them a lot, I have no idea where they are now.

Thanks so much for your reply, I'll wait for a review of the airpod pros second gen or whatever they're called and decide if I want to buy them or not.

Submitted by Brad on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

It's their newest headset, while I don't take calls that often, honestly it's quite rare, it's their latest version so I thought why not?

Even if I don't use the mic, I can move it out of the way and go on with my day.

No, the music and audio won't be the best but that shouldn't bother me that much if at all.

Submitted by Will on Wednesday, October 13, 2021

if the jabra app let me accessibly adjust noise canceling with voiceover would go with them.

Submitted by Will on Tuesday, October 19, 2021

I have the airpods 2nd gen but want something more basier and rich for listening dramas etc. for those who have the Jabra earbuds 85t, 75t 7 pro etc. what can, and can't, we do with their app? no-one yet, seems to have reviewed it.