I have a problem. It’s an incredibly first-world problem, because it’s one where no amount of gear is ever “enough”. Literally the week after I ordered my brand new Audio Technica ATH-M40X, I was already scouring the internet for a brand new pair of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC).
And it’s not like I’m some big audiophile. My ears are decidedly plebian in the sense that I know what I like and I know what I don’t — there isn’t really a super deep spectrum. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from wanting to get the best ones there are.
After weeks of reading, listening and researching, I managed to narrow down the list to a few prime candidates. Sony’s original MDR-1000X headphones were not at the top of the list. Then, everything changed when I got a hold of the WH-1000XM2.
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Recently, I’ve been obsessed with wireless noise-cancelling headphones. More specifically, I’ve been obsessed with Bose‘s QuietComfort 35 headphones with active noise cancellation. They’re comfortable, light, sound great, and look so dapper. But, one could make the case that, Sony has the better pair of ANC cans with the MDR-1000X and its successor, the WH-1000XM2.
Sony’s headphones are definitely the better value proposition and they’re a lot more high-tech but I’ve always preferred the QC35’s fit. Now, though, there’s a second contender and it’s JBL’s Everest Elite 750 NC headphones.
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My search for the perfect pair of headphones will probably never end. Especially since so many in-ear headphones simply refuse to fit my ears. It was particularly painful for me when I first tried on Samsung’s Gear IconX truly wireless earbuds because they simply wouldn’t fit.
But Samsung has refreshed their rocky first attempt at truly wireless in-ear headphones. These are the Gear IconX (2018) and right off the bat, I’m happy to report they fit far better than the originals.
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But Google has a solution. They’re a pair of wireless earbuds called the Pixel Buds and although these buds look like your normal Jaybird or Jabra buds, these puppies have one kickass feature that may just give us a glimpse into the future: Real-time translation right in your ear.
Sennheiser is not new to the gaming headset market and this is one of their latest offerings — the Sennheiser GSP 350. Unsexy name aside, the headset comes with some impressive acoustic isolation and Dolby 7.1 Surround. But is it worth your money?
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Jaybird is probably one of the more popular brands when it comes to minimal wireless in-ear headphones. Their wildly popular X1 and X2 headphones offer great sound and portability for a great price so it’s really not that surprising.
If you’ve always wanted to get your hands on a pair of Jaybird headphones here in Malaysia, you’re in luck because Funsportz (the people who bring in GoPro gear) are now officially distributing them locally.
If you’ve been looking for a pair of truly wireless in-ear headphones for fitness and are not impressed with Samsung’s Gear IconX, there’s good news. Jabra just released their Elite Sport in-ear fitness headphones in Malaysia. They say that the Elite Sport is the “most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds”.
The only catch is, they’re almost twice the price of the Samsung Gear IconX.
Need a new pair of headphones to cap the year off? Well, JBL just launched an entire range of sports and lifestyle headphones here in Malaysia.
Shortly after introducing its V3 Piston In-Ear headphones, Xiaomi is bringing yet another newer version to Malaysia. Announced just in time for the mega Single’s Day sale in China, the Mi In-Ear Headphones Pro is bringing its audio experience up a notch while maintaining a low price tag.
Apart from making affordable smart phones and power banks, Xiaomi is also known for its cheap and good in-ear headphones. Its recently introduced Piston V3 in-ear headphones is pretty decent for a mere RM69 and if you’re looking for on-ear headphones, the more premium Mi Headphone is currently going for RM369.
Now a newer Mi In-Ear headphones Pro version is coming and you can stand a chance to own one in Malaysia this coming weekend.