Amazon’s Echo Buds – Active Noise Reduction
Amazon recently unveiled a plethora of new devices at its headquarters in Seattle, but, without doubt, the star of the show was the Echo Buds. These wireless earbuds are obviously intended to take on Apple AirPods (and Samsung Galaxy Buds) as they include noise-canceling from Bose and incorporate the generally useful Alexa instead of the ever-irksome Siri.
Battery Life and Design:
Amazon has taken a more standard true wireless ‘puck’ design approach over Apple’s ‘Stem’ construction. That makes them significantly increasingly discrete while wearing them, as they scarcely reach out past your ear. They do embed further into your ear, which a few people don’t care for, however, which gives better sound isolation and subsequently gets increasingly out of the audio quality of the buds’ drivers.
To get the best fit possible, Echo Buds come with three different sized ear tips and wingtips. They’re lightweight, not too bulbous, and I thought they felt pretty secure and comfortable. A further big plus is that each earbud is sweat-resistant and IPX4-rated to withstand splashes or light rain. That means that, along with their seemingly secure fit, they can be used as workout buds.
You’ll get up to five hours of music playback on a full charge, and the included charging case holds up to three additional charges. That means you’ll get a maximum of 20 hours of music playback by my maths.
Echo Buds feature two premium, balanced armature drivers in each earbud. In-ear monitors used by professional musicians are the main inspiration of the driver’s design. And they aim to deliver crisp, clear vocals and dynamic bass.
Each earbud has two outer microphones and one inner microphone that work together to reduce ambient noise so Alexa can hear you whether you’re walking to work, on your lunch break, or in a noisy train carriage.
Release Date and Pricing:
The Echo Buds will cost $129, with preorders starting today and an October 30th release date. They’re cheaper than AirPods, from what I’ve heard they sound better than AirPods, and they’re also gym- and run-ready, unlike Apple’s omnipresent buds.