While the audiophiles out there may scoff at the mere existence of a small, highly mobile, wireless ear bud that requires a special case just to charge it, there is no denying that truly wireless ear buds are becoming more and more popular with each passing month. No, Apple wasn’t the first to do it, not even the first to do it well, but man oh man did they do it well. And, we’ve seen the typical post-Apple-success market spike with truly wireless earbuds over the last several months, with more and more players coming into the space.
Consumer electronics is a space near and dear to my heart, and I spend most of my time thinking/fantasizing about the goodies I can add to my life that are practical in at least one facet. Phones, network gear, laptop accessories—they’re all things that are supposed to make our every day just a little better because they are either something we need, or something that makes items we already have a bit better.
If you’re anything like me, you welcome the opportunity for new tech in your life at every turn. And not just cell phones, laptops, and audio equipment—but also smart home equipment, like wi-fi enabled door locks, lights and thermostats. A bluetooth connection is gold when it comes to your every day stuff. A smart-phone connected ottoman that helps you identify weak points in your ankles? Why not! A bluetooth dresser that lets you know when you’re running out of socks? Sign me up!
We all love a good bluetooth speaker, don’t we? They’re like headphones…there are 723,000 options for under $45, and then there’s a jump to the $100 range, then you get to the big players at $200-$300. Anything over $400 is very hard to justify.
And you buy. every. single. one of them.
I spend a good amount of time listening to music every day…at work, in the car, at home, doing yard work…and I also spend a decent amount of time reading and watching reviews on headphones. Sound review is an incredibly subjective thing, and so more often than not, it’s not about whether a pair of headphones’ sound is good or bad. In most cases, it’s a game of business decisions, where the manufacturer is positioning a pair of headphones in a certain market with a certain use case in mind.