There are three reasons why Apple’s AirPods are considered the best true-life wireless earbuds you can buy: They’re small, pair truly easily to iOS machines, and merely cost $159.
Everyone from Samsung to Jaybird to Bose have their own alternatives, but they cost even more. $159 for AirPods is a great price, but Crazy Baby, the company behind that crazy Mars levitating Bluetooth speaker, thinks it can offer even better sound for an even lower $99.
You may not have heard about Crazy Baby, but they’ve actually got some experience house true wireless earbuds.
The startup launched its first true-life wireless earbuds, the Air, last year on Indiegogo, and it was an immediate hitting. It racked up over $2.7 million in crowdfunding, smashing its goal by 5,513 percent.
The $ 169 wireless earbuds were praised for their great Hi-Fi sound quality and small-scale sizing. The new Air Nano promises the same sound for only $99.
Not only that, but the Air Nano will come in 10 different colourings to genuinely cater to a more price-conscious demographic.
I had never tried the Air earbuds before, so I define my expectancies accordingly. When the company brought the earbuds over to our office, I was expecting budget sound.
However, after listening to the both the Air and the Air Nano, I was pleasantly impressed by how similar the audio quality was despite the newer bud’s smaller bullet-like sizing and design.
The splash-proof wireless earbuds use the original Air’s same CSR chip to deliver great music. I’m not sure exactly what this marketing speak is, but I can tell you they sounded better than my AirPods. There’s more bass and a little more separation between the mids and highs.
I only had a brief listen so I can’t say how well they “burn in” over hour or even how well they isolate external voice while on the loud subway, but at the least the fit is tight and comfy. There’s no getting around the fact they look like bullets in your ears like the Erato Apollo 7’s I examined last year.
Battery life appears to be on the weak side, though. The earbuds themselves last for three hours of music listening on a single accusation, which is less than the five hours you get from AirPods and Google’s Pixel Buds. The lawsuit gives you another four extra charges for an additional 12 hours of battery life.
At the very least, they charge up fast. Five minutes of charging in the case gets you 1.5 hours of music listening.
The era of true-life wireless earbuds is here and products like the Air Nanos will drive costs down until they’re affordable for everyone. The question is, at what phase does the balance between audio and price mean an inferior audio experience? Who knows, but for now, we’re just happy someone’s making good-sounding wireless earbuds that expense $99, because not everyone can afford to drop-off more on them.
Air Nano is currently funding on Indiegogo and has already outperformed its goal, receiving over $219,000 as of this writing. If it beats the original Air wireless earbuds at the end of its crowdfunding, this might be a brand to keep an eye on.