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    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 22nd Apr 18, 8:56 PM
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    Apple AirPods or alternative
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    • 22nd Apr 18, 8:56 PM
    Apple AirPods or alternative 22nd Apr 18 at 8:56 PM
    Not sure what's stopping me purchasing Apple AirPods.
    Very mixed reviews +cost+ possible revision 2 next few months or early 2019.
    I'm not often making tel calls though wireless option would be nice.
    Main use is music in gym maybe 30-60mins twice a week as I have been for appro 2 months.
    Any mser's like to provide a review positive points and any concern or dislikes.
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    • JP1978
    • By JP1978 22nd Apr 18, 10:15 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 18, 10:15 PM
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    • 22nd Apr 18, 10:15 PM
    Try the Treblab X2 on Amazon - there are often discount codes on Facebook to drop them down to £30 odd. I have a set for commuting and for the money, I like them.
    • ididntgetwhereiamtoday
    • By ididntgetwhereiamtoday 23rd Apr 18, 5:04 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 5:04 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 5:04 AM
    I paid £30 for a pair of alternative ones from Amazon and they are superb.
    Aldi have them in at that price too. At £30 a pop they are good value.
    Apple AirPods are simply too expensive.
    I didn't get where i am today by not reading moneysavingexpert.com
    • john22
    • By john22 23rd Apr 18, 6:28 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 6:28 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 6:28 AM
    Not sure what's stopping me purchasing Apple AirPods.
    Very mixed reviews +cost+ possible revision 2 next few months or early 2019.
    I'm not often making tel calls though wireless option would be nice.
    Main use is music in gym maybe 30-60mins twice a week as I have been for appro 2 months.
    Any mser's like to provide a review positive points and any concern or dislikes.
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Decide what your spending budget is and if it falls within the airpods price bracket and they fit your ears get them full stop!

    I have had them for over a year and still going strong. What is it exactly that you might not like about them or you have heard about them that makes you undecided?
    • custardy
    • By custardy 23rd Apr 18, 6:47 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 6:47 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 6:47 AM
    Lot of money for little use. However If they work for you then Im never shy of spending.
    I personally use Sony SBH 80

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-SBH80-Stereo-Bluetooth-Headset-Black/dp/B00DZTJKYU (dont pay this price! ,more like half at around £60- £70)

    I like having the controls to hand and I can leave my phone in my pocket,on machines at the gym etc.

    Design slots nicely under a shirt collar if Im wearing them at work. So I can wear one in,both in or simply have them hanging.
    I have nerve damage in my shoulder so try to avoid holding the phone at my ear for extended periods.
    Last edited by custardy; 23-04-2018 at 6:50 AM.
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 23rd Apr 18, 8:15 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 8:15 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 8:15 AM
    Decide what your spending budget is and if it falls within the airpods price bracket and they fit your ears get them full stop!

    I have had them for over a year and still going strong. What is it exactly that you might not like about them or you have heard about them that makes you undecided?
    Originally posted by john22
    Might have been reading too much AirPod reviews over weekend.
    Sound quality average?
    No ANC-Active Noise Cancellation
    Ver.2 -t.b.a. 2018 or 2019
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    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 23rd Apr 18, 8:21 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 8:21 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 8:21 AM
    Lot of money for little use. However If they work for you then Im never shy of spending.
    I personally use Sony SBH 80

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-SBH80-Stereo-Bluetooth-Headset-Black/dp/B00DZTJKYU (dont pay this price! ,more like half at around £60- £70)

    I like having the controls to hand and I can leave my phone in my pocket,on machines at the gym etc.

    Design slots nicely under a shirt collar if Im wearing them at work. So I can wear one in,both in or simply have them hanging.
    I have nerve damage in my shoulder so try to avoid holding the phone at my ear for extended periods.
    Originally posted by custardy
    Excellent choice and lots of features and benefits mentioned.
    Is the latest £113 price tag Brexit related, seemed such value@quoteds 60-70
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    • custardy
    • By custardy 23rd Apr 18, 8:27 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 8:27 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 8:27 AM
    Excellent choice and lots of features and benefits mentioned.
    Is the latest £113 price tag Brexit related, seemed such value@quoteds 60-70
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Looks like the price has slowly crept up on Amazon at least

    https://uk.camelcamelcamel.com/Sony-SBH80-Stereo-Bluetooth-Headset-Black/product/B00DZTJKYU

    There are other designs
    I also have a pair of these.

    https://www.sony.co.uk/electronics/in-ear-headphones/mdr-xb70bt

    I like:

    The bendy design,easier for carrying

    I don't like the shared buttons on the controls. I barely use them.
    Eg press a button for one feature,hold it for another. Im sure if you used them all the time you would get used to it.
    However Im simply used to the 'old' set up
    • john22
    • By john22 23rd Apr 18, 8:35 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 8:35 AM
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    • 23rd Apr 18, 8:35 AM
    Might have been reading too much AirPod reviews over weekend.
    Sound quality average?
    No ANC-Active Noise Cancellation
    Ver.2 -t.b.a. 2018 or 2019
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Sound quality is subjective and if its important then I would always be looking at headphones that I can try in person. Personally for me the sound quality is great on the airpods and if it i wanted better then I would be spending for over the ear headphones at a higher price.

    Noise cancellation is not a deal breaker for me and the only time it would be is if i was flying regularly. I could see why serious audio buffs would like this feature and if its important don't get the airpods.

    I would not bother with waiting to see what updated features the airpods would have unless they come water proof and you like running in teaming rain or if a possible colour choice will be available.

    The airpods in the current format are a perfect balance between form function and sound quality.

    If your near an Apple store just pop in and try the airpods for yourself and make the decison based on actually using them rather than reading too many reviews and reading counter arguments on this site
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 23rd Apr 18, 8:56 AM
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    Sound quality is subjective and if its important then I would always be looking at headphones that I can try in person. Personally for me the sound quality is great on the airpods and if it i wanted better then I would be spending for over the ear headphones at a higher price.

    Noise cancellation is not a deal breaker for me and the only time it would be is if i was flying regularly. I could see why serious audio buffs would like this feature and if its important don't get the airpods.

    I would not bother with waiting to see what updated features the airpods would have unless they come water proof and you like running in teaming rain or if a possible colour choice will be available.

    The airpods in the current format are a perfect balance between form function and sound quality.

    If your near an Apple store just pop in and try the airpods for yourself and make the decison based on actually using them rather than reading too many reviews and reading counter arguments on this site
    Originally posted by john22
    Thanks-valid objection handling.
    I don't visit Apple store anymore since 13" MacBook Pro years.
    I might get away without ANC -though could have been nice it others are talking which doesn't happen often at all at least in the Gym.

    Thanks mser's....decisions...
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    • custardy
    • By custardy 23rd Apr 18, 9:06 AM
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    Sound quality is subjective and if its important then I would always be looking at headphones that I can try in person. Personally for me the sound quality is great on the airpods and if it i wanted better then I would be spending for over the ear headphones at a higher price.

    Noise cancellation is not a deal breaker for me and the only time it would be is if i was flying regularly. I could see why serious audio buffs would like this feature and if its important don't get the airpods.

    I would not bother with waiting to see what updated features the airpods would have unless they come water proof and you like running in teaming rain or if a possible colour choice will be available.

    The airpods in the current format are a perfect balance between form function and sound quality.

    If your near an Apple store just pop in and try the airpods for yourself and make the decison based on actually using them rather than reading too many reviews and reading counter arguments on this site
    Originally posted by john22
    How does that work?
    • john22
    • By john22 23rd Apr 18, 9:15 AM
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    How does that work?
    Originally posted by custardy
    Before buying them I wanted to make sure they stayed in my ear so popped into the Edinburgh store and they have a demo ones on hand for you to try all various features that comes with the airpods.

    For any germaphobes reading they clean them after use and if your still worried then just think off all the things you touch in public life that someone has touched before you
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 24th Apr 18, 12:23 PM
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    Thanks mser's some excellent reviewers and suggestions.
    After seriously considering beats x/sony/etc..
    I today purchased AirPods for totally wireless solution.
    Siri is actually working! E.g call voicemail "you have 6 voicemails"..volume 50%-volume changes as requested.
    Only a few mins listening to Beats 1-music sounds aren't bad at all-nice and clear
    Shall try in gym today-hopefully I'll enjoy as much as 1st attempt at listening.
    Any other useful Siri commands
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    • john22
    • By john22 24th Apr 18, 12:38 PM
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    Thanks mser's some excellent reviewers and suggestions.
    After seriously considering beats x/sony/etc..
    I today purchased AirPods for totally wireless solution.
    Siri is actually working! E.g call voicemail "you have 6 voicemails"..volume 50%-volume changes as requested.
    Only a few mins listening to Beats 1-music sounds aren't bad at all-nice and clear
    Shall try in gym today-hopefully I'll enjoy as much as 1st attempt at listening.
    Any other useful Siri commands
    Originally posted by Dandytf
    Afraid I donít use Siri apart from when using HomePod.

    Have you seen this article as it gives you siri commands

    https://support.apple.com/en-gb/HT207010
    • ianh1956
    • By ianh1956 11th May 18, 12:55 PM
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    I bought a pair of air pod alternatives from wowcher recently and the sound quality isn't the best! May have to invest in a decent pair :|
    • Dandytf
    • By Dandytf 11th May 18, 6:41 PM
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    I bought a pair of air pod alternatives from wowcher recently and the sound quality isn't the best! May have to invest in a decent pair :|
    Originally posted by ianh1956
    There are lots of decent headphones-some of the best mentioned via this thread.
    I personally enjoy recent Airpods-wish I could get siri use in gym working though that's de activated when iphone is locked due to a office I'm using for a while.
    Sound quality is nice enough with a little bass effect-no too overpowering almost soft on my ears which I like.
    The white charging case deserves accessories design award at the very least.
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    • buglawton
    • By buglawton 11th May 18, 8:21 PM
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    Sound quality is subjective and if its important then I would always be looking at headphones that I can try in person. Personally for me the sound quality is great on the airpods and if it i wanted better then I would be spending for over the ear headphones at a higher price.

    Noise cancellation is not a deal breaker for me and the only time it would be is if i was flying regularly. I could see why serious audio buffs would like this feature and if its important don't get the airpods.

    I would not bother with waiting to see what updated features the airpods would have unless they come water proof and you like running in teaming rain or if a possible colour choice will be available.

    The airpods in the current format are a perfect balance between form function and sound quality.

    If your near an Apple store just pop in and try the airpods for yourself and make the decison based on actually using them rather than reading too many reviews and reading counter arguments on this site
    Originally posted by john22
    Iíve never managed to get the wired EarPods to stay in, but like the Apple wired EarPod design otherwise. The solution was Earskinz, a rubber cover that makes them fit perfectly and distinctly improves the bass, so they are just like my Sony in-ear earphones from the 90s, they had an embedded rubber ring. Pity Apple never learned a trick there. So if course Iím skeptical about shiny smooth wireless Apple lozenges staying in my ears for even a minute.

    But might give the dummy earpieces a try while at the Apple store to get my defective iPhone battery replaced.
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