Going fully Wireless IEMs. Too soon? Or are we there yet?
Feb 16, 2022 at 3:19 AM Post #43,082 of 49,099

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How can I improve the sound of my AKG 400nc more?
 

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Feb 16, 2022 at 6:42 AM Post #43,083 of 49,099

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I am still pretty torn about what I think about those LinkBuds ... I was kinda ready this morning to travel to Akihabara in hopes that at 10AM e-earphone would have them already ... but then I saw the first YT videos ... and well .. my enthusiasm waned a bit, I especially scoffed at this 'sustainable made from recycled plastic', while at the same time they have sent out those single use press-kit boxes for extra WOW youtube unboxing videos ... that rubbed me kinda wrong.
Thinking a bit more clearly ... would I really spend 180$ on a no-ANC, no AptX / LDAC bud, just because it is new, shiny, different and SONY (yes, still, I probably would, but with a pause) ... and I keep coming back to comparing them to my Aftershokz ... would they be a could replacement for those ... (not that they need replacing) ...

Well, I will check if any of the big electronic shops i might come across tomorrow have them out to try ... bit confused that Amazon.JP does not feature them yet .... they might do the US market first? We shall see

I very much get the 'flat earbud' feel that @samandhi brought up a few times ... say samandhi, were you / are you part of that very active FB group on that topic? I used to hang around their a lot and bought way too much :D

Edit: Oh, good I did not trek all the way to get those linkbuds .. seems release in Japan is 25th ... this is kinda crappy coming from a JAPANESE company!

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Feb 16, 2022 at 7:50 AM Post #43,084 of 49,099

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ATH-CKS50TW

It's about time! I was waiting for 20+ hrs of battery life that has ANC. This is the practicality I was waiting for.

https://www.theverge.com/platform/a...ca-ath-cks50tw-earbuds-anc-battery-life-price

It says 15hrs with ANC, but I wish we can get minimjm 20 hrs with good ANC so that with battery degredation, they can last awhile. Also, want a high ifixit score (infinite lasting with reduced landfill contribution).

If one day, I run into a TWS with AptX Lossless (with good signal connections everywhere), with good ANC, with long battery life like this, I'm sold! This is all I need. I will be carrying it around everywhere and it will be a part of me like my phone and watch.

Once it meets all these requirements, I'm done. Not that I collect TWS, but I am looking for the ONE that will be ALL usage and pocketable. Long battery life has been the most importan spec I been waiting for on a TWS.
 
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Feb 16, 2022 at 8:47 AM Post #43,085 of 49,099

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ATH-CKS50TW

It's about time! I was waiting for 20+ hrs of battery life that has ANC. This is the practicality I was waiting for.

https://www.theverge.com/platform/a...ca-ath-cks50tw-earbuds-anc-battery-life-price

It says 15hrs with ANC, but I wish we can get minimjm 20 hrs with good ANC so that with battery degredation, they can last awhile. Also, want a high ifixit score (infinite lasting with reduced landfill contribution).

If one day, I run into a TWS with AptX Lossless (with good signal connections everywhere), with good ANC, with long battery life like this, I'm sold! This is all I need. I will be carrying it around everywhere and it will be a part of me like my phone and watch.

Once it meets all these requirements, I'm done. Not that I collect TWS, but I am looking for the ONE that will be ALL usage and pocketable. Long battery life has been the most importan spec I been waiting for on a TWS.

I think in 1 more year or less we can have something with 20 hrs of battery with ANC on the size of the ATH-CKS50TW im very interested in those but they are still not available in the states, and dont want to buy them from Amazon JP, but seeing them now on the verge and engadget is a good sign of those coming soon to Amazon USA, i still want something with multi point, anyway battery technology is on a revolution due to the car industry pushing so sooner or later we will see better batteries in across multiple devices.

Regarding the ifixit score I also would love to see items than can be repaired more easily I always hesisate when it come to battery powered things (that you cant easily change the battery).
 
Feb 16, 2022 at 9:18 AM Post #43,086 of 49,099

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Dude I can't live through that, especially when I know TWS have actual limit on its lifetime due to its battery. Compared to headphones and other gear that has 5+ years at least, the tiny batter on tws is just destined to make every single one of them to be in landfills.. 1 TWS is enough for my life.
I actually find myself justifying keeping multiple TWS on hand because if I have a deep rotation, the batteries will likely not go through many cycles. lol... the things we tell ourselves in this hobby/sickness.
 
Feb 16, 2022 at 10:02 AM Post #43,088 of 49,099

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I think in 1 more year or less we can have something with 20 hrs of battery with ANC on the size of the ATH-CKS50TW im very interested in those but they are still not available in the states, and dont want to buy them from Amazon JP, but seeing them now on the verge and engadget is a good sign of those coming soon to Amazon USA, i still want something with multi point, anyway battery technology is on a revolution due to the car industry pushing so sooner or later we will see better batteries in across multiple devices.

Regarding the ifixit score I also would love to see items than can be repaired more easily I always hesisate when it come to battery powered things (that you cant easily change the battery).
I totally forgot about multi-point. It's VERY VERY practical. I want a unified standard in non-Apple device environments. I want to be able to switch between my PC, Phone, TV, home audio system (server that transmits wirelessly), seamlessly. When phone call comes, I answer and switches to my phone, etc.. When I start up (answer) a video conference call on my pc (or any other device), it auto switches to it, etc.. Would be awesome!!!!!!!!

I believe this is where usefulness of wireless actually applies. It just changes the game if applied really well. It just makes so much sense for wireless to be the solution for having one device that does all over multiple wired devices.

The day when TWS becomes ideal all in one that does most things that switches automatically with perfect intuition is the day I'm looking forward to!
 
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Feb 16, 2022 at 12:22 PM Post #43,090 of 49,099

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My local audio shop recommended the CA Honeydew. Sadly they were out of stock when I checked a while back and no demo unit available at that time.
They said the buds are more comfortable too since it's 3D printed from resin and not metal if I remember correctly.

The duality between Honeydew/Satsuma and Holocene/Mammoth is what grips me. I’d have to listen first before pulling any trigger. But the distributor here only shows a few older models on their website. I’ve asked the guy if they’re going to get them... or any newer models... no news.

So now I’m after the Dusk, but apparently they’re only available from China, which, as said before reflects an increase in price of at least 25%. No go, for now... I really want these.
 
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I actually find myself justifying keeping multiple TWS on hand because if I have a deep rotation, the batteries will likely not go through many cycles. lol... the things we tell ourselves in this hobby/sickness.
That's exactly what I tell my self... Nobody can tell me different either... Lol. "Eh, those batteries are still good"
 
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I have not listened to wired IEMs in a while, but I decided to last night.
I listened to all of my TWS buds as well, ranging from $30-$300 each.
The listening experience of $60 wired IEMs still blow all of the TWS out of the water.
I stopped believing that awhile ago, but the test proved it. Sad but true.

But the convenience of TWS is almost priceless, especially while exercising.
Plus most smartphones losing the headphone jack is still sad, steering us all on the quest to find the "perfect" TWS buds.
 
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Can we make separate threads for TWS adapters/IEMS and actual TWS earbuds?

This prearticular thread is becoming extremely long as well.

Sorry. Don’t agree. I know lately a lot of talk has been had for IEMs but that’s because, while we wait for higher resolution in Bluetooth, the “adapters” are here. The connecting info here is soooo useful.

And the main subject is and will be TWS.

Just my opinion. Thanks.
 
Feb 16, 2022 at 2:46 PM Post #43,095 of 49,099

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Sorry. Don’t agree. I know lately a lot of talk has been had for IEMs but that’s because, while we wait for higher resolution in Bluetooth, the “adapters” are here. The connecting info here is soooo useful.

And the main subject is and will be TWS.

Just my opinion. Thanks.
It is what it is. No sane person would start on page 1 go through this thread. Search is your friend. Anyway, TWS tech improves over time so most recent info is of interest.

It does make sense to split up adapters just to organize if better. I know it's not gonna happen though.
 
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