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BREAK FREE FROM CABLES
27October/2015

BREAK FREE FROM CABLES

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THE BEST SOUND \\
SONY ACTIVE SERIES WIRELESS
Sony knows a thing or two about creating high-quality audio and the MDRAS 800B TB Active Series Wireless benefits from that heritage. Each earbud has a 6mm dynamic driver to deliver your favourite music or radio station with clarity and accuracy. What makes them even better is the fact you can connect wirelessly to your smartphone using Bluetooth and still enjoy your music while you’re exercising in high quality. And with NFC (near field communication) onboard, pairing these earphones to a compatible mobile device is as simple as touching them together. The Sony Active Series Wireless earphones are light and compact and have an IPX4 water-resistant rating so it can handle even the most intense workout. The comfort and stability comes from the arc supporter silicone ear tips.
Price: $229.95
Website: www.sony.com.au

THE MOST DURABLE \\
PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT FIT
Plantronics have been making headphones and headsets for decades. In fact, the famous “one small step for man” phrase uttered by Neil Armstrong when he became the first man on the moon was spoken through a Plantronics headset. Fast forward to 2015 and the company has taken years of development, research and technology to come up with the BackBeat Fit wireless earphones designed to power your workout with excellent sound. They are made from a special plastic material covered with a P2i nano coating to form an invisible liquid repellent. In other words: sweat won’t do a thing to these earphones. Controls to answer calls and navigate your music are all contained on the earbuds. The purpose built BackBeat Fit will set your music free and set you free from your cables.
Price: $159.95
Website: www.plantronics.com.au

THE BEST FIT \\
YURBUDS LIMITED EDITION BLUETOOTH EARPHONES
Yurbuds was one of the first brands to offer twist-lock silicone tips for iPod earphones, and became so popular they decided to produce their own earphones - and are still going strong. Now along comes the Limited Edition Bluetooth wireless earphones that lock in place and won’t come out until you take them out. The ergonomically designed earpieces are made with flexible silicon so they are as comfortable as they are secure. And with bigger 15mm drivers, the Yurbuds also deliver a bigger sound to provide the soundtrack for your exercise and motivate you to reach your fitness goals. Made of sweat-resistant and water-resistant materials, the earphones offer full music and call control. They also come with a wind-blocking microphone so your calls will be as clear as your tunes. The onboard rechargeable battery lasts for up to six hours on a full charge.
Price: $99.95
Website: www.beatsbydre.com

THE MOST PERSONABLE \\
JABRA SPORT COACH
Jabra has produced a number of sports earphones designed to handle water and sweat, and they have continued this approach with their latest model - Sport Coach. The standout feature of the Jabra earphones is the app that becomes your virtual personal coach to guide and motivate you during a workout. There are preset cross-training sessions onboard - but you can also create your own routines from more than 40 exercises in the database and concentrate on abs, legs and general fitness and strength. With a built-in trackfit sensor, you can even take the Jabra Sport Coach on a run so it can measure distance, pace, steps and calories burned. These wireless earphones offer excellent audio quality thanks to Dolby sound enhancement and can pair with your mobile device via Bluetooth or with NFC (near field communication).
Price: $199
Website: www.jabra.com.au

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Stephen Fenech is editor of TechGuide.com.au and one of the most respected consumer technology journalists and commentators in Australia. He is the go-to tech guru and troubleshooter who provides easy-to-understand reports, expert advice and product reviews online and on TV and radio.

 

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