Apple’s new AirPods Pro headset went out of stock across the U.S. during the Christmas shopping holiday, and it’s largely out of stock on shopping sites and retailerstores. So in 2020, who will be able to play against the AirPods Pro? Who sells like or surpasses the AirPods Pro? With these doubts in mind,media The Verge wrote an inventory of the CES 2020 big seeded players, let’s take a look.
Media the verge said in the article that more than six companies at CES 2020 have shown and launched wireless headsets with active noise reduction. These include The Audio-Technica’s ATH-ANC300TW and Nuheara’s IQbuds 2 Max, which will go on sale in the coming months. And compared to the $249 AirPods Pro, they have a larger price range, between $120 and $649.
In fact, Sony launched its first wireless headset, the WF-1000X, with active noise reduction as early as 2017, and while it has won the approval and support of a small audience, it has a significantly less appeal in the mainstream market than Apple. In November, Apple officially released the AirPods Pro, a digital product that consumers are spreewith d’Or, and a hit last Christmas. And this has attracted the attention of many headphone manufacturers.
Apple is rarely the first company to enter the new product space, but every time Apple enters a new field, it is followed by other companies. Apple, for example, is by no means the first company to launch a true wireless headset, which Wasin launched through crowdfunding as early as 2015, but it wasn’t until Apple launched Its AirPods in 2016 that other headset makers launched their own similar products.
If Apple is the preacher who is making new technology a hit, Qualcomm is certainly a preacher in another sense. The chipmaker, known worldwide for its smartphone processors, also makes wireless chips for headphones, providing an easier base for companies that need to build wireless headphones.
Qualcomm produces a number of ultra-low-power chipsets designed for true wireless headsets, and most importantly, many of Qualcomm’s latest chips now have built-in support for noise cancellation. While headphone manufacturers don’t usually specify which Qualcomm model is being used, if the headset supports things like AptX audio, most of it is Qualcomm’s solution.
Although it is highly likely that these headphones will use the same hardware, the true wireless headsets shown at CES 2020 still differ significantly. Manufacturers can still wear and control components such as drive units on their own, providing consumers with a different sound quality experience.
It’s obviously unfair to use the entire true wireless headset product as an alternative to AirPods, but admit it or not, many people like to use AirPods as a byword for real wireless headphones, just as many people like to call Android tablets iPads.
At this show, many manufacturers have introduced very good real wireless headphones, and some of the features are not available in the AirPods. Whether you want a higher sound quality experience, better form factor, or as long as you interact with USB-C ports, there are a wide range of products on the market to meet your needs.
After the introduction of AirPods, there were a number of products on the market that were said to be a substitute for AirPods. At the end of the CES 2020 show, there will also be a large number of products on the market that are said to be a replacement for the AirPods Pro.
Contestant 1: True Wireless ANC from 1More, wireless charging
More than a year after the brand entered the true wireless headset market, this True Wireless ANC offers up to 5 hours of active noise reduction on full charge (6 hours without noise reduction) and 16 hours with a charging case.
The headset, which supports Bluetooth 5 and AptX and retails for $199.99, is expected to go on sale on January 28 after being left without power.
Contestant 2: Iron Triangle ATH-ANC300TW, May, $249
The Iron Triangle ATH-ANC300TW has many of the same features, including Bluetooth 5.0, AptX and charging via the USB-C port (although wireless charging is not indicated). After full charging, it can play for 4.5 hours with noise reduction enabled, and the headset case provides an additional 13.5 hours of battery life.
Iron Triangle ATH-ANC300TW to go on sale in May for $249
Contestant 3: Panasonic true wireless ANC headset RX-S500W, support IPX4 waterproof
Like the RZ-S500W, the external media PCMag reports that the headset supports Bluetooth 5.0 and can be charged via a USB-C port (although wireless charging is not indicated). After charging, it can be played for 5 hours, while the battery case can play for an additional 15 hours. They also received an IPX4 splash-proof rating. The RX-S500W will go on sale in June for $180, according to PCMag.
Player 4: Panasonic EAH-AZ70W Wireless Headphones
Also from Panasonic, it was released under its Technics brand, which is more expensive for its own brand of headphones, at $280. However, the duration was increased from 5 hours to 6 hours, for a total of 18 hours. IpX4 is also waterproof and will be available in June.
Contestant 5: Klipsch T10, most expensive, $649
Klipsch has introduced a number of headsets on the CES 2020, with only the T5 and T10 headsets offering active noise reduction. The T10 will be available this fall and will retail for $649. The T5 retails for $299.
Klipsch says the T10 wireless headset is “the smallest and lightest in the world”, but the T5 offers longer range performance (8 hours, T10 for 5 hours). Both headsets have a built-in operating system that allows control using voice and hand gestures.
Contestant 6: Nuheara’s IQbuds 2 Max
Nuheara’s IQbuds2 Max is secret to its EarID technology, which claims to be able to analyze your hearing and adjust its sound appropriately. This is not a completely new idea (we saw Nura try something like this a few years ago), but it’s very unique for wireless earbuds.
The IQbuds2 MAX also supports hybrid active noise reduction, with adjustable rating and the headset itself waterproof. As for battery life, it can be used for 20 hours if the charging box is used to play music, or 32 hours if you use only hearing aids. The headset will go on sale in March for $399.
Contestant 7: Edifier’s TWS NB
Edifier’s TWS NB is undoubtedly the cheapest wireless headset among them, which will go on sale next month for $119. The headset provides a Bluetooth 5.0 noise reduction experience based on the Qualcomm Low Function chip, which can be played for 5 hours under ANC startup and 11 hours when the ANC is turned off. With the assistance of the battery compartment, the ANC is activated for 10 hours and 22 hours in the shutdown state.
Contestant 8: AU-Stream Hybrid of Ausounds
The last appearance was AU-Hybrid Stream, which claims to have a 24-hour range that drops to 14.5 hours with noise reduction enabled. The headset, which supports The Bluetooth 5, will go on sale in January 2020, but the price has not been announced.