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New Bluetooth earbuds and headphones for summer 2020

Try out these new bluetooth headsets and earbuds for great sound this summer.
Written by Eileen Brown, Contributor

You might not have heard of some of these brands before, but if you are sick of paying for overpriced audio equipment and want to try a new manufacturer that delivers great sound at a cheaper cost than the competition, then take a look at these audio devices. I have road-tested these headsets and headphones over the past couple of months, and I like the range of different devices on offer. This is what I think of the latest audio offerings for summer 2020.

The Funcle W1 true wireless earbuds are impressive. They are really easy to pair and fit snugly in the ear (There are three sets of ear cushions for a customized fit). The charging case is compact and will deliver three charges giving you up to 18 hours playing time before the charging case needs to be recharged. The earbuds aromatically pair when they are taken out of the case, or if you prefer mono mode, you can share the second earbud with a friend.

Sound in the mid-range is good, but not as loud as other earbuds. I have tried, and the bass is not as deep as you might like. However, for under $40, these are a neat set of earbuds in a nice compact charging case

If you feel that in-earbuds are not secure enough for your active life, try using ear hooks to give a snug fit. The Funcl Pro earbuds sit snugly in the ear, held in place with the soft silicone ear hooks and three spare  ear tips to adjust the fit. The case is a little larger than the Funcl W1, but still small enough to slip into your pocket.

These earbuds pair automatically and simply with your device and deliver up to five hours playtime. The charging case will recharge the earbuds to give up to 24 hours play before the case needs to be recharged. The sound is smooth and even across all ranges and does not sound tinny even at high volumes.

These earbuds have the additional capability of being able to answer and reject calls, switch tracks by tapping the left and right earbuds, and long press to increase or decrease volume. I like the simplicity and functionality of these earbuds.

The Fiil Drifter Bluetooth headphones have several cool features to streamline your audio experience. If you take the earphones out of your ear and clip them together using the magnets, the music stops playing and will start playing again when the earbuds are separated. They have automatic noise-cancelling which works well, but lets you hear some of the ambient noise.

The headphones are magnetic and sit around your neck with its comfortable silicone neckband. Controls are on the right-hand side of the neckband along with the charging port and the battery which will give over 10 hours of playing time, and a long standby time before needing a recharge.

You can adjust the comfort and fit with four different ear tips.  Sound is good with a nice range from bass to mid-range and a volume to deliver sound as loud as you like.

These headphones have no carry case and getting them back into the box to sit securely is an art in itself.

The Rimor earbuds from Tranya come with three sets of ear tips and sit comfortably in the ear. These earbuds deliver really loud sound and has excellent sound across mi- range and good bass with minimal distortion.

The earbuds connect quickly to your device and can be used in true wireless mode or mono mode with friends. Noise-cancelling filters our a lot of ambient background noise to give a nice sound. These earbuds will give you up to 5 hours playtime on a single charge and the charging case supplies enough charge to give four full recharges.

These earbuds support touch for volume control, track selection and for answering and rejecting calls.  

The only downside is that the charging case does not seem to hold a charge for as many weeks as others on this list – but if you use these regularly, you will not notice any issues. These are a nice set of earbuds for the audiophile. You can get 30% discount with the ZDNET30 coupon.

If you can not bear the thought of wearing earbuds, but want some great sound at a reasonable price, try the Tribit XFree Go headphones. 

These over ear cushioned headphones have an adjustable headband and three simple buttons to adjust sound, answer and reject calls and move through your music playlist. These headphones have automatic noise cancelling and do eliminate most background noise.

The sound is loud and gives a great blast of stereo sound from the mid-range down to deep bass. Furthermore, the headphone band is foldable to fit in its own zipped hard case.

Use the discount code XFREEGOFBS to get another 30% these headphones off until June 15 -- a really good price for a great sounding set of headphones

The Tribit Flybuds have several features that make them appealing. They are rated IPX8 waterproof, which means that they are fully submersible if you forget you are wearing them and jump into the pool. They are also symmetrical -- each earbud looks the same so it does not matter how they are placed into the charging case. You can charge the case using wireless charging or via USB type-C cable .

They are small – as is the case which, when opened, has LED indicators to show how much charge is left in the case. There is also a lanyard and carrying loop for the case. Five sets of earbuds give a good custom fit.

These earbuds connect easily to the device over Bluetooth and the controls are easy to use. These earbuds have positive press controls, so you can feel the movement in the earbuds and know how many presses have been recognized by the earbuds.

You can accept and reject phone calls with one or two presses, move through your playlist and activate your voice assistant.

The earbuds give almost six hours of playing, and the case will provide up to 36 hours of backup power. Sound is good across mid ranges and bass. For unobtrusive sounds, these are the smallest earbuds in this list but they certainly pack a punch.

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