Our Favorite True Wireless Earbuds

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Heading into CES 2020, tech forecasters boldly predicted this year's show would focus heavily on a few specific trends: 8K televisions, 5G networking, virtual reality, etc. Surprisingly, the one trend that no one seemed to predict, but nonetheless was everywhere, was the overabundance of true wireless earbuds. It seemed like every booth we visited had a new pair to show us. Here are some of our favorites.

Technics EAH-AZ70W

At the Panasonic showcase, we got to see two pairs of true wireless earbuds. The first was from Panasonic's Technics brand. The EAH-AZ70W earbuds are the audio company's first foray into the true wireless field, and, at first glance, they appear to be a winner. In addition to notable features like their "newly developed" 10mm drivers and acoustic design, the EAH-AZ70W earbuds boast active noise cancellation, a sophisticated feature typically reserved for more premium earbuds. They also offer 6 hours of continuous playback, with an added 18 hours of life in the charge case, for a total of 24. On top of that, they're rated IPX4 water resistant, so they should be good in the gym or light rain. Look for them to be released sometime this summer.

Technics EAH-AZ70W
Technics EAH-AZ70W

Panasonic RZ-S500W

Panasonic also debuted the RZ-S500W earbuds at its showcase. Like Technics' EAH-AZ70W earbuds, the RZ-S500W earbuds feature true wireless technology and active noise cancellation. They're also IPX4, so you get the same water-resistance protection. The big difference is the RX-S500W earbuds offer slightly less battery life than the EAH-AZ70W earbuds (5 hours of playback, 15 from the case), which is why you'll pay more for the latter. Even still, we really like what we saw from the Panasonic RX-S500W earbuds, and can't wait to test them out when they're released this summer.

Panasonic RZ-S500W
Panasonic RZ-S500W

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW

We get pretty hyped any time Audio-Technica announces something new, so we were very excited to hear about the upcoming ATH-ANC300TW true wireless earbuds. Supporting Bluetooth 5 and AptX, the ATH-ANC300TW earbuds offer a premium listening experience and premium features like multi-pairing functionality. They also come with their own proprietary active noise-cancellation tech, which allows users to customize levels of ANC. Battery life is solid, with 4.5 hours of playback from a full charge, and an extra 13.5 hours of power in the charge case. Look for the  Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW to be released this May.

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC300TW

TCL ACTV500TWS Earbuds

We swung by the TCL booth to check out the new soundbar and smartphone (both of which were great), and were pleasantly surprised to discover the company's new ACTV500TWS true wireless earbuds. With a clear focus on ergonomics and wearability, the ACTV500TWS earbuds felt incredibly comfortable and secure. They also sounded great. The showroom floor is a very busy and loud place, but the demo we listened to had excellent separation and clarity. The ACTV500TWS earbuds don't offer ANC, but the fit and seal were so good that the overall listening experience was still quite immersive. Other notable features include Bluetooth 5 support, an IPX7 rating, and outstanding battery life (6.5 hours of playback from a full charge, with an extra 26 hours in the case). The case, by the way, supports wireless charging, making the ACTV500TWS earbuds very appealing for users on the go. Best of all, our TCL rep said these earbuds will likely come in under or around $100, making them the most budget-friendly earbuds on our list. Look for them later this year.

TCL ACTV500TWS Earbuds
TCL ACTV500TWS Earbuds

Klipsch T10

Finally, in the category of Small Body Big Price, Klipsch announced its T10 true wireless earbuds. The T10s are expected to cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $650, and the only thing wilder than that price tag is the fact that we kind of think they're worth it. For one, they're tiny. Klipsch claims these are the smallest true wireless earbuds ever built, and we're pretty sure they're right. Even if they aren't, they're definitely small enough so that you won't have the whole Lt. Uhura earpiece thing going on. Diminutive size won't affect sound quality either, because Klipsch states the T10 earbuds will deliver the same legendary sound quality for which the company is known. They also feature dual-microphone ANC, 6-hour battery life, and a built-in OS that Klipsch says will allow users to control playback using head gestures. We're not sure when the T10 earbuds will be available for pre-order, nor do we know if we'll be able to afford them, but we're still super excited for them to be released.  

Klipsch T10
Klipsch T10

True wireless earbuds were everywhere at CES 2020, and these are just some of our favorites. Were there any we missed or that you wanted to know more about? Let us know in the Comments section, below.

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