tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
5/19/22 10:20 a.m.

Three years ago I bought 1More Dual driver BT ANC earbuds. I bought them because the hour-long drive in the Accord was a stressful, noise-filled mess. I got to work often worn out and beat. I used these, listed to podcasts, and engaged the active noise cancellation, and the results were amazing. It really did make a difference. I could use them while mowing, take a call, and the person on the other end wouldn't even know that I was mowing the lawn. The call quality was incredible and the music quality was totally great to my ear. I have since started using them in the gym and in the office. I hit the ANC button and the gym fades away to nothing and I can quietly get to work.

 

They died this past weekend. 1More generously offered a 25% discount from their store, so I started poking around. It seems these are nearly extinct. Wal-mart has the exact same pair for something $50, and that's fine. All of 1More's offerings have lost the ANC or are just true-wireless. Every competitor in the neckband-space seems to not be as good as these from three years ago.

 

Am I missing something? Have the true-wireless style taken over entirely?

bearmtnmartin (Forum Supporter)
bearmtnmartin (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
5/19/22 10:52 a.m.

After losing two pairs i am back to the $25.00 wired variety.

Beer Baron
Beer Baron MegaDork
5/19/22 11:00 a.m.

I was in similar situation. I really prefer the yoke style that rests around the neck. I do a lot of stuff with just one earbud in to listen to podcasts and keep an ear open if someone needs my attention. I was not able to find one in that style.

I did find some where there is a cable that connects the two buds. I'm not as wild about that. I can hang them around my neck, or I can have just one bud in. But if I've got one in, the weight of the other pulls on it annoyingly when I start turning my head around.

I've got an older pair of these. I generally like them, except I have mixed feelings about the active noise cancellation and really dislike that I can't turn it off. Otherwise, they're easily the best earbuds I've ever had. The price used to be much more reasonable.: https://www.amazon.com/Bose-Quietcontrol-Wireless-Headphones-Cancelling/dp/B01HETFQA8/ref=sr_1_3?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1ZeUBhDyARIsAOzAqQIxNGT84-P9F0mkm5vfIkXP5z09NqWa7ekjcmMaXPRShyrJwSR5erwaAsahEALw_wcB&hvadid=233973788592&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9014939&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=13451859796350179648&hvtargid=kwd-372191656931&hydadcr=19163_9664563&keywords=bose+quietcontrol+30+headphones&qid=1652972349&sr=8-3

fatallightning
fatallightning Reader
5/19/22 11:13 a.m.

Don't have input on currently available product, but I have LG neckband style I wear every day. The battery life is important to me, and the low profile of the actual buds means I can wear them under a helment on my motorcycle and not have them be squeezed into my ear canals. 

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
5/19/22 11:22 a.m.
Beer Baron said:

I was in similar situation. I really prefer the yoke style that rests around the neck. I do a lot of stuff with just one earbud in to listen to podcasts and keep an ear open if someone needs my attention. I was not able to find one in that style.

I did find some where there is a cable that connects the two buds. I'm not as wild about that. I can hang them around my neck, or I can have just one bud in. But if I've got one in, the weight of the other pulls on it annoyingly when I start turning my head around.

I've got an older pair of these. I generally like them, except I have mixed feelings about the active noise cancellation and really dislike that I can't turn it off. Otherwise, they're easily the best earbuds I've ever had. The price used to be much more reasonable.: https://www.amazon.com/Bose-Quietcontrol-Wireless-Headphones-Cancelling/dp/B01HETFQA8/ref=sr_1_3?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1ZeUBhDyARIsAOzAqQIxNGT84-P9F0mkm5vfIkXP5z09NqWa7ekjcmMaXPRShyrJwSR5erwaAsahEALw_wcB&hvadid=233973788592&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=9014939&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=13451859796350179648&hvtargid=kwd-372191656931&hydadcr=19163_9664563&keywords=bose+quietcontrol+30+headphones&qid=1652972349&sr=8-3

Oof on the price. Yeah the 1More earbuds I have allow you to turn ANC on or off, and they were like $75.

TheTallOne17
TheTallOne17 Reader
5/20/22 7:55 a.m.

I really like the Plantronics Backbeat Fit series of earbuds. Mine run 6-8 hours, and rather than resting around the neck they wrap just below the hairline from ear to ear.

They're not the right thing if you want noise canceling because they have an "open ear" design so that you can still hear background noise at the gym/work/outdoors, and I just drop one side when talking to someone so not to seem rude.

tuna55
tuna55 MegaDork
5/24/22 5:24 a.m.

So I spent $44 and bought the exact same model that I had. It's still leading, even today, in terms of the characteristics which matter to me. 

 

I got them last night. They are in Chinese. Instead of "battery low, please charge", "power on", "power off", "battery high", "connected", "disconnected" etc, you hear the Chinese equivalent. 

 

I'm not sure I care. 

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