These Are The Best Headphones Of CES 2021
For the past few years, CES had gone wall-to-wall with new headphones and true wireless earbuds, but the all-digital CES 2021 was a quieter affair with fewer announcements. Still, the headphones that took to the virtual stage were a diverse group, and some of them were particularly noteworthy. Here are the best headphones from CES 2021.
V-Moda M-200 ANC
V-Moda’s M-200 studio-grade headphones received strong reviews in late 2019 based on their incredibly precise sound and superb craftsmanship. However, being just wired outlets, they have excluded themselves from a wide variety of scenarios outside of the home or studio. The company’s latest model, the $ 500 M-200-ANC, addresses this shortcoming by adding wireless functionality (while keeping the wired option).
The new model also offers two other much-needed functions: Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) and the ability to optimize the EQ. Suddenly, the M-200 ANC is a competitor in the high-end wireless noise-canceling headphone market currently dominated by Sony, Bose and most recently Apple. With a battery life of 20 hours, the M-200 ANC isn’t exactly long-lasting, but V-Moda’s reputation for solid audio quality could make it a good choice for picky listeners.
Unlike many CES 2021 product announcements that don’t appear until weeks or months later, the M-200 ANC went on sale the same day it was first introduced.
Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro
If you asked us what the Holy Grail looks like for true wireless earbuds, we would probably say that they need great sound, great comfort, and an ANC feature that blocks outside noise a lot, as well as a transparency mode that quickly reproduces that noise in if you want her They’d have to have all-day battery life, decent call quality, and – if at all possible – be significantly cheaper than the models we’ve seen so far.
That’s a big challenge, but more and more true wireless earbuds are moving closer to that ideal, and Anker’s Souncore brand may have come closest to that with their new Liberty Air 2 Pro. At just $ 130, they’re not exactly cheap, but if you look at how many boxes they might tick, they are a steal when compared to comparable models from Apple, Jabra, Sony, Bose, and Sennheiser.
Digital Trends got an early test device and (spoiler alert) we’re pretty impressed with them so far. Watch out for our full review in the coming days. You can buy themright now.
The true wireless earbuds category was launched by Earin in 2014, and since then, the features you can expect have grown every year. Battery life, sound quality, connection quality, and ANC have all worked their way into the choices we have now. But one thing that seems to have been ignored is size. That’s what makes the $ 199 Earin A-3 so fascinating. They may not move the needle on any of the attributes we usually talk about, but they are now the world leaders when it comes to height and weight.
That’s right – according to Earin, the A-3s are the smallest and lightest true wireless earbuds you can buy. They can also be the most convenient. Instead of using the in-ear channel design preferred by virtually all of the best true wireless earbuds, the A-3s are built without silicone earbuds and sit right in your outer ear – like a set of Apple AirPods, minus the Gulf. Tees.
Usually this would be a recipe for poor sound quality, especially when it comes to low-end bass. But Earin says it solved that potential problem by crammed the A-3 with large numbers of riders that can move a lot more air than similar “open” style buds. Has Earin succeeded? We won’t know until we try.
The A-3 will be available later in 2021 after Earin’s original Kickstarter supporters were offered a first production run in 2014.
JBL Tour One and Tour Pro +
JBL unveiled an immense range of headphones and true wireless earbuds at CES 2021. We’ll be focusing on just two models, however: the $ 300 JBL Tour One, an over-ear set of noise-canceling headphones, and the $ 200 Tour Pro +. a range of noise canceling true wireless earbuds.
These aren’t the only JBL models for 2021 with ANC – the company is now offering this feature on a wide variety of products – but they do have one feature that we think is literally worth pointing out: the ability to either use Google Assistant or calling Google Assistant Amazon is completely hands-free with the respective wake-up words.
In a world where we rightly judge headphones and earphones based on criteria like sound quality, noise cancellation, and battery life, access to voice assistants can seem trivial. However, when you consider that these will be the first non-Google and non-Amazon products to provide this feature, and that the feature will work with both assistants, this is a big deal.
Why shouldn’t you have a choice with your headphones? Sonos was the first to come down this path in the world of smart speakers, and it’s great to see JBL do the same for headphones and earbuds.
Of course, the Tour One and Tour Pro + have tons of other great features like ANC, high resolution audio, wireless charging, water resistance, and great battery life, but we’ll have to wait until the end of May 2021 to find out how well these features work.