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    Airpod pro alternatives?

    Morning all,
    Im just looking to buy some blutooth in-ear headphones/ear buds.
    I need the type that are inserted into your ears as the standard air pod type doe not stay in my left ear at all.
    Just wondering what others are using/would reccomend?
    Thanks in advance,
    Rob

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    Jabra without question. The 75T are fantastic and what I use but there is also the 85T out now.

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    I have a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 which are very good

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Jabra without question. The 75T are fantastic and what I use but there is also the 85T out now.
    Seconded, Iíve got the 65t actives and theyíre superb. When mine go ( my sweaty runs tend to destroy headphones) Iíll be going for the 75t actives as having the sweet spot of sound quality and active noise cancelling ( I spend too long on head-fi 🙄)

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    The AirPod pro are a lot different to the standard AirPod and are brilliant , especially if you use an I Phone .


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    Quote Originally Posted by Kitz View Post
    The AirPod pro are a lot different to the standard AirPod and are brilliant , especially if you use an I Phone .


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    Agreed. The AirPod Pros work very well with IPhones and donít fall out. They have different ear tip sizes. I use mine for everything now including running and working out in the gym.

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    I use RHA TrueConnect 2s, on offer for £99 at Richer Sounds.

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    If you want to go cheap for the gym or running etc, take a look at Mpow M30. I bought mine for £20 on Amazon and they are fantastic for running. Stay in my ears and don't ever need adjusting during a run, good battery life, good sound. Keep an eye out for when they go on a deal. Normally they are about £30 but dip to £20 sometimes.

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    Thanks chaps,
    I should have put a budget in my post which I suppose is up to £100'ish.
    I'd love the airpod pros but dont know if I want to spend that much at the moment.
    The jabra sound good so will look into them.
    i have also come across some Cambridge Audio and Senheisser ones for £100 too which seem good.
    Cheers,
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    I've tried various in-ear buds for running, with mixed results and always a compromise with swapping out the foam or whatever

    But having now got a set of Airpod Pro, I can't fault them in any way

    They stay in my small ears, even when sweating (they're also waterproof) integrate seamlessly to my watch/phone, sound is fantastic, I could go on

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    I bought some Cambridge Audio Melomania at the beginning of the year for £99. They are perfectly adequate for what I needed.
    Had the Sennheiser CX400 been the same price at the time, I would probably have bought those instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by demonloop View Post
    I've tried various in-ear buds for running, with mixed results and always a compromise with swapping out the foam or whatever

    But having now got a set of Airpod Pro, I can't fault them in any way

    They stay in my small ears, even when sweating (they're also waterproof) integrate seamlessly to my watch/phone, sound is fantastic, I could go on
    +1 for Airpods Pro, they are a big step up my previous Jabra Elite Active 65T previously which were brilliant themselves! And I use Android and no other Apple products. If you look hard on Google there are Airpods Pro for around £160.

    I would check on Airpods Pro being waterproof though, pretty sure they are sweat resistant but not suitable for swimming or being submerged.

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    Ear fun air pro are pretty good

    About £60 from Amazon

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    Buy cheap, buy twice.

    Iíve bought several cheap pairs and they never last. Now have AirPods Proís and they are faultless.

    Lesson learned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon8oy View Post

    I would check on Airpods Pro being waterproof though, pretty sure they are sweat resistant but not suitable for swimming or being submerged.
    My apologies; water resistant

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Jabra without question. The 75T are fantastic and what I use but there is also the 85T out now.
    +1 for the jabras, fantastic!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon8oy View Post
    +1 for Airpods Pro, they are a big step up my previous Jabra Elite Active 65T previously which were brilliant themselves! And I use Android and no other Apple products. If you look hard on Google there are Airpods Pro for around £160.

    I would check on Airpods Pro being waterproof though, pretty sure they are sweat resistant but not suitable for swimming or being submerged.

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    Iíve had a look around for some but am not sure if the sites are legit or not, any idea of somewhere selling genuine items for that sort of price?
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex L View Post
    I have a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 which are very good
    I have also but just got a pair of galaxy bud Pro's. I have a Samsung so they work very well with them and sound slightly better than the sonys imo

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    Airpod pro alternatives?

    Iíve had a good experience with MiFo.....about £85 or so. Sound quality seems very good; functionality (ease of pairing, stability etc) excellent. Seem very well made

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    Absolutely has to be these...

    https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/gbr/e...lomania-1-plus

    Yes, £20 over budget, but sound quality is superb. Battery life is fantastic. And their bullet like design makes for a good fit; I've never had one fall out.

    Or the older model is still £100...

    https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/gbr/e...es/melomania-1
    Last edited by SeanST150; 7th April 2021 at 20:47.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbusg60 View Post
    Iíve had a look around for some but am not sure if the sites are legit or not, any idea of somewhere selling genuine items for that sort of price?
    Cheers
    I got mine for £169 in Feb from Techinthebasket online, who look really dodgy but I've bought from before. The product arrived is 100% genuine and was all sealed - I've been really happy with them. No affiliation with the site.

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    My old B&O H5 pair are OK. Cost £199, but have seen them as low as £80 on SportPursuit. Now superceded by the E8 at £300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jon8oy View Post
    I got mine for £169 in Feb from Techinthebasket online, who look really dodgy but I've bought from before. The product arrived is 100% genuine and was all sealed - I've been really happy with them. No affiliation with the site.

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    Thanks, Iíll look into them.

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    There is alot of expectation on eh Falcon pro

    I currently have the fiio utws3 and connect them to my shures

    It's the best combination right now.
    Airpods sound trash for audio unless it's just call


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    It would be helpful to understand how you plan to use them and with what device(s) as this will help others recommend based on features.

    I have a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 and I can honestly say they are the best piece of tech I have bought for a long time. Use them at home, when on public transport, walking the dog. Sound superb, app is excellent with equaliser to tailor the sound, adaptive sound control based on walking, running, sitting, public transport is clever and actually adds to the usability. On bud touch controls (programmable in app) take some getting used to, but work well.

    Some have real problems with the fit, I didnít using stock ear tips, but I have also tried aftermarket comply tips which many say improve the in ear stability and I found these improve the fit, noise isolation and sound quality. Switching between multiple apple devices isnít as slick as the AirPod proís but for me everything else is better (sound, noise cancelling, equaliser). XM4ís will be along soon so some excellent deals to be had on the current generation.

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    Sport Pursuits twice daily email (yes, really) today has Bang and Olufsen E8 on sale at £120. You need to sign up for the emails though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    I use RHA TrueConnect 2s, on offer for £99 at Richer Sounds.
    Iíd concur with this. Have an original set of Trueconnects, and theyíve been flawless. Biggys for me on the RHAs were a 3 year no quibble guarantee for peace of mind (never needed to use) plus they come with comprehensive set of different sized ear buds including Comply memory foam tips which work extremely well at keeping them in - never had an issue while using them running. Sound quality decent also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanST150 View Post
    Absolutely has to be these...

    https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/gbr/e...lomania-1-plus

    Yes, £20 over budget, but sound quality is superb. Battery life is fantastic. And their bullet like design makes for a good fit; I've never had one fall out.

    Or the older model is still £100...

    https://www.cambridgeaudio.com/gbr/e...es/melomania-1

    Are these only for listening, or is their a microphone too? I canít tell from the website

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyd30 View Post
    It would be helpful to understand how you plan to use them and with what device(s) as this will help others recommend based on features.

    I have a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 and I can honestly say they are the best piece of tech I have bought for a long time. Use them at home, when on public transport, walking the dog. Sound superb, app is excellent with equaliser to tailor the sound, adaptive sound control based on walking, running, sitting, public transport is clever and actually adds to the usability. On bud touch controls (programmable in app) take some getting used to, but work well.

    Some have real problems with the fit, I didnít using stock ear tips, but I have also tried aftermarket comply tips which many say improve the in ear stability and I found these improve the fit, noise isolation and sound quality. Switching between multiple apple devices isnít as slick as the AirPod proís but for me everything else is better (sound, noise cancelling, equaliser). XM4ís will be along soon so some excellent deals to be had on the current generation.
    Your right, I forgot to mention what I actually want them for.
    To tell the truth itís mainly for watching tv/films on an iPad Pro with just the odd bit of music every now and again.
    So in reality, they probably donít need to be the best quality or have the perfect sound but still donít want to end up with something rubbish, hence the question.
    Thanks,
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    Quote Originally Posted by thenikjones View Post
    Are these only for listening, or is their a microphone too? I canít tell from the website
    They have built in microphones, and can be used for calls. They are perfectly adequate for calls, I've never had any problems making calls, apart from when it's really windy. Cambridge Audio is a hi-fi company and their focus is sound quality.

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    Just another vote for the Jabra. Just picked up a pair of the 75t today which have been nicely discounted now the 85t are out. Only an afternoons use but impressed so far.

    The hear-through function to switch noise cancellation on and off with a tap of an ear bud and the ability to have a few default settings (preset equaliser, noise cancellation level etc) is pretty impressive. Some other nice functions such as Auto pause when you take them out of your ears is great. Very happy with the our have so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeanST150 View Post
    They have built in microphones, and can be used for calls. They are perfectly adequate for calls, I've never had any problems making calls, apart from when it's really windy. Cambridge Audio is a hi-fi company and their focus is sound quality.
    Thank you

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    I have been a long time AirPod user and have had the AirPod pros for 12 months. I have had them replaced 3 times by apple. They just donít seem as robust as the originals. Just something to bare in mind. When they work they are great. Would I buy them again... No


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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitinheadlights View Post
    I have been a long time AirPod user and have had the AirPod pros for 12 months. I have had them replaced 3 times by apple. They just donít seem as robust as the originals. Just something to bare in mind. When they work they are great. Would I buy them again... No


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    What has been the issues with them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by demonloop View Post
    What has been the issues with them?
    The speakers inside started lose sound and began to rattle. The Bluetooth also started to drop frequently. I asked the guy in store if I was an isolated case and unlucky to have 3 go? He looked at me and said no comment and laughed. Says it all really.

    I really like them but there is obviously something wrong with them.


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    Jabra - Iíve got the 65s and find them excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    I use RHA TrueConnect 2s, on offer for £99 at Richer Sounds.
    Another vote for RHA True Connects

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabbitinheadlights View Post
    The speakers inside started lose sound and began to rattle. The Bluetooth also started to drop frequently. I asked the guy in store if I was an isolated case and unlucky to have 3 go? He looked at me and said no comment and laughed. Says it all really.

    I really like them but there is obviously something wrong with them.
    Thanks for that, will certainly keep a close eye (ear!) on mine -- they've been perfect so far though

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    Thanks all,
    It will be Richer sounds I head to as Iíve always had good service from them and theyíll be re-opening soon which will be good so I can pop in for a chat and a look Ďin the fleshí
    So it think itís looking like either the Senheisserís, RHA or Cambridge Audio atm.
    I would go for AirPod proís but donít think Iíd get the value out of them, although I may put a wanted add up for the weekend.
    Cheers,
    But thank you for your other ideas too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex L View Post
    I have a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3 which are very good
    Same here, superb sound quality and ANC.

    My only negative would be that they look quite big but are actually very secure once on your ears.

    A new version is due soon.

    The Sennheiser momentum 2's are meant to be superb. They have them on offer in their UK Outlet store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barbusg60 View Post
    Thanks chaps,
    I should have put a budget in my post which I suppose is up to £100'ish.
    I'd love the airpod pros but dont know if I want to spend that much at the moment.
    The jabra sound good so will look into them.
    i have also come across some Cambridge Audio and Senheisser ones for £100 too which seem good.
    Cheers,
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    https://en-uk.sennheiser-outlet.com/...roduct_id=3711

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerboy View Post
    https://en-uk.sennheiser-outlet.com/...roduct_id=3711

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    Bit over my budget for what Iíll use them for but thanks for the idea.
    Iíll keep an eye on the site though

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    If budget is a concern just get the 65t - about £60 and the main difference is not usb C and no magnets to hold the headphones in the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    If budget is a concern just get the 65t - about £60 and the main difference is not usb C and no magnets to hold the headphones in the case.
    Thanks, that may make sense as they are really only for tv watching on an iPad, just want a decent brand and ideally from Richer sounds in case anything goes wrong with them

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    Jabra Elite Sport - is an alternate - I've never had issues with mine. I have them for sale on eBay and your welcome to have a punt as they are way under your budget (only one bid of £25 and finishes tomorrow night). PM and I can send a link if interested. Martyn

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