Wireless earbuds have become increasingly popular due to their increased portability and their lack of annoying cables.
Many of the world’s top tech companies have developed their own wireless earbuds to capitalise on their rising popularity.
These include the world’s leading smartphone companies as well as top audio brands.
We have compared some of the best earbuds on the South African market.
Apple’s AirPods and offer powerful audio quality and 24-hour battery life with their charging case.
They also use fast charging to provide up to 3 hours listening time in just 15 minutes.
Using the Apple H1 headphone chip, the second-generation AirPods reportedly offer up to twice the speed when switching between active devices compared to the previous generation, as well as a 1.5x faster connection time for phone calls.
They are also great for use while gaming, as Apple claims they offer up to 30% lower latency than the original Airpods.
AirPods are available for R2,699 at the iStore.
Samsung Galaxy Buds
Samsung’s answer to the AirPods is its Galaxy Buds. These earbuds are powered by AKG to deliver exceptional audio quality.
The Galaxy Buds also offer an adaptive dual microphone that recognises the user’s surroundings and blocks external noise out of conversations.
They also use technology to make switching between your various Galaxy devices easy and instant.
The Galaxy Buds offer 6 hours of battery life on a single charge, and cost R2,749 at Takealot.
The FreeBuds are built by Samsung’s biggest Android smartphone rival – Huawei.
These earbuds include dual microphones in each earbud to ensure superior environmental noise cancellation.
Huawei said the FreeBuds sport highly breathable earplugs that make them a great companion for the gym, or if you’re going for a run.
Huawei’s FreeBuds are IPX4 rated, meaning that they have a water-resistant and sweat-proof design.
They cost R1,797 at Takealot.
1MORE True Wireless
1MORE recently arrived in South Africa, and their True Wireless earbuds offer fantastic sound quality – making them a great choice for audiophiles.
They use Qualcomm’s aptX audio technology and are AAC-compatible.
1MORE said its True Wireless earphones use Bluetooth 5 technology to ensure optimal transmission rates and less interference.
The 1MORE True Wireless earphones are available for R1,799 at Takealot.
JBL Under Armour Flash
Under Armour Flash, earbuds use JBL sound and microphone technology to enable Bionic Hearing.
Bionic Hearing allows you to listen to your surroundings using two sound technologies – TalkThru and AmbientAware.
TalkThru lowers the volume of music and amplifies speech so that you can engage in conversations more easily.
AmbientAware offers a more music-focused experience but still increases ambient sounds to provide you with additional safety.
The JBL Under Armour Flash earphones cost R2,999 at Takealot.