The giant electronics fair IFA 2018 in Berlin, Germany, officially begins today, but several manufacturers took advantage of the buzz of anticipation in recent days to announce their news for the second half.
Among the most popular categories of the releases, headphones are captive – and two major competitors in the segment, Sennheiser and Jaybird, have featured competitors for AirPods and BeatsX, respectively. Let’s take a look at them.
Sennheiser MOMENTUM True Wireless
The German manufacturer, one of the most recognized in the world of audio, is presenting – finally – its competitors to AirPods. The so-called MOMENTUM True Wireless has a larger size than Apple’s wireless headphones (perhaps by the promise of more robust audio) and a really cute case lined with a gray material resembling a cloth.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless, competitor of AirPods
The headphones themselves have in-ear plugs and 7mm dynamic drivers with support for AAC and Qualcomm aptXTM – that is, we have high-definition Bluetooth audio here. The metal surfaces on the two headphones are touch sensitive, and a few tones allow you to control tracks and volume, as well as the activation of Siri or Google Assistant depending on the smartphone you are using.
The battery of the headphones lasts 4 hours in continuous use, and the case offers another 12 – another good news is that the case is recharged with a USB-C cable, which means that the Micro-USB is (finally!) Dying.
The MOMENTUM True Wireless does not cost a little: Sennheiser will ask for it $ 300, which is equivalent to almost two pairs of AirPods. Does your quality justify the high price? We’ll have to wait to see the specialized tests – the phone will hit US stores by mid-November.
If Sennheiser introduced its competitors to AirPods, Jaybird – a brand owned by Logitech since 2016 – has updated its accessories that compete with BeatsX. The new X4 is “corded” headphones (that is, with a cable between the two ends) that bring the resistance to water and sweat as the main attraction, making them great companions for the gym and physical activities in general.
Jaybird X4, competitor of BeatsX
Here we have an IPX7 certificate, which lets you submerge your headphones up to one meter deep for a maximum of 30 minutes – despite this, Jaybird does not recommend that users swim with X4, since such an activity involves a lot of water on the move (and this yes is dangerous for the internal components of the device).
What’s more, the X4 is much like its predecessor X3, with similar drivers, button controls and a battery that lasts eight hours of continuous playback. The price is also the same: $ 130. The headphones will hit US stores next month.