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kscherer
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2019-10-28, 11:37

Fancy new earbuds from Apple. $249; active noise cancellation; Great Sound™; and just in time to not get any for Xmas*!

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Look nice, and I'm sure they're awesome. And, since I don't use earbuds, they have no place in my life.

Bring on a new, redesigned iMac and we'll talk turkey.

*Also makes me wonder if tomorrow might see something else new? This could be one of those weeks.

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2019-10-28, 11:47

I think I would prefer the Beats X style with a different color and the H1.
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2019-10-28, 11:58

It's interesting the very different design paths that Apple is on between AirPods and Beats. They own both companies, and the sale of both products is off the charts. Clearly, there is a different customer for each, as your post clearly demonstrates.

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2019-10-28, 12:42

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It's interesting the very different design paths that Apple is on between AirPods and Beats. They own both companies, and the sale of both products is off the charts. Clearly, there is a different customer for each, as your post clearly demonstrates.
Yup.

(My long-held dream is that they do something similar for the Mac, where there's an "Orange" brand that offers macOS computers that address different markets, thus not muddling the Apple brand and also not having to open macOS up for licensing.)
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2019-10-28, 13:05

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(My long-held dream is that they do something similar for the Mac, where there's an "Orange" brand that offers macOS computers that address different markets, thus not muddling the Apple brand and also not having to open macOS up for licensing.)
Hey, you trying to derail my thread?
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2019-10-28, 15:28

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*Also makes me wonder if tomorrow might see something else new? This could be one of those weeks.
Oooo that would be fun. Maybe a new Apple TV on Friday with the beginning of TV+? A 16" MBP, updated iPad Pros and the Second Coming of Cheesegrater to fill in the days between now and then?

*edit: also the Tags thingies.

So it goes.

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2019-10-28, 15:56

Possible. We shall see.
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2019-10-28, 17:23

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Hey, you trying to derail my thread?
Yes.
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2019-10-28, 17:40

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Yes.
Well, don't!
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2019-11-04, 07:53

I've been using these for about 5 days now and these are what I wish the original AirPods had been. These are awesome. First off, they stay in your ear. I've went through a couple workouts with them in to try out and see if they'd stay and I didn't have to adjust them at all. I couldn't even try with the other AirPods because I was adjusting them as soon as I put them in. The rubber tips make all the difference in the world.

The Active Noise Cancelation is a great feature too. I have over the ear Beats that have them but to have them in these little guys is fantastic. I used them yesterday while vacuuming and steam cleaning the floors and it works fantastic. Was able to listen to podcasts without any interrupting background noise.

I haven't really had any times to try out the battery length because I only wear them for an hour at a time at most and put them back in the case.

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2019-11-04, 08:51

There's even little things — like, they switch to Transparency mode if you take one out.
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2019-11-04, 09:56

In the same way that Beats are up-scale headphones, these computers would also have to be upscale. Apple must avoid another fiasco like they had in the '90's when their licensing partners were underselling them and nearly killed them.

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2019-11-04, 09:59

Are you replying to the wrong thread?
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2019-11-04, 13:26

Holy crap, I am!

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2019-11-04, 15:18

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Yeah it's pretty wild when you are taking them out or putting them in and you can hear them switch from Transparency to Noise Cancelation and vice versa.
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2019-11-06, 09:11

Got them on day 1. I just popped into the Apple Store sure they wouldn't have any but they did. I bought them on a whim with the expectation that I'd return them.

I still have them. They are awesome. They stay put, sound good and ANC/transparency mode are game changers for me. Transparency mode means I can wear them while cycling outside. Usually wearing any headphones while riding outside is a terrible idea but you can hear perfectly with these. "Hey Siri" works well while riding except at high speeds when the wind noise makes it hard for the mic to pick you up well.

I also did 90 minutes on my Peloton yesterday. They stayed put and seemed no worse for the wear when I got really sweaty.

Most importantly, they sound as good as any IEMs I've owned aside from the crazy expensive Campfire Audio Andromedas.

The only downside so far is that "hey Siri" isn't restricted to your voice. My son was "hey Siri'ing" our homepod yesterday while I was in the kitchen and the AirPods picked it up. My phone and iPad don't.

If it's not red and showing substantial musculature, you're wearing it wrong.
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2019-11-08, 12:01

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I also did 90 minutes on my Peloton yesterday. They stayed put and seemed no worse for the wear when I got really sweaty...
Off topic, but how do you like your Peloton? I'm thinking about getting one. I either lift or hit the elliptical in my home every day and have been thinking about getting one of these to mix up daily routines.

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Brave Ulysses
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2019-11-10, 00:12

Tried them at the Apple store. The ear fit test failed for all three inserts for me. Despite the poor fit, the sound and isolation was good but the sound quality was not $250 in my opinion. I also found the new pressure touch buttons to be a terrible experience. I wish they would add a simple way to raise and lower volume and start and stop music that is easy to do while running as well.

My primary hesitation in buying them is their lifespan. My AirPods are basically useless now because their batteries are dead. We are in a weird stage of consumerism right now where everyone is pushing subscriptions but for some reason consumers are not picking up on the fact that nearly everything is a subscription. These AirPods are no different. At $250 we are basically paying $125/year for them as they won’t last more than 2 years.
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2019-11-10, 18:03

I'm looking at these but haven't jumped yet. I was at the Apple Store getting my iPad swapped recently and looked at them. They had them in stock but I just couldn't bring myself to buy them yet. One I'd rather wait until the go on sale and I'm just not sure I'm ready to even pay the discounted price of $225 for my veterans pricing.

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2019-11-10, 19:07

Whether they sound good or not, $250 is a lot of money for earbuds. Especially on top of my just completed annual Apple splurge that occurs every September.
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I'm still hoping for better-colored, H1-based Beats X.
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