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post #1 of 12 Old 10-26-16, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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I thought I would get some opinions on the options out there for wireless headphones. I've recently upgraded to the iPhone 7 Plus and as fans of the iPhone know Apple is trying to force us to cut the cord. With the removal of the headphone jack I've decided to embrace the movement and am now shopping for some wireless headphones. The iPhone now includes the W1 chip that improves both battery life and range of headphones. I've done some research and this chip is some very impressive technology. Unfortunately, the options to take advantage of this tech is very limited right now. I've never been a fan of the Beats brand but the Powerbeats 3 look very appealing and the perfect earbuds for those with an active lifestyle. Whether it be going to the gym, biking, or going for a walk/run these buds look perfect for those applications. As I said the headphones/earbuds that include the W1 chip technology is very limited and since Apple owns the tech will probably remain so. The soon to be released Apple earpods and a few Beats models are the only options out there. I know the Beats are overpriced and understand the removal of the headphone jack is basically Apples way of purging more money from us consumers. Knowing all of this I still like the idea of cutting the cord for the activities I've described above and might pull the trigger on the Powerbeats 3 earbuds. Any opinions on the topic?
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Though it may be impressive I wouldn't spend the extra cost on the W1, unless it is something you Must have for it to work with your phone, in which case its another money grab from Apple. Probably the reason I don't own one....


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I wouldn't say it's something I must have. TBH the most appealing aspect is the range of 300 feet. I can go to the gym and leave my phone in my locker. Not to mention the 12 hours of battery life.
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Test that 300 feet theory, its probably line of sight, outdoors, on a full moon...


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And standing on a balance beam with your eye's closed doing jumping jacks!
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Well I'll be testing that range here soon. I don't even need 300 feet at the gym but spec wise it looks good.
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I wouldn't say it's something I must have. TBH the most appealing aspect is the range of 300 feet. I can go to the gym and leave my phone in my locker. Not to mention the 12 hours of battery life.
Must be nice...my wifi headphones were supposed to be good for 300', and they drop out going downstairs in our house, and I can't even make it to the end of our 100' driveway with a constant signal.

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Must be nice...my wifi headphones were supposed to be good for 300', and they drop out going downstairs in our house, and I can't even make it to the end of our 100' driveway with a constant signal.
It will be nice if it proves to be true. I should have them by 11/3 and I think the first thing I'll do is test the range. I'll let you all know.
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In my own testing of Bluetooth audio devices, the distance specs are rarely met in real-life environments, even with line of sight measurements. We can all hope for better as the technology advances, but don't get your heart set on it too much.
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In my own testing of Bluetooth audio devices, the distance specs are rarely met in real-life environments, even with line of sight measurements. We can all hope for better as the technology advances, but don't get your heart set on it too much.
Oh, I won't be heart broken if real world results are less than advertised. Like I said if I can get half the advertised range (150 ft) I'd be thrilled. Maybe it's blind faith but I really think when Apple designs tech they usually get it right. I think the W1 chip just might surprise some people in regards to battery life and range. They also don't rush things to market if it's not right. A perfect example of this is the delayed release of the AirPods.

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