Nothing beats escaping into your tunes while blocking the blare of the outside world (or, in these times, inside world). There are two ways modernhelp you accomplish that. First, there's a physical seal between the silicone ear tips and your ear canals. Then there's ANC (active noise cancellation) technology, which produces a secondary noise that matches and reduces what's happening outside.
Apple's popularemploys both methods -- to the tune of $250. Don't want to spend that much? Consider a pair of noise-isolating earbuds, which rely solely on that physical seal. They may not eliminate all noise, but they'll definitely reduce it. With a good seal, you'll have a much easier time hearing your music or movie.
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The SoundLiberty 53 is a dead ringer for last year's, which CNET's David Carnoy ranked among "the better sub-$50 true-wireless earphones." In fact, from what I can tell from the specs, the only real difference is a slightly improved IPX waterproof rating: IPX7 versus IPX6 on the 2018 model.
Everything else appears to be the same: "Pipe" design, battery life (5 hours, with the promise of seven full recharges from the compact charging case), Bluetooth 5.0 and so on.
As noted, these look a lot like AirPods Pro, complete with noise-isolating ear tips. Just don't expect ANC. Likewise, don't expect more modern features like wireless case-charging or even USB-C; the case uses micro-USB.
But, jeez, $30. Not $50, not $100, and definitely not $250. Current Amazon rating: a decent 4.3 stars from over 3,000 buyers. If you're curious about true-wireless earbuds, definitely check these out.
Originally published earlier this year. Updated to reflect new availability.
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