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L to R ($165 Jabra Elite 65t, Drop Nuforce Move, Cheap $40 brandless) It really took me a while to want to even try fully wireless IEM's. Frankly, I was never much impressed with previous Bluetooth headphones I had for various reasons (sound quality, signal drop, pain in the ass to connect to source, etc) and pretty much stuck with wired IEM's for all situations. I picked up the brandless IEM's from ebay before a trip and the sound was quite awful, but the convenience was great, especially through the airport and on the plane. When I got home, I decided to upgrade to the Jabra's, and liked them much better. I also pick up a pair of the Sennheiser Momentums ($299), and while they sounded great (better than any of the three mentioned above) and had a feature rich phone app, they didn't compare to wired IEM's in the same price range (unlike the Move) and I ended up selling them. This brings up a good discussion point where each person will have to make their own decisions on what is most important to them. There is a line where you will start to sacrifice audio quality for other features, in this case true wireless. For me, I do really enjoy the true wireless IEM's in certain scenarios, but they certainly aren't my main IEM's either. If I am sitting around at the house, or in a quiet place like a porch or camping under the stars with my DAP, I will use wired IEM's. Other folks may enjoy the true wireless so much that they want to spend much more on a pair that sounds as good as they can get, if that is the most important feature to them. There is no right or wrong choice. For me, the Move really hit the sweet spot of offering great sound quality that isn't distracting, but at the same time they don't break the bank and hit a price point that puts them in a bracket with very stiff competition. Overview | TL:DR The Drop Move is quite impressive. Connectivity is the best I've had in a Bluetooth headset. The sound is very balanced and musical, more than any other wireless IEM's that I have. The build quality of the case and actually IEM's is fantastic, what you would expect from Nuforce. After a few days of heavy use walking home through a busy city, around the office listening to music and making calls, I would highly recommend these guys. For the $90 price tag, I honestly can't think of any direct competition, it's a great price. Quality and Features The Drop Moves come in a very nice textured case. I actually found myself just playing with the case in my hand because of the texture. The case is slightly larger than either of the other pairs of wireless IEM's I have, but for good reason. For starters, the Move case allows for many aftermarket foam and silicone tips to be used, neither of my other sets allow close to this degree of aftermarket tips to be used and still fit in the case. Secondly, the battery life of the Move's beat out both other pairs by a solid 45 minutes per charge. This is absolutely something worth the size increase, in my opinion. Control of the Move's were fairly self explanatory and easy. I had no issues connecting to both my phone (Android) and PC (Windows). Volume and track control were also simple and intuitive. Finally, there is the connectivity. I walk to work daily through the main street of Salt Lake City, and generally get a few quick disconnects with the Jabra IEM's. Nothing serious, just a second pause here and there. I've walked to work and back a few times with the Move and have not had a single disconnect yet. Consider me impressed. The range is about exactly on par with the Jabra's, I can get 30ish feet away in the office, through walls and doors, before they start cutting out. One thing the Jabra Elite's have on the Move's is the ability to turn on a "hear through" mode, essentially a mode that plays the surrounding noises through the IEM's. I've found this is really nice to have turned on in a busy city at times just to help with awareness of your surroundings. I generally would leave this on for a few blocks on my walks home in the busy parts of the city to make sure I could hear trains, cars, morons on scooters screaming to get out of the way because they can't figure out how to stop (been hit a few times, lost some nice cans and laptop, am salty), etc. They also have a built in Soundscapes mode, so you can listen to rain, ocean, etc at the press of a button. Obviously with the Moves you can simply stream your own, not a big deal. Sound Surprising amounts of clarity. Compared to the thin tinny sounding brandless IEM's and the bass heavy Jabra's, the Move's sound like a shower curtain has been lifted from in front of the source. Not just more clarity, but far more balance and musicality. There is a slight high end bump that makes vocals shine, and the bass is very defined, yet not overpowering. The Jabra's do have an EQ in their software you can use when connected to a mobile device, but honestly there is no way to see what frequencies you you are adjusting and by what amount, making it very difficult to use and rather useless in my opinion. If you do want to use an EQ a third party offering is going to be better, and that would work with any IEM's. Now, let's talk about the mic for a second. I was fully prepared for the Jabra mic to kick the Move's ass, simply because Jabra makes a lot of tech gear specifically for phone audio. I made a few calls to people that I speak with often on the phone for business, and they unanimously agreed my voice was more clear than normal. I'm working on doing a few recordings from a call simply because this is so subjective otherwise (and I've yet to be on the receiving end to make my own judgement). So for now, I'm not saying the mic is better than the Jabra, or the best out there, but I will say that it certainly is more than decent enough to be making calls with without worrying about the person on the other end being able to hear you clearly.
May 13, 2019
dkfreeland
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May 14, 2019
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Can / could these serve as hearing aids? Your reference of a microphone caught my attention.
May 14, 2019
NewHass
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May 15, 2019
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They don't have any 'hear through' mode as mentioned elsewhere. So, no.
May 15, 2019
Unfortunately no. And even ones that do have the ability to play sound "through" the mic into the earphones in real time aren't really going to be help as hearing "aids." You can hear the light rain train or bus that is about to hit you on the street while you're walking well enough, but even normal conversations can be a little bit spotty to hear in normal scenarios with hear through on. It essentially lets you know someone is trying to talk to you so you can pause the music and/or take the earpiece out.
May 16, 2019
dkfreeland
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May 16, 2019
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May 16, 2019
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