Since 2018, Jabra has built some of the best true wireless earbuds you can buy. The Elite 65t was a solid all-around option, and the follow-up -- the Elite 75t -- made the leap from good to great. Despite a comfy fit and a host of handy features, that most recent model is still missing one big thing: active noise cancellation (ANC). Today, Jabra is fixing that with two big announcements. First, the company is adding ANC to the Elite 75t and Elite Active 75t via an over-the-air update.
While OnePlus is best known for its Android smartphones, the company also makes accessories that are optimized for its phones. These include fast wireless chargers, cases, a new watch (stay tuned for a full review in August), and earbuds. Last year OnePlus released the OnePlus Buds that were reviewed here by Sandra Vogel. OnePlus just announced the OnePlus Buds Pro with adaptive noise cancellation and premium design. These new true wireless earbuds will be available on September 1 for $149.99. Stay tuned here for a review of the earbuds sometime in August.
The Orosound Tilde headphones aren't truly wireless--each earbud is connected to the other via a flexible neckband--but they do have a few tricks up their sleeves. These Kickstarter-backed earbuds are designed for "well-being in the office," according to the company. Let me explain: The Tildes feature adjustable noise cancellation, which lets you determine how much background noise is (or isn't) filtered through, as well as a special "talk-in-noise" mode that lets you hear only the person you're talking to. The talk-in-noise mode filters out ambient noise (including human voices) around you and filters in voices coming from in front of you (within a 60-degree "cone"), so you can easily talk to someone face-to-face in a crowded setting. If you use the Tilde earbuds for listening to music or the "talk-in-noise" mode, you'll get eight hours of battery life, while if you just use the earbuds for adjustable noise cancellation, you'll get a whopping 20 hours.
Jabra proved its true wireless mettle with the Elite 65t earbuds in 2018. The company, better known for headsets than headphones, had a worthy contender with its debut model. It returned in 2019 with the vastly improved Elite 75t, and once again earned high marks. But one key feature was missing: active noise cancellation (ANC). Jabra is filling the void now with the Elite 85t ($230), a set of wireless earbuds that takes the best parts of the previous model and goes even further.
During last night's press event, Sony revealed its latest sports earbuds with totally wireless and wireless models -- two of which feature active noise cancellation. Now that CES is officially open, I stopped by the company's booth to try out the in-ears that interest me most: the totally wireless WF-SP700N. After a few minutes of listening, I was quite impressed.