Amazon improved its Echo Buds in almost every way when it released the second generation last year, and at $120 they’re a solid option for those who don’t want to spend a ton on ANC headphones. Now Amazon has knocked 58% off the Second-generation Echo Buds, bringing the models with the standard charging case down to just $50. That’s $20 cheaper than they were during the holiday season last year.
The online retailer learned from the shortcomings of its original Echo Buds and fixed many of them when redesigning the latest models. the buds are 20% smaller than previous models, a bit lighter too, and the entire design is IPX4 rated against splash water. The sound quality has been significantly improved: the sound is less compressed and you will be able to hear the differences at low, medium and high volumes. In the Alexa companion app, you can play around with the EQ if you want while customizing settings for ANC mode, Alexa hands-free mode, and power saving mode.
Amazon has moved from active noise reduction to true active noise cancellation on these buds and it has made all the difference. The headphones block out surrounding noise, and the Passthrough function, which allows some environmental noise to enter, sounds more natural than other headphones. Naturally, you also get Alexa voice commands on these buds, and the assistant can do more than it could before, control music and podcast playback, find specific shows on Amazon Music, and make recommendations for other content you might want to listen to.
Battery life is pretty good, too – you’ll get around five hours of listening time before the Echo Buds need more juice, and their case can give you two hours of listening time after just 15 minutes of playtime. charged. While call performance might be better, the second-gen Echo Buds are still a good option if you rely on Alexa for a lot of things or want a pair of ANC headphones that won’t break the bank.
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