Which 2019 True Wireless Earbuds Should You Buy?

Forget the Apple AirPods, these are 2019's must-buy true wireless earbuds.

The true wireless category has exploded in the two years since Apple announced its "courageous" decision to kill off the headphone jack, and each year we keep track of all the new true wireless earbuds that hit stores in order to determine what brands are going to offer you the best experience and the best value.

Here’s a roundup of 2019's best true wireless earbuds and how each of them compare to one another.

[Related: Which 2017 True Wireless Earbuds Should You Buy?]

[Related: Which 2018 True Wireless Earbuds Should You Buy?]

[Related: Which True Wireless Earbuds Are The Best For Making Phone Calls?]

Sennheiser Momentum TW (true wireless) earbuds

What’s the sound quality like?

Our review of the Sennheiser Momentum TW is currently a work-in-progress but - sneak peek - we're really impressed with them so far. The sound quality is really clean, the built-quality and material design is top-notch and we've yet to encounter a single dropout or connectivity issue - an impressive feat for the brand's first entry in the true wireless niche.

Look forward to our full review sometime in the near future.

Are they waterproof?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW offer up a humble (though not insignificant) IPX4-rating for splash-resistance.

Do they integrate with an app?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW earbuds are granted extra functionality via Sennheiser's own Smart Connect app. Once setup, you're able to customize the control scheme for the earbuds, adjust the sound signature using an equaliser and toggle the ambient sound filtering.

How long does the battery last?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW earbuds offer four hours of playback per charge, with another eight contained on the charger case

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW true wireless earbuds matches most of the competition when it comes to smarts, offering clean compatible with voice assistants like Siri and the Google Assistant.

How much do they cost?

In Australia, the Sennheiser Momentum TW are pretty much the most expensive true wireless earbuds you can buy right now, with a recommended retail price of $499.

Where can I buy them?

The Sennheiser Momentum TW are available through Sennheiser, Harvey Norman, JB Hi-Fi and specialist dealers.

TicPods

What’s the sound quality like?

As we said in our review, "the TicPods proved themselves adequate but rarely exceptional" when it comes to sound quality.

"In some ways, they’re a little like the AirPods in this regard (minus any of Apple’s W1 Bluetooth magic sauce). When used to listen to podcasts or music like Hilltop Hoods’ The Great Expanse, I came away mostly happy with the results. The sound was balanced, though the bass wasn’t particularly deep. For the price you’re paying, the results leave little to be desired but they don’t exactly blow you away either."

You can read our full review of the TicPods here.

Are they waterproof?

The TicPods are not waterproof but they do come with an IPX5 rating against splash and dust damage - which puts them in line with most AirPod alternatives.

Do they integrate with an app?

The TicPods can be connected to the existing Mobvoi app but there's little functionality added here beyond the ability to roll out software updates.

How long does the battery last?

The TicPods offer 4 hours per charge and 18 hours of playback total.

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Mobvoi TicPods will play nice with Siri, Alexa and the Google Assistant.

How much do they cost?

The TicPods are priced at a recommended retail price of $159.

Where can I buy them?

The Mobvoi TicPods are available through Amazon and Mobvoi directly.

Jaybird Run XT

What’s the sound quality like?

As we said in our review of the Jaybird RUN XT, "they didn’t blow us away for sound quality but they did work more-or-less as advertised."

"If you’re listening to the Jaybird Run XT in a relatively quiet space - say, an office? - they do the job well enough. The noise-isolation isn’t as good in outdoor settings like a city street during the day but if the question is listenability, the Jaybird Run XT do hit that low bar."

"If we’re being generous, the Jaybird Run XT sound fine. The bass? It’s fine. Mids? Also fine. Most of the time, these sound like an above-average set of earbuds - which is fine!"

"You can totally get a little more out of them by messing with the equaliser. However, for the most part, the Jaybird Run XT are devoid of surprises. They failed surprise me in the same way that the best true wireless earbuds do."

You can read our full review of the Jaybird RUN XT here.

Are they waterproof?

The Jaybird RUN XT earbuds boast an IPX7 rating against water and dust damage.

Do they integrate with an app?

Like their predecessors, the Jaybird RUN XT earbuds integrate with the company's Jaybird MySound app. This  lets you mess around with things EQ settings and the physical shortcut buttons on the Run XT earbuds.

If you do lose one of the earbuds, there’s also a find-my-earbuds feature that helps you locate the last place they were connected.

There’s also a super-neat layer community element involved. You can not only share your equaliser settings with other Jaybird MySound users but also share Spotify playlists  - assuming you’re a Spotify user, of course.

How long does the battery last?

The battery life here is decent - but it can’t match heavyweights like the Zolo Liberty+ or Samsung’s new Galaxy Buds. You get 4 hours on earbuds plus another 8 hours via the charger case.You're looking at twelve hours total.

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Jaybird RUN XT earbuds play nice with both Siri and the Google Assistant.

How much do they cost?

The Jaybird Run XT are available at a suggested retail price of AU$279.95.

Where can I buy them?

When it comes to retail, the Jaybird Run XT can be found at JB Hi-Fi and Rebel Sport. 

Nokia True Wireless Earbuds

What’s the sound quality like?

We came away satisfied with the Nokia True Wireless earbuds when it came to sound quality.

In our review, we said that "when you’re in the right environment, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds sound decent enough. They don’t exceptional - but for a free pack-in, they sound more than good enough. They emphasize the bass. They don’t have AptX support. You win some. You lose some."

Are they waterproof?

The Nokia True Wireless Earbuds do not have any formal form of water resistance.

Do they integrate with an app?

The Nokia True Wireless Earbuds do not integrate with a companion app of any kind.

How long does the battery last?

On their own, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds offer 3 hours of playback per charge. When used with the carry-case/charger, you're looking at 14 hours of total playback.

Do they work with voice assistants?

The Nokia True Wireless Earbuds will play nice with Google Assistant.

How much do they cost?

In Australia, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds do not have a recommended retail price.

Where can I buy them?

In Australia, the Nokia True Wireless Earbuds are included as a pack-in with the new Nokia 9 PureView.


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