TaoTronics Bluetooth Wireless Earphones in $22 on Amazon!

NoxTek

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It's an OK deal, but honestly these and the various other rebadges can be found even cheaper.

For example, here's some for $19.99:

https://www.amazon.com/SoundPEATS-H...475662420&sr=1-18&keywords=bluetooth+cvc&th=1

And at least once in the last couple of months they have been $10:

QCY QY19 Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones w/ APT-X $10

These are all clones based on the same chipset and design and the market is absolutely flooded with them and has been for a few years now. You'll find them sold under the brand names TaoTronics, Aukey, SoundPeats, Maromdo, J&L, Honstech, Kaleep, Coulax, QCY, and even Anker just to name a few. No one knows for sure but I THINK the original company responsible for the design and manufacture is QCY.

These appear to be based on the newest 'QY19' design and if they're anything like the previous ones (QY7, QY8, QY9, etc) they're pretty great for the price. Sound quality is decent and rich, battery life is great and often UNDERRATED, and really the only complaint some people have is bluetooth range. You can't do much better for $20.

One upgrade I would recommend is a set of Comply memory foam tips, or even better some cheaper knockoffs:

https://www.amazon.com/Earphones-Pl...=1475663562&sr=8-14&keywords=memory+foam+tips
 

Seankay

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It's an OK deal, but honestly these and the various other rebadges can be found even cheaper.

For example, here's some for $19.99:

https://www.amazon.com/SoundPEATS-Headphones-Bluetooth-Sweatproof-Cancelling/dp/B00STP86G8/ref=sr_1_18?s=wireless&ie=UTF8&qid=1475662420&sr=1-18&keywords=bluetooth+cvc&th=1

And at least once in the last couple of months they have been $10:

QCY QY19 Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 Headphones w/ APT-X $10

These are all clones based on the same chipset and design and the market is absolutely flooded with them and has been for a few years now. You'll find them sold under the brand names TaoTronics, Aukey, SoundPeats, Maromdo, J&L, Honstech, Kaleep, Coulax, QCY, and even Anker just to name a few. No one knows for sure but I THINK the original company responsible for the design and manufacture is QCY.

These appear to be based on the newest 'QY19' design and if they're anything like the previous ones (QY7, QY8, QY9, etc) they're pretty great for the price. Sound quality is decent and rich, battery life is great and often UNDERRATED, and really the only complaint some people have is bluetooth range. You can't do much better for $20.

One upgrade I would recommend is a set of Comply memory foam tips, or even better some cheaper knockoffs:

https://www.amazon.com/Earphones-Pl...=1475663562&sr=8-14&keywords=memory+foam+tips
Great info there. I didn't know this much about it. The QC QY19 link ain't working but the amazon one looks cool and it is for 19 something which is even more impressive. I have ordered the one I posted otherwise would have considered this too!
 

NoxTek

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That is already sweat proof!

Indeed, all of these QCY bluetooth earbuds are splash proof and sweat proof. :)


Meanwhile, I just thought of one more complaint on these I'd share: The little cover for the micro-USB charging port is a total pain in the ass to pry off whenever you need to charge them. I really wish thet they would put some sort of little tab or thread on them to make this easier!

But I want to reiterate again that for around $20 you really can't do much better. These guys (well, the QY7 version which I've had for two years and still use daily) changed my life. No more long ass cords hanging down to your phone, just a thin flat one that goes from ear to ear. The little rubber retaining piece that holds them in your ears is ingenious and super soft and comfortable, and makes it so that they won't fall out even if you're running. And they sound really great given the extremely low price point.
 

ZeqOBpf6

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Does anyone know of generic Bluetooth headphones at a somewhat similar price point that have active noise cancellation? I thought the CvC was that, but the cvc only handles phone calls, it's for the other end, not for the person wearing them.
 

Seankay

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Indeed, all of these QCY bluetooth earbuds are splash proof and sweat proof. :)


Meanwhile, I just thought of one more complaint on these I'd share: The little cover for the micro-USB charging port is a total pain in the ass to pry off whenever you need to charge them. I really wish thet they would put some sort of little tab or thread on them to make this easier!

But I want to reiterate again that for around $20 you really can't do much better. These guys (well, the QY7 version which I've had for two years and still use daily) changed my life. No more long ass cords hanging down to your phone, just a thin flat one that goes from ear to ear. The little rubber retaining piece that holds them in your ears is ingenious and super soft and comfortable, and makes it so that they won't fall out even if you're running. And they sound really great given the extremely low price point.
I Kinda agree but it is one of good ones. Good bang for the buck!
 

ziddey

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These look like rebadged QY8's. I've tried a few of the various models / rebadges, and have found the old QY7 to be the best. The QY8 does look sleeker, but it feels cheaper and doesn't have nearly the amount of bass as the QY7. And depending on which brand you get (e.g. mpow swift), it's available with the fin hooks, which work far better than loop ones. Comply tips are a great addition.

Cons:
The microphone is apparently utter garbage. Even indoors in a quiet environment, I still get nothing but complaints.

Depending on where you keep your phone, reception can be exceptionally poor. Generally, it's okay as long as you don't turn your head right. Some variants even state not to place your phone in your left pocket. This issue makes some models completely unusable. While the QY7/8 is far from perfect, it's tolerable and I've been able to adapt.
 
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NickJames

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Indeed, all of these QCY bluetooth earbuds are splash proof and sweat proof. :)


Meanwhile, I just thought of one more complaint on these I'd share: The little cover for the micro-USB charging port is a total pain in the ass to pry off whenever you need to charge them. I really wish thet they would put some sort of little tab or thread on them to make this easier!

But I want to reiterate again that for around $20 you really can't do much better. These guys (well, the QY7 version which I've had for two years and still use daily) changed my life. No more long ass cords hanging down to your phone, just a thin flat one that goes from ear to ear. The little rubber retaining piece that holds them in your ears is ingenious and super soft and comfortable, and makes it so that they won't fall out even if you're running. And they sound really great given the extremely low price point.

That fucking cover is like pulling teeth, Jesus Christ. I end up using a business card or paper clip to pry it open.
 
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