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TIPS: How to find the best earbuds for you

By AYIE LICSI Published Mar 27, 2024 6:00 pm

Like smartphones, wireless earbuds have become a must-have gadget for on-the-go millennials and Gen Z.  

These nifty gizmos come in handy for daily commutes, in workspaces, or at home—listening to your favorite songs can give you that much-needed mood boost while you’re waiting in line to get on the train or hitting the gym. Additionally, having a trusty pair of earphones can help a busy bee stay tuned in and on top of meetings. 

It’s easy to find different wireless earbuds as many results will come up when you do a quick search online. However, not all earbuds are built the same. Different devices offer varying designs. sound quality, price, features, and more. 

So how do you find the earbuds match? Here are some factors to consider before shopping for this gadget other than its price. 

What will you be using it for? 

Are you planning to use your wireless earbuds for leisure activities like listening to music and podcasts or watching movies and series? If so, it’s best to look into features like active noise cancellation to make your streaming experience more immersive.  

Meanwhile, those who will be using their earbuds for online meetings, finding one with a good mic should be at the top of your list so you won’t end up repeating yourself while on a call with your colleagues, pals, or parents. 

The comfort factor 

Earphones and other listening devices are typically worn for hours on end so it’s important to find one that’s comfortable to use. Some earbuds are built with in-ear tips so they won’t slip while you’re wearing them, while others have an open design to suit those that don’t like the feeling of having ear tips. 

Battery life and charging case 

If you’re planning on using earbuds while you work or study for hours, long battery life is a requirement. Who would want their call to suddenly get cut because their earphones’ battery died? 

And when an earbuds’ battery gets depleted, its charging case should be able to replenish its charge fast, so they’ll be ready for use again. 

Meet the Sony WF-1000XM5 

One pair of earbuds you can consider getting is the Sony WF-1000XM5, a pair of sleek and stylish earbuds perfect for busy workhorses as well as music and movie lovers. This small gadget is the wireless earbuds version of Sony’s popular WH-1000XM5 headphones. 

The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds and the WH-1000XM5 headphones

The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds and the WH-1000XM5 headphones

The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds and the WH-1000XM5 headphones

The Sony WF-1000XM5 earbuds and the WH-1000XM5 headphones


These buds feature industry-leading noise cancellation allowing you to stay focused and be free from noisy distractions while working on your tasks. With its high-resolution audio, you can listen to your favorite playlists in crisp and clear quality. 

Always on-the-go? Its Adaptive Sound Control feature will change ambient sound settings depending on your environment so you can hear your surroundings without removing an earbud. 

For calls, the WF-1000XM5 offers improved quality so you’ll be heard crystal clear when you’re catching up with your friends and loved ones in whatever environment. 

Comfort-wise, the earbuds are easy to wear due to their ergonomic design so you can listen to music for hours on end. Additionally, the earbud tips come in different sizes, so you can find your most comfy fit. The earbuds also have an IPX4 rating, meaning they can withstand splashes and sweat as you wear them to the gym. 

In addition to being comfortable, these Sony buds still look stylish, as they come in either black or silver. Compared to previous models, the WF-1000XM5 is lighter and has a glossy texture for a more luxurious feel. Its charging case has also become smaller, so it’s easier to put it in your pocket to bring your listening wherever you go.

The WF-1000XM5 can keep your music, movies, and whatever media playing for up to eight hours before needing a charge again—even with active noise cancellation on. Its charging case adds 16 more hours of listening, too. When your juice is low, a three-minute quick charge will give you up to an hour of play again so you can pick up where you left off easily. 

When paired with the Sony Headphones Connect app, these earbuds are more customizable as you can tweak equalizers, personalize spatial audio, and change gestures.  

Sony’s WF-1000XM5 industry-leading noise-canceling earbuds are available through physical and authorized online retailers for P16,999. This April, the earbuds are at a promo price of P12,999. You can shop for the WF-1000XM5 online through Lazada, Shopee, Abenson, Electro World, and through physical stores. Check the list of authorized dealers here.

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