Love music? Appreciate sound? If you’re looking for gadgets that can elevate your music-listening experience, we got you covered. We asked the editors in SPH Magazines for their favourite, go-to audio devices so you know which ones to invest in when your earphones/headphones/speakers stop working.
Apple AirPods 2
“These are life-changing. I’m using an iPhone XS, which doesn’t have an earphone jack. Most of the time, I have my phone charged because I use it so much for work and social media so the juice runs low (I also have a habit of charging my phone every time I see a cable). Which means, it’s impossible for me to charge my phone AND listen to music or transcribe interviews at the same time if I weren’t using AirPods. It’s also super handy because I don’t have to fumble with cables. Plus, it charges in a jiffy so really, you can’t go wrong with this.” — Hidayah Idris, Associate Digital Editor, CLEO
Visit https://www.apple.com/sg/airpods/ for more information.
“This speaker gets my vote. It pumps out pristine audio directly from music services like Spotify and Apple Music over Wi-Fi (NOT Bluetooth, which compromises audio quality). It can go super loud without any distortion with tight, full-bodied bass, all thanks to the three tweeters and three woofers housed inside the slick, minimalist speaker. I have one in my living room, and a smaller one (the Sonos Play:1) in my kitchen, and they all play in perfect sync so there’s music filling just about every inch of my house. In short, it’s a music-lover’s dream come true.” — Syafii Ghazali, Production Editor, CLEO
Visit https://www.sonos.com/en/home for more information.
JBL E25BT Wireless in-ears
“I really like these in-ear headphones because they’re super handy and great for helping me stay focused at work. I always have trouble with in-ear headphones because they’re usually too big for me, but these fit snug as a bug. Plus they’re really affordable (less than $100!) without really compromising on sound quality.” — Elizabeth Liew, Digital Lead, The Singapore Women’s Weekly
Visit https://www.jbl.com.sg/in-ear-headphones/E25BT.html for more information.
AfterShokz Trekz Air Headphones
“I absolutely love my Trekz Air ear headphones. I’ve always had problems with earphones because the ear pieces either don’t fit my ears and keep falling off, or they make me feel really suffocated and light-headed because they shut off all noise too completely. I tend not to go for headphones too, because they make me feel too claustrophobic. But these open ear headphones solve all the issues I’ve been having for the longest time. Making use of bone conduction technology to deliver music through your cheekbones, I love that the ear pieces are secured just outside of your ears, so you can hear your music loud and clear (and trust me, the sound quality is excellent), while ensuring that your ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds. The headpiece also wraps around my head very comfortably — there’s none of that tight feeling around the cheekbones — and there are no pesky wires to deal with because of its Bluetooth technology.” — Joy Fang, Associate Editor, Digital Trending Desk
Visit https://aftershokz.com/products/trekz-air for more info.
Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Wireless Headphones
“I love my Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones. I keep them by my bedside, so I can listen to music, podcasts or catch up on my current Netflix obsessions before falling asleep every night. I love it because it gives very decent sound, even without the noise-cancelling feature, and it’s doesn’t hurt or crush my ears. Plus, wireless — can’t beat that.” — Penelope Chan, Executive Editor, Her World
Text compiled by Joy Fang
Additional text: Hidayah Idris