A superior alternative to Apple’s AirPods for a similar price
Danish audio specialists Libratone’s Track Air+ are a valuable addition to the wireless earphone market with several great features that make it difficult to fault.
Design and build
The Libratone Track Air+ are beautiful looking headphones. Wireless headphones have been seen as a fashion statement in recent times with consumers keen to show off their AirPods.
Yet the triangular design of the Track Air+ headphones gives it a refreshing dynamic that sets it apart from most of its competition. It helps that the earphones have a better and more secure fit than most of the other wireless earphones on the market while also looking superior.
They come in either white or black and come with a case that can fully charge the buds up to three times with the earphones itself lasting up to six hours on a single charge. The charging case is a suitable size and the matte looking finish of both the case and the pods give it a simple yet futuristic design that will appeal to audiences looking for a fresh alternative to Apple’s AirPods.
The earphones themselves feel well-made and secure and weigh just 5.6g making them impressively light, without weighing the ear down. The case is also light and pocket-friendly but feels rather fragile and seems easily breakable. This was rather disappointing considering it is perhaps the only aspect where it feels inferior to Apple AirPods.
The Track Air+ headphones feature noise-cancellation technology (ANC) that blocks up to 30dB of noise. This coupled with great sound quality make it a great purchase for under £200.
The smart noise cancellation is a surprising addition that gives the earbuds an advantage over similarly priced competition.
This feature is great for getting rid of background noise and I used it frequently while on the London underground on my commute to work as it worked to get rid of the annoying sound of clanging metal. The smart noise cancelling feature comes in three modes: manual, smart and ambient which control how much external noise is cancelled and I tend to use the manual feature as it allows users the ability to control how strong the noise cancellation is.
The quality of the sound is superb and the noise cancellation technology alone is impressive enough for it to justify the price. Although the right and left earphones lose battery at vastly different rates with the left earbud often draining quicker than the right.
In addition to the great sound quality, the earphones support wireless charging which is perfect for long-distance travel. Users are also able to customise their double-tap controls to play, pause, skip a track or activate Siri. The double-tap feature is available on most high-quality wireless earphones and on the TrackAir+ they feel seamless and work perfectly. The earphones are also sweat and splash-proof which make them great for gym-goers and are secure enough to last for long runs or strenuous workouts.
The Bluetooth (5.0) signal is also absurdly strong as I left my connected iPhone XR in various places around the office and the sound quality remained great.
The Libratone TrackAir+ represents truly great value for money. The sleek design makes them more attractive than the vast majority of earphones on the market. The wealth of features available and the great sound quality mean that at £179, it delivers a cheaper and arguably better experience than its competitors.
Price: £179 available from Libratone