There is no scarcity of choices with regards to true wi-fi earphones in India, and even the premium section is seeing rising competitors from huge manufacturers comparable to Apple, Sony, Sennheiser, and Samsung. Whereas a few of these merchandise are positioned to work finest with smartphones and tablets from the identical model, others are promoted on the idea of technical superiority or worth for cash. The newest pair of true wi-fi earphones from LG pulls some somewhat distinctive methods out of the hat on this regard to set itself aside.
Priced at Rs. 19,990, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 true wi-fi earphones boast of spectacular specs and options, together with lively noise cancellation, tuning by British audiophile model Meridian Audio, and one thing actually distinctive within the true wi-fi section – a UV self-cleaning mechanism for the earpieces. Whereas all of this makes the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 appear somewhat spectacular on paper, how good is that this headset in apply? Discover out in my overview.
The LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 cleans its personal earpieces utilizing UV mild
Though not among the many most costly top-spec choices out there within the true wi-fi section in the present day, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 does sit firmly within the premium section, together with the Sony WF-1000XM3 and newly launched Samsung Galaxy Buds Professional. The earpieces have a shiny end, with stems which can be neither too huge nor too small. The headset is out there in two colors – black and white, and appears respectable total.
A single touch-sensitive zone on every earpiece – a raised bit on the prime of the stem – controls numerous elements of the headset. A few of these controls are mounted and cannot be modified, together with the gestures to reply or finish calls and cycle between ANC and ambient sound modes. Sensors on the earpieces additionally allow put on detection, which pauses or performs music when the earpieces are taken off or put again on respectively.
Playback and quantity controls will be customised via the LG Tone Free app, which is out there on each iOS and Android. You may management playback and quantity via single, double, or triple faucets. The app additionally allows you to customise the equaliser settings, select how notifications are dealt with, and replace the firmware, amongst different issues.
The charging case is small and fairly good to carry. It options each USB Kind-C quick charging and Qi wi-fi charging, a pairing button on the aspect, and indicator lights on the entrance for the battery standing and UVnano cleansing standing. Though fairly minimalist on the outside, the within of the case is a little more vibrant, due to Meridian Audio branding and the UVnano LEDs. The earpieces snap into place within the case magnetically, with the charging contact factors on the interior aspect of the stems.
The underside of the charging case has two ultra-violet LED lights – one for every earpiece. They activate for just a few seconds when the lid of the charging case is opened, and work constantly when the case is being charged utilizing wired charging and its lid is shut. That is stated to kill 99.9 p.c of micro organism on the speaker meshes of the earpieces when used for ten minutes. It is value mentioning right here that LG has solely rated the know-how for effectiveness towards micro organism, so do not count on any safety towards viruses or other forms of impurities.
You get a correct in-canal match with the FN7, though I usually discovered it a bit difficult to get the proper match for efficient noise isolation and ANC. Whereas I did not have any points with consolation, it did take some effort to get the earphones firmly in place with a correct seal each time I put them on, no matter which ear suggestions I used (three pairs are included within the gross sales bundle).
The LG Tone-Free HBS-FN7 seems to be just about an identical to the Rs. 13,990 HBS-FN6 earphones. The Rs. 6,000 value distinction is actually down to 1 key characteristic on the FN7: lively noise cancellation. This depends on a three-microphone system in every earpiece as in comparison with two microphones on the FN6 mannequin. Most different elements, together with options comparable to UVnano self-cleaning and codec assist, are the identical on the 2 fashions.
The LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 has 6mm dynamic drivers. It makes use of Bluetooth 5 for connectivity, with assist for the SBC and AAC Bluetooth codecs. Google Quick Pair is supported with suitable Android smartphones, and the earpieces are IPX4 rated for water resistance.
I used to be ready to make use of the HBS-FN7 earpieces for just a little underneath six hours per cost, with an extra two expenses from the case, for a complete of round 18 hours of battery life per cost cycle. That is respectable sufficient given the value and options, and roughly on par with what is obtainable by competing choices on this value section.
Good, however not nice sound on the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7
Client manufacturers usually collaborate with established high-end audio names today, and to LG’s credit score, it has been working with British loudspeaker maker Meridian Audio for a while now. Nevertheless, this naturally made me need to examine the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 to the not too long ago launched Oppo Enco X, which has been developed in collaboration with Dynaudio, a competitor of Meridian Audio within the loudspeaker house.
The LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 additionally naturally goes up towards choices such because the Sony WF-1000XM3 and Apple AirPods Professional, however with a significantly completely different strategy to sound high quality. Though the LG FN7 does sound respectable, its heat and somewhat punchy sonic signature took some time to develop on me.
No superior Bluetooth codecs are supported on the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7, and this meant that high-resolution audio streaming did not make a distinction to sound high quality. Like many different choices on this section, the HBS-FN7 is basically meant for use with streaming providers comparable to Spotify and YouTube Music, and efficiency within reason good if you happen to like heat sound.
Listening to a percussion-infused stay model of Strandbar by Todd Terje on YouTube Music, the emphasis was firmly on the varied forms of drums and the exhausting bass components within the synthesisers. This captured the temper of the observe impressively, whereas permitting for a good soundstage and a spacious really feel to the sound.
It is an uncommon sonic signature for this value section given that the majority choices go along with one thing a bit extra pure, however I did finally come to understand it with the proper of music. That stated, there is a lack of flexibility and a little bit of coarseness to the sound, which weren’t at all times pleasant. Competing choices do have a tendency to supply a extra all-round, comfy sonic efficiency.
Switching to the way more punchy Sleepyhead (Borgore Remix) by Ardour Pit, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7’s spacious soundstage was higher demonstrated. The lows remained sturdy and impactful, however there was a definite sense of separation among the many numerous components that make up this dubstep observe. The beats, computer-generated rumble, and vocals all performed somewhat properly collectively throughout the head-filling digital soundstage, helped alongside significantly by the lively noise cancellation shutting out a lot of the noise outdoors.
Faint particulars in tracks have been straightforward to choose up on as properly, notably within the sample-based music of Australian digital music group The Avalanches. Each particular person pattern was distinct and clear in numerous tracks of the album Since I Left You. The fuzzy heat within the sound at instances helped enhance the texture of the music, however at different instances the dearth of stability within the sonic signature did are likely to make sure genres and tracks sound unusual.
Energetic noise cancellation with the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 is respectable, however not fairly on the identical stage as with the Apple AirPods Professional and Sony WF-1000XM3. Whereas there was a noticeable discount in noise each indoors and open air, I discovered the ANC efficiency to be solely barely higher than that of the Oppo Enco X, which is significantly extra reasonably priced than the FN7.
There was a slight feeling of roughness within the outdoors sound that did funnel via utilizing ANC, and the ambient sound mode appeared to excessively amplify family sounds even in a comparatively quiet room. Nevertheless, the ANC did assist enhance the audibility, the assault within the lows, and the general soundstage when listening to music, notably in noisy environment. For calls, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 carried out properly, and I had no complaints on this regard throughout my time with the earphones.
In a section crammed with choices that provide largely the identical set of options, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 stands out for one huge motive: UVnano disinfection. Though I had no technique to check the outcomes, and even see any seen results, the theoretical performance of this characteristic will probably be a welcome addition in a modified world that’s paying extra consideration to non-public hygiene. Nevertheless, that apart, the LG HBS-FN7 gives nothing particular. This can be a moderately good pair of true wi-fi earphones, however that is about it.
If the UVnano self-cleaning system catches your consideration, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 is value contemplating, and the remainder of the characteristic set and sound high quality will not allow you to down. Nevertheless, if you happen to’re searching for what’s objectively one of the best sounding pair of true wi-fi earphones priced underneath Rs. 20,000, there are different choices value contemplating, such because the Sony WF-1000XM3 which additionally gives one of the best ANC on this section.
Alternatively, the Oppo Enco X is nearly as good – and arguably higher in some elements – for half the value. There’s additionally the LG HBS-FN6 to think about, which is virtually the identical because the FN7 on paper, except for lively noise cancellation, if you are able to do with out it.
Is LG Wing’s distinctive design alone sufficient to assist it reach India? We mentioned this on Orbital, our weekly know-how podcast, which you’ll be able to subscribe to by way of Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, obtain the episode, or simply hit the play button beneath.