Whether going on vacation solo, as a couple or with a group of friends, we’ve got some great music options for travelers these holidays.
Rugged portable speakers, high-tech wireless headphones, his-and-hers earbuds and more, there’s something for everyone!
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On a plane with a friend or loved one, and want to share your sounds? Sure, you could both stick an earbud in one ear… but let’s face it, mono sound went out of style in the 70’s. Instead, pick up a set of loveBuds.
The idea is simple: two pairs of earbuds, each with their own volume control, but with a single input. Passive noise isolation quietens the outside world, and the cord is long enough to let wearers move around without ripping the loveBuds out of their companion’s ears.
Simple and inexpensive, they’re a great stocking stuffer.
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When the music needs to come along with camping, beach and other off-grid trips, check out Altec Lansing’s Mini LifeJacket 3 rugged Bluetooth speaker.
Weighing just one pound, it’s dustproof, shockproof and waterproof up to one meter (3.3 feet) for half an hour, so it’ll handle almost anything travel throws at it. It even floats!
The rechargeable battery lasts up to a whopping 16 hours, and can also be used to charge a phone or other mobile gadgets. The inbuilt mounting bracket and carabiner means the speaker can be attached to anything from backpacks to handlebars and more.
There’s a standard audio jack, and a microphone for voice control and speakerphone use. It’s also possible to pair two Mini Life Jacket 3’s together, for even more sound.
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Packed full of features, the Bragi Dash is the ultimate wireless earbud option for travelers. Totally cable-free, the Dash streams music via Bluetooth, or plays directly from the 4GB of storage built into the earbuds without needing a phone or tablet.
The Dash is fully waterproof, so can be used while swimming or in the rain. The “Audio Transparency” feature lets in more surrounding noise when activated – ideal for those travel situations when you still need to be aware of your surroundings.
Over two dozen sensors measure heart rate, steps, cadence, strokes and more, and are compatible with Apple Health and Google Fit. A female voice provides in-ear feedback of everything from safe volume levels to low battery. Calls can be answered with a single tap, or nod of the head.
All essential functions can be controlled by tapping, swiping or holding one of the earbuds, but there’s also an app with extra options. Sound quality is impressive, especially for a wireless device.
The Dash ships with... various sleeves for different-sized ears, and has a three hour battery life. The included case protects the earbuds when not in use, and charges them a further five times. It’s a very impressive piece of technology.
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For those who’d still like fully wireless earbuds but don’t need quite as many bells and whistles, the Earin M-1’s are a good, less-expensive option.
These little buds have a three hour battery life, and come in a sleek metal charging case that stops them getting lost and can fully power them up three more times. They ship with several Comply foam tips for a comfortable fit and passive noise isolation.
Like the Dash, there are no cables to worry about, and the M-1’s are billed as the smallest and lightest truly-wireless earbuds on the market. Sound quality is good, with little hiss, moderate bass and good treble range.Continue to 5 of 5 below.
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Finally, when endless battery life is more important than size and weight, the Plantronics BackBeat Pro 2 wireless headphones are heard to beat. With 24 hour battery life, active noise cancellation at the push of a button, and a rich, immersive sound, they keep the outside world at bay on even the longest flights and layovers.
The BackBeat Pro includes smart sensors that pause playback when they’re removed, and start it up again when they’re put back in place. There’s also an optional cord for listening to in-flight entertainment, and built-in pause, play and skip buttons.
Noticeably smaller and lighter than the previous model, the ear cups also fold flat to fit into the protective travel case and drop in a day bag.