In our search for the best earbuds, we come across these.\r\n\r\nEver since the movie\u00a0Her came out in 2013, tech geeks everywhere have been dreaming of the small, discrete earbuds that the main character uses to communicate with his AI assistant. And while the era of AI helping us schedule our meetings or lulling us to sleep with a bedtime story may still be a few decades away, thanks to products like the Earin, the moment of truly wire-free is finally upon us. If looking for the best waterproof earbuds, we have you covered there as well.\r\nOverview\r\nEarin Release Date: Sept\/Oct 2015\r\n\r\nWhere To Buy: Earin Amazon (not yet), Earin Best Buy\u00a0- $299.99\r\n\r\nSummary:\u00a0The Earin Wireless Earbuds are a huge achievement for mobile audiophiles, but as great as they sound, version one isn't without its problems.\r\n\r\nWhat We Liked:\r\n\r\n \tGreat sound quality\r\n \tAwesome design\r\n\r\nWhat We Disliked:\u00a0\r\n\r\n \tDifficult to pair (sometimes)\r\n \tBattery charging indicator is confusing\r\n\r\nWhat Does "Wire-Free" Really Mean?\r\nI say "finally", because as someone who's followed this product (and several others like it) since it first launched on Kickstarter, I know all too well about the delays, production challenges, and technical faults the company has had to work through to get a functioning product out to market.\r\n\r\n"Bluetooth headphones have been out for years, what's so new about these?", you might be asking yourself right now. What differs Earins or the Dash\u00a0(Bragi Dash review coming soon)\u00a0from other Bluetooth headsets is unlike those, these are truly "wireless" headphones, in that there's no cable connecting the two earbuds to each other or anything else.\r\n\r\nThe challenge in getting this technology to work correctly is because there's no wire between them, the buds need to have two separate Bluetooth channels opened (one for each bud), and then both need to sync themselves up together to give a seamless listening experience.\r\n\r\nIf the delays are any indication, this is a feat that's much easier said than done: but the Earins definitely get it done in all the best ways possible.\r\nOut of the (Beautiful) Box\r\nThe first thing you\u2019ll notice while stripping your pair of Earins from their plastic housing is just how damn sexy the packaging that surrounds them is. Surrounded by some kind of heavy, sultry cork, the Earins immediately exude an air of lavish luxury, making you believe that your $299.99 was well spent before you even have a chance to turn them on.\r\n\r\nMyself, I\u2019m a clutter-phob. As soon as an Amazon package arrives I\u2019m already breaking down the extra boxes and crumpling up the shell into its appropriate recycling bin once I get to the intended product, but Earin\u2019s packaging is so beyond anything you\u2019d expect. There\u2019s a moment where you understand the amount of work, planning, and tinkering that went into the mere presentation of the product that beckons you to think twice about the earbuds themselves as something more than just \u201canother pair of Bluetooth headphones\u201d.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThat attention to detail only continues to impress as you take out all the various parts, which amount to several different sizes and types of earbud tips (both foam and silicon), the discretely tiny charging cable, and the carrying case. Like the other wire-free earbuds that are soon to come to market, Earins charge via a small case that can keep the buds alive throughout the course of the day. Although we only averaged around 3 hours per charge on the bud's internal batteries, by alternating them in and out of the charging case we were able to leave the house and stay rocking for about 10 hours in total.\r\n\r\nLong life aside, the battery charging situation is one area where the Earins take a bit of a dive. The LED charging indicator on the case only has two settings: on, or off, which makes it confusing to understand whether your buds are done charging (signified by the light turning off), or that it\u2019s run out of battery. Sure, we can check the battery on an app, but if you\u2019re paired to your laptop or your phone is dead, knowing how much listening time you\u2019ve got remaining is left entirely up to guess work.\r\nEarin\u00a0Sound Quality\r\nAs someone who (even as an avid runner and jogger) has never owned a pair of true Bluetooth headphones in his life, I was astounded at the quality of the sound the Earins put out. Of course, this is probably to be expected from a $300 pair of headphones - because unlike upcoming competition from the likes of Bragi\u2019s Dash - Earins are concerned with one thing and one thing only: the absolute peak of sound quality, whether it be for a phone call, music, or otherwise.\r\n\r\nAnd oh, what an experience of quality it was. Although my overall history\u00a0with the product category is limited, I can still say with confidence that these are going to rocket to the top of the heap as the best sounding pair of Bluetooth headphones on the market.\u00a0With a wire or otherwise, I\u2019ve never heard the same kind of quality I\u2019ve gotten out of Earins in over in over a decade of shuffling from headphone to headphone in search of the perfect set of buds. If the buds are a bit underwhelming at first, you can also download the Earin companion app for iOS or Android, which gives you the option to turn on a Bass Boost, as well as see how much battery is left in each corresponding bud.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThat said, the experience is still mired by the lack of clarity the company provides on how to get them to actually work in the first place.\r\n\r\nThere\u2019s no escaping the fact that the Earin technology is solid, but the explanation of how it works has gotten lost in the muck of forced simplicity. The company wants their product to be a plug-and-play experience so badly they seem to have missed the forest for the trees, allowing their attractive packaging (seriously, this box is Apple quality to the power of 10) to distract from the fact that getting these damn things to pair is one painful test of patience after another.\r\nPairing Takes Patience\r\nIn that same packaging are a very simple set of instructions, a list which tries to convince you that getting the Earins to work is a only matter of popping them out of the package, pairing, and you\u2019re on your way; but it\u2019s never that easy, is it?\r\n\r\nReviews thus far have (rightfully) dinged the Earins for spotty connection issues along with\u00a0problems with getting paired for more than a few minutes at a time, both of which are valid complaints. Upon trying to get my buds paired for the first time, I struggled to get an iPhone 6s to even see the buds, let alone pair to them with any kind of consistency.\u00a0When I initially pulled them out of the pod after their first charge, I spent upwards of an hour attempting to get them to stay patched in, trying different distances, different charge levels, and separate\u00a0audio\u00a0sources before I finally got the two to communicate on a regular basis.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAfter realizing that both buds needed to be in my ears before trying to pair (something that skimpy manual doesn't say anything about), I was able to achieve hours of consistent listening without any losses in sound quality or experiencing the dreaded "dropout" phenomenon that so many owners have complained about on the company's Kickstarter page.\u00a0Of course, in my rigorous testing methods I would actively try to get the Earins to fail in circumstances where other Bluetooth devices might falter - and the Earins were no different. While I could leave my phone on my desk to go downstairs, eventually you would hear the sound of one bud dropping, followed quickly by the other.\r\n\r\nBut is that really so unreasonable? Yes, if you walk out of the room behind multiple closed doors (to the bathroom for example) or are actively trying to shield the buds from the sound source with your hands or other solid objects then yes - Bluetooth 4.1 is going to have a hard time penetrating all that noise to get the sound from one end to the next.\r\n\r\nAll in all, if\u00a0you\u2019re understanding of the inherent limitations of the technology that exist in 2015, you know as well as the rest of us do that what Earin has achieved here is nothing short of spectacular.\r\nConclusion\r\nWhen they work, Earin earbuds\u00a0work beautifully. Gorgeously. Beyond anything I\u2019d hope for any earbud, with a sound that penetrates the skull with sultry lows and piercing highs in a way that no earbud has before - wireless or otherwise.\r\n\r\nI\u2019ve been an earbud aficionado for a long, long time. "Too long" if you ask any of the various ENTs I\u2019ve visited over the past few years who have insisted that I start turning down the volume and invest in a solid set of external speakers, but despite all that...the Earins are an accomplishment for something that\u2019s intangible, and all throughout incredible. I can have a song, podcast, or history lecture playing from my phone, laptop, or desktop, without worrying about hitting pause to make sure that my wires were tucked in properly or stuffed away in their place as I get up to go check something across the room.\r\n\r\nI can leave my iPhone on a desk as I stroll leisurely wherever I please with no interruption, no thought of \u201cI hope I don't catch a wire on that doorknob again". There\u2019s some kind of feeling that becomes natural as you incorporate your own patterns to what the Earins allow, realizing you\u2019re no longer tethered to the technology of yesteryear, a platitude left in the past. The sense that you're "tied down" to your music evaporates, molding into the sensation that it's now just another extension of your own body.\r\n\r\nBut even with all their benefits, it's obvious that what we have here is version 0.5 of a product that's going to change the way we think about headphones by the time it's on to version\u00a02.0. Getting it to connect out of the box is frustrating, the battery could last a bit longer, and I definitely found myself missing an in-line microphone to make calls on more than one occasion. But then you get up with them still in your ears and realize you've forgotten your phone on the other side of the room without even thinking about it, and smile.\r\n\r\nThese earbuds put the "freedom" in "wire-free", and for that alone, they should be praised and supported for the achievement they represent.