Ideal for sleeping and listening to music
It’s such a tired cliché to say that bluetooth speakers produce amazing sound for their size that I have consciously tried to avoid using that phrase in speaker reviews in recent years. And yet, here I find myself thinking about this (while trying not to say it) about a set of wireless headphones. While 1More is ComfoBuds Z can help you fall asleep, what makes them exceptional is their ability [gulp] to produce incredible sound for their size.
They are tiny
Comparing the ComfoBuds Z to other similarly styled True Wireless Stereo (TWS) wireless headphones speaks volumes. They are noticeably smaller and thinner than most other music headphones. They each weigh less than 3 grams. And these factors, combined with their smooth teardrop-shaped body, make them, true to their name, very comfortable in the ear. In fact, I even gave them to my 4 year old son one night when (despite the usual melatonin candy) he was having a hard time falling asleep. They not only looked good on him, but they stayed until morning. I know from my own experience as a side and stomach sleeper that despite the tiny nature of ComfoBuds they tend to stay put through the night and when wearing them in general.
The companion app
The 1More Music app (available for Android and iOS) looks like a first-gen attempt, but it manages to do a decent job. Most importantly, it lets you choose from 30 soothing sounds to load your six favorites onto the headphones. Most sounds are related to water (various types of rain, streams, etc.) and wind. But I also found a few, like Field, Medium Fire, and Volcano, that auditory transported me to relaxing places off the beaten track. Although it took me a few tries to work through, once I did, loading each sound onto the heads took about a minute and a half. And while having a choice of six sounds seems like a good variety, as the buttons don’t have touch controls and therefore require your phone and / or app to play the sounds anyway, I’m not sure why I should. load sounds instead of just playing them.
Either way, the two other great features of the app are the EQ settings and timers. I was able to detect a slight difference between the Music and Soothing EQ presets when playing music, but it was not pronounced enough that I thought it was worth having it in or referring to. regularly. The timers were good, however. They spend 30 to 150 minutes in half-hour increments. Unlike Kokoon Tech Night buds, ComfoBuds don’t turn off automatically upon intelligently detecting that you’ve fallen asleep, but it’s still nice to be able to set a fixed timer.
The app also reports the battery level of each earbud, indicates whether they are connected to the app, and offers a very brief product guide. By the way, just to clarify, you need the app to activate 1More’s calming sound library, but you don’t need it to hear other relaxing soundscapes outside of its app or to listen. the pieces you want. You can simply turn on Bluetooth on your phone, put the headphones in your ears, and hit play in the music, video, or podcast app of your choice.
Incredible sound quality
I was not at all surprised that the Z ComfoBuds sounded good. But I didn’t guess from the rich bass that I was listening to a single balanced frame driver. Part of this was from my experience with well reputable 1More’s Triple Driver Headphones, one of my favorites, if not my top pick, for the best wired in-ear headphones under $ 100. Based on my history with these, I just assumed that these little white wireless buds featured a hybrid set of a dynamic driver, producing the bass, and balanced armature drivers, producing the mids and treble. . But no, it was just a single balanced network driver evoking beautifully detailed and smooth tones throughout. In fact, these stellar ComfoBuds are primarily wireless music headphones that just happen to be tiny sleep assistants, rather than the other way around.
They are not for talking
Because ComfoBuds play music like other headphones, you can expect to be able to talk with them. And while technically you could talk while you sleep, the only person who would hear you would be the person next to you (who might therefore want a pair as well). But since the headphones don’t have a microphone, that means they can only do passive (non-active) noise cancellation as well. However, in my real-world testing alongside a snorer, who will remain peacefully anonymous even when not playing sounds and essentially using them as fancy earplugs, I have found that the Z ComfoBuds did a good job and really helped me fall asleep easier than without them.
Should you buy 1 additional ComfoBuds Z?
These certainly aren’t the first headphones that claim to help you sleep. In addition to those already mentioned, Bose Sleepbuds II– which costs two and a half times more than the ComfoBuds Z – also plays curated content from an app, but cannot play your music. Muffler 3 are equally expensive, incredibly small, and play no sound, but do a great job of blocking out unwanted chatter with superior active noise cancellation. And the cheapest alternative by far, Loop’s non-electronic earplugs, are super comfortable and passively block noise well, but that’s all they do. All that to say, I don’t know of a smaller, more comfortable, or affordable option than the ComfoBuds Z that blocks out noise and also plays music. So if you’re looking for headphones that both play melodies and help you catch z’s, the ones you want are these.
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