It’s funny how having the courage to remove a once-ubiquitous part of phones really advanced wireless headphones.

I upgraded from the Beatsˣ to the AirPods Pro.

For the longest time, after phones began killing the headphone jack, I had my Beatsˣ by Dre as my Bluetooth headset of choice. (The EarPods that came default with my SE were my backups.) While I mainly listen to trance and progressive music, which are types of EDM that doesn’t emphasize the base as much as other genres, it was one of few headsets from Dre that didn’t overemphasize the base, allowing me to also enjoy the highs and mid tones of my favorite artists.

I bought them, thinking I’d return them because I wouldn’t buy the hype. I didn’t want to constantly fear losing one bud, only to have to pay $90 to replace it, as there’s no band between each earbud to keep them from getting easily lost. The small case could easily escape my eagle-eyed or highly-distracted gaze (turns out, I can find the case or each AirPod, if not the case, in the Find My app).

Only thing is, I may not be a “true” AirPods user, because when I’m in line somewhere and need to converse, I will pull one of the AirPods out of my ear, and not just turn on “transparency mode”—it’s a universal notion that when you see earbuds or headphones on, it’s “no chatty”.

I tell you what, those bad boys on, with active noise cancellation turned out, really drown out that mower engine when I’m cutting the grass, and combined with my new Watch Series 5 upgrade, easy to skip tracks to keep that adrenaline going. 👍

Author: Charles Copley

I am a trans man (FtM) living in small-town, NJ. A phandroid, I've worked hard to sync all my devices together. I’m probably drinking way too much coffee, often with Irish cream. My Devils have left me in limbo about watching hockey anymore. I am agnostic and apatheistic—I don’t know what’s out there, I don’t care—but I love learning about other religions that differ from what I grew up around. My online presence doesn’t document my transition—they’re documenting my life (and thoughts) after having transitioned years ago. I missed the vlogging and life documentation craze of the 10s, due to depression and a hard life in my 20s, but now I’m playing catch up with what seems to be my upteenth time at starting a blog. It’s a hobby, not my source of income or passion, but that doesn’t mean I may try to profit in the future.

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