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LG has shared a press release detailing its new lineup of TONE Free true wireless earbuds, the “perfect everyday companions for today’s on-the-go lifestyles.” They include four models, the T90, T60, TF7, and TF8, all of which will be rolled out in major markets worldwide from the end of August. The T90 model is particularly unique for its inclusion of Dolby Head Tracking, a feature that “recalibrates the sound as users move their heads for a more natural sound experience, so users will feel like they are in the center of the scene and experience a whole new level of audio immersion.”

LG’s New TONE Free Earbuds Deliver Enhanced Audio Quality, Features Fit for On-The-Go Lifestyles

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SEOUL, Aug. 8, 2022 — LG Electronics’ (LG) 2022 lineup of TONE Free true wireless earbuds provides the ultimate sound experience with advanced audio technologies, a better-fitting design and a host of useful, new features. Demonstrating LG’s ongoing commitment to user-centric innovation, the new TONE Free earbuds are the perfect everyday companions for today’s on-the-go lifestyles.

This year’s flagship model (T90) TONE Free earbuds deliver impressive sound thanks to several upgrades, including a new internal structure with larger drivers that helps generate deeper, more satisfying bass. The use of graphene, a premium material that reduces vibration while boosting audio quality, enables the T90s to produce incredibly dynamic, yet balanced and crisp sound. A treat for the ears in more ways than one, LG’s T90 earbuds integrate the performance enhancing capabilities of Meridian Headphone Spatial Processing (HSP), a specialized technology from LG’s long-standing partner in delivering superior sound, Meridian Audio. With HSP inside, the earbuds present a full, more natural sound stage with a clear center image – making one feel like they’re listening to music played through real stereo sound system. In addition, Meridian’s Perfect Balance technology enables the T90 earbuds to achieve a consistent tonal balance at any volume.

What’s more, LG’s T90 TONE Free Dolby Atmos earbuds are the world’s first wireless earbuds to support Dolby Head Tracking across all content and devices. Dolby Head Tracking recalibrates the sound as users move their heads for a more natural sound experience, so users will feel like they are in the center of the scene and experience a whole new level of audio immersion whether they are listening to music, watching movies, enjoying favorite streaming series or playing video games. Dolby Head Tracking together with Dolby Atmos content further elevate the listening experience, providing incredible detail, depth and clarity. The T90s are the first wireless earbuds to feature an audio virtualizer designed by Dolby specifically for earbuds – an advanced solution that expands spatial dimensionality for stereo entertainment.

Additionally, the T90s come with Snapdragon Sound Technology Suite1 meaning users can experience a level of sound quality previously only available on wired headphones. Along with 24-bit/96kHz high-resolution audio, LG’s Snapdragon Sound earbuds provide robust connectivity, crystal-clear voice quality and low latency, making them perfect not only for listening to audio, but also for making voice calls and gaming.

On top of that, the company’s premium wireless earbuds offer improved Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with the Double Step ANC Algorithm and Real Time ANC Optimizer. The Double Step ANC Algorithm leverages a new filter with a higher sampling rate to cancel out external noises more effectively, and an advanced howling detection algorithm to eliminate unpleasant and distracting feedback. Meanwhile, the Real Time ANC Optimizer automatically adjusts ANC performance by analyzing the actual position of the buds inside the user’s ear via the inner microphones.

LG’s latest TONE Free’s fit delivers comfort while boosting performance for enhanced sound and optimized noise cancellation. Created in collaboration with South Korea’s POSTECH Ergonomic Design Technology Lab, the earbuds’ comfort fit design boasts ergonomic precision and an optimized shape that feels better in the ear. Moreover, the new models are both smaller and lighter in weight than their predecessors, meaning users can wear TONE Free for extended periods with less distraction. The TONE Free’s Performance Fit ensures the right positioning in ears delivering more ultimate sound experience.

LG’s new TONE Free models also ship with the UVnano charging case, which uses ultraviolet light to help keep the earbuds hygienically clean. New for 2022, LG’s UVnano technology provides wider coverage, sterilizing all parts of the ear gels. Additionally, the T90s adopt medical-grade, hypoallergenic ear gels to reduce the risk of skin irritation in the ear canal. Outstanding user convenience is another key benefit of LG’s TONE Free earbuds, which now boast enhanced connectivity and wider compatibility. Plug & Wireless, a feature that enables the charging case to double as a Bluetooth transmitter, enhanced with a useful, new voice chat function that is ideal for conference calls and for chatting with friends while gaming. With the included USB-C to AUX cable, users can plug the case into a radio, treadmill, in-flight entertainment system and a wide range of other products to enjoy the wireless freedom and first-class sound quality.

Courtesy of Voice Pickup unit, the premium T90s even provide an improved voice calling experience. The Voice Pickup Unit detects and minimizes ambient noises when the user is speaking, making it easier for whomever is on the other end to hear what they are saying. New TONE Free models offer up to 9 hours of use on a single charge while the case itself can provide a further 20, for up to 29 hours of listening enjoyment. And, with a new quick charge feature, the earbuds can be completely charged after approximately 1 hour in the UVnano charging case.

Finally, 2022 sees the introduction of LG’s new TONE Free fit lineup (models TF7 and TF8) designed for active lifestyles, providing a secure and comfortable fit for active moments from running and mountain biking, to vigorous training sessions at the gym. Both models incorporate SwivelGrip technology – which helps keep the earbuds firmly and comfortably in place, even during the most intense workouts – and offer a lightweight design that promotes better air circulation.

Moreover, TONE Free fit models deliver solid ANC performance, clear spatial sound with Meridian HSP technology, and the hygiene-enhancing benefits of medical-grade, hypoallergenic ear gels and LG’s UVnano charging case. IP67 rated, the TF7 and TF8 are resistant to rain, splashes, sweat and dust to make it easy to go running or working out without any worries.

TONE Free fit models have a battery life of 10 hours (up to total 30 hours with the charging case). For more enjoyable workouts at the gym, the TF8 earbuds can connect to older, Bluetooth-less treadmill displays by using LG’s innovative Plug & Wireless solution.

LG’s 2022 TONE Free true wireless earbuds will be rolled out in major markets worldwide from the end of August.

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11 comments

  1. Reading that article... I'll wait for some real world tests because I count at least 3 perhaps more sound processing pieces involved in those headphones. Between ANC, Position tracking, Dolby Atmos Processing, and two others I can't even remember... yea it's either going to be amazing or kill batteries in like 5 minutes.
  2. I honestly do not understand the appeal of wireless earbuds.

    It's just one more thing that needs charging and can have a dead battery when you need it.

    And it's worse because it doesn't offer a benefit over wired earbuds. You are probably going to have your source (phone, or whatever) on your body anyway, so what does eliminating the cable really buy you?

    It's stupidity
  3. I honestly do not understand the appeal of wireless earbuds.

    It's just one more thing that needs charging and can have a dead battery when you need it.

    And it's worse because it doesn't offer a benefit over wired earbuds. You are probably going to have your source (phone, or whatever) on your body anyway, so what does eliminating the cable really buy you?

    It's stupidity
    Eliminating the cable is the most important thing, I hate earphone cables, it gets tangled into everything. No matter how much care you take when putting it away when you pull it out again it will have all the contents of your bag tangled in it. It keeps getting in the way. It irritates and tickles my skin.

    Plus I never have my phone on me when sitting at a desk (when I'd actually use earbuds), it's on the desk in front of me. And half of the time I forget it when trying to move to another workstation and end up ripping them out of my ears with the cables.

    Thank goodness I'm working from home since covid and I don't have to deal with earphones and cables now.
  4. Eliminating the cable is the most important thing, I hate earphone cables, it gets tangled into everything. No matter how much care you take when putting it away when you pull it out again it will have all the contents of your bag tangled in it. It keeps getting in the way. It irritates and tickles my skin.

    Plus I never have my phone on me when sitting at a desk (when I'd actually use earbuds), it's on the desk in front of me. And half of the time I forget it when trying to move to another workstation and end up ripping them out of my ears with the cables.

    Thank goodness I'm working from home since covid and I don't have to deal with earphones and cables now.

    Hmm.

    I guess I can sort of see that small benefit. For a while in 2012 I used a clip-on microphone in my game setup, which I yanked off my shirt a few times before I got used to taking it off, befor standing up. To me just conditioning yourself to not be a bull in a china shop is probably the better solution though :p

    I've never had this issue with earbuds or headsets though, as it is pretty difficult to miss that they are in your ears or on your head.

    To me the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks though. The drawbacks being:
    • Inherent loss of audio quality with wireless formats (wake me when bluetooth supports uncompressed high bitrate two channel audio)
    • Inherent reduction in reliability (who hasn't had bluetooth devices that just won't connect or won't work for some reason, or randomly drop out, and no one knows why)
    • The need to keep them charged. I know if I had a set, they'd always be dead when I needed them the most.
    • Increased risk of loss
    • Added complexity and cost

    I work from home, and spend most of the day every business day at home, with a wired headset on my head, and have no problems at all. You couldn't pay me any sum to go wireless. It just isn't worth the headache. I have speakers, but I don't want to be the *** in a meeting who is causing all the echo's and noise problems, so I never use them for that.
  5. I have a cheap pair of wireless earbuds I picked up last year just for making phone calls while out on the job site. I had expected to can them once the job was completed, but I actually use them a good bit: they are convenient and easy to use. I haven't run them dead yet, but I don't listen to them for hours on end either. And they fit well enough that I use them as earplugs often -- I'm sure they aren't OSHA noise reduction certified or anything, but they keep my ears from ringing if I'm mowing the yard or something, and hey, music is a bonus. These do not have active noise canceling, if I get another pair, that will be something I may look for.

    The case has it's own little battery, and it keeps the earphones charged up whenever I want to use them.

    They don't sound particularly great - either has earphones or from the microphone for calls - but they get the job done. And they were pretty cheap, so I don't feel like it's some wasted investment even if I were to lose one. I've taken to retiring my conference call - style external speaker for calls in favor of these -- lower background noise for other people on the calls, and other people in the room don't have to hear the entire conversation.

    Not having wires at all is a surprisingly big benefit - I was always getting them caught on things or snagging my glasses or something.

    The biggest downside is that half the time other people don't know I have them in or are using them.
  6. Hmm.

    I guess I can sort of see that small benefit. For a while in 2012 I used a clip-on microphone in my game setup, which I yanked off my shirt a few times before I got used to taking it off, befor standing up. To me just conditioning yourself to not be a bull in a china shop is probably the better solution though :p
    There is a solution to a problem, then why not take it? This actually sounds bullish to me.
    I've never had this issue with earbuds or headsets though, as it is pretty difficult to miss that they are in your ears or on your head.
    I don't miss that they are in my ears, I miss that the cable is connected to the computer or phone, and I can't move freely.
    To me the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks though. The drawbacks being:
    • Inherent loss of audio quality with wireless formats (wake me when bluetooth supports uncompressed high bitrate two channel audio)
    • Inherent reduction in reliability (who hasn't had bluetooth devices that just won't connect or won't work for some reason, or randomly drop out, and no one knows why)
    • The need to keep them charged. I know if I had a set, they'd always be dead when I needed them the most.
    • Increased risk of loss
    • Added complexity and cost
    1. Really, you want to talk about audio quality, in a noisy environment playing compressed music through a streaming service (probably), on let's be honest limited capability microscopic drivers.
    2. As opposed to random dropouts due to cable breakage and connector wear? Tomato tomato.
    3. You know how the charging issue can be eliminated? By using a cable, through which they become wired earbuds, you know like the ones you are advocating for. Besides if you can keep track of your phone charge, you can keep earbuds charged too. These newer ones have a battery that lasts through a day of usage.
    4. I've lost plenty of wired earphones, so it's not like that is not a concern with wired ones.
    5. Sure, then why don't you drive a Ford model T? Who needs added complexity and cost?
    I work from home, and spend most of the day every business day at home, with a wired headset on my head, and have no problems at all. You couldn't pay me any sum to go wireless. It just isn't worth the headache. I have speakers, but I don't want to be the *** in a meeting who is causing all the echo's and noise problems, so I never use them for that.
    You couldn't pay me to use any kind of earphones or headphones unless it is absolutely necessary. Headphones are heavy, cumbersome and make my head warm. Earphones never quite fit right in my ear, plus I hate being unaware of my surroundings. When I worked in an office I always had to take them out when I've seen people talking (are they talking to me? are they talking about me? is what they talk about relevant to me? Are they talking about a problem I have a solution to? etc, etc.) But if I must use them because I can't use speakers, wireless is absolutely preferred over wired.
  7. I honestly do not understand the appeal of wireless earbuds.

    It's just one more thing that needs charging and can have a dead battery when you need it.

    And it's worse because it doesn't offer a benefit over wired earbuds. You are probably going to have your source (phone, or whatever) on your body anyway, so what does eliminating the cable really buy you?

    It's stupidity
    I have the ISOtunes Sport Advanced buds that I wear all the time. 26 db passive noise reduction, active noise cancellation for shooting sports and ambient sounds while allowing conversation to come through, and decent quality speakers for listening to music. Wear them while doing yard work, shooting, on a plane. Worth every penny of the $140 I spent on them.

    The benefit for me is not having a wire dangling around while using my zero turn or other yard equipment. Or handling firearms.
  8. I have the ISOtunes Sport Advanced buds that I wear all the time. 26 db passive noise reduction, active noise cancellation for shooting sports and ambient sounds while allowing conversation to come through, and decent quality speakers for listening to music. Wear them while doing yard work, shooting, on a plane. Worth every penny of the $140 I spent on them.

    The benefit for me is not having a wire dangling around while using my zero turn or other yard equipment. Or handling firearms.
    wow noise cancellation for shooting purposes in earbuds. that's rare.. most say they are not rated for that sort of peaky noise cancellation.

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