The Bottom Line
The true wireless LG Tone không tính tiền (FN7) earphones deliver unique noise cancellation & audio performance at an affordable price, though they require some tweaking out of the box to get there.
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ProsDrivers are capable of delivering excellent audioStrong noise cancellation for the priceUseful phầm mềm with EQ và noise cancellation controlsWater-resistant build
ConsIn-ear fit can vary, causing audio/noise cancellation quirksDefault audio settings are bizarreOn-ear controls can be cumbersome lớn operate
LG Tone không lấy phí FN7 Specs
|Active Noise Cancellation||Yes|
If you’re shopping for a pair of noise-cancelling true wireless earphones, the $149.99 LG Tone không tính tiền FN7 are certainly appealing from a value perspective, coming in at $100 less than Apple"s ubiquitous AirPods Pro. Và for the price, they deliver surprisingly strong ANC (active noise cancellation), at times doing as well or better than more expensive models. This actually serves lớn highlight their shortcomings, as it"s possible khổng lồ have the earpieces feel securely in place without having a good in-ear seal, throwing off ANC & audio performance. In addition, the on-ear controls are easy to misfire, và default audio settings are bizarrely sculpted. The good news is that in-app EQ can override the audio presets, & the drivers are capable of some excellent audio if you put in the work. For $20 less, however, Anker"s Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro earphones are much easier lớn use right out of the box.
The charging case is one of the more compact we’ve seen, và unique in its circular shape. It has a flip-top lid that reveals the charging docks for the earpieces. The front area, below the lid, houses a status LED, and the back has a USB-C port for the included USB-C-to-USB-A cable. The cable, by the way, is conveniently long, unlike many charging cables that come with in-ears. The case also works wirelessly with Qi-certified chargers.
LG"s Tone không tính phí app for Android & iOS is essential, if for no other reason than it provides crucial firmware updates for the earphones. Beyond that, the app has EQ preset modes—Immersive (a spatial effect we recommend avoiding if you want to lớn hear an accurate representation of the mix), Bass Boost, Treble Boost, và Natural. Thankfully, there are two customizable presets as well, with eight adjustable bands, which we"ll get into in the next section.
Battery life is estimated khổng lồ be roughly five hours with ANC on or seven hours with it off, & the charging case holds roughly 21 or 15 hours in those two scenarios. These numbers are pretty average, but your results will also vary with your volume levels.
Good Audio Performance—Once You Tune It
The Tone không tính phí FN7 earphones deliver solid noise cancellation for the price, dialing back low-frequency rumble lượt thích you might hear on a plane or train quite well. The $280 Bose QuietComfort Earbuds vì a more through job of blocking out these deep low frequencies, but compared with the $250 AirPods Pro, the results are surprisingly comparable.
On mids và highs, like you might hear at a busy cafe, LG"s earphones block out less of the mids than the AirPods Pro do, but the AirPods also seem to lớn let through a thin film of high frequencies that the Tone không tính tiền more effectively block out. They also compare quite well with the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro in these types of settings.
As mentioned, it’s possible lớn place the earphones in a way that feels secure and comfortable, but that doesn"t create a perfect seal. This will negatively impact ANC performance, & make a clear difference in audio performance when ANC is enabled. So if the ANC sounds less effective, try adjusting the earpieces slightly by twisting them a bit.
We don’t usually go into serious detail about an app’s EQ settings, but it seems necessary here, as the mặc định listening mode, as well as the other three presets, deliver bizarrely sculpted sound signatures that really don’t vì music much favors. With tweaking, however, the drivers here are capable of excellent audio. Starting with one of the custom EQ presets, we recommend increasing the high-mids and highs to add some crispness. If you want to boost the bass, that can be done gracefully here, too.
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On tracks with intense sub-bass content, lượt thích The Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the earphones sound truly bad using any of the Meridian presets—they are clearly doing something bizarre to lớn the audio beyond simple EQ tweaks. But in custom mode, without making any chagnes, the audio sounds dulled. Thus, describing the sound signature accurately and usefully here is a bit of a conundrum. We’ll say that the drivers are capable of serious bass thunder on tracks lượt thích this, but depending on the mode you select, that bass-heavy delivery can be dialed back significantly.
We could go on as we typically vì chưng for our audio tests, but the results have so many X factors to them, we’ll say this: In Custom mode, with the high-mids, highs, và lows all boosted slightly và to different degrees, you get a totally acceptable, bass-forward, crisp sound signature. On Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” a track with far less deep bass in the mix, the drums sound full và round in this EQ setting, and the vocals have a nice baritone richness khổng lồ them complemented by crisp detail in the high-mids. On Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” the kick drum loop can receive enough high-mid presence to retain its attack when in this EQ setting, và the sub-bass synth hits still come through. Orchestral tracks, like the opening scene from John Adams’ The Gospel According to lớn the Other Mary, can also sound relatively natural and bright in this setting.
The dual-mic array offers average intelligibility. Using the Voice Memos ứng dụng on an iPhone, we could understand every word we recorded, but there was some typical công nghệ bluetooth không dây distortion making the words less clear than they could have been. The signal is relatively strong, but the mics can sound far away from the person speaking. On calls with a clear mobile signal, callers should have no issue understanding you despite this.
A Little Too Much Work
With easier-to-use controls and better audio performance out of the box, LG"s Tone không tính phí FN7 earphones would likely go toe to toe with the Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro. But annoying controls can be a khuyến mãi breaker for some, và you shouldn"t have lớn use an tiện ích to disable bizarre audio settings for things to sound normal. All this said, the earphones deliver surprisingly effective noise cancellation for the price, for a lot less than you"ll pay for our đứng top picks from Apple and Bose. But Anker"s slightly more affordable $130 Soundcore Liberty Air 2 Pro earphones are ready to lớn go out of the box, & earn our Editors" Choice for affordable wire-free noise cancellation.