Top Four Great Around-Neck Design Wireless Bluetooth Earbuds/Headsets

With current 2.4 GHz Wireless TECH, it is not feasible to make cordless Bluetooth earbuds–2 separated pieces worn on each ear, which is capable of creating stereo sound. Though, there are four potential true wireless earbuds available for pre-order including, Hearnote, FreeWavzBragi Dash and Earin. Those cordless earbuds will pop up on the Bluetooth-in ear market very soon. Meanwhile, most Bluetooth earbuds you’ve seen today require a cable, or a band that fits around the neck or even behind the head to connect two distinct earbuds. For those of you who are familiar with around-neck design, I can’t fail to mention Sol replublic shadow, LG Ultra Tone Series, Sony SBH70 and recently Moto has announced their first around-neck design Bluetooth wireless in ear headphones, the Moto Surround.

Here’s our comparison about the features of these wireless in ear headphones. Besides known feature like the multipoint technology, which allows the headset to connect two devices at once, so you can switch back and forth between devices it paired with, they all have a longer playtime than regular Bluetooth earbuds connected by a cable.

 Picture  Name Play time  Feature
 Sol Replublic Shadow  8 hours
 LG Ultra Tone Series Infinim  Up to 14 hours  Free App for Android users to read SMS and MMS
 Sony SBH70  Up to 6 hour  NFC, Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH70 App
Moto Surround  Moto Surround  12 hours  Motorola Connect App

Note that the play time depends on the volume level. The more it plays loud, the less the battery life is

Sol Replublic Shadow

Although the band is flexible, Replublic Shadow is not bendable and still bounces as you move. The AptX, as a part of marketing campaign of Bluetooth audio makers, promises a better sound quality compared to regular Bluetooth connection.

The Replublic Shadow’s sound quality is decent and priced afford-ably for a Bluetooth earbuds. Fans of Beat headphones may be disappointed since it is not a bass-focused earbuds. Despite the bass is deep and tight you still find it is quite heavy when playing R&B.

Is these earbuds designed for sports? not quite, you need to purchase the sport hooks if you tend to use these earbuds for running, working out or whatever sport that require earbuds fit securely in the ear.

LG Ultra Tone Series Infinim

This headset comes with retractable earbuds. The earbuds can retreat to their nests positioned on the band when not in use. Having this nifty feature, the cable has to be thin, which increase the chance that it is easy to break if you incidentally snag earbuds.

Unlike other LG Ultra Tone headsets, this latest LG headset doesn’t feature active noise cancelling feature.

They sound good and balanced over all ranges. The lows are decent and not that heavy like the Shadow. Its sound also emphasizes on the middle-range. Sound quality was rated possitively (PCmag rated it 3.5 stars and CNET rated it 4 stars).

In terms of feature, when the battery is low, the female voice will pop to tell you and it vibrates when there is a incoming call or you just step far from Bluetooth working range.

Sony SBH70

Without doubt, the Sony SBH70 is a very comfortable and ergonomic headphone. If not looking at the flexible neck band, the earbuds looks pretty much like Amazon premium earbuds, Sony STH30, or Apple earpods, which don’t have eartips and welcome ambient sound in. In other words, it lets the noise in and indeed does offer open sound stage.  If you feel uncomfortable with ear tip insertion, it’s a ideal choice.

It is waterproof with IPX rated as 5-7, but you can not use it in swimming pool, jut light rain.

Unfortunately, when it comes to the sound quality, the SBH70 would need to do a lot to catch up with LG Infinim. The lows represents pretty the same as LG, but mids and highs are not equal and don’t sound smooth.

Moto Surround


Moto Surround

The latest in ear headphones of Moto is available on the Bluetooth market. The neck band seems most likely to contour well around the neck. By design as it’s said “engineered for sound and designed for comfort, the Moto stay evenly on the neck, now matter how fast you walk. It is waterproof too, but even so sport enthusiasts may find the band is a nuisance since the Moto Surround is not appropriate for exercise except running or biking.


If you don’t like around-neck design, check out best bluetooth earbuds–with only a cable to connect 2 earbuds.

Published on 09/05/2015

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