After trying out multiple wireless earbuds with connecting wires, I decided that a truly pair of wireless earbuds was the way for me to go. I normally walk about an hour a day and wanted something I could wear while doing that and while sitting at my desk in my office. I started researching and decided on four different earbuds. First was the Samsung Icon Gear X earbuds. I had heard great things about those but I don't care about having built-in storage. I pay for Google Music All Access so I can't store my songs on the earbuds, I have to play them back from my phone. The Samsung's get about 3-4 hours when playing music stored in them but that gets cut down to 1-1.6 hours when streaming music. Yeah, I didn't feel like needing to recharge the earbuds every hour.
So I ended up purchasing a pair of Bragi The Headphone earbuds. Their Dash earbuds has been receiving high reviews but I don't need all of that fitness functionality (I have a FitBit). They were great when it came to sound quality but they would never truly sit in my ears because they were too big. Their sound quality also left a lot to be desired even for a pair of truly wireless earbuds. I liked that they had physical controls for changing tracks and adjusting volume. The buttons are too hard to push and I would just end up jamming the earbud further into my canal. I also didn't like that their case had to be plugged in to charge the earbuds, it didn't have a built-in battery.
I then purchased the Jabra Elite Sport earbuds and their fit was better, same with the audio quality. I just kept having connectivity issues with my Moto Z Force Droid and I wasn't using any of the exercise features. Lastly, I decided to get the Sol-Republic Amps Air earbuds. Reviews for these were so divisive so I had to try them out for myself.
My first impressions were that they are extremely light, their bass is better than any of the other truly wireless earbuds I've used, they have strong Bluetooth tech as I haven't once experienced a dropout in either of the earbuds, and they are lighter than the other earbuds I've used (except the Samsung's). Their battery life is decent, about average for the category and the charging case is great as it can recharge the earbuds up to 15 times, it only takes about half an hour to fully charge them, and I can even charge my phone with their case.
But I had one issue: these were not staying in no matter what I did. I tried rotating them, using the smaller and larger eartips that they come with, nothing. Then I read about ComplyFoam and purchased a pair of their "Truly Wireless" eartips (the only ones that will fit these). The difference is night and day. I can comfortably wear the Amps Air earbuds all day without taking them out and the ComplyFoam tips help secure them in place. I don't have to push the earbuds back on or adjust them during the 3 hours I wear them. So, after switching eartips, I was able to conduct a fully review.
I think that these have the best sound quality compared to all the other wireless earbuds. The highs are a little harsh but not the worst I've ever heard. There isn't any detail in the mids but the bass is booming without being overbearing and muddy. It's a typical v-shaped sound signature used by audio companies such as Bose, Beats, Sony, V-Moda, Sennheiser (for some of their headphones), B&O, Skullcandy, JBL, and others.
I mainly listen to metal and electronic music and am pleased with the sound quality that these earbuds pump out. They aren't better than the V-Moda Forza Metallo wired earbuds but that's OK. For a completely wireless pair, the Amps Air really aren't bad. People need to lower their expectations when going into truly wireless earbuds or else they will always be disappointed. I even prefer these over the Apple AirPods that my friends keep insisting on. Not only are they more comfortable and actually fit my ears (Apple's EarPods have never fit my ears) but they have more bass and make it so I don't look like I have electric toothbrush heads hanging out of my ears.
There are still some cons with the Amps Air though. Like I said, the highs can be harsh at times. I also had to purchase a $20 pair of eartips in order for these to stay in my ears. The control button (on either earbud) is easy to press in but it has very basic functionality. You have to take your phone out of your pocket to adjust volume and skip to the next track/go back. There is also a large amount of lag that makes watching video content annoying (though it can be adjusted for in programs like VLC).
All-in-all, this is money well spent and these are my favorite go-to earbuds for everyday listening. They don't sound as good as my V-Moda Crossfade over-the-ear headphones, V-Moda Metallo wired earbuds, or my B&O Beoplay H9 headphones but that's OK. The two over-the-ear headphones I have were far more expensive than these and the V-Moda Metallo earbuds have their own issues too.
I highly recommend these for anyone who wants to truly cut the cord and experience wireless earbuds. Just make sure you pick up a pair of ComplyFoam Truly Wireless eartips, they make the experience much better.