Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear Buds are very Instagrammable. That’s the best way I can describe them. The minimal yet monochrome style buds are available in shades of stormy black, rose pink, elegant nude, and cloudy white.
Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear Buds In-Depth Review
Design & Fit
The provided ear tips are oval shaped and the housings are at an angle providing listeners with a comfortable fit and pretty solid seal. My only vice is there was no wiggle room to fit my tragus ear piercing. If you don’t have that piecing then you are set. The housings, while somewhat large, are very light, weighing in at 0.7 ounces. The rest of the unit is rather slender. The housings are attached to a tangle-free braided cable.
Thankfully, the tips are the largest part of the Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear buds. Most active noise cancelling buds require additional hardware to house the battery, but this is all taken care of thanks to the lightning cable. This draws battery from the phone rather than an external unit. Don’t worry, it won’t suck your phone battery dry at all.
Also, the lightning port allows for better reproduction of sound. This is the reason Apple made the switch in the first place. By plugging in your earbuds via Lightning port rather than audio jack you can take full advantage of the built-in DAC (digital-analog-converter) inside your iPhone.
The built-in remote and mic allows users to toggle between 4 different “CityMix” active noise cancelling settings. Level 1 is called “passthrough” and does exactly what it sounds like, allowing about 80% of your surroundings to “passthrough” your earbuds. Level 2 is “Passive ANC” which filters in about 60% of your environment, while Level 3 “50% ANC” allows for 30% outside noise, and Level 4 “100% ANC” allows for less than 10% to makes it way through your buds. There’s also a feature called “hush” which drops out your music and tunes into your surroundings by pressing and holding the “CityMix” button for a few seconds. This is great for when someone starts speaking to you and you’d like to tune in for a hot second.
As for audio, the Libratone Q Adapt In-Ear buds offer a nice well-rounded sound with a bit of warmth. The bass has a nice bit of depth without covering too many elements of the mids. In fact, the mids are quite lush. The highs are also crisp, but not overpowering. I think there’s a decent degree of separation between the different layers of music. As I mentioned before, the Libratone Q in-ear provides a well-rounded and smooth sound that is very pleasing to listen to.
Libratone Q Adapt In-Ears are definitely a good investment if you plan on staying loyal to iOS devices. I think these buds are well worth the price. The entire unit is very lightweight and doesn’t require a clunky battery unit to engage in any level of active noise cancelling. The only vice is you can’t charge your phone while listening to music. If interested in grabbing a pair, head over to Amazon to snag them at the lowest price.
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