Six mics, charge and listen? These new Pioneer Rayz buds may be the best EarPods alternative


If you are looking for alternatives to the Apple's EarPods that come bundled with your iPhone 7 or 7 Plus, Pioneer just announced what may be the best set of iPhone-compliant earphones this side of the wireless ones. The first set to sport Apple's second-generation MFi Lightning Audio Module thanks to Avnera's new LightX platform, the Pioneer Rayz and Rayz Plus are claimed to be the most frugal Lightning earphones on the market, and the Plus version even lets you charge your phone while using the buds - a pet peeve of many iPhone 7 owners.

Other niceties include six mics for various noise-cancellation and ambient noise adjustment shenanigans, inline controls with Siri support and favorite apps launch, as well as auto pause and resume function when the buds are off or on. The remote's programmable button, HearThru, voice prompts, Smart Mute and equalizer presets can all be controlled and adjusted with the accompanying Rayz iOS app. 

How much for those puppies? Well, the Rayz option is $99.99 in Onyx and Ice hues, while the Rayz Plus with the in-line charging port comes in Bronze and Graphite, and will run you $149.99, or about as much as a decent set of wireless ones. Pioneer will soon have them up for order at Oncall.com, but for now the link is still not live.

source: Pioneer

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10 Comments

1. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

f**k these earbuds, why pay so much for a wired solution when I can get good wireless buds for the same price hell even cheaper actually.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Sound quality, ANC and no battery life issues I don't believe there are wireless buds with ANC and over 5hr battery life for $100 Link me some if you can find any

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Jaybird X2 or 3. You can find the 2s on ebay for under $100 and I can personally tell you that they have 8hrs battery life and are great earbuds because I have them. Paid $95 for mine last year but they are even cheaper now that the X3s are out. Amazon has them listed for more than $100 but they are still less than the Rayz Plus, the price is too close to the X3s to justify buying them though because jaybird has the X3s priced only $10 more on their website compared to amazon's cheapest X2 prices.

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Jaybird X2 and X3 didn't have ANC (active noise control/ active noise cancellation) but this $22 earbud have ANChttps://www.amazon.com/TaoTronics-TT-BH06-BL-Bluetooth-Noise-Cancelling/dp/B014OVP09Q dunno about sound quality, but it's review score is great..

8. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I have a pair of TaoTronic wireless earbuds. Not the ones you linked here, but I can confirm the noise cancellation is very good. I'm not an audiophile by any means, but for the price i love them.

7. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I have the X2 and they are pretty good. They work great for workouts and the like. But the quality of sound isn't as good as a comparably priced wired solution. There is a trade-off for the wireless convenience.

10. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I actually prefer passive noise cancellation as ANC can introduce some unwanted noise of their own, in some instances a hiss. Therefore the JBL Everest 100 can be had for $75-100 while the jaybirds can be found on sale for much less than the pioneers. Both brands offer 8+ hours of battery life while the true wireless buds offer 3 hours and a charging case that permits a total of 9 hours (theoretically).

4. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Why? Because everyone has different opinions and not everyone want wireless earbuds?

6. cmdacos

Posts: 4099; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

As soon as you see the word Bluetooth, you know you have inferior sound.

9. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

PA, my adbocker is currently blocking 37 ads just on this story alone. That is unacceptable and I actually hadn't been using one (silly me, right?), but the constant barrage of full screen ads followed by half-page ads and auto-playing loud ads are intolerable.

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