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In-ear headphones

In-ear headphones

Sol Republic is pitching Relays, its new in-ear headphones, as the headphones that people will wear all day, whether at work, at home or at the gym.

Using a proprietary technology, called FreeFlex, Sol Republic assures a secure fit from earbuds that will adjust to any ear size. The secret, the company says, is a flexible ring around each earbud, which allows secure placement in the ears. Four sizes of ear tips are included for a proper fit.

Inside the flexible earbuds are tiny drivers that deliver full sound with a booming bass, a hallmark of Sol Republic. An in-line control and a microphone allow users to switch to an incoming phone call, but a volume control is not included. Sol Republic says a three-button control is forthcoming.

Sol Republic claims the headphones are resistant to water and sweat, making them ideal for workouts. A black version of Relays is available on Sol Republic’s website for $80 (Rs 4,895); more colours are expected next month.

When I tested them, the Relays delivered the fit that Sol Republic promised. The earbuds are not interchangeable; rather, each is designed specifically for the right or left ear, an attention to detail that I appreciated. 

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