If you’ve been waiting for a price cut on the Amazon Echo Buds, your wait is over. Normally priced at $129.99, you can now get them for $89.99. This is the first price drop for Amazon’s first pair of true wireless earbuds.
Announced in September 2019, the Echo Buds feature Bose Active Noise Reduction (ANR). This is different from Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), which actively blocks out background noise. Instead, Bose ANR simply reduces how much background noise you hear. You can turn the feature on or off using the Alexa app (Android, iOS).
With the Alexa app, you can also adjust the equalizer, assign touch gestures, and switch to Passthrough Mode. The feature uses the Echo Buds’ three microphones to funnel in sound from the outside. That way, you don’t have to take off the earbuds to listen to what’s around you.
Speaking of Alexa, the Echo Buds naturally support Amazon’s voice assistant. You can use Alexa to set a reminder, check your calendar, make a call, and more. If you don’t want to use Alexa, you can go into the Alexa app and swap it out for Google Assistant or Siri.
As for the earbuds themselves, the Echo Buds have dual armature drivers for clear vocals and dynamic bass. They are sweat-resistant and deliver up to five hours of music playback, with the case adding an extra 20 hours. The case charges over micro-USB, which is a bummer if you live the USB-C life.
It’s not clear how long this price cut will last, so now is the time to pick up the Echo Buds if you’ve been thinking about purchasing them.
Echo Buds (1st Gen) – Wireless earbuds with immersive sound, active noise reduction, and Alexa
The Echo Buds are Amazon's first try at true wireless earbuds. They feature armature drivers for dynamic bass and Bose Active Noise Reduction to lower background noise.