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    When it comes to popularity, the Apple AirPods have been the undisputed apex of wireless accessories since their launch in 2016, becoming the go-to choice of audiophiles, fitness enthusiasts, and of course, lovers of simple elegance. However, today there are a handful of interesting tech tools to rival the AirPods, suiting those who have different tastes in tech. So, if you haven’t bought the pods yet, know that these are the coolest alternatives you can turn to.

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    Louis Vuitton Horizon earbuds

    Set for retail this year globally, Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Master & Dynamic to craft this pair of earpods or earbuds. In four colourways – the minimalist-yet-bold red monogram, jet black, classic white, and yellow and blue LV striped monogram – these offer upto three-and-a-half hours of listening time on a single charge. The Bluetooth-enabled headphones are also compatible with both Apple and Android devices, including Siri and Google Assistant.
    Price: Rs 70,000 (approx)

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    Sennheiser Momentum True-Wireless Earbuds

    Crafted for perfect clarity and ease-of-use, this Sennheiser earpiece works with its own touch-control. Based on the earbud’s outward-facing logo, a touchpad allows you to answer calls, control audio, and switch between different listening modes. Offering four hours of battery life, the earbuds extend Google and Siri support, which is almost like having a plugged-in virtual assistant.

    Price: Rs 24,999

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    Bang & Olufsen Beoplay E8 2.0 True Wireless Earphones

    For a while, Apple went head-to-head with Master & Dynamic in the earpod market. The third act twist came with Bang & Olufsen’s Horizon earphones and effortlessly upped the game. The easy-to-use touch interface lets you switch between tracks, take calls, and activate voice commands without having to take your smartphone out of your pocket. It even lets you activate the transparency mode, which quickly connects you with ambient noises.

    Price: Rs 54,999

     

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    Caviar Airpods Carbon

    If the standard AirPods aren’t chic enough, Caviar’s ultra-luxe treatment will fix that for you. The Russian pod comes with a carbon touch, although there are other variants of this as well. Caviar decorated the earphones and their case with carbon, and as a result, they received an ultramodern, charismatic, bright accessory that offers the same services as the Cupertino tech giant‘s AirPod.

    Price: Rs 70,000 (approx)

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    5
    Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds

    This product differs slightly from the rest on this list, in as much that it doesn’t allow you to listen to music. What it does do is help you sleep well, really really well. Bose’ Sleepbuds feature noise cancellation and a unique Stay Here + Sleep, with its ambient music sounds so you can get a restful snooze. They also act as an alarm and notification buzzer, for daytime indulgences with 16-hour charge.

    Price: Rs 22,999

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    Mikhail Gomes
    Senior Features Writer
    A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.