Apart from announcing new Authentics home speakers at IFA 2023, JBL is also introducing the Soundgear Sense, a fresh set of true wireless earbuds featuring an open design that lets users stay connected to their surroundings while enjoying some music.
IP54 and more
The Soundgear Sense earbuds have ear hooks, an IP54 sweat-resistant rating, and a detachable neckband. This neckband option not only adds flexibility to use them as wireless earbuds or traditional neckband earbuds but can provide extra security during activities like exercise.
JBL promotes the open design of the Soundgear Sense as a significant leap beyond traditional transparency modes in other earbuds, enabling a genuine connection with the external environment. Carsten Olesen, President of Consumer Audio at JBL’s parent company Harman, explains:
“We wanted to take this to the next level and create a naturally open design that provides a true connection with the outside world.”
No Noise Cancellation, but Great Battery Life
While noise cancellation isn’t offered due to the emphasis on sound awareness, the Soundgear Sense boasts four microphones for calls and a total battery life of six hours from the earbuds and 18 hours from the case. They come in black or white and support multi-point connectivity.
Availability and Price
In Europe, the new headphones will launch on August 31st, with the Soundgear Sense priced at €149.99 / £129.99 (~$163). They are slated for release in the US next year.