A good night’s sleep means a lot — sure it sounds dumb and when you’re a teenager the last thing you want to do is go to sleep (of course the other side of the coin is that the morning gets ignored). But as we adults get older, the need for a good night’s sleep grows. Heck, it’s not only about getting older, because any age can benefit from sleeping well and truly. So let’s say you’re all by yourself but there’s a lot of surface noise — could be neighbors or a nearby highway with motorcycles wailing by all night. Or you’re not alone in the bed but the other person snores like a banshee practicing for the World Series. How do you get to sleep? Do you just put up with it until you conk out, or end up staying up for more hours that can be counted before sleep finally comes? Cutting out the noises would do the job but who here — raise your hand — has tried sticking in a pair of regular earbuds to try and deaden the sound, only to find the feeling of the ‘buds are now keeping you awake and they’re not doing such a great job anyway. Cotton balls in the ears anyone? Good grief already, give us a solution! Which is where the Nordic QuietOn3 Sleep Earbuds get their chance to show off.
The QuietOn 3 are earbuds as stated, and they have two characteristics that make them well suited for reducing and inhibiting those noises that can surround a person and keep them from drifting off. The first is physical and the second is technological. Physical first, these earbuds (left and right for two ears) do not have Bluetooth, nor do they connect to any smartphone or anything. They are totally self contained, and each has a battery that provides about 28 hours of power — that’s certainly long enough for a good nights sleep and getting that much time is not surprising when you consider that the batteries are just powering the ANC and not Bluetooth, etc.
Now as to the design, the QuietOn 3 earbuds are tiny, we mean really tiny but they’re not so tiny as to fall into the ear canal. But they are tiny enough so that they stay pleasantly in the ear without giving off that harsh feeling pretty much all earbuds do. After a few minutes of wearing them you barely know they’re there and in fact don’t care. Of course you help this along by choosing the pair of foam ear tips that best fit your ear (set of 4 different types). So it’s a trial and error bit of time but one well worth doing. They’re white, by the way, so those who are into color coding will have to give up on choice this time.
Now as to the technology, the above mentioned battery’s job is to control the active noise cancellation the earbuds have. At its simplest, ANC works by having a microphone(s) listen to the exterior sounds, which are then modified and altered and through digital algorithms and all kinds of technical stuff, turned into a sound that counters that outside sound. It cancels the sound by being the exact opposite of what that sound is — no explosions result but a quietness does. ANC is not new and its use is widely found in earbuds and headphones, but here it’s propped up and really done right. These earbuds are blocking out the low frequency noises that most cause issues when a person is trying to sleep — snoring obviously being problematic (not for the person snoring…), but also surface noises such as a loud AC unit in the neighbor’s backyard being too close to your bedroom, or the sounds of a nearby highway.
The QuietOn 3 Sleep Earbuds comes with the earbuds and a charging case that holds them and charges them up — the case itself connecting to a USB-C cable that is also included (and which must be plugged into a USB port or an USB-C compatible AC charger. Those 4 ear tips are there too. For more details, and a look at the work done for these earbuds when it comes to getting that good night’s sleep, go to https://quieton.com/shop/quieton-3-sleep-earbuds/