LG has announced two new LG TONE Free true wireless earbuds, models HBS-FN6 and HBS-FN4, both with onboard Meridian Audio technology. The HBS-FN6 features a UVnano case designed to eliminate bacteria and germs on the earbuds as they charge. The new canal-type design promises a more comfortable fit and is available in two colors, matte black and a glossy white.
The earbuds include Meridian’s HSP (Headphone Spatial Processing) which comes courtesy of the same company’s DSP tech, enabling a simulation of listening to real loudspeakers. Onboard EQ sound settings by Meridian enable four presets for tailoring audio playback: Natural, Immersive, Bass Boost and Treble Boost. Snug-fitting eartips provide a tight seal for blocking out most distracting exterior noise while an Ambient Sound Mode lets wearers hear what’s going on around them.
The higher end HBS-FN6 includes an UVnano charging case “for protected storage, hassle-free charging and enhanced hygiene” with some studies suggesting earbuds can harbor excessive bacteria which could lead to ear infections. A compact charging case can provide up to an hour of listening time after a five minute charge. Fully charged, both models provide six hours of usage with the UVnano case delivering three full charges for a total of 18 hours of playback. Both models include IPX4 water protection and voice command capability through Google Assistant and Siri.
“LG has always striven to deliver better sound to more consumers and with our new TONE Free earbuds we are expanding on our successful partnership with Meridian Audio,” said Park Hyung-woo, head of LG Home Entertainment Company’s audio and video division. “On top of great sound, TONE Free brings something new to the table that is also very practical.”
Both earbud models will begin rolling out in key European and American markets starting next month, with availability in other regions to follow.