Nobody was really surprised when LG announced in April that it was getting out the smartphone business, but that didn’t mean that the Korean giant was giving up on the mobile industry. The market for wireless earbuds is certainly saturated with Apple, Bose, Sony, and more than 20 audiophile brands battling it out for marketshare, but LG are updating its true wireless listening experience with the new LG TONE Free FP9 an FP8 wireless earbuds.
The LG TONE Free FP9 an FP8 are ideal for those who lead active, high-energy lifestyles; the newest LG TONE Free models feature several enhancements to complement the already comfortable in-ear fit, advanced Meridian-tuned sound, powerful active noise cancellation and a hygiene-boosting UVnano charging case.
With fit and comfort top priorities for the LG TONE Free lineup, LG collaborated with a leading ergonomic design technology lab to analyze hundreds of subjects’ ears, resulting in Arc Design with an earbud stem 4.4 millimeters shorter than on previous models to create the perfect balance and fit for an active lifestyle.1 And because the FP9 and FP8 are IPX4 rated, both earbuds can be worn without worry during hard workout sessions or in the rain.
New to LG TONE Free lineup is Headphone Spatial Processing from Meridian Audio which envelops the listener with sound that seems to originate from all directions. Another new enhancement is 3D Sound Stage, which expands the sound stage via spatial up-mixing to bring users more lifelike audio for a more captivating listening experience.
With larger, upgraded drivers and diaphragms featuring silicone edging allowing for more flexibility and movement, the new TONE Free models now deliver more powerful bass without compromising clarity or detail.
With three microphones in each earbud, the new FP9 and FP8 offer a better calling experience by making the user’s voice clearer and with less intrusive ambient noise getting in the way.
New Whispering Mode allows for greater call privacy and clarity, allowing users to hold the right earbud close to their mouths as a dedicated microphone, the perfect solution for making and taking calls in environments such as a library or crowded subway.
Active noise cancelling on both new TONE Free earbuds eliminates low-frequency sounds that can’t be completely blocked by the passive noise cancellation eartips. The microphones on the earbuds listen for ambient noises and neutralize them by producing identical sound waves that are inaudible to the listener, leaving just soundwaves from the music or podcast to enjoy.
Again with the industry’s only auto-cleaning UVnano charging case to keep the eartips clean to reduce the chance of inner ear infections, the UV-C LED built into the TONE Free cases is tested to reduce bacteria on the earbuds’ speaker mesh by 99.9 percent in just five minutes when charging wired or wirelessly.2
For additional hygiene, both new models also feature medical-grade, hypoallergenic ear gels to reduce the risk of skin irritations in the ear canal.3
LG’s newest TWS earbuds now deliver greater user convenience with wider compatibility, simpler connectivity and maximum durability. LG FP9 and FP8 can quickly and easily pair with a wide range of devices including Windows PCs and laptops while FP9 with Plug & Wireless enables the charging case to double as a wireless dongle, especially handy on airplanes.
By plugging the case into a smartphone, gaming console, or other compatible device via USB-C to AUX cable, users can experience both complete freedom and low-latency sound. 4
For longer enjoyment and extended on-the-go convenience, LG’s new earbuds guarantee exceptional battery life, delivering up to 10 hours of playback time between charges for a total of 24 hours of usage when used with the charging case.
And with quick charge, five minutes in the case equates to one full hour of listening, perfect for those times when you forget to charge the night before. For listeners who want wireless charging, LG TONE Free FP8 has that covered.
Paired with the TONE Free app, LG’s newest earbuds deliver even more capabilities with access to an equalizer, Ambient Sound mode, touch control customization and Find My Earbuds to help locate either earbud when lost or misplaced. The app also features LAB, where users can access special settings such as Whispering Mode and Game Mode.
Price & Availability
The new LG TONE Free FP series are expected to be available by the end of August 2021 in key markets in a range of colors such as Charcoal Black, Pearl White and Haze Gold. Pricing on the FP8 is $179.99, which means the FP9 is likely to cost more, the FP5 a little less. As we learn more about the final release dates, we’ll update accordingly.
|Active Noise Cancelling||YES||YES||YES|
|UVnano||YES (during wired charging)||YES (during wired & wireless charging)||–|
|Medical-grade Ear Gels||YES||YES||YES|
|3D Sound Stage||YES||YES||YES|
|Plug & Wireless||YES||–||–|
|Microphones||3 mics||3 mics||3 mics|
|Ambient Mode / Chat Mode||YES||YES||YES|
|Battery Life (ANC off)||Up to 24hrs (earbuds 10hrs)||Up to 24hrs (earbuds 10hrs)||Up to 22hrs (earbuds 8hrs)|
|OS Compatibility||Android / iOS||Android / iOS||Android / iOS|
|Colors||Charcoal Black / Pearl White / Haze Gold||Charcoal Black / Pearl White / Haze Gold||Charcoal Black / Pearl White|
1 Collaboration with the Ergonomic Design Technology Lab at POSTECH, one of Asia’s leading science and technology universities.
2 Independent testing shows UVnano charging case eliminates 99.9 percent of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumonia bacteria on earbuds within five minutes during charging. UV LED function works only during charging and the FP9 case must be connected to external power source.
3 Base material in silicone ear gel meets ISO 10993 and USP Class VI requirements.
4 Plug & Wireless feature not compatible with all gaming consoles.
Disclaimer: Not a medical device, nor for use as or to replace a medical device. Device or any of its parts not intended or implied to prevent or treat any health conditions.