LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 review
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The LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 review
There is no shortage of options when it comes to true wireless earphones in India, and even in the high-end segment, there is increasing competition from big brands like Apple, Sony, Sennheiser and Samsung. While some of these products work best with smartphones and tablets of the same brand, others are promoted based on technical superiority or value for money. In this regard, LG’s latest pair of wireless earphones draws some unique tricks out of hat to stand out.
The LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 True Wireless Earphones cost Rs. 19,990 and boast impressive specifications as well featuresincluding active noise cancellation, tuning by British audiophile brand Meridian Audio, and something truly unique in the true wireless segment – a UV self-cleaning mechanism for the earbuds. While all of this makes the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 quite impressive on paper, how good is this headset in practice? Find out in my review. This is our LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 Review.
LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 review: design
Let’s start with that case itself. It has a round shaped unobtrusive design that looks like a puck. There are a number of LED indicators on the front: one to show the battery level and the other to indicate that the UV filter is active. You also get a Type-C port on the back. Although LG opts for an unapologetically plastic material for the body without the use of metal, even on the hinge. Now, that’s not very reassuring for something that now costs around Rs 15,000. Although it has held up in my two months up quite good. No worries.
The design of the case is such that you cannot actually open it with your thumb in one quick movement. But once you open it, you are greeted with a matte interior with the grooves for the earbuds. In addition, you can see the blue UV light cleaning the ear here tipsThe UV filter activates itself when you charge the product. I mean there’s really no way for me to test if it actually kills 99.99% of bacteria. But it does give you a sense of relief that something is going to keep your ear clean. My wife, a clean freak, is really in love with that featureAlthough, interestingly, my colleague Subhrojit tells me that LG has huge kiosks to test the Tone Free
Now the earbuds have a stem design and the fit was actually fantastic for me. But despite all the technology inside, the FN7 is actually big and kind of sticking out of your ears. So if you wear your earplugs in a bike helmet or while sleeping on your side, you are bound to experience some discomfort. These also have an IPX4 water resistance rating, so they should be useful for keeping sweat at bay after exercise.
LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 review: Features
Connecting the FN7 to an Android phone is super fast thanks to the support for Google Fast Pair. Now, for the controls, you get a raise button as a structure on the upper part of the stem. It’s just a touch panel but with haptic feedback and I think that’s a sublime implementation. I absolutely loved the haptic feedback when tapping to play / pause music or double tap to increase / decrease the volume. Yes, you can also control the volume. I thought it was very responsive. In addition, you also get wear detection to automatically pause music when you remove an earbud from your ears. However, during my testing, I found it a bit iffy.
Now there is also a special app called Tone Free. With this app you can browse the many equalizer settings, change the ANC mode, update the software and much, much more. I found it to be very well laid out and easy to use. It is definitely one of the better apps out there.
LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 review: sound and active noise cancellation
So let’s talk about that special meridian alignment. Frankly, it’s a very colored sound signature from the start. I like that you get a spatial sound image with the Immersive equalizer setting. That’s why I really enjoyed watching movies on the FN7. But soundstage aside, the instrumentation was muddy, the dynamics were absent and the FN7 struggled with complex compositions such as Do I Wanna Know by The Arctic Monkeys. You hear some weight in the bass, but the punch and tightness of the bass is missing in a song like Enjoy Enjaami. But the treble is impeccable. Overall, I will give the sound signature a B +.
The microphones on the FN7 are average at best. On many occasions, the person on the other end could not hear me clearly. In terms of ANC performance, it’s quite good and is quite on par with the Enco X and Galaxy Buds Pro. But the AirPods Pro and the Sonny WF-1000XM3 are better.
LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 review: battery life
In terms of battery performance, LG claims 7 hours on the buttons and 14 hours, or two charge cycles, on the case. And in my testing, that number was just right. I don’t know what kind of calibration magic LG did here, but each time I tested it, I got about 7 hours off the buttons. So that’s great.
LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 review: Final Words
In a segment filled with options that are largely the same set of features, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 stands out for one big reason: UV nano disinfection. While I couldn’t test the results, or even see any visible effects, the theoretical functionality of this feature will be a welcome addition in a changing world that pays more attention to personal hygiene. Apart from that, the LG HBS-FN7 offers nothing special. These are a pretty good pair of true wireless earphones, but that’s about it.
If the UVnano self-cleaning system catches your eye, the LG Tone Free HBS-FN7 is worth considering, and the rest of the feature set and sound quality will not disappoint. However, if you’re looking for what is objectively the best-sounding pair of true wireless earphones, priced under Rs. 20,000, there are other options worth considering such as the Sony WF-1000XM3 which also offers the best ANC in this segment. Alternatively, the Oppo Enco X is just as good – and arguably better in some ways – at half the price. There’s also the LG HBS-FN6 to consider, which is practically the same as the FN7 on paper, with the exception of active noise cancellation, if you can do without it.
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