Bragi earbuds are no longer smart. The German company announced that they will be cutting costs and a lot of smart features from Bragi headphones in order to make a second generation of totally wireless earbuds called The Dash. Below is a side-by-side comparison table between Bragi’s two models: The Dash and The Headphone.
|Bragi Dash||Bragi Headphone|
|Fitness Feature||HRM, Distance, Steps, Calories||No|
|Weight||13g each||Less than 13g|
|Bluetooth Connection||Bluetooth 4.0 but often cut out||Bluetooth 4.0, solid|
|Battery life||3 hours||6 hours|
|Sound Quality||Bass focusing, somewhat un-balanced sound profile||Balanced-sound earbuds|
|Frequency Response||20 – 20,000Hz||20 – 20,000Hz|
|Driver type and size||Knowles® Balanced Armature||Knowles® Balanced Armature|
|Sensitiviy||N/A||105 dB SPL +- 2dB|
|Independent Mp3 Player||Yes with 4GB of Storage||No|
|Portable charging case||Yes||No|
We compared these two sets of wireless earbuds to see what the improvements are.
Previously the company made The Dash, a smart wearable in-ear device which doubles as a fitness tracker. This time Bragi has made things much simpler, and The Headphone doesn’t have typical fitness tracking features like heart rate monitor or step counting, rather they focus on the music experience and sports functionality while keeping the audio transparency and hands-free calling functions.
Whether the company markets The Headphone as truly wireless earbuds or earbuds for working out is irrelevant because they fit snugly and provide excellent noise isolation in any environment. So good, in fact, that if you want to hear your surroundings or chat with friends you have to switch the audio transparency feature on.
There are no wingtips or silicon jackets which can be found on other sets like the Gear IconX, but the housings fit ergonomically into the ear, keeping the earbuds from falling out in any active situation. The included foam eartips on The Headphone provide a great sound isolation effect, but The Dash doesn’t have this option. For The Dash you will need to buy these separately from a company called Comply that make the tw-series eartips.
The design seems to stay intact, except that Bragi makes The Headphone lighter and smaller than The Dash. This is in an effort of Bragi to discard internal components and built-in sensors from The Dash. The Headphone is more comfortable to wear and because of improved Bluetooth technology it maintains a reliable connection.
The Headphone doesn’t have a touch control, instead it has 3 buttons on the right earbud that adjust the volume, control playback and hands-free calling. Unfortunately, each time you touch these buttons it makes an unpleasant sound.
The Headphone sounds better than any earbuds which come with smartphones. Bragi engineered The Headphone with clear, rich and balanced sound. You will definitely feel the low-end bass in every track. In terms of clarity, The Headphone did a decent job of bringing necessary details out for all types of music.
Bragi The Dash or Bragi The Headphone
It didn’t take long for Bragi to introduce the second generation of The Dash, a ubiquitous pair of wireless earbuds launched from a successful kickstarter campaign back in 2014. Though the latter doesn’t have smart features, their rock-solid connection, secure fit and quality make them the best choice at a great price.