LG launches new noise-cancelling wireless earbuds tuned by Meridian Audio

LG launches new noise-cancelling wireless earbuds tuned by Meridian Audio
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LG only announced its inaugural self-cleaning FN6 true wireless earbuds in June, but the South Korean corporation isn't one for sitting around congratulating itself. Now, you can buy a new set of LG true wireless earbuds that build on these recent in-ears. They still self-clean and they still feature sound tuning from renowned hi-fi brand Meridian Audio, but now, there's active noise-cancelling too. 

In fact, according to LG, the HBS-FN7s are the company's "most advanced true wireless earbuds yet". 

These earbuds use three microphones in each earbud, to monitor and process multi-directional soundwaves. With noise-cancelling activated, LG claims environmental noises are almost completely neutralised. The model's adjustable ear gels with patented twist-fit Vortex Ribs are designed to deliver a tight in-ear seal too. 

LG HBS-FN7 true wireless headphones with ANC

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Like all LG Tone Free earbuds, the HBS-FN7 have been tuned with the aid of British hi-fi firm, Meridian Audio.

With the LG Tone Free app (available for both Android and iOS devices) Meridian’s EQ sound settings provide four custom presets: Natural for a clean, balanced sound, Immersive for a more three-dimensional performance, Bass Boost for extra power and depth and Treble Boost to bring greater clarity to vocals.

The HBS-FN7s come with LG’s innovative UVnano charging case, first introduced with LG Tone Free FN6. Using ultraviolet light, the case helps to keep the wearer’s ears cleaner by "eliminating 99.9 percent of E. coli and S. aureus bacteria on the earbuds’ inner mesh" while charging. New for the LG Tone Free FN7 model, LED lighting on the top of the case now makes it easy to monitor charging level and UVnano status.

In terms of battery life, you get 7 hours (ANC off), 5 hours (ANC on) and a further two charges from the wireless charging case to equal 21 hours with no ANC, or 15 hours with. A quick 5-minute charge should net you an hour of playback, too.

The earphones have just launched in South Korea, but LG says the Tone Free FN7 will also be available in North America, Europe and Asia starting in the fourth quarter of 2020. In South Korea, the earphones are available for KRW 219,000 (approximately £148, $194 and AU$272) but there's no official word on global pricing yet. The Tone Free FN6s launched at £150 so we'd expect the FN7s to arrive in the UK with a larger price tag.

Could the LG Tone Free FN6 see a brief reduction in price over the upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales? Impossible to say at present, but we wouldn't rule anything out...


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Becky has been a full-time staff writer at What Hi-Fi? since March 2019. Prior to gaining her MA in Journalism in 2018, she freelanced as an arts critic alongside a 20-year career as a professional dancer and aerialist – any love of dance is of course tethered to a love of music. Becky has previously contributed to Stuff, FourFourTwo, This is Cabaret and The Stage. When not writing, she dances, spins in the air, drinks coffee, watches football or surfs in Cornwall with her other half – a football writer whose talent knows no bounds.