LG adds to TONE Free earphone lineup for 2021

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by Andy Bassett
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LG adds to TONE Free earphone lineup for 2021

LG is expanding its 2021 earbud lineup by introducing the TONE Free FP series with the FP9, FP8 and FP5 models adding new features such as Spatial Processing, 3D Sound Stage and Whispering Mode. 

LG's new FP range of earphones benefits from larger, upgraded drivers with diaphragms that feature silicone edging for more flexibility and movement resulting in more powerful bass that doesn’t compromise clarity or detail.

The FP series brings Headphone Spatial Processing from Meridian Audio to the TONE Free TWS earbud lineup. This envelops the listener with sound that seems to originate from all directions while 3D Sound Stage expands the aural perception further via spatial up-mixing to bring users more lifelike audio. 

Each of the FP9, FP8 and FP5 earbuds features three microphones which help deliver clearer call quality while the new Whispering Mode allows users to hold the right earbud close to their mouths as a dedicated microphone. This provides greater clarity and privacy when making calls in environments such as a noise sensitive library or crowded train station.

The earbud mics also contribute to the active noise cancelling available on the new models by listening for ambient noises and neutralising them, leaving just soundwaves from the music or podcast for listeners to enjoy.

LG adds to TONE Free earphone lineup for 2021
LG FP Series TONE Free earbuds

The FP9 and FP8 also benefit from a hygiene-boosting UVnano charging case which uses the UV-C LED built into the case to reduce bacteria on the earbuds’ speaker mesh by 99.9 percent in just five minutes. This works in both wired and wireless charging modes for the FP8 but since the FP9 lacks wireless charging, it will need to be connected to mains charging in order to initiate the auto-cleaning. For additional hygiene, all the new models also feature medical-grade, hypoallergenic ear gels to reduce the risk of skin irritations in the ear canal.

All three FP models also feature both swift and multi pairing across a range of devices while the FP9 has Plus and Wireless compatibility which means the charging case can double as a wireless dongle. Thus users can plug the case into a smartphone, gaming console or other compatible device via USB-C to AUX cable to experience both complete freedom and low-latency sound.

Battery life for the FP series earbuds range is 10 hours which extends to a total of 24 hours when boosted with the charging case - this drops to 8 hours and 22 hours for the FP5. A 5 minute charge will give an hour's worth of playback when only a quick top is required. 

LG adds to TONE Free earphone lineup for 2021
LG FP Series TONE Free earbuds

Compatible with both Android and iOS, the TONE Free app provides access to an equaliser, Ambient Sound mode, touch control customisation and Find My Earbuds, as well as special settings for Whispering Mode and Game Mode.

Aimed at wearers with an active lifestyle, the FP series is IPX4 rated and bears the fruit of a collaboration with a leading ergonomic design lab and features the new Arc Design. This has resulted in an earstem that is 4.4mm shorter than previous models for a less obtrusive look and more comfortable fit.

The new LG TONE Free range will be available from July in key markets, though no prices have been confirmed as yet. Available colours include Charcoal Black, Pearl White with FP8 and FP9 also offered in Haze Gold.

Source: Press Release

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