What do you do if you’re a forward-thinking young tech company looking to change the image of the “one plus half”? At London Fashion Week, you flirtatiously present your new earbuds and divulge exactly no new information about them – no, not even a hint of information. Nothing.
Founder Carl Pei has never downplayed a particular path when it comes to Nothing, and this latest fashion stunt is no exception. Nothing products were on display during designer Chet Lo’s SS23 runway show (part of this year’s London Fashion Week), including the unreleased earbud case and the Nothing Phone 1 – with its eye-catching lights shining from the stretchy, translucent case, in which it was stuffed.
In line with previous leaks, the successor to the Nothing Ear (1) earbuds appears to have a tubular, wand-like body. And of course transparent. Unfortunately, we’re nothing further to do – and my love for headphones and music runs a little deeper I’m afraid.
Based on these images, the earbuds themselves look relatively unchanged from the previous model (look closely and you can see them sticking out of one model’s ears), but it’s pretty much impossible to know if our best wireless earbuds buying guide edits must be time soon because we don’t know anything else.
We can’t tell you anything about Nothing Ear (Stick) – if that’s what it’s called – in terms of driver configuration, battery life, Bluetooth version or features like ANC, transparency profiles and on-ear touch operation.
Presenting these natural companions for the Nothing Phone 1 in this way is either a stroke of genius or utter madness. We do not know it. In fact, we don’t know anything…
Opinion: Is it another case of style over substance?
We’re sorry. I want to be proven wrong, I really do. I’ve even written about the changes I’d like to see from Nothing’s potentially talented earbuds – I love a brave maverick and rival to Apple’s soon-to-be-ubiquitous AirPods Pro 2 as much as I love the next audio lover.
But my criticism of the original Nothings earbuds was, and still is, that everything felt a little shallow. These glossy images of Nothing’s tubular suitcase held by beautiful people suggest I want them – there’s no denying that I made them see good was the priority.
But while the urge to slip this wand-like sleeve into the translucent, ribbed strap of my designer fishnet bag (pod?) is strong, I also need it to sound good.
And it’s not that beauty, physical transparency and sonic brilliance can’t coexist – check out the stunning Campfire Audio Trifecta.
Don’t want to see the innards of your buds but want a fancy aesthetic? Check out the cubist Audio-Technica ATH-SQ1TW for a budget option, or the Audeze Euclid if you have plenty of disposable income.
I would love to listen to the new Nothing earbuds, I really would because I want believing it’s really working to erase the physical boundaries between us users and our boring old technology. But I can’t judge by looks alone.
https://www.techradar.com/news/nothing-shows-off-new-earbuds-at-fashion-week-but-i-need-more-than-catwalk-looks Nothing shows off new earbuds at Fashion Week, but I need more than catwalk looks