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The LG TONE FREE FP8: Clean with UVnano plus Meridian tune

The LG TONE FREE FP8 are true wireless earbuds that offer active noise cancellation, UVnano technology that kills bacteria in the charging case, and simulated spatial audio. They are designed to compete with the Apple AirPods Pro and Sony WF-1000XM4, but at a lower price point.

Sound quality

The LG TONE FREE FP8 sound good with various EQ presets that are tuned by Meridian Audio. They have a nice treble that is not harsh, and a bass that is energetic but a bit dull and disconnected. They support SBC and AAC codecs, but not aptX. They also have a 3D surround sound feature that tries to create a more immersive soundstage, but it is not very convincing.

Noise cancellation

The LG TONE FREE FP8 have decent active noise cancellation that can block out some ambient noise, but not as well as the AirPods Pro or the WF-1000XM4. They have three ANC modes: high, low, and off. They also have an ambient sound mode that lets you hear your surroundings without taking off the earbuds.

Battery life and charging

The LG TONE FREE FP8 have a battery life of about six hours with ANC on, and eight hours with ANC off. The charging case can provide two extra charges, for a total of 18 hours with ANC on, and 24 hours with ANC off. The case supports wireless charging and USB-C charging. It also has a UVnano feature that uses UV light to kill 99.9% of bacteria on the ear tips in 10 minutes.

Design and comfort

The LG TONE FREE FP8 have a sleek and lightweight design that resembles the AirPods Pro. They come in three colors: black, white, and gold. They have touch controls on the stems that can be customized via the app. They are IPX4 rated for water resistance, which means they can withstand splashes and sweat. They are comfortable to wear for long periods of time, but they may not fit very securely in some ears.

App and features

The LG TONE Free app allows you to adjust the EQ presets, the ANC modes, the touch controls, the 3D surround sound, and the firmware updates. The app can also help you locate your earbuds if you lose them. However, the app can sometimes freeze or crash. The LG TONE FREE FP8 do not have a built-in voice assistant, but they can access your phone’s assistant via a long press on the touch controls.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Improved sound quality
  • Good active noise cancellation
  • UV cleaning is a nice touch

Cons:

  • No built-in assistant
  • 3D surround isn’t very strong
  • Magnetic charging pins

Conclusion

The LG TONE FREE FP8 are a significant improvement on LG’s previous true wireless earbuds and offer decent noise cancellation and sound quality for the price. They are a cheaper alternative to the AirPods Pro and WF-1000XM4 that retain many of the key features including simulated spatial audio and UVnano technology. They are not the best in class, but they are a serious contender in the true wireless market.

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