LG Electronics Sunday unveiled the two highlights of its forthcoming 2022 lineup of TONE Free “true wireless earbuds.”

The new models boast an enhanced sound experience using the latest advanced technologies, a better-fitting design and some new features.

The flagship model TONE Free T90 earbuds with Dolby Atmos support have been upgraded with a new internal structure design, including larger drivers for deeper bass. LG has added a new graphene material to reduce vibration while boosting audio quality.

LG’s TONE Free T90 earbuds are said to generate an immersive rich, clear audio experience optimized with input from experts at Meridian Audio, and include a built-in equalizer to fine tume bass and treble tone levels for realistic sound.

Billed as “the world’s first Dolby Atmos” wireless earbuds, the T90 offers “Dolby Head Tracking™ across content and devices. Dolby Head Tracking recalibrates the sound as users move their heads for a more natural sound experience.

The technology is said to place listeners in the center of the scene for greater immersion in the experience, whether music, watching movies, enjoying or playing video games, the company said.

Dolby Head Tracking together with Dolby Atmos content further elevates the listening experience, with enhanced detail, depth, and clarity, LG said.

The T90s are called “the first wireless earbuds to feature an audio virtualizer designed by Dolby specifically for earbuds.” The advanced solution expands spatial dimensionality for stereo entertainment.

LG’s new TONE Free models include a UVnano charging case, which uses UV-C light to help refresh the earbuds. The technology is said to effectively kill 99.9% bacteria on the eargels of the earbuds in just 10 minutes during the powered charging cycle.

Additionally, the T90s adopt medical-grade, hypoallergenic ear gels to provide a comfortable fit and help prevent irritation.

Connectivity and wider compatibility also have been improved.

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The LG TONEFREE T90’s add a new Plug & Wireless feature, that allows the charging case to double as a Bluetooth transmitter, enhanced with a new voice chat function that is useful for conference calls and gaming.

An included USB-C to AUX cable, enables users to plug the case into a radio, treadmill, in-flight entertainment system, or a wide range of other products to benefit from the wireless freedom premium sound quality.

The Voice Pickup unit improves voice calling by detecting and minimizing ambient noises when the user is speaking. This is intended to make it easier for the other party on call to hear what is being said to them

LG said the T90 offers up to 9 hours of use on a single charge while the case itself can provide a further 18 hours, for up to 27 hours of listening enjoyment.

The 2022 LG TONEFREE line also includes the new TF8, model which is designed for active lifestyles, by allowing for a secure and comfortable fit performing activities like running or even vigorous training sessions at the gym, LG said.

The TF8 features SwivelGrip technology that helps keep the earbuds firmly and comfortably in place while maintaining a lightweight design and refreshing air circulation.

The so-called TONE Free Fit TF8 model allows offers solid ANC performance, clear spatial sound with Meridian HSP technology, the benefits of medical-grade, hypoallergenic ear gels4 and LG’s UVnano charging case.

IPX7 rated, the TF8 is resistant to rain and splashes to make it easy to go running.
The TONE Free Fit has a battery life of up to 10 hours (or up to total 30 hours with the charging case). The TF8 earbuds can connect to Bluetooth-less treadmills by using LG’s innovative Plug & Wireless solution.

LG’s 2022 TONE Free true wireless earbuds will be rolled out in the United States starting in September. LG has listed the T90Q (in picture at top) at a $229.99 a pair suggested retail price.

1 Dolby, Dolby Atmos and the double-D symbol are registered trademarks of Dolby Laboratories.
2 Compatibility and availability may vary by device, application, and content. Dolby Head Tracking and audio virtualizer must be turned on in the LG TONE Free app.
3 UVnano is a compound word derived from the words UV and its unit nanometer. Independent testing shows the UVnano charging case kills 99.9% of bacteria on the eargels of the earbuds in ten minutes while charging. The UV LED function works only when the charging case is connected to the power cable.
4 This device or any of its parts is not intended or implied to prevent or treat any health conditions; it is not a medical device, nor for use as or to replace a medical device. The base material in silicone eargel meets ISO 10993 and USP Class VI requirements.
5 Plug & Wireless+ compatibility varies by device.
6 The earbud batteries and charging case last up to 9 and 18 hours of music play time, respectively, when Active Noise Cancellation function is turned off. Duration of use may vary depending on methods of use and other factors.
7 Test conducted in May 2022 in fresh water under controlled laboratory conditions with a rating of IPX7 under IEC standard 60529. Water resistant up to 1 meter for 30 minutes. Dry before using. Do not charge while wet. Case has not been tested for IPX7.
8 The earbud batteries and charging case last up to 10 and 20 hours of music play time respectively when Active Noise Cancellation function is turned off. Duration of use may vary depending on methods of use and other factors.
9 Plug & Wireless compatibility varies by device. Microphone function is not supported in Plug & Wireless mode.
10 Earbuds tested under controlled laboratory conditions with an IPX4 rating. Resistant to splashed water. Dry before using. Do not charge while wet. Case has not been tested for IPX4.

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By Greg Tarr

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