LG is a full bouquet tech company that sells everything from TVs to smartphones to audio products in between. Indeed, LG pioneered some personal audio concepts and the Tone Infinim neckband headphones were very popular around the world. Now the company is looking to step into the truly wireless earphone realm with its Tone Free devices.
LG ToneFree FN7
The LG ToneFree FN7 is one of the most stylish and compact truly wireless devices I have ever seen. The charging case is shaped like a small hockey puck in which the earplugs are neatly housed. The EarPods themselves are small, but with a small tail, more in the AirPods design philosophy. They are dark in color but have a metallic finish. Both have small buttons that you can use to cancel a call or simply pause / play.
The FN7 fits your ears very comfortably and is light enough to be soon forgotten. You stay in place whatever you do.
But the ToneFree FN7 offers even more. The small UV nano charging case has ultraviolet light which, according to LG, can eliminate 99.9% of bacteria when charging. This is an additional feature that will impress those obsessed with keeping clean during these pandemic times. However, this is a practical application of ultraviolet technology and users do not need to drop their headphones to clean them otherwise.
The LG ToneFree FN7 has active noise cancellation which is very effective. While working with my air purifier, which is also working overtime, the FN7 can clearly outrun the noises made by the air purifiers and even most other ambient noises. I’m used to using noise cancellation devices with no music playing and the FN7 works really well with that in mind.
The audio quality is also excellent. It uses Meridian Audio’s digital signal processing technology and offers a very balanced audio profile. I’ve always felt that LG audio equipment offers a very sharp experience and the Tone Free is not an aberration. You can hear the singing clearly and there is enough bass when needed.
So when I play Holly Cole’s Train song I can hear her and the bass heavy music with equal weight, which makes for a great listening experience. Even if I switch to something full like The Holy Men’s Saxapone Quartet, you’ll enjoy everything the FN7 has to offer. These are headphones for those who want to listen to music in its natural environment.
The LG ToneFree FN7 can be controlled with the LG Tone Free app, which allows you to switch to some presets like Bass Boost. There is also the option of creating two custom settings of your own. You can also use the app to turn off the touch settings on the headphones. I found this useful as they are a little too sensitive for me and play music every time I touch them. The app can also be used to determine where you left the earbuds.
My only problem with the LG ToneFree FN7 is the price. At Rs 18,990, it seems a bit steep. But then the UV disinfection justifies this price. In my opinion, you only pick this up for its convenience and audio quality.