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LG TONE Free HBS-FN6 True Wireless Headphones w/ UVnano

MSRP 150 USDNEX score 58%

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Product Overview

LG TONE Free HBS-FN6 are true wireless headphones that come with an innovative UVnano self-sanitizing charging case. Beyond this feature, they are identical to the HBS-FN5W, which in term adds wireless charging to the HBS-FN4.
These headphones feature a new canal-type design for a more comfortable fit. They come with Meridian's Headphone Spatial Processing (HSP) technology that recreates a realistic sound stage and delivers pristine clarity. Noise reduction with echo cancellation make listening a more enjoying process without ANC, while an ambient sound mode makes conversations easy to carry out.
For long listening sessions, the TONE Free HBS-FN6 uses soft, medical-grade ear pads made from hypoallergenic silicone. The headphones are also IPX4 water resistant. The 6-hour battery life and fast charging that gives 1 hour of play time in just 5 minutes make the HBS-FN6 a versatile option.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Good call quality
  • Compact case
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Nothing in particular

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 58% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good noise cancellation
Cons
  • No wireless charging
  • Mediocre sound quality
  • No bass equalizer
  • No UV cleaning
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as effective as competitors
  • Bass Boost mode sounds a bit muffled
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Specifications

Variants:
Charging case

Connectivity

Ports
USB-C
Wireless Connectivity
Bluetooth 5.0

Construction

Battery | Capacity
2x 55 mAh (earbuds) + 390 mAh (charging case)
Colors
Black, White
Microphone
2 pairs

Dimensions

Size | Depth
16.1 mm
Charging caseSize | Diameter
54.6 mm
Size | Height
32.77 mm
Charging caseSize | Height
27.5 mm
Size | Width
25.0 mm
Weight
5.4 g
Charging caseWeight
39 g

Function

Bluetooth Codecs
SBC / AAC
Fast Charging
5 min for 1 h of play
Weather Resistance
IPX4 (splash)
Wireless Charging
Yes

Performance

Battery Life
5 h (talk) / 6 h (play) / 18 h (earbuds + case)

Production

Debut
2020-06

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

digitaltrends[1]

Sentiment Score 47%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The LG Tone Free may have a slight edge in sound, but not enough to overlook everything else the RHA TrueConnect 2 does better for the exact same $150. LG says it uses technologies dubbed Echo Cancellation and Noise Reduction to detect and minimize unwanted noise. Just don't expect these traits and the minimal passive noise cancellation created by the fit of the buds to mirror the kind of experience true active noise cancellation provides.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Good sound quality
  • Good battery life
  • Good noise cancellation
Cons
  • Noise cancellation isn’t as effective as competitors

notebookcheck[2]

Sentiment Score 57%
Reviewers from notebookcheck have found the following***:
The LG Tone Free headphones are available in black and white. The in-ear headphones are inserted into the ear canal and come with three different attachments. LG claims six hours of runtime with only one charge, which is almost reached in our test. The gesture control works very well and reliably in the test.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comes with three attachments
  • Compact design
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • Mediocre sound quality
  • No bass equalizer

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score 58%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
LG's Tone Free HBS-FN6 earphones offer an elegant design and some features. But the audio experience is a little strange, with that that isn't ideal. To get the best out of the drivers, you need to mess around with the EQ a little. The mic offers average intelligibility.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful bass and crisp highs
  • Sleek, premium design
  • Customizable EQ presets
Cons
  • Bass Boost mode sounds a bit muffled
  • No wireless charging

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score 59%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following***:
The LG Tone Free earbuds offer a six-hour battery life. The buds also come with an IPX4 water resistance rating. The controls are a little finicky, and you do have to be very deliberate in the way you press them. The bass frequencies tend to overpower the rest of the soundstage, while the trebles sometimes sound a little sibilant.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Great noise cancellation
  • Comfortable fit
  • Wireless charging
Cons
  • Muddied sound
  • Noise cancellation is a bit gimmicky

trustedreviews[5]

Sentiment Score 70%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
The LG FN6 are a true wireless pair of earbuds with a wide-ranging feature set for a reasonable price. The Tone Free app provides the chance to manipulate the equalizer settings with four pre-set modes: immersive, bass boost, natural and treble boost. On a typical workday, I managed to get through just over seven hours of semi-constant use with the headphones connected.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Good battery life
Cons
  • No bass
  • No UV cleaning

User Reviews

References

1. ^ LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review: Self-cleaning buds don’t make the cut. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/headphone-reviews/lg-tone-free-hbs-fn6-review/. 2020-07-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ LG Tone Free (HBS-FN6) Review - headphones with bacteria protection. [notebookcheck]. https://www.notebookcheck.net/LG-Tone-Free-HBS-FN6-Review-headphones-with-bacteria-protection.498170.0.html. 2020-10-17. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/lg-tone-free-hbs-fn6. 2020-07-16. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 review. [techradar]. https://www.techradar.com/reviews/lg-tone-free-hbs-fn6. 2020-10-09. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ LG Tone Free HBS-FN6 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/lg-tone-free-hbs-fn6. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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