I was skeptical of these $350 wireless earbuds – until they knocked my socks off

The Denon PerL Pro earbuds.

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When it comes to audio, I can be incredibly picky. Like most audiophiles, I have very particular wants and needs before I’ll proclaim a pair of headphones a viable option. Because of that, most earbuds fail to stand up to my demands. I’ve had a few that were passable but rarely has a pair of wireless earbuds knocked off my metaphorical socks.

That is until I tried the Denon PerL Pro

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Now, before I continue, know that these are premium earbuds with a price of $349 on Amazon. But if high-quality sound is what you’re looking for in an earbud, and you have the cash for them, these babies are hard to beat. I’d go so far as to say they rival my go-to over-the-ear wired headphones, the V-Moda Crossfade 3.

The Denon PerL Pro earbuds.

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Denon PerL Pro

These earbuds are best in class and can be had for $349 on Amazon.

When I received the Denon PerL Pro earbuds, I was skeptical. I’ve gone through so many pairs of earbuds (none of which wind up in my “headphone rotation list”), and I tend to shrug them all off in favor of my go-to’s (unless I’m exercising, at which point I go for my Mojawa Run Plus bone conducting headphones).

That all changes now.

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No, I won’t be using the Denon PerL Pro earbuds for exercise because these things are too costly and too good for sweating. But when I want to hear accurate, rich, and elegant sound on the go, these earbuds are exactly what I want.

The specs

For those who love a good listing of specs, here they are:

  • Masimo Adaptive Acoustic Technology active noise canceling that is personalized to your needs.
  • Denon Sound Master and Dirac Virtuo help to deliver accurate and spacious sound.
  • Bluetooth calls with CD-Level clarity, thanks to Qualcomm AptX Lossless.
  • Eight mics.
  • Social mode keeps you aware of your surroundings.
  • Denon Headphones app allows you to customize your experience with unique audio profiles and fine-tune controls.
  • Up to eight hours of battery life and three additional charges from the case.
  • Customizable touch controls with four customizable touch inputs on each earbud.
  • IPX4-rated water and sweat resistant.
  • Frequency response: 20 to 40,000 Hz.
  • Weight: .29 ounces (for each earbud).

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