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LG Tone Free T90 review: Dolby delight

LG Tone Free T90 review: Dolby delight

LG Tone Free T90

The LG Tone Free T90 is the first Dolby Atmos true wireless earbuds in the market. If you want to experience Dolby Atmos content on the go, these headphones are your best bet. But there are some caveats — most streaming apps don't actually support Dolby Atmos on smartphones yet. More on that in a bit.

Quick specs

  • Multi-pairing, wireless charging, IPX4
  • Dolby Atmos and head tracking
  • Total battery life with charging case: 16 hours (with ANC), 29 hours (without ANC)
  • UV cleaning

First, let's talk about the fit. The T90 is comfortable, stays on pretty much, and doesn't irritate the ear. You'll hear a squishy sound when putting these earbuds in, probably due to their silicone ear tips. These ear tips come in three different sizes. LG's Tone Free app can test to see if your ears are properly sealed, and lets you adjust the sound EQ with presets like Immersive, Natural, Bass Boost, Treble Boost, and 3D Sound Stage. The last one sounds fake — I suggest you stick to Immersive for the best listening experience. Then there's head tracking, and Dolby Atmos, which are combined on phones that support this spatial audio format.

LG Tone Free T90
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Head tracking is great if you're watching a show such as Stranger Things on your smartphone, but don't use this when walking. Otherwise, you'll find the audio off center as you're moving around. Most streaming services such as Netflix or Prime Video don't support Dolby Atmos on phones, but you do get some feel of height channels. At least, I thought so. If you want the proper Dolby Atmos experience, you'll need a streaming service such as Apple Music or Tidal. On phones that don't support Dolby Atmos, you'll still get virtual surround and virtual head tracking with the T90. Overall, audio is clear for the highs, and the mids, with a nice punchy bass.

LG Tone Free T90
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

While the T90 comes with active noise cancelling (ANC), it's not as good as say, the Apple AirPods Pro 2 or the Sony WF-1000XM4. These two are top-of-the-line, and bring ambient noise down to minimal levels. The T90 does suppress noise, but I can still hear the fan at home, or traffic noises while outside. However, the Ambient noise mode is pretty good, and makes environmental noise clear and natural even with the earbuds plugged in. LG says the earbuds have a nine-hour battery life without ANC, and our tests show this to be accurate. If you turn on ANC, the earbuds can last up to five hours. The charging case brings this up to 16 hours (with ANC) and 29 hours (without ANC) respectively.

The LG Tone Free T90 packs good audio and comfort. Its Dolby Atmos spatial audio features make watching shows on your phone a lot more theatrical, while music sounds more dynamic and immersive. Get it for S$299 at Shopee or S$329 on Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by LG.


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Verdict



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Flagship wireless earbuds with all the bells and whistles.

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