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Nothing ear (a) review: Good sound

Nothing ear (a) review: Good sound

Nothing ear (a)

The Nothing ear (a) is a good pair of headphones for the price you pay. At S$159, they offer good value for money, with good sound, and decent noise cancelling. And if you're someone who loves the Nothing design, you'll love just how good they look, especially the yellow version.

Quick specs

  • 11mm dynamic driver
  • Codecs: AAC, SBC, LDAC
  • IP54 buds/IPX2 case water and dust resistance
  • Supports in-ear detection, Google Fast Pair, Microsoft Swift Pair

Compared with the new Nothing ear (2024), the Nothing ear (a) is slightly bigger, but you really won't be able to tell unless you look at the specs on paper. They both feel and fit similarly, so honestly, it doesn't feel there's much of a difference there. It packs the same 11mm driver, though the Nothing ear (2024) uses a ceramic coating. The Nothing ear (a) comes with a smaller case, but lacks wireless charging. It's not a big deal, honestly.

Nothing ear (a)
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Sound quality is where there's an obvious difference. The Nothing ear (a) has good highs and mids, and a pretty strong bass. It does very well for vocals, and I liked how clear the singers sounded. Bass is strong, but can be a bit punchier. Still I don't think anyone will have any complaints about the quality of the audio. That said, it sounds just a little smaller, and less full compared with the Nothing ear (2024).

If you have the cash, going for the Nothing ear (2024) will give you the best bang for your buck. Noise cancellation for the Nothing ear (a) is decent, it won't cancel the loudest motors while taking public transport, but it will feel slightly less noisy. In an office, it will also help cancel the sound of air-conditoning and fans easily.

Nothing ear (a)
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Like the Nothing ear 2, the Nothing ear (a) uses pinch controls. it's easy enough to use. Pinch once to play music, double pinch to skip forward, and triple to go back. You can also pinch and hold to turn on and off noise cancellation. You can configure the controls via the Nothing X app. This is available on iOS and Android, so you don't need a Nothing Phone to use the earbuds.

However, if you use a Nothing phone with the Nothing ear (a), you'll be able to get integrated ChatGPT as a custom voice AI — this feature is coming soon. Battery life is rated at five and a half hours with ANC on, and nine and a half hours without ANC. The case adds 24.5 hours (ANC on) and 42.5 hours (ANC off).

See Also
Samsung Visual DIsplay forum

You can't go wrong with the Nothing ear (a), and at S$159, it's a pretty good buy. It's a great pair of affordable noise-cancelling headphones with a beautiful design. Get it from Shopee, Lazada, or direct from Nothing.

Note: Review unit provided by Nothing.

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Good sound with decent noise cancellation

Buy it at Shopee
Buy it at Lazada

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