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Libratone Q Adapt Lightning earphones review: Impressive in-ear sound

Where to buy

If you’re looking for a country that knows how to produce stylish audio products with pizazz, start your search with Denmark.

Not only did the Danes deliver the sensational Bang and Olufsen—one of the most popular audio companies in history—but they’re also introducing some newer brands too, like Libratone.

Libratone is an audio brand that’s gaining popularity at an incredible rate these days.

Specializing in everything from stunning in-house speakers to sensational earphones, there’s something out there for virtually every customer.

The Libratone Q Adapt earphones are a set of in-ear earphones that use a lightning connector, instead of the old standard headphone jack.

Perfect for those who listen to music on their smartphone, the Q Adapt Lightning earphones deliver a powerful performance with sleek style.

Let’s take a closer look.

Libratone Q Adapt Lightning earphones review: Tech specs

The Libratone Q Adapt in-ear earphones are a good pick for anyone who isn’t ready to go wireless with their audio equipment yet. They feature advanced features like a four-button remote and noise cancellation, without the cord-free performance.

Technical specifications:

  • Product weight: 20g
  • Drive units: 2 x 11 mm
  • Power: Any iOS device
  • Input: Lightning connector
  • Libratone app availability

For peace of mind, the Libratone Q Adapt earphones are MFI certified, which means that you know the manufacturing complies with the specific standards for an Apple device.

These earphones are certified to the highest standards and won’t damage your device.

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Libratone Q Adapt Lightning earphones review: Design

The Libratone Q Adapt Lightning earphones come in a series of 3 colors to choose from. Each option is sleek, from the playful nude color to the soft rose shade. You can also go for standard black if you want to keep things simple.

When you open the box, you’ll find three pair of ear tips for a more comfortable fit and a set of wing tips to help keep your earphones secure when you’re running or working out.

The Libratone Lightning earphones are made mostly with fabric and plastic, but they don’t feel cheap. There’s no polished metal, but that means that you don’t have to worry about annoying fingertip smudges.

Libratone also claims that the plastic for the Libratone Lightning earphones is sweat-proof, which is handy if you’re often on the move. Aesthetically, the earphones look fantastic — even for just a basic pair of in-ear earphones.

In terms of comfort, you get the same slight awkwardness that’s common with many in-ear earphones.

If you get the right fit with the ear tips, then you should be able to wear these earphones without much trouble, but we wouldn’t recommend them for extended listening sessions. If you’re planning to jam out for more than 2-3 hours, you might start to feel uncomfortable.

The Q Adapts also come with a handy four-button control so you can adjust aspects of your experience without opening your smartphone. There’s also a built-in microphone for hands-free calling on the move.

Libratone Q Adapt Lightning earphones review: Features

Feature-wise, the Libratone Q Adapt earphones are a little more advanced than your standard in-ear headset. There’s a set of adjustable noise-cancellation features to cycle through — known as City Mix.

This means that you can adjust how transparent your listening experience is.

While the noise cancellation won’t completely transform your world like some market leaders, it’s pretty impressive. We definitely felt like there was less distraction when we were wearing these.

What’s more, what makes the Libratone Lightning earphones extra special, is the fact that you don’t need batteries to power them. You can just plug your earphones into your lightning adapter.

There’s no need to worry about recharging your earphones before you go anywhere. Plus, your earphones won’t drain your phone’s power either. You should notice a drop of a percentage or two after a while — but that’s it.

The remote unit in the wire is easy to use, with highly responsive buttons for adjusting noise cancellation, volume, skipping, and pausing tracks. You can also use the Libratone app for accessing internet radio, controlling noise cancellation, and more.

Selling at around $100, Libratone’s Q Adapt earphones feature:

  • 4 levels of adjustable noise cancellation
  • iPhone lightning connection
  • No battery needed
  • Changeable ear tips
  • Four-button remote
  • Built-in microphone for hands-free calls
  • Q Adapt app access
  • MFI certification
  • Premium sound quality
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Libratone Q Adapt Lightning earphones review: Performance

When it comes to sound quality and general performance, Libratone earphones rarely disappoint. This high-quality devices sound as good as they look, so you get the perfect blend of form and function.

The audio for the Libratone Q Adapt earphones is smooth and full bodied, with rich and gentle waves of high and low frequencies.

Despite the in-ear design, the sound scape for the earphones is surprisingly spacious, with plenty of opportunities for quieter songs to show their hidden signatures. The deep low end performance might be a little much for some listeners — but we found it very pleasant.

Combine the premium sound quality with the sensational feature of extra noise cancellation, and you’ve got an impressive pair of earphones. You can range all the way from 80% noise cancellation at the top end to 30%, or  just turn your noise cancellation off completely.

The microphone quality is pretty decent too, although it’s not the best when compared to having a separate microphone system ready to go.

Libratone Q Adapt Lightning earphones review: Verdict
All around, the Libratone Q Adapt Lightning earphones are sleek and stylish, with plenty of features to love. There’s no need to worry about lost battery life, because you can plug your Libratone earphones into your phone.

What’s more, with the Q Adapt earphones, you get four levels of noise cancellation built-in — a feature you don’t normally get for in-ears.

If you’re looking for a traditional pair of in-ear earphones with a few modern features, this could be the perfect product for you. Just mind the price tag, as it can seem a little steep.

Smooth and rich sound
Spacious sound stage
Deep bass
Excellent fit (with multiple tips)
Good noise cancellation
Helpful app functionality
Easy-to-use controls
Delightful design
Compact and easy to transport
No worries about battery life
Only work with your iPhone
Not the best microphone performance
No Bluetooth or advanced features
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