Anko Wireless Earphones $15 @ Kmart

5240

Want to experience rich bass and amazing vocals, all in a comfortable package with long lasting battery?

Well, then this isn’t the product for you. But for only $15 you too can try out Kmart’s foray into the true wireless earphone market.

Give your ears an orgasm. Try the Anko True Wireless Earphones™️ today.

Edit: Sorry y’all, forgot to add that this was at Kmart in Keilor, Melbourne.

Related Stores

Kmart
Kmart

Comments

  • +354 votes

    +1 for the description

  • +8 votes

    Apparently theyre actually not terrible. Cost was saved in the battery.

    If these were the Apple knockoff shape, id be there.

    Alas, I don't need more things to shove into my ear canal.

  • +7 votes

    Why buy airpod pro when you can get this.

    • +84 votes

      Can't believe the prices people are willing to pay for Airpods. Hundreds of dollars for something that in 3 years will have fading batteries and have to be chucked out.

      • +25 votes

        Yep.
        Its not like you cant buy BT adaptors for $20 for "real" headphones.

        Why isnt making non servocable items with less than a 10yr life expectancy illegal yet?

        • +1 vote

          Profit to be made!!

          • +9 votes

            @0jay: True, but usually brands like Apple like to pretend to be forward thinking.

            In 20 years when the ewaste is everywhere, they have no high horse to stand on.

            Long term marketing fail!

            •  

              @MasterScythe: While that’s true I think people forgive a lot for utility and they seem to get a lot of utility from Airpods. I’m not a fan but I passed on moonboots as well

            •  

              @MasterScythe: In 20 years, Apple will have the money to rewrite history and say that their phones and products last longer than competitors in the 2020s.

              It's so sad that the company popularised planned obsolete business practices, is the one leading the market in support.

        • -20 votes

          @MasterScythe Because we live in a free country. There are plenty authoritarian and fascist regimes you can choose to live in if that is more your style.

          • +12 votes

            @Bangbus:

            we live in a free country.

            with limited and shared resources. People are “free” to live next to toxic waste dumps and waterways but seemingly only suggest such opportunity to others.

            •  

              @AlexF:

              …but seemingly only suggest such opportunity to others.

              That was so brilliantly worded that I googled it, thinking it might be a quote from somewhere.
              It wasn't.
              Bravo

          •  

            @Bangbus: There really arent. The list of fascist and authoritarian regimes is surprisingly short.

            Also, very few of them demand "right to repair" like im talking about.

        •  

          Its more for the convenience. Its so nice using these in an open office, with the noise cancelling working pretty well.

        • +9 votes

          Why isnt making non servocable items with less than a 10yr life expectancy illegal yet?

          I’d go other way - manufacturers must accept returns at end of operational life. Then, observe the miracle of capitalism - previously only disposable designs become user-serviceable.

          •  

            @AlexF: I tend to agree.

          • +1 vote

            @AlexF: One thing I've appreciated in travel overseas, is that retailers have to take back and dispose of any packaging of items that they sell. Which in theory pushes them to ask suppliers including manufacturers for less packaging.

            This takes that a step further, and I like it.

        •  

          Do you have much experience with bluetooth adpaptors? I'm a musician with an Android tablet and a comfortable pair of wired Sony headphones. I'd like to get the cable away from my hands.

      • -3 votes

        in 3 years time the aftermarket will have figured out how to replace the battery

        • +5 votes

          Depends in what.

          If you've ever disasembled an airpod, no they wont.

          Its either glued, or possibly worse, laser sealed.

          Whatever "trick" they find will still result in significant plastic waste, because you'll need a new shell.

          there's no way being able to phase through matter, or undo a physically bonded seal is technology the public will have that quickly, we WILL need to break them open.

        • +14 votes

          Replacing the battery isn't the problem, it is putting the pieces back together because you need to open it with a hammer.

      • +6 votes

        It's crazy man, but fashion is fashion. And people stomach difference price points now. $200 headphones a decade ago would last you forever, now just like phones at $1000+ are disposable, $200+ is an acceptable price for a disposable set of earphones.

        • +4 votes

          It's only acceptable because people accept it. And maybe also because in western society we are paid so much that we can afford ridiculously expensive items that most people in the manufacturing country need to sell a kidney to afford

        •  

          $200 headphones now will last you forever.

      •  

        do you know how early apple pencil dies?

      •  

        Apple does have battery pricing for once the airpods battery wears out.

        https://support.apple.com/en-au/airpods/repair/service

        This doesn't help any argument for waste, but i guess the cost argument.

        • +6 votes

          Apple Limited Warranty covers defective battery, but it doesn’t cover wear from normal use

          •  

            @taki: Apple care plus is like what 49$. Thats pretty cheap considering itll cover battery wear for free

            •  

              @AH: AppleCare+ coverage is only an extra year after the first year of statutory warranty.
              What happens when the battery wears out after that? They become e-waste.

          •  

            @taki: That also wasn't my argument, but the AC+ side is a good point.

            I'm not saying its free if you don't, I'm saying that it's a reduced price..

      • +7 votes

        People that buy apple products don't do so because they read reviews. Or read in general.

        • +2 votes

          LOL. I did (read) and didn't (buy).

          I was thinking about an ipad pro because it's nearly sheet of paper size. Then I learn the OS couldn't even copy a file (they've recently, finally, changed this). Then I saw the smaller memory capacities can't update the OS because you need at least some amount (128GB I think it was) or there's not enough room to download it to update. Then I read about some 'white spot' problem ipad screens (a large number of them) can get. Then I read SOME people got them replaced under warranty. But when it became obvious to Apple it was a manufacturing fault NOBODY did. And the problem still continues today. Some people have it sitting on their desk, baby it, and it still gets the white glow. I believe they've dropped the headphone socket too like on their phones. So you have a several-hour tablet with a 20-40 minute of headphones. Unless you carry 2, 3, etc pairs. Most movies are at least 70 minutes. What a brilliant idea. :-( Now I read above the pen soon dies. Though I think a dead one can probably still draw, just loses any press/click functions.

          Considering their ridiculous price none of this should be a reality, but particularly the screen white spot problem.

          Apparently Samsung is about to release a 12.3" tablet. Hopefully they have enough brains to give it quad speakers, a headphone socket, and a battery-free stylus or at least one where the battery is replaceable. Then KEEP manufacturing this size long enough this time for people fed up with Apple to discover it and switch (unlike last time where they just abandoned the 12.2" Note/Tab Pro). If they do these things sales will eventually soar.

          • -4 votes

            @Faulty P xel: Seriously is is just a ridiculous anti Apple Rant. I have apple and non apple products and it seems anyone looking for something to bag Apple out on will gravitate to problems most people don't have. Samsung, Google, Microsoft are all as guilty as Apple. One thing apple has done far better than everyone else is create an environment where everything works together. Even Samsung have said its a goal of theirs and they are lagging behind. Your rant on OS is hilarious at best. I think my 8 yr old ipad air, this year finally couldn't get the iOS update. Yet my Samsung phones needed to be rooted to be able to upgrade the OS because the telco was slow to release the updates and then I no longer got support from Samsung. Google Pixel is the only Android phone I'll ever buy now. I won't even go into the night and day comparison in servicing between Apple and its competitors. Samsung was 6 weeks before they even agreed to do a repair under warranty and then another 2 weeks for the repair. Apple just replaced one device on the spot and had another one repaired within a week. Samsun also took 4 weeks on a TV. Motorola back when it was a dominant brand was also very slow.

            You can rant all you want, but Apple isn't somehow the worst company in the world. What you think will sell well doesn't appeal to others who won't want the added cost and size. Ask an artist who knows how to use the apple pencil over a non powered stylus and they will tell you they need a powered stylus. You might not need one, but they certainly do. So just don't buy it, but don't try and be some internet know it all who thinks they've DONE all the research and can categorically say something is bad, because you haven't and you also have different needs to others. Finally I'm an engineer so clearly i'm more than capable of reading, troubleshooting and making intelligent decisions and the Apple stuff I have bought has rarely failed me and works perfectly fine. As does my Samsung stuff, my Bose headphones, my Sonos speakers. My apple Air ipad that lasted 8 years is now being used by a friends daughter and still going. In that time, my Mum has had an Ipad air and she is still using it, but my dad is onto histhird android tablet. There is no cut and dried argument to either side of this argument and anyone who thinks so is just biased.

            What I do agree on is we need to reduce e-waste. Personally all electronic items should have to be ably to be returned for recycling, either to the POS or the company needs to provide a recycling point. Then you will find, they will make things more recyclable.

            •  

              @Watto23: You have no idea what you're even talking about.

            •  

              @Watto23: Well I'm not sure what you mean by rant and bias because I WANTED an ipad pro because I have a definite use for that size screen and it's ratio is better (not as 'stretched' sideways like Android/laptop screens). But during research FACTS came out discouraging the purchase. All I've said above is correct and I decide my purchases according to facts, not bias. The random white spot/glow in particular is unacceptable given the initial cost and after YEARS of producing upgrades of the same device. They were FACTS read from Apple owners who said they received replacements at first but were soon fobbed off by Apple care because it turned out to be a common/random problem they're not interested in solving at the factory level. That DOES qualify as laughable.

              There is also no 'bias' because I stated both sides: that they've recently (albeit finally) made the OS capable of the simple act of transferring a file via a cable. (One 'solution' I read Apple owners suggesting was emailing files to themselves as attachments.) While it's fixed now, it's ridiculous that took years to address. So if there's any fault in that understanding, then it's come from the fingers of Apple users because I had no experience to draw on. So you're criticisms are really directed at other Apple users.

              And I never said they were the 'worst company in the world'. (Possibly the most apathetic though, in turning warranty claims down because they can't be bothered researching why the screen fault occurs and solving it.)

              It's not about 'bias' and your comments back the other way qualify just as much for criticism, if not more. Because I didn't really care who made it, what OS it ran, etc. I just wanted a tablet screen close to the size of a sheet of paper, and given the cost, a product I wouldn't regret buying fearing the day a random known fault appeared which the manufacturer deliberately chooses not to address for several generations.

              Personally I just wish they'd get their act together and solve it. I read Samsung plans to release a 12" tablet. The 12" one they made several years ago is still sought after. I haven't read of screen problems with that apart from flickering due to ribbon cables working loose. So maybe that new model will fill the gap Apple is content to ignore.

        • +3 votes

          Apple unveils: This new product is better than our previous product because…
          Other manufacturers: This new product is better than our competitors products because…

      • +3 votes

        @constipated: The same thing can be said about mobile phones and Apple watches

      • +1 vote

        Gotta hand it to apple, they sure know how to make money. I came across an article a while back where where they mentioned that if airpods was a company on their own, they'd be in the top 50 largest companies in US

      • +2 votes

        Can't believe the prices people are willing to pay for Airpods

        For non-OZBers, that is understandable. However, for OZBers, we have seen the $99 Airpods 2 feeBay Plus deal (okay that one is tough to get for most people) and the $96 top up using the 50,000 bonus points for signing up for Tel$tra direct debit through Tel$tra Plus.

        Also, the Android equivalent offerings from Sony and Samsung aren't exactly cheap either.

        You can count AirPods towards work related expenses. I do use AirPods a lot in online meetings (because work laptop is a Macbook Pro). Chuck them out in 3 years, so what? It was $96 out of the pocket - so each year is $32. 3 years later, hopefully there will be a lot more choices.

        I actually paid more for Sony wireless buds for my Android phone.

      •  

        Like laptops? Phones? Wtf you talking about? Headphones like xm3 cost more and evrtone saps them up on ozb.

      • +1 vote

        Airports: poor person's version of appreciating asset. Courtesy of Westpac, your bank with a whopping big fine for what they thought was an appreciating asset (doing bad business)

        •  

          Airports? People are keen to go to airports now?

          •  

            @netsurfer: Airpods. Autocorrect obviously knows I don't mention Airpods

            • -4 votes

              @netjock: Honestly, people get Airpods not because they like them. They get them because Airpods provide convenience when they use their Apple devices (not just iPhones, but iPads and Macbook Pro's too). No need to worry about tangling wires.

              It's a pricey consumable and people know it, but there is something more valuable to people - time. They work well on iPads and Macbook Pros too.

              It's all relative. It might be a lot to you, but for a parent for example, you spend a lot more on your children.

      •  

        They sound relatively good, noice cancelling works well, have reasonable battery life and integrate extremely well with iOS & MacOS. It’s not like competitor products aren’t priced the same.

      • +1 vote

        Wireless earbuds are such a scam since you can't change the battery. Anything over I'd say, $200 for Airpods Pro is a rip off (and even then $200 is still a lot).

        • +3 votes

          So, the following buds are also ripoffs:

          • Galaxy Buds Plus - $239 ($299 RRP)
          • Sony WF-1000XM3 - $349
          • Google Buds 2 - $279 (based on $179 USD)
          • Microsoft Surface Earbuds - $319

          If you have matching buds and phone (must be the same brand), and you feel really strongly that fully integrated combination is REALLY a rip off, then fair enough. If you based on your judgement on different brands between the buds and the phone, then you are not able to provide an objective argument because you are missing out on some of the features.

          AirPods are far from perfect. However, its seamless integration including easy battery life check, single ear operation (including swapping), lower lag, auto detect, one click connect, Siri) took away some of the pain with other bluetooth headphones. I am sure Samsung and Google can achieve the same result under matching pair setup.

          Right now, because I wanted to one up on my Apple AirPods setup on my Android, I went with Samsung phone and Sony WF-1000XM3. However, even though that combination provides better sound quality (due to the Sony buds), when it comes to day to day use (online meetings, phone calls), I still prefer matching Apple combination. I thought it wouldn't be an issue, but it is. A Samsung phone paired with Galaxy Buds+ would actually provide better quality of life in most situations.

          Bottom line: it is not all about finding the best buds or the most cost effective buds. Reason being we really don't use our phones just to listen to music. Also, decent wired headsets can still give the Sony buds a tough time in music quality.

          This is about quality of life. Yes, Apple took away the headphone jack to then sell people an expensive solution. They did just enough and slowly trickle new features into the next iteration of their buds. It's shrewd, but it works so well Android makers are joining Apple. However, I do hope Android will allow better full integration across brands, otherwise it feels like being locked into a camp (just like Apple).

          There is a reason you hear reviewers saying the Sony WF-1000XM3 is better, but Apple users should go AirPods Pro.

          • +2 votes

            @netsurfer: I do think those other buds are rip offs actually.

            I never actually said the product itself was bad, I just am personally not willing to pay more than $200 AUD for it. I'm sure it'd be extremely convenient (as I own an iPhone) and I understand the points you've raised as I have actually looked at a few reviews. But for ~$330 (on sale), no thanks, I'd rather put my money elsewhere. I would rather use my Yamaha EPH-100s (which sound exceptional) and put up with the cable and lack of microphone than pay >$300 for a product which will eventually go in the bin after a few years as the battery cannot be replaced. At least with my iPhone or Macbook I can replace the battery myself if I wanted to.

            Just because I think wireless earbuds are a rip off doesn't mean I think they're a bad product. I do somewhat covet the Airpods but not at that price. If other people think it's worth it they can go out and buy them.

            EDIT: Strictly referring to the Airpods Pro here, the normal Airpods have very mediocre sound from what I've heard. And in terms of cost I also thought it was ridiculous that the iPhone X when it came out was priced at ~$1800 for the 256gb model. Just because others are willing to pay that much doesn't mean that the RRP is "accurate" or "right".

            •  

              @Ghost47: This applies somewhat to Apple watch also, one of the few Apple devices that's objectively better in a way that matters, for the additional expense

            •  

              @Ghost47: You could try it out (perhaps in an Apple store), rather than just look at the reviews. The sound quality part of AirPods isn't the most critical part for most people. That's not really why most people buy it. Think about it, Android flagships have higher screen resolution and Samsung, LG kept earphone plug there for many years after Apple removed it. Are those enough to convince Apple users to switch camp?

              If music quality is very important to you, then I don't think wireless solution is going to work.

              It is about when you want to, just put the Airpods on and they are ready to go (and that being faster than plugging your wired earpods/headset to the lightning port - assuming the wire is not tangled). However, you can be in a meeting at home with AirPods, walk to a totally different room to grab something else without taking your phone, iPad or Macbook Pro with you.

              I was like you, quite cynical about Airpods. However, once you start using Airpods, you become lazy and do feel that in general use, they are faster and good enough. Obviously, if I really want to listen to quality music for a long period of time, I wouldn't use Airpods.

              Battery life still isn't good enough I reckon, and that's why you want full integration. You can temporary put the left of right Airpod to the charging case for a few minutes. Then swap after a few minutes if you have multiple back to back meetings. That requires easy access to battery life info (opening an app to check regularly is too annoying).

              •  

                @netsurfer:

                It is about when you want to, just put the Airpods on and they are ready to go (and that being faster than plugging your wired earpods/headset to the lightning port - assuming the wire is not tangled). However, you can be in a meeting at home with AirPods, walk to a totally different room to grab something else without taking your phone, iPad or Macbook Pro with you.

                I would rather spend the $300+ elsewhere and just pick up my phone and take it with me, what about that do you not understand?

                I was like you, quite cynical about Airpods.

                I'm not cynical about the product itself, I'm cynical about the PRICE of the product. You seem to think I do not see any value in the product at all. That is straight up incorrect. I personally do not value them at anything more than $200, possibly $300 at the maximum. Certainly not over $300. You're acting like a salesperson here, I don't know why you're trying to sell me these so much. I have considered how convenient it would be to walk away from my phone or not worry about a wire, but it's not worth $300+ to me.

                It also comes down to people's budgets. I could easily buy approximately 70 of these at full price with the cash savings I have (you can do the maths on that if you want), but I do not value them at their RRP or sale price, so I am not willing to spend that much on them, especially when the battery life on them will decrease and you cannot replace the battery at all.

                • +1 vote

                  @Ghost47: I don't think I'd pay more than $100. Like if I really wanted to stretch and buy something premium I'd get something like the Creative Outliers idk. But really, there's a whole bunch of <$50 chifi wireless earbuds that are good enough. Not talking about the kmart ones because god knows what the quality is like, but the rando Chinese brands are usually pretty good.

                  I feel like the high prices of these are kinda vestiges from the days where people listened to audiophile and spent $100 on cable because they're supposedly slightly better.

                  There's always going to be a market for expensive luxury items with big brand names, marketing or internet hype, even when they're not really fundamentally different to the cheap stuff.

                •  

                  @Ghost47: I get your point that it feels more like a consumable and as such it's expensive. The thing is when it comes to wired earphones, I've broken quite a few pairs already, including a pair that has noise cancelling feature.

                  Granted, there are ones where you can replace the cable, but those ones generally are pricier. I get the point that you believe that if you spent $200-$300 or more, the product should be long lasting and the current gen certainly cannot justify that.

                  AirPods Pro is in a different level compared to AirPods 1/2. Obviously, noise cancellation cannot compare to the headset type, but you can get noise cancellation in such a little package shows the technology is moving forward. Pro also doesn't go all the way into your ear like most in-ear ones.

                  There is also the comfort level. I have quality in ear earphones, but even with the right tips, you still have the wire and you HAVE to have your phone near by.

                  It is relative. Do you replace your smartphone's battery every few years and keep using the same smartphone for 5+ years? Also, why is there no maker making ones with replaceable battery?

                  I use Airpods a lot with a Macbook Pro (work issued) or on occasions an iPad. People do have to work and it's not always about listening to the best music.

                  It's hard for me to believe higher quality wired earphones will last for a really long time, after my noise cancellation pair broke less than 1 year. Sure, I can replace the battery, but the whole noise cancellation part is not working.

                  Sure, you can buy these and deal with the hickups or higher lag, inferior quality and longer time to setup. You just need to factor those extra time in when you are in a rush to do work. Obviously, the saving could be well worth the trouble.

                •  

                  @Ghost47: The same can be said about Yamaha EPH-100s. In what way that is worth the extra?

                  One issue with Apple's lighting to headphone jack converter is that it truncates your audio to 16-bit output. You can play 24-bit and 32-bit audio, but the output will be cutdown to 16-bit.

                  Cost and battery life: Android makers and proper branded products are all doing the same thing. Xiaomi did come up with a relatively cheap one, but that one is #@!#.

                  Samsung did throw in a free set of Buds/Buds+ for S10/S20 for a limited time. feeBay Plus had $99 for AirPods 2 deal and Tel$tra Plus had the sign up direct debit for 50,000 points so you can use that to exchange AirPods 2 by paying $96.

                  Sure, you can go for the second tier or cheap ones. It will be a bit of a lottery. To me, Apple ripping people off isn't surprising. Main Android makers are not exactly offering decent deals is more puzzling. Or, they think $100 less is a very good offer?

        •  

          It's hardly a scam, it's clever marketing which is not to dissimilar to Beats with their sub-par sound quality but premium price. In saying that, you couldn't name an alternative (but relative) product where you could change the battery.

      •  

        Agree, but it's an investment if you buy at JB with an extended warranty… Which is my case but with my Elite 65Ts

  • +16 votes

    You can get 22 of these for the price of 1 Airpods Pro, what a steal!

    • +2 votes

      Airpods Pro, let's say a usable lifetime of 4 years. Being conservative, let's assume these ones last 2 years. 22 pairs of these will last you 44 years!! 11x more that a single pair or Airpod Pros! If that's not a bargain I don't know what is.

      • +5 votes

        Just have to deal with connection issues, build quality issues, lack of warranty. Lack of features. I mean why buy a phone that costs more than $99?

        •  

          I don't know, I've never done it! Still running my 1c Razer Phone

        •  

          I bought a Bluetooth pair from Coles, they work perfectly in ever way and cost 1.65 or so. They are joined by a cable and the sound quality is just decent, but price doesn't really dictate bad compatibility necessarily.

          I also jumped on the 79 dollar Bose, that was a steal tho.

          Actually some great deals around 99 bucks these days for phones too. I have bought an Sony XA2, ZTE axon 7 mini among my 99 dollar phones in the past

      • +1 vote

        If you are Apple I know Airpods are a bargain. For the execs and the share holders.

      • +1 vote

        I rather have 4 years of good and enjoyable experience with Apple Airpods than having 44 years of PAIN with these shitty earphones.

  • +4 votes

    as someone who has pretty shitty hearing anyway and could never appreciate the quality of more expensive earphones, would these be ok?

    • +11 votes

      For $15, absolutely worth it.

    • +8 votes

      If you actually have hearing damage, possibly better.

      Most hearing damage loses highs before lows, so if these are bright and peaky, you'll probably find them clearer.

      Though if you really want to try true wireless, I dunno if id waste $15 here, when for triple that I can get tried and tested soundpeats (on sale).

      Yeah, its triple the price, but its a thing you only want to buy once.

  • +6 votes

    Hey OP. I dont think this is national wide. Online I found this

    https://www.kmart.com.au/product/true-wireless-earphones---b...

  •  

    Very nice, keen for some over-ear ! Not keen to push something into ear canals

  • +1 vote

    Great description thanks for posting.

  • +1 vote

    Orgasm in ears?, wow man I want to try something new.

  •  

    Thinking of getting a set of these to replace my powerbeats pro

  • +2 votes

    If you're getting an eargasm, it wouldn't be due to these.

  • +3 votes

    I've used these - sound quality is okay. Battery life and pairing is a hassle.

    I've since upgraded to Galaxy Buds - the instant pairing (as in, in the time it takes for me to move my hand from the case to my ear, they're already paired and playing music) is worth the extra ~$150. There are still heaps of unopened Buds on Facebook around me for cheap.

    • +3 votes

      My QCY T2S pair instantly, have great battery life & sound fine - all for $30.

      • +1 vote

        Bad mic tho. Cant really use it anywhere which is a little noisy.

        •  

          eh, the galaxy buds mic isn't any good either. Probably better than the QCY but not $100 better.
          Every TWS earphone has shitty mics

  • Top