LG Tone Free FP9 Review

The LG Tone Free FP9 earphones look just like the version that came out last year, the FN7, which were the first to offer UV Nano decontamination of the earpieces, quite a big problem in the middle of a pandemic. The new LG Tone Free also has the UV Nano feature, but the rest of the design is mostly the same, even though the earplugs themselves have evolved to become a bit more stylish and compact than before.

Pairing is easy, though LG has used an unusual way to do this – users push the headphones into the case so that they are available for pairing. Once this is done, and you are wearing your LG Tone Free, it will occur to you that this is one of the best sound suppressors you will experience. And this is also more natural, it offers a layer of muted ambient sound and does not create a vacuum where you can not hear much at all.

LG Tone Free FP9 Review The LG Tone Free FP9 (L) next to the older FN7 (R). (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

To give more context, in my room I do not hear the sound of the ceiling fan, but am fully aware that there are children playing basketball.

Then you realize how comfortable these headphones are to wear. The design fits into the contours of your ears and is definitely smaller than many other earbuds these days. Also, these are very light. After a few minutes of wearing these, you will feel that they are no longer there.

The LG Tone Free app gives you a lot of customization with the headphones, from the ability to lock the touchpads on it to setting which taps on each of these leads. Also, you can turn off the sound cancellation or move to the ambient mode if you want to be a little more aware of what’s going on around you. But the feature I really liked was the ability to find earbuds by making them a chirping sound, important to me because I have a habit of leaving the headphones in different parts of the house when a call passes is. You can also use the app to switch to preset Meridien audio profiles or even customize your own equalizer modes.

The LG Tone Free offers an audio profile that is more natural and without the amplified bass or other tweaks. Of course, you can adjust it to have more bass if you like it, but that is not a decision made for you by someone else. And I like that.

This does not mean that the headphones are flat by default. When I listen to a song like Amie Nathan’s Stay, I can pick up the bass on my back if needed. If you hear something richer, like Philip Glass’s Opening, you will appreciate how different the experience is thanks to this natural audio profile.

LG Tone Free FP9 Review The new LG Tone Free offers an audio profile that is more natural and without the amplified bass or other tweaks. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

Then Cody Simpson’s Let Go is the kind of song that marks the versatility of Tone Free. His silky voice is like the mountain under a rainbow made by the guitar and the rest of the BGM. You hear the composition with layers and enjoy every bit.

The battery life of the headphones lasts a whole day with conversations and music before it has to go back into the case. Without charging, this can take at least three business days. And keep in mind that the case also disinfects your headphones every time you place them there. That is peace of mind for the paranoid.

LG Tone Free FP9 Review The LG Tone Free FP9 comes with customizable covers. The review unit came with Ganesha artwork. (Image credit: Nandagopal Rajan / Indian Express)

Then there is the customizable cover for the charging case in case you want to cover it in your style. LG sent me one with Ganesha artwork and it really gave the Tone Free a new look. I’m not sure this will catch on as a trend, especially if the cover on the top flap becomes difficult to widen once it has been glued.

At an effective price of Rs 15,990, the LG Tone Free FP9 offers top-notch audio quality, as well as a bunch of features that are unique and not really available in the market. This is one of the best truly wireless headphones that money can buy.