TLW #013: Sennheiser Momentum 4, Sony Linkbuds S $148, US-made 2023 ID.4 EV, Toyota bZ4X buyback
Sennheiser Momentum 4
Sennheiser’s new noise-canceling headphones just leaked and it looks like they will be following in Sony’s footsteps and removing the collapsable design. The Sennheiser Momentum 4 is expected to release in August and has 60 hours of battery life. The expected retail price is $350.
Not sure if the lack of collapsibility is a trend, but Bose, Apple, and Sony have released non-collapsible headphones in the past year or two. One of the most fragile parts of headphones has been the hinge. and my suspicion is that this may be geared towards providing better durability. Are you happy with this trend of moving to non-collapsable headphones?
Sony Linkbuds S on sale for $148
Sony has dropped the price of their Sony Linkbuds S to the lowest level since its release. You can currently get them at B&H and Amazon for $52 off. The Sony Linkbuds S is a fantastic set of truly wireless earbuds. Noise-canceling performs almost as well as the Sony WF-1000XM4s and the audio is top-notch. The Linkbuds S are also smaller, making them quite comfortable in the ear. The things you’ll be missing are the lack of wireless charging and the slightly shorter battery life. If you are looking for a set of noise-canceling earbuds, these are definitely ones to try out.
2023 Volkswagen ID.4 EV
The new 2023 Volkswagen ID.4 is expected to be made in the US at the Chattanooga plant this year. The starting price will be $37,495 (about $3700 less than the previous year) before any fees and the tax incentive. The new 2023 model is expected to upgrade a couple feature to be standard on the vehicle. First, the optional 12-inch infotainment display is now standard on all models. Additionally, 45W USB-C, Intelligent Park Assist, and driver-initiated lane changes will also be standard. The standard model is expected to have a range of 208 miles. The 2023 models are expected to hit dealerships this Fall.
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Toyota bZ4X EV buyback
Toyota’s first EV release is going very poorly. In June, Toyota recalled all of their newly released bZ4X due to concerns about the tires falling off the car. Now it looks like Toyota still doesn’t have a remedy for the issue and has no idea if they will be able to fix it. Owners are now getting letters from Toyota offering to buy back their bZ4Xs if they are no longer interested in waiting for a fix. This recall is also relevant for the Subaru Solterra, which has not been sold in the US yet, as its a sister car to the Toyota bZ4X. The launch of the Subaru Solterra seems to be postponed indefinitely. This is definitely not a good look for Toyota, a car manufacturer that has traditionally been seen to be the leader in reliability. Wheel falling off cars is such a fundamental thing that I am not sure how they missed this flaw.
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