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Updated April 11, 2024·

If sound quality for music is a priority and you prefer wired earbuds with the option to swap cables for balanced audio, the 7hz Timeless offers excellent build quality and very good sound. However, they are not ideal for calls due to poor mic quality, lack features for exercise, and do not have wireless capabilities. Conversely, the Creative Labs Zen Air is more budget-friendly, with good overall sound quality and wireless convenience, a better fit for calls and meetings, and suitable for exercise due to being sweatproof. They also feature active noise cancelling, which is absent in the 7hz Timeless, and support for codecs like AAC for better audio with Apple devices, but they have a lesser soundstage compared to the 7hz Timeless. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the 7hz Timeless
  • Very good for music
  • Good for TV and video
Advantages of the Creative Labs Zen Air
  • Very good for air travel

Key differences

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Music

8.6
Timeless
Zen Air
6.8
The 7hz Timeless is very good for music, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is only fair.

Gaming

6.6
Timeless
Zen Air
5.1
The 7hz Timeless is only fair for gaming, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is poor.

Phone Calls

4.3
Timeless
Zen Air
5.1
The Creative Labs Zen Air and 7hz Timeless are both poor for phone calls, though the Creative Labs Zen Air is somewhat better.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

6.8
Timeless
Zen Air
5.4
The 7hz Timeless is only fair for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is poor.

TV and Video

7.8
Timeless
Zen Air
5.6
The 7hz Timeless is good for TV and video, while the Creative Labs Zen Air is poor.

Noise Reduction

5.3
Timeless
Zen Air
7.0
The Creative Labs Zen Air is good for noise reduction, while the 7hz Timeless is poor.

Battery

N/A
Timeless
Zen Air
5.0 Hours
The 7hz Timeless does not have a battery. The Creative Labs Zen Air has 5 hours of battery life.

Cost

$170
Timeless
Zen Air
$20
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The 7hz Timeless has a price of $170 and the Creative Labs Zen Air costs $20.

Build Quality

8.5
Timeless
Zen Air
9.0
The Creative Labs Zen Air has excellent build quality, while the 7hz Timeless has very good build quality.
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How the 7hz Timeless and the Creative Labs Zen Air compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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7hz TimelessCreative Labs Zen Air
7hz TimelessCreative Labs Zen Air

GENERAL

Price
$170
$20
Brand
7hzCreative Labs
Release Date
August 1, 2021December 1, 2022
Form Factor
EarbudsEarbuds
Connectivity
WiredWireless

SOUND

Music Score
8.6/106.9/10
Phone Calls Score
4.3/105.1/10
Gaming Score
6.7/105.1/10
TV and Video Score
7.8/105.7/10
Exercise Score
4.3/106.9/10

PERFORMANCE

Battery life
N/A5 Hours
Wireless charging
N/AYes
Charging time
N/A2 Hours
Bluetooth version
N/A5
Case Battery Life
N/A12

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoYes
Noise Reduction Score
5.3/107/10
Virtual Surround
N/AYes
Android App
N/AYes
iOS App
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/109/10
Comfort score
7/107/10
Size
LargeMedium
Weight (headset or single earbud)
5.5 Grams5 Grams
Microphone style
N/AIntegrated

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7hz Timeless

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Headphonesty

Kazi Mahbub Mutakabbir | May 2023
"7Hz picked a bold name for the Timeless and frankly, got very close to justifying their word choice. Most importantly, the Timeless are good to go in stock form, so you don’t have to worry about source-matching and such. I can recommend the 7Hz Timeless to those who do not mind a dash of brightness up top, want a taste of planar in IEM form, and want one of the most resolving pair of earphones in the $150 - $300 price range."

Creative Labs Zen Air

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Maike Paeßens | February 2023
"The Creative Zen Air’s weak points are its low battery life and rather short Bluetooth range. On the other hand, the strengths of these weatherproof True Wireless in-Ears are the sound and the wide attenuation of the Active Noise Cancellation. Considering the price range, the speech intelligibility during calls is also exceptionally good."

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About Creative Labs

Creative Labs is a Singaporean technology company specialized in the manufacture of multimedia products. They created the world-famous Soundblaster soundcard back in 1989 which was a staple of the gaming community for a long time. Nowadays, besides still marketing their discrete audio systems, they offer a wide array of headphones, gaming headsets and speakers that still preserve that same heritage.

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