What is TWS Means for Earbuds? (TWS vs Wireless and TWS vs Bluetooth)

by Tim Howard

Over the years TWS Bluetooth earphones are widely talked about, reviewed about and even at our site, we write a lot about TWS Bluetooth devices. We reviewed top TWS devices like i9000 TWS and Apple Airpods Pro Alternative. 

So what is a TWS Bluetooth Earphone? How is it different from normal earphones? How are TWS Bluetooth earphones different from Headphones? 

You might have all these questions and we answer them all. You want to check the other TWS Bluetooth earbuds and Airpods Alternatives, then check this link below.

Here’s the meaning of TWS

TWS is True Wireless Stereo. It’s the combination of a microphone and Bluetooth without the need for a wire. Headphones and earphones in the past needed a wire to make a connection between the Microphone and the bluetooth. TWS has led to products like Airpods and other types of earbuds.

What is TWS?

Apple a few years back were in a conundrum. They had to create a new product to increase their revenue stream and they needed to remove something from existing devices to make it obsolete like what they did with the pen drive, USB and many other things. 

They removed the 3.5mm jack and they came up with the Airpods. The Airpods were one of the first TWS Bluetooth earphones in the market. 

That brought up the rise of the TWS Bluetooth earphone. 

What does TWS mean in Earbuds? 

If you are wondering the meaning of TWS. Here goes. 

  • TWS stands for True Wireless Stereo. The TWS technology incorporates Bluetooth and Microphones without the requirement of a wire. 
  • If you are an Audiophile like the Audio-Sandwich guys, you will know the sounds for the left and right earphones are actually different. That is why you might not hear a beat on the left that is on the right. This is created on purpose to give an immersive music experience to listeners. 
  • Before TWS Bluetooth earphones, the left and right channels were separated with the use of wires. Now, without wires the left and right channels are separated using TWS technology. 
  • Another innovation is the use of microphones so close to the audio system. Most TWS Audio devices have the microphone for communication right next to the audio equipment. 
  • TWS earbuds are the future of music without a doubt. 

Do wired audio devices have better quality than TWS devices? Wireless vs Wired?

If you’ve spoken to anybody who was young in the 60’s and the 70’s. They can’t stop talking about vinyl and the quality of the sound on vinyl. Similar to that, a lot of Audiophiles do feel that wired earbuds and earphones and headphones have better sound quality that TWS / Wireless audio devices.

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Is this true?

It is true that wired headphones and earphone have MUCH better sound quality that TWS devices. This is because of the way the technology works. Right now, if you want to play music on your TWS device, it’s got to be paired with a Bluetooth enabled device that transmits digital signal.

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During this transmission process, data needs to be processed and compressed and the quality of the sound takes a hit. Imagine image compression, you will see a loss in quality when you compress.This compression needs to happen for quicker sending of data.

When it comes to Wired audio devices, this data is transmitted through the wire and the quality is not compromised. Wired earphones and headphones are way better than TWS devices.

What is TWS Mode? 

There is no TWS mode per se. There can be only TWS headphones or TWS headsets or TWS earphones or TWS earbuds. 

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Can TWS earbuds have noise cancellation? 

There has been a lot of debate around the noise cancellation capabilities of TWS earphones. Can they have it or not? We all know that TWS headphones have noise cancellation capabilities, we’ve seen it with top brands like Sony, JBL, Baseus, Anker and Bose. But what about noise cancellation for TWS earphones? 

Noise cancellation is a mix of hardware design and internal technology. The first generation of Airpods were on-ear earphones and they were different. The design did not permit noise cancellation as there were very tiny gaps that let ambient noise enter the ear. 

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The Airpods Pro on the other hand are TWS earbuds, which fit inside the ear and stop all ambient noise from entering. 

On top of that the technology inside Airpods Pro have enabled Noise Cancellation. 

So yes, TWS earbuds can definitely have noise cancellation features, especially if they are in-ear earphones. 

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There are obviously pros and cons of TWS headphones and TWS earphones. So let’s do a simple comparison. 

FeaturesWho wins? 
Battery LifeTWS Headphones
Comfort and StabilityTWS Earphones
Sound Quality Tie
Portability TWS Earbuds

I’m a bit biased. I own a Edifier Bluetooth headphone and an Airpod Pro alternative that I’ve reviewed and continued to use. Why? Because it’s the PERFECT device. 

But if I had to do a comparison between Bluetooth headphones and TWS earbuds, then here are the parameters. 

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Difference between TWS Earbuds and TWS Headphones

Bluetooth Earbuds Vs Bluetooth Headphones – Sound 

A lot of people think that Bluetooth Headphones will be the winner, hands down. If you think that, then you haven’t heard the sound from a wireless TWS earbuds like the Airpods Pro. It’s fantastic. The bass is brilliant, the sound is rich and it’s literally the same experience on a Bluetooth headphone. 

A lot of you might say, but you should try out a premium brand like Bose or Sony’s headphones to truly compare. I have and I can say with confidence, there is not a big difference. 

If you get the Airpods Generation 1 and compare that with a wireless headphone, then I’ll tell you, the clear winner is the headphone. But with the Airpods Pro or other in-ear TWS earbuds, the sound is the same. 

Winner : Tie 

Bluetooth Earbuds Vs Bluetooth Headphones – Comfort and Stability 

This is a major question. The first thing people ask about Airpods is, “Do Airpods fall out of your ears.?” When talking about the Airpods Generation 1. The answer is yes. When you headbang too much or when you are running, or if you haven’t slipped it on well, they do fall out of the year. 

And headphones may have a leg up there. But, that’s not the case with in-ear earbuds like the Airpods Pro. Those go into your ear and fit super snugly. I’ve been using them for quite some time and there hasn’t been one occasion where they have fallen out. 

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Now when it comes to headphones. They are not comfortable especially, long periods of time. You start sweating and the pads, however soft they are still press against your head. And headphones are also not that stable. It doesn’t make sense to wear headphones while running. 

Winner : TWS Earphones

Bluetooth Earbuds Vs Bluetooth Headphones – Portability 

There is a clear winner here and it’s TWS earbuds. I’ve gone on one or two day trips and I’ve contemplated whether to carry headphones and more often than not, I don’t and I go musicless. It’s super bulky. Even the folding ones and it’s not worth it. Even carrying them everyday to work seems like a task. 

On the other hand, TWS earbuds are a breeze. I put it in my breast pocket or I’ve got a carabiner hook case that I attach to my belt strap or I put it in my bag. Anywhere! 

Portability makes TWS Bluetooth earphones really great. 

Winner : TWS Earphones

Bluetooth Earbuds Vs Bluetooth Headphones – Battery Life 

This is an easy decision. Obviously headphones being bigger have bigger battery capacities as well. It doesn’t require that much charging, only from time to time. Whereas, TWS devices need to be charged regularly and the charging box needs to be charged frequently too. 

Also wireless headphones can be easily made wired headphones with the wire that most manufacturers provide, provided you have a 3.55mm jack or an converter in hand. 

Winner : TWS headphones

Bluetooth Earbuds Vs Bluetooth Headphones – The Look 

You know what I mean by the look. Headphones are like wearing an accessory! The colour should be right, the size should be right and if you are conscious about the way you look, then a headphone might not be your best bet. Earbuds on the other hand are non-intrusive. If you are a woman and have long hair, they are hidden behind your hair. It’s super seamless.

Winner : TWS Earbuds 

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