Is the Journey U an Anker product?
Below this gets a little geeky >>>
The only reason I'm with the Zolo Liberty + is that feature :P.
Maybe it works for some people but to me, lowering the volume to allow outside noise to come is not like having Transparency mode. Transparency mode has more clarity since it's enabling the mic to hear your surroundings and, I'm not sure if it's mentioned in their ads but, has another safety feature that's really handy...
We can agree that the design of the product, without Transparency Mode and music, is similar to having low/mid-grade earplugs. Transparency Mode also detects sounds over a certain decibel (ie walking pass a construction site, loud wind noise, etc.) and deactivates / activates the feature in real time to protect your ears like a Brick Wall Limiter.
It's Almost perfect for city folks like my self!
Geeky stuff >>>
- I'm a music professional so my gripe maybe a bit too geeky but, personally, I wish there's a way for them to improve the mic's quality and size to allow for more frequency to come in (esp. the lows). The feature sounds like having a constant high-pass filter (kinda sorta like a hearing aid) which isn't natural sounding.
- I wish their algorithms can improve to allow for fade-outs between transitions (like having an extended "release" on a compressor) so it's not just On or Off.