Fitness earphones



  • Hello friends... after perusing the fitness watches topic (and seeing some good advice there for a number of different options), I thought I'd check-in to see if anyone had some similarly good advice about fitness earphones.

    I have most recently been using these Bose SoundSport earphones. Sound is great and they are very comfortable. Plus, they don't fall out even doing pretty vigorous exercise (such as sprinting, boxing, skipping etc.).

    However, shortly after purchase, the protective rubber around the wiring deteriorated. Less than 18 months of use and now they are poked, with the sound only coming out of one ear. (I presume this is due to exposure of the wires.)

    My heart says that I should buy another pair. My wallet says that USD $100 is a bit much for something that's going to die in 12 months. My head says I should shop around...

    I love listening to music and / or podcasts when exercising. I want decent sound and am happy to pay for it. However, I want some durability also.

    Presumably there a few exercisers here who have their experiences - a penny for your thoughts?



  • Get rid of the wires for starters. Go wireless. BeatsX come with a wide array of ear fittings to get the most comfortable fit, sync effortlessly with an iPhone and have pretty good sound. Battery life and controls are good too.



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  • @crucial I've thought about that. However, when I run, I do so with a small iPod shuffle that only has a normal head phone jack. I can't stand running with a heavy phone jiggling around in my pocket or strapped to one arm - I like to stay lightweight.

    I guess the alternative is to run with a fitness watch that stores music also.



  • Hard to suggest anything within the price range, but if you don't mind spending more, check out jaybird headphones.

    The only thing I dislike about the current Bluetooth wireless headphones is lack of USB-C charging. I'm not interested in carrying extra cables.



  • @antipodean said in Fitness earphones:

    Hard to suggest anything within the price range, but if you don't mind spending more, check out jaybird headphones.

    The only thing I dislike about the current Bluetooth wireless headphones is lack of USB-C charging. I'm not interested in carrying extra cables.

    BeatsX charge from USB-C to lightning.
    Great if you use apple. Not sure about otherwise.



  • Beats perfectly describes modern Apple: marketing over engineering.



  • @antipodean said in Fitness earphones:

    Beats perfectly describes modern Apple: marketing over engineering.

    In what way? Not defending apple btw, just curious as to what you mean. I use BeatsX and find them easy to use and with sound quality to match the price range. Fairly good product IMO.
    The key (like most apple stuff) is to buy into the whole infrastructure. If that doesn't bother you, then they work well.



  • @junior said in Fitness earphones:

    @crucial I've thought about that. However, when I run, I do so with a small iPod shuffle that only has a normal head phone jack. I can't stand running with a heavy phone jiggling around in my pocket or strapped to one arm - I like to stay lightweight.

    I guess the alternative is to run with a fitness watch that stores music also.

    This isn't a cheap option but it is one that will last.

    Buy the iWatch or equivalent watch and then wireless headphones. That way you track what you are doing and also have music without the need for your phone to be on you.



  • I found I was getting nauseated with in ear headphones at the gym, so opted for conduction headphones, they're OK, got my eye on the Sony wireless ambient sound in ear ones when I'm feeling less cheap though.



  • @bones said in Fitness earphones:

    I found I was getting nauseated with in ear headphones at the gym, so opted for conduction headphones, they're OK, got my eye on the Sony wireless ambient sound in ear ones when I'm feeling less cheap though.

    Help me out. Conduction Headphones? What is this? (and what is the norm/alternative)



  • @hooroo they don't go in or over ear but sit in front of the ear and conduct the sound through the bones.

    https://www.everydayhearing.com/hearing-technology/articles/bone-conduction-headphones/



  • If anyone has used any in the pool and liked them, would be grateful to hear which ones



  • @crucial BeatsX have improved, but aPple paid billions for a company that was entirely marketing based. The soundstage from their headphones was dreadful and they even went to the lengths of putting extra metal into them so they "felt quality".

    Even now their drive size is nothing to write home about, but they don't overemphasise bass liked they used to.


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