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The Express Tests: Our Favorite Headphone Styles

Our team here at Electronic Express took to trying out different headphones to see just how they hold up in the day to day. From bone conduction to true wireless, this is the honest opinions from people who are looking for their best listening experience.

Wireless Clip-Ons
by Dallas King

Beats by Dre Clip-On Headphones

Before I made the switch to wireless clip-on headphones I tried using over-ear and in-ear headphones. They’d often fall out of my ears or off my body altogether when I did any type of aerobic movement for a certain amount of time. It would get frustrating constantly having to stop in the midst of exercising to place my headphones back on.

But then, I switched to using wireless clip-on headphones. Whether I decided to go out for a run, do aerobics at a high intensity, or cross-train the clip-on headphones never fell out of my ear. They stayed out of the way and kept my workout uninterrupted, giving me the pleasure of tuning everything out and immersing myself into my tunes.

JBL Reflect Mini 2

JBL Reflect Mini 2
by Alex Opalinski

Lightweight and comfortable, the JBL Reflect Mini 2 are a fantastic entry into the sports headphone market. The earbuds and seals come in 3 sizes each allowing me to find a fit that stays comfortable and in place no matter the workout I throw at them. The seals are also sound excluding, allowing me to stay focused and distraction free.

They have an impressive 10 hour battery life that lasts through my morning workout and a full day at the office. In case they don’t quite finish my day the rapid charge feature comes in handy to top off an extra hour of battery in 15 minutes; perfect for my trip home.

The cable sits comfortably around the back of my neck with a fasten to tighten the slack and an inline control unit for quick and easy control of my music or podcasts. The added bonus of a reflective strip on the cable gives me a little extra reassurance on evening jogs.

AfterShokz Trekz Air Bone Conduction
by Collin Brown

AfterShokz Trekz Air

I’ve been using the AfterShokz Trekz Air Wireless Bone-Conduction headphones for around 6 months now. I used them in the office at first but found them more useful for exercising. I wear them to the gym at least 3 days a week.

Overall, I really like them and they make it convenient when outdoors or in a public gym. The bone-conducting design leaves your ears free so you can still hear your surroundings whether it is a gym peer asking you to spot them or oncoming cars while running. They are light; almost to a fault as I will forget I have them on sometimes after leaving the gym.

In terms of performance they have solid sound, but a great range between the low and high end. Everything stays around the middle-end of the spectrum so don’t expect heavy bass or distinct high tones. Battery life is good and I get at least 5-6 hours between proper charging as advertised. With 45 min. to 1 hour workouts 4-5 times a week I charge them twice weekly.

Apple AirPods

Apple AirPods
by Tim Zultanski

Whether I’m working out, going for a run, or just sitting in the office, I will typically have my Apple AirPods in. They’re convenient and discrete without lacking in functionality or sound performance. I have used the AirPods since the first generation came out in late 2016 and have never looked back. Cutting the cords on my headphones has created an expectation of wireless I’ll level let go of.

With the touch of a finger to your ear, where the AirPod sits comfortably, you can make calls handsfree. If I’m out for a jog and the wrong song comes on attempting to kill my pace…a double tap of my left ear goes to the next track and I don’t miss a beat. Being able to customize the functionality of tapping the AirPod is an underrated feature if you ask me.

The fit has always been the first question people ask me. For me, it’s never been a problem. The original design suited me well and it only improved when the AirPod Pro’s introduced the silicon tips. Not only does it add comfort, but now the AirPods can boast the claim of noise cancelation. Once you start to talk features like wireless charging and the ability to allow in outside noise to hear what’s going on around you, the Pro’s come with an expectedly high price. Worth every penny if you ask me.

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