No. In addition to good sound, headphones for the sport have to offer three main things: hold, hold and once again hold. Because nothing is worse than constantly out or from the ears slipping handset when you’re on the move. Fortunately, there are more and more models that have been specially designed for use in sports for several years.Sport headphones are available in all common designsThe seat of in-ear models is often stabilized with a small bracket, the on-ear models have a correspondingly high contact pressure on the head. If the headphones cause pressure points, the pressure is too high.
Proper sports headphones are made very sturdy, so they tolerate coarser shocks and are protected against splashing water . Since you sweat a lot in sports, good models are made of high quality plastic or latex. They can be cleaned after sports with a damp cloth and are well tolerated on the skin.
Control buttons on the cable for adjusting volume and skipping between tracks are standard, so you do not have to fumble for every program change the player from the pants / jacket.
JBL Under Armor Sport Wireless Heart Rate In-Ear Headphones
Just as the fitness tracker and a simple phone have become the center of life for a simple wristband, headphones are now available, thanks to the urge to self-test to provide even more data.
Following this trend, JBL is launching the UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate, which, in addition to wireless music transmission, can measure the wearer’s heartbeat and send it to compatible apps on compatible devices – in our case an iPhone 6.
Under Armor, short UA, is the name of the sports and fitness equipment manufacturer from America, under whose name JBL markets the wireless In-Ears, whose Specs initially seem less exciting, especially since the specified battery life with five hours without or two hours with heart rate measurement rather modest anmutet. But that should not stop anyone from doing sports.
So install the UA app, pair headphones via Bluetooth, select the right earmolds, of which four pairs are included, attach earphones with the temples to the ear, wait for a brass voice, hear the “Heartratesensor on”, get the heartbeat displayed in the app – and let’s go.
The App as co-pilot
The app “Record by Under Armor” offers a lot for self-optimization and self-motivation, wants a registration and a few body-related data. However, I wonder all the time: “And now? What insights does the app pull out of my heartbeat except that I live? “No further, as far as I can tell, although it’s fair to say that other fitness trackers with heartbeat measurements are not detailed. While the UA app can count steps, estimate my sleep time, and define goals, these are data from the iPhone, not the UA Sport Wireless Heart Rate.
I run first and find a feature immediately great: I tap on the right handset, I am informed of the current heart rate, so I can run well while running a jog. Voilà, a sense is made, the sport is twice as fun.
Good fit and good sealing
Thanks to the stirrups, the JBLs sit well on the ear and do not wear it that way, despite the additional technology of the heart rate sensor on the left side. The charging cable access in the form of a USB socket is built into the controller, which works reliably, although an unfamiliar switch occupancy has: Start / Stop, Loud / Quiet as usual, but Skip forward / back lie on the volume buttons and not in the middle , Overall, the cable between the two ends is a bit short, so it sometimes limits the movement of the head, because it gets stuck in the neck or in the collar. In contrast, the good sealing and welding resistance of all components is positive.
Sonically not over the top
Good sound at In-Ears depends on matching ear pieces. For me, the included ear tips are either too big or just big and never fit properly. My guess is that the ear pieces are somehow not properly thought out. As a result, the sound is unfortunately less fun: meager bass, ample mids, a few highs. All other parameters such as sound, depth, width or resolution tend to go under.
Due to the design of the speaker is far too far away from the ear canal and the handset are also, thanks to sensor assembly, a little thick, so that the listener does not adequately seal and thus hardly arise basses in the desired depth of action.
Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats3 Wireless
The wireless in-ear beats of the third generation have as a partner of the iPhone 7 without a classic headphone jack, above all, the task of ensuring a long battery life. But they also surprise you with their sound.
Beats sound a bit different
At the sound of Beats headphones, the ghosts are different. Fans appreciate the powerful bass and the creator Dre even gets carried away to the statement that people would hear the music with these headphones first. But there is also a lot of criticism. But: The Powerbeats3 Wireless sound different! While all the other models I’ve tested have always been dominated by all-out-of-focus, sub-defined bass, the new powerbeats sound really balanced. The bass is deep and round, the mids neatly dissolved and also the highs are soft and fine drawn. I was very positively surprised! The achievable volume with a smartphone, tablet or mobile computer is perfectly fine. Those who like it health-damaging loud, should choose other headphones.
Fit is not very convenient
While the classic Beats-On-Ear headphones have evolved into a fashion accessory, the wireless in-ear models look a bit strange: the wide cross bar on the ear and the connecting cable between the two headphone sides look a bit like gray hearing aids Prehistoric, even if the design is very modern looking closer. The workmanship is solid (sweat and water resistant) and thanks to the earhook, the Powerbeats3 Wireless sit so securely in the ear that you can use it in any sport. With the three-button remote control on the cable, all the usual functions in music player and telephony mode can be realized.
Bluetooth connectivity and battery
The connection via Bluetooth with mobile players or laptops (in my case, all Apple products) worked great in the test. Full support for all features such as speakerphone and start / stop etc. Beats guarantees only for Apple devices, but Android users must count on restrictions.
The battery shone in the test: After about five minutes of charging on a normal USB port, the battery lasts for more than an hour of music playback. With a fully charged battery, you can even enjoy up to 12 hours of music playback, although there is limited battery space for in-ear headphones. This very good battery performance is due to the Bluetooth W1 chip from Apple, which is installed in all current wireless models. The playback of videos worked without problems with the lip sync.
Bose SoundSport Wireless
Boses SoundSport in the wired version found – in addition to the brand aspect – due to the bombastic seat and a pleasing sound many friends. As a wireless version Bose of course wants to shine, and so comes the Sound Sport Wireless initially in a beautifully designed packaging therefore. Also, the StayHear + named Sport Ear Inserts in three sizes sit perfectly. Pairing with the music player (iOS) succeeds immediately at the test object. There is also a carrying bag and an app, and the sound is already convincing with the first bars of music.
What more do you want?
A look in the mirror reveals the problem of Bose Soundsport. There are left and right two quite large seeming, depending on the choice of color, colored black or simply black blocks out of the ears, when you look at it is already pondering whether the miniaturization of consumer electronics has progressed far enough or is still up.
Housed in these blocks are batteries for about six hours of operation, charging port, main switch, two function lights, technology for Bluetooth and NFC.
Another unpleasant side effect: The “outstanding” construction of the earphones creates in sport activities in the headwind unpleasant drone noises that cover everything else.
The engineer wins
In summary, it can be said: the engineers won and the designers had no chance. But they were allowed to make the controls nice. It is banana-shaped and actually adapts to the facial contour. Back, forward, pause, play, answer – everything works fine.
Great are the ear tips, which do not completely seal the ear canal, but nicely breezy, while they are absolutely stuck through the silicone wings and accurately transfer the sound even in the greatest sporting hardships without slipping, but in a noisy environment leads to the loud environment hears.
In a suitable environment – not on a busy main street, next to a jackhammer or skydiving – the sound is pleasant, not too bassy, not too thin, well balanced and filling, clear and full. Excellent.
In the app, which is offered for iOS and Android, you can pair two handsets for one source, which probably allows a more modern form of pair-listening. There one can – should one – also the quite clanking function feedback voice off. Otherwise, you get a few FAQs listed and pretty wallpaper for the selected pieces of music. Conclusion for the app: so middle! Most can be solved (at least under iOS) with on-board resources, especially since the app starts tough.
The processing of the Bose Soundsport Wireless is valuable, everything is protected against sweat and rain, the cable leaves a solid impression, which of course would have to be re-evaluated after one year of use.
B&O Play Beoplay H5 Stylish
The fashionable in-ear headphones come in a variety of trendy colors and, thanks to Comply’s special attachments, should also be suitable for sports activities.
As usual, the packaging is a feast for the eyes and the first glance at the Beoplay H5 makes my design heart leap higher. Noble aluminium, black plastic, textile coated cable. In addition to four different sizes silicone earbuds, three sports variants of Comply, three cable clips, a carrying bag and the USB charging cube are included. For those who are bored with black, the H5 can also be worn in Moss Green, Dusty Rose and – brand new – in Charcoal Sand .
Charging and pairing
The USB charging cube is ingenious: The headphones fit exactly into the respective recess and are charged in this position. This is done on the computer, with a conventional USB charger for the power outlet or a power bank. The coupling with my smartphone (iPhone) worked directly, easily and without any hassle.
Comfort and Craftmanship
Overall, the Beoplay H5 makes a very good and durable impression. Both the plastic, as well as the aluminum and also the fabric sheathed cable are perfectly processed.
Finding the ideal attachment for your own ear is often the biggest challenge when looking for the right in-ear headphones. And so it is with the Beoplay H5: The selection of silicone tips in sizes XS, S, M and L offer pretty much the right attachment for every ear. The Comply Sport essays, however, made problems: Although they fit very well into the auditory canal, if you have found the right counterpart, that was not the case for me. No matter what sizes I tried, the H5 just did not fit perfectly.
For me then sporting activities with these headphones were unfortunately impossible, because the non-sessile earplugs also an unpleasant cable knocking came, which could only be drowned out by very loud music. In addition, at the moment, there was a dropout as the sound source went away from the headphone – in my case, the iPhone was in a pocket on the upper arm and was slightly turned backwards. Fortunately, once the position of the bag was changed, the dropouts disappeared again.
At first I was a bit surprised by the sound: The slightly overstressed treble and the lack of power in the lower bass range initially disappointed me. Looking through the detailed instructions I learned from the Beoplay app, with which different sound settings can be made. Very easy and intuitive to use and also usable, if you have not heard of Equalizers so far. The preset presets are already very well chosen, but you can save your own settings just as easily. With these settings the Beoplay H5 sounds a lot rounder and fuller and Yello’s “Out of Dawn” is buzzing pleasantly and not too brutally over the listener. And depending on your needs, the EQ app can be used to podcast within seconds. What I liked very much, the H5 has no noise, which can quite often occur with Bluetooth models from other manufacturers.
The Beoplay H5 is very easy and intuitive to use. The voice quality is good when talking on the phone, with Siri speaking works at the push of a button, Skippen and volume regulate without any problems on the cable housed in the remote control.
The magnets in the headphones not only ensure that I can wear the headset when not in use around my neck, but also interrupt the playback of the currently playing music. As soon as I put the handset back on and press Play, the music continues where it left off. This feature is being offered by more and more manufacturers, including Apple’s AirPods (for testing) .
The H5 shields relatively well on the outside, but listen neighbors, quite loud, what is being played.
Anker SoundBuds Sport
Anker has been offering a particularly affordable treat with its Bluetooth headphones SoundBuds Sport for some time now: wireless, with lots of accessories and a long battery life. Does that taste like our pig?
In the white / blue box we find neatly packaged the headphones, three silicone attachments in the sizes S, M and L, three different sized headband for the earcups, a matching USB charging cable, small folding instructions and a black carrying case made of velvety fabric – impressive for a headphone for under 20 Dollars!
Here too, Anker does everything right: The various pegs and earhook straps actually make it easier for my bitchy ears to feel comfortable and secure. A treadmill and an off-road gait confirm this as well. Only a violent shake of the head caused the right listener to slip out, but this is due to my different sized auditory canals. The handy little clip on the connection cable can be adjusted as desired, so the SoundBuds sit tight at the neck. However, I feel the look as a bit old-fashioned: The headphones are quite bulky due to their angular shape, with a weight of just under 13 grams, the load in and on the ears is fortunately limited.
Setup and operation
Both easy and foolproof: Simply hold the button on the right side of the handset for two seconds and connect it to your smartphone or computer. It’s not that any more, and a beep gives us additional acoustic feedback. On the left side of the receiver hides a rocker switch for the volume and, with a rubber cap protected from water, USB port for charging the integrated battery. The duration of the same was pleasingly high during our test. Only after more than seven hours did the buddies run out of steam, but depending on the volume this time of course varies slightly, and how long the battery can hold its full capacity, unfortunately, I can not say for lack of long-term experience.
Bass, bass, we need bass. Because that’s exactly what’s missing the anchors. The lower frequency range is so reduced in these headphones that any piece of music that lives off bass drums, bass and “full” sound is deprived of the full foundation. Thus, the rest sounds extremely present and really annoying, especially with groovy acoustic numbers: Turbulent brass sections cut into your ears and almost hurt your senses on some of our test tracks. A stage and space are available, but little pronounced. Only with spoken-word content could one of the in-ears a fairly good speech intelligence.
Colorful, balanced and wide – Urbanears from Sweden has long been known for cool casual and DJ headphones. With the Reimers they send a sound-fitting and functional in-ear workout headphones into the race.
Finding the right training partner in the abundance of in-ear sports headphones is not that easy. Sometimes the headphones isolate too intensely that one perceives his own sounds too much. Sometimes the earphone design becomes uncomfortable on long runs. Sometimes the cable rustles too stiff, sometimes the remote control is fiddly, sometimes the silicone dissolves after a few training days. Good that the colorful Swedes have prepared their little in-ear decathlete on many disciplines.
Warm-up with in-ear stretching
The dynamic mini-drivers are compactly embedded in a knob construction with about a centimeter in diameter. This consists on the outer side of solid plastic and on the ear facing partially made of metal. On a small speaker tube you put on the so-called “Ear-Click” system. Silicone attachments are available in three sizes by the Urbanears team. They hatch without pressing into the auditory canal and in addition have a small arch at the top, which hangs pleasantly in the upper auditory shell. The seat is ergonomic, whether you prefer the smallest or the safe number with the medium size. The biggest advantage is that the silicone plugs do not completely seal and therefore do not over-emphasize your own breath sounds during training.
First sweating in the ear
The reflective cable is a stylish highlight that night-joggers and midnight bikers will surely enjoy. The sweat-resistant cable is sturdy and transmits no disturbing noises during activity even with violent movements on the cable. Downpours are likely to survive it, because even accidental washing in my washing machine could not harm the Reimers. Cable stress is well buffered with a strain relief on the receivers and another on the 3.5 mm L-jack plug.
It goes on the track
Make the playlist ready and go. The ear-click system is compact. A good balance between comfort and safety. The cable can still be attached with two clips, but in practice you will surely lose them soon. After 15 cm of cable length, you have the small remote in sports immediately within reach. The remote control is rudimentary but sturdy and good at speed or treadmill use.
The Reimers turns on good: With 32 ohm impedance you notice the same, the little in-ear has reserves, if it is time to pump a little more. Even at not so high quality audio outputs unfold the 13.6 mm speakers a decent pound volume. To warm up, it should be a few relaxed tracks of Drake. The driving bass is well tuned and shows clean, soulful and crisp. Not too flashy with crushing beastmode, but dynamic. The midrange brings the 808 snares and claps finely over. The high-hats and pianos that sit well in the mix sit enthroned above them without being overemphasized. Surprisingly good is the stereo resolution of the small drivers. The in-ear headphones can not only be used for dance and pop tracks, but also make classical pieces like Ramin Djavadi’s “Westworld” soundtrack breathe.
Monster iSport Intensity
Robust in-ear sports headphones that leave little to be desired. Monsters iSport series continues: The “Intensity” seems to bring with it everything that I have criticized the Strive.
In the similarly perfectly styled packaging with the same extras as the Strive , essays in three sizes and a small bag come the Intensity. The multilingual quick guide is written in a nutshell. If you can read the miniature book’s miniature note, you will notice another difference: the more lavish controller compared to the Strive and the indication that the ambient noise is even more blocked.
On the first long run with the listeners: As expected as a repeat offender in the test marathon: The Intensity offer the same good, safe and solid comfort of the In-Ears. There were no problems with sunglasses and cap. Everything worked wonderfully together, even after hours. The flat cable does not rust or tangle and the reinforced ends are there again. Visually, the Intensity is not different from the Strive . The listeners are still predominantly beautifully simple in black.
Finally operation on the cable! Perfect. That’s the way it has to be. A sports headphone for running, cycling, snowboarding, etc. must have such a service. Nobody fumbles out the “running” smartphone.
The control works wonderfully. Double-clicking in the middle makes the track jump forward, the rest is self-explanatory. Accept phone calls is synonymous with no problems. My main argument for runners and for this product: You do not have to interrupt your run on the Monster Infinite.
The sound (via Apple iPhone) remains very full, as already experienced with Monster. Loud, powerful and bass-heavy. I like that very much, but with friends of singer-songwriter / folk music / pop it gets fast grumpy in the depths and scratchy in the heights. All in all, the Infinity scores tonally with a pleasant sense of well-being.
Podcasts and audio books are easy to understand. Clear, loud and warm. The volume and isolation I like as an option well, since often just the spoken word or radio plays ambient noise very disturbing, but the negative security aspect remains natural.
It comes, in different colors so you can choose between the colors red, gray, green and blue. The high-quality packaging also makes a good impression. Whether the inner values fit, I test during the morning run through the park.
Unpacked come to light a USB charging cable, three different sized silicone earplugs and three Sport Grips, for better grip during sports activities. A transport bag is unfortunately not included with the box. According to the description, the iBFree is ready for an hour of music playback after just 15 minutes of fast charging. I’ll give him some more time and fully charge him in two hours. According to the manufacturer, I have ten days of standby and eight hours of nonstop song playback. That comes about. features
The first connection between Bluetooth headphones and my iPhone 6 works faster than ever. The power button of the remote control is held for three seconds, it flashes blue / red, then the headset is active and does what I want. The cable can be worn behind the head, which is great for sports. I only have to get used to the seat of the remote control.
The Bluetooth signal (praiseworthy: Bluetooth 4.1 and aptX) is quite stable, at least when I’m near the audio source. If I leave the room, he loses the signal relatively quickly, but reconnects directly as soon as I return. Since I carry the smartphone most of the time but with me, that poses no problem for me.
The voice quality is great, the functions of the remote control are perfectly operable and the overall workmanship makes a very good impression.
The headphones are splash-proof and of course suitable for sports activities. However, he shields quite strong, at least inward, which is somewhat problematic for me while running.
After I’ve equipped the iBFree with matching plugs and croissants, I’m on my way. It fits well, does not pinch and at no time does I feel like I’m losing the in-ear plugs from my ears. Only a light knock – my steps are transmitted by the cable – bother me a little bit. If I take the Sport Grips, so the “Squirrel” from, it will be a bit better: With only slight movement I have an even better feeling in the ears and feel neither the In-Ears nor the step noise transmission through the cable.
In a nutshell: The 1more iBFree sounds pleasant and balanced in the middle and highs. In the bass range, however, he is not quite as powerful and even pulled something in the film music to oblivion of M83. For audiobooks and not as bass-driven music that is not a problem.
The American headphone company V-Moda has declaredly set itself the goal of giving the design of their products at least the same importance as the sound. And, as befits a modern lifestyle headset, it offers built-in hands-free and media control features, decent earmold features and all sorts of other useful additions. However, we focused our attention primarily on the sound during the test.
“Learn from Apple, learning to pack,” is an old wisdom, which is obviously also known in V-Moda, because the Zn (stands for the zinc-nickel alloy from which the case is made) is really nicely packed. If you pull the slipcase out of the spacey box with a hexahedral base, all components are neatly integrated into the box from above as well as from below – very chic. Everything is accordingly “gutted” you have in front of you: The headphones themselves, a small transport case, a total of eight earmolds, as well as two brackets, with which the cable – for example during sports – can be trapped behind the ear. Six of these ear tips are made of extra soft silicone and are intended to dampen even more effective outside noise (BLISS – Bass Level Isolating Soft Silicone).
The technical data of Zn read without any special finding: The 8-millimeter drivers with 16 ohm impedance and promise – according to the manufacturer – a very wide frequency spectrum (2 – 25 kHz) with a maximum sound pressure of 105 dB (manufacturer information) deliver. The fact that the manufacturer here really still two Hertz (!) Writes, an area that is completely irrelevant acoustically, one may take as a simple marketing finesse smiling note.
Of the possibilities of the remote control s.Kabel benefit mainly owners of an iOS device, because only here is the volume control and title control active. Android owners, however, can only use the call acceptance and the microphone.
The design of the V-Moda Zn seems like an absolute counter-proposal: Because everything about this Ear is somehow “designed”. This begins with the connector, which is quite long and equipped with a protruding cable at 45 °, continues with a “nervous” braided structure on the supply line, a polygonal cable combination, to the housing itself, which somehow rounded and edgy at the same time want. The Zn is therefore less of a minimalist genre, and while V-Moda’s over-ear counterparts can call the term “steam punk” in a single sentence without being wiped out by fans of the genre, the Zn does not fit anywhere correct.
If the in-ears at least “sit” well. But they do not – because of the relatively long and thin case shape, you always have the feeling that they are far out of the ear and stuck a bit shaky in the ear canal. The designer would also like to put the time for all the design refinements into the concept of a replaceable cable, as competitors in this price category certainly have.
The optical sense of appreciation stands in opposition to an astonishingly tame sound behavior. It almost seems as if the Zn would acoustically try to form the lowest common denominator of many listening preferences: his bass reproduction has the typical, modern “pock” presence, so that bass drums stand out clearly, but without really impressing them. Heights remain rather discreet and in the background, so that nothing annoys and also in the tonal midfield, there are no corners and edges – for better or for worse. As a result, the Zn is playing away with no color and power, without being able to arouse any enthusiasm – in any direction whatsoever. But you can expect this in view of the price range.