Categories: Sports

Secure fit – the alpha and the omega of a good sports headphone

Do I need special headphones for sports and my work-out sessions? Why can’t I use my standard type of headphones, which I also use at home and at the office?
Nope, sorry, this is not a good idea. Because in addition to good sound, headphones for a active life style must have three key features: A tight fitting, a tight fitting, and a tight fitting. Because there is nothing worse than in-ears permanently slipping out of your ears, if you’re on the move. Luckily for us, there are more and more models that have been specially designed for use in sports for several years.

Sports headphones are available in all common designs

Often sports in-ears are stabilized with small so-called ear hooks, and on-ear models do need to sit very tight on the head. But if the headphones cause pressure points, the pressure is too high.
Proper sports headphones are made of sturdy materials, so that 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 your work-out sessions with a damp cloth and do not forget that they need to be skin-friendly!
A remote control for adjusting the volume and skipping between the tracks are a standard,nothing is more annoying than fiddling with your smartphone during your sports activities.

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The latest Sports Headphones Reviews

Bluetooth by Ulf Kaiser 1 week ago

Nura NuraTrue

True Wireless in-ear headphones with personalised listening profile

We first became aware of the Australian manufacturer Nura in 2016 when they introduced Nuraphone headphones in a Kickstarter campaign and made it all the way to mass production (here's our review). Besides their undoubtedly innovative technology, the product also impressed us with good sound...

4.1

Bluetooth by Numinos 4 weeks ago

Koss TWS250i

True Wireless in-ears with neutral sound

In April of this year, Koss already earned an editorial recommendation for the smallest model in their Bluetooth in-ear series. Back then, it was the TWS150i that earned our recommendation thanks to their decent price-performance ratio. Now the next model up in the series reports...

4.8

Bluetooth by Maike Paeßens 4 weeks ago

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay EQ

Powerful sounding True Wireless in-ears with Adaptive Noise Cancellation and Ambient Mode

The long-established Danish manufacturer of high-quality consumer electronics B&O tout the latest addition to their True Wireless portfolio as offering precise, powerful playback and effective suppression of outside noise, with the Beoplay EQ claiming to combine high passive isolation with hybrid Adaptive Noise Cancelling.

4
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Editor's recommendations: Sports Headphones

Hype or not: The Electro-Harmonix EHX Sport Buds offer so much value for money for their price (about 35 Euros!) that I can hardly believe it: They deliver full power, have a strong bass and are also well positioned in the mid and high frequencies. Not only their volume, but also the conciseness of their transient reproduction puts many much more expensive devices in the shade. In addition, there is a built-in microphone with good sound and, for smart devices, an extensive remote control that is easy to get the hang of using. The Sport Buds sit securely in your ears, offer multi-device connectivity, are waterproof, recharge quickly and are comfortable to wear thanks to their fit and light weight. If there’s one thing seriously wrong with these in-ears, it’s that they require the use of an equalizer, regardless of playback volume and music genre, to produce a balanced, less bass-heavy sound. But if that’s exactly what you’re looking for, the EHX Sport Buds are the right headphones to really blast your ears during sports activities.

Carsten Kaiser
Carsten Kaiser 22. May 2020
Electro-Harmonix EHX Sport Buds

I summed up the TWS150i thus: “Good battery life, elegant design, neutral sound, great range, reasonable price – what else can one say, except to congratulate Koss that they have succeeded with the TWS150i, solid in-ears that make no mistakes sonically.” And I’d say exactly the same about the TWS250i. However, with two additions, because on the one hand I would like to praise the significantly better precision of the touch controls, and on the other hand, the extremely high wearing comfort, because the TWS250i are really almost imperceptible when in the ear. I would say that the rather discreet bass performance is a matter of taste because the lower frequency range is undoubtedly there and is reproduced precisely – just without that extra half decibel boost that makes up the fun factor. Fans of objective sound will appreciate this very much. Lovers of “sub-in-the-head” experiences, on the other hand, might find it too small (without equaliser intervention). I also sorely missed the option to use multi-pairing, because in modern life it’s pretty common to change players (mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc.). Even if they don’t do everything right: All in all, these comfy and good-sounding in-ears from Koss score very highly on points, even when considering the recommended retail price of 89 euros.

Numinos
Numinos 30. August 2021
Koss TWS250i

The Kygo E4/1000 headphones are aimed at a young audience looking for an all-round headset for everyday use that is also suitable for gym workouts. They are also a formidable companion in the office or on the train, thanks to their good external shielding. In terms of sound, these headphones are solid all-rounders that are suitable for all music styles, although you should also be aware that you are not getting a high-end Hi-Fi device here. In its price range, however, the E4/1000 headset can be heard well and leaves little room for complaint.

Nils Neuneier-Quak
Nils Neuneier-Quak 20. December 2018
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