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 Sven Opitz 2 weeks ago

Nothing ear(1)

Stylish True Wireless in-ears with hybrid ANC and a functional app

With the Nothing ear(1), one of the founders of the smartphone company OnePlus relies on transparent materials and, in the accompanying app, on chic design accents. The result is a successful all-round package of good sound, good app and good design – at a good...

3.9

Bluetooth by Sven Opitz 2 weeks ago

Jabra Elite 7 Active

Very well-fitting in-ears with adjustable ANC and HearThrough for sport and work-outs

The Jabra Elite 7 Active are perfectly fitting and very good-sounding in-ears with extensive functions for sporty, active everyday use. The "Sound+" app enables the Elite 7 Active to be personalised in many ways.

4.3

Bluetooth by Sven Opitz 3 weeks ago

Jabra Elite 7 Pro

Very well-equipped in-ears with variable ANC and sound personalisation

Jabra's Elite 7 Pro are very well equipped in-ears with variable noise cancelling (ANC) and sound personalisation. While the sound of the Jabra Elite 7 Pro is impressive right from the start, there are unfortunate "hiccups" in other areas. Our test reveals where these can...

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

With the Soundcore by Anker Liberty 3 Pro, the manufacturer has hit the jackpot! This is true for the hardware, software and sound. Thanks to the very good app, for just under 160 euros you can have, in my opinion, the best overall package that you can currently get in this price range. The “merely” average adaptive noise cancelling and the high wind sensitivity of these in-ears are slight drawbacks that hardly detract from the overall positive impression.

Sven Opitz
Sven Opitz 19. October 2021
Soundcore by Anker Liberty 3 Pro
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