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FatBob793
FatBob793

Anybody found decent headphones for running? I’ve tried 4 so far and not really happy with any.

1 Unbranded £5.50 on eBay

2 Lifebeam Vi £149

3 Anker soundbuds slim £18.99

4 nu force be Sport3 £52.50.

I find they all lack bass. It’s possible with 1,3&4 to get some bass by using eq and while sitting on the couch, but when I run the bass sounds like I’m underwater. I’ve spent a lot of time trying the tips and fins to get a good fit but nothing works for running. I had high hopes for 2 but found them worst for bass although the sound quality was ok on top and mids. When bass boosted by eq they just distort on all frequencies. They were also worst for comfort. 1&3 are good value for the price, especially 3 which are the most comfortable. 4 are best for overall sound, 3 are a very close second. I returned 2 because there was a faulty charging issue and the replacement had the same fault - sound quality and discomfort aside. 4 seem to be worse than 3 for the “underwater effect” and noise from the movement of me running and whistling when I’m cycling so I might go back to 2. Need to do more comparisons. 2 has fitness tracking and coaching features that didn’t work on my iPhone 4s so I upgraded my phone thinking the accompanying app might fix the sound problems. It didn’t, the app only boosts bass in exactly the same way as iPhones do in settings. There is no eq or other ways of adjusting the sound. Without decent sound I didn’t even try the other features. I play music for a living and sound quality is important to me. Listening to music while doing c25k has been the main thing I’ve liked about it and without it I doubt I’d have got to week8. Any suggestions on headphones and a fitness app that can be used with Spotify most welcome.

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telford_mike
telford_mikeGraduate

I bought these

amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07...

They seem fine to me, I use them with a Samsung S7 and BBC iplayer radio.

Aren’t they too big for running?

telford_mike
telford_mikeGraduate
in reply to FatBob793

Not ,q.at all, they're great for running.

Demanda1962
Demanda1962Graduate
in reply to telford_mike

I bought these too! I hate having anything in my ears and these sit comfortably over them. The sound quality seems pretty good, but I’m no expert.

Flyingred
FlyingredGraduate

I run with these

rockjawaudio.com/collection...

They work fine for me. I have a more expensive pair from the same company (Resonate) which are even better.

FatBob793
FatBob793
in reply to Flyingred

8mm driver sounds promising for bass but they’re wired

FatBob793
FatBob793
in reply to Flyingred

Do they stay in your ears when running?

Flyingred
FlyingredGraduate
in reply to FatBob793

Yes really well. Rock Jaw have a new bluetooth headphone coming soon (next few weeks) which might be waiting for if you can't live with wires.

Plantronics BackBeat Fit 😀😀😀😀

Design looks cumbersome for running. Do you find them comfortable?

Megatoothster
MegatoothsterGraduate
in reply to FatBob793

Very. I don’t even feel them, they are very small. Also a plus point is that if you can control phone and apps with them too.

🤔thanks

Oldfloss
OldflossAdministrator

I just chose ones that stayed in my ears...:)

FatBob793
FatBob793
in reply to Oldfloss

That’s not been a problem with the wing and tip design ones I’ve tried

I’m a fan of aftershocks boneconductor wireless. I managed to get mine on amazon on offer for £50 and wouldn’t be without them now. It took some getting used to hearing all the road noise but much safer once you do.

FatBob793
FatBob793
in reply to Jem29314

I looked at the reviews of those and was put off by comments about lack of bass and sound quality. The design looks appealing. Would be good to hear what’s going on around and might solve the “underwater effect”

Mcdon
McdonGraduate

I tried numerous pairs too I got aftershocks bone conductors I paid £90 but a 50th birthday pressie to me love them and you can hear traffic etc around you

FatBob793
FatBob793
in reply to Mcdon

I looked at the reviews of those and was put off by comments about lack of bass and sound quality. The design looks appealing. Would be good to hear what’s going on around and might solve the “underwater effect”

Mcdon
McdonGraduate

Quality good enough for me lol maybe you could try them out somewhere

Hi

Have you tried the apple AirPods?

They work for me.

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