Top 10 Workout Best Headphones For Lifting – 2019 Buying Guide (Bluetooth, Wired, On-Ear and More)

Last Updated September 6, 2019
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There is no such thing as the best pair of headphones.

Each pair comes with different features, pricing, and sound quality.

Some have better bass, some have better clarity and clear mids and highs. 

And some have great overall sound with no issues in balance.  

Then there's wireless, over the ear, on ear and all kinds of ear action going on.

This guide will help you decide which headphone is best suited for you.

We mixed in the final overall top 10 list with Bluetooth and wired headphones so you can decide which you'd prefer to use. 

We have several categories (on-ear, wired, etc) so you can choose according to your preferences like how we did with our pre workout guide.

Here's a quick breakdown of our rankings:

The main categories are in ear, on ear, over ear.

They are further broken down to wireless, wired, and true wireless.

Over the ear headphones cover the ears but they come with the downside heat-build up. 

In ears are our favorite but they can be uncomfortable for long periods of use. 

Combine wireless earbuds with a smartwatch with built-in storage, and you have music without even requiring your smartphone anywhere near you. 

If you're wondering whether to get wireless or wired, consider that you'll need your smartwatch or MP3 player to be on you, or in your pockets, with wired headphones. 

Wireless lets you be free in that sense and there are no issues with wires being pulled away while bench pressing or during pull ups (we've been there, done that!).

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True Wireless Earbuds

Forget wires and go completely wire free. 

Wired Over-The-Ear Headphones

Wired headphones that cover the ears completely.

Wireless Over-The-Ear Headphones

Check out the best wireless over-the-ear headphones.

Wired ​On-Ear Headphones

Wired headphones provide better sound quality.

​Wireless On-Ear Headphones

​See our ​​best wireless ​on-ear ​headphones.

Wir​eless In-Ear ​Earbuds

Get the best wireless in-ear earbuds.

Wire​d In-Ear Headphones

Check out the best ​wired in-ear headphones

Budget Headphones

​​Take a look at the ​​best budget headphones.

Final Top 10 List

Our final top 10 list will determine the best overall headphoens.

"Do you even lift bro?"

We don't want to hear that during our workouts.

If we're going to use headphones for the gym, they better isolate noise so it's just you vs the cold iron weights.

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Everyone may face this every once in a blue moon....

Music is what saves us from the distractions.

It helps us reach that level of complete zen-like focus we need in the gym.

When good beats are combined with exercise, it brings us more motivation and energy than ever before.

With the right tunes you've got yourself the most exciting time of your day...

Your workout.

But nothing is worse than headphones falling out of our ears, or just plain old crappy headphones that don't do isolate much background noise. 

Imagine you're about to do an intense set but your headphones slip out of your ears or your MP3 player (most likely your phone) falls out out of your pocket. 

That wouldn't happen with wireless headphones.

Pair wireless headphones with a smartwatch (like the rugged and durable Garmin Vívoactive 3) that can play and hold up 500 songs, and you have yourself a truly free and wireless listening experience that allows you to jump and flip without worries of dropping your phone or tugging on cables. 

Or the Samsung Frontier which can double as your wallet as it has Samsung Pay (enables you to use your credit card at any traditional credit card scanner).

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Garmin Vívoactive 3 is a beast as it can hold up to 500 songs.

The right pair of headphones need to stick to your ears, hang on for dear life and not fall when performing your most intense set of the workout.

Some people prefer wired, some wireless.

Then there's on ear, over ear, and in ear headphones.  

We'll list all the categories to help you find your next pair.

If you just want the overall top 10 list, jump to the very bottom of this guide!

These headphones are not only great for the gym but any sort of physical activity.

For the best results, combine these headphones with your favorite music, a strong mindset and a good program like this one.

​Best True Wireless Earbuds

It's hard to find a decent pair of truly wireless earbuds but we've gone through the grunt work and have done the research for you. 

It is quite difficult to find the perfect pair so it comes down to your preferences and to what you listen to.​

Read on if you're looking for true wireless headphones for the gym...

Features:

  • ​​​​3-4 hour battery
  • ​​10 Charging Case
  • ​Bluetooth ​​5.0
  • ​2 Year Warranty

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, the JLab Audio JBuds Air are definitely worth considering.

These earphones mix JLab Audio’s signature bass-heavy sound with decent truly wireless functionality.

Combine that with its compact design and you have a pretty solid set of sports buds which provide an overall great value for $50.

Sound And Quality

These buds come with JLab Audio’s well-known sound quality which emphasizes high trebles and heavier bass beats.

Its best played with bass-heavy music while vocals aren’t as clear given its thump-y nature.

It may not be the best option for everyday use, but it definitely delivers on just the beats you need at the gym.

It has 3 in-built EQ setting which can be toggled through the earbuds themselves and do not require the use of any external apps.

The in-ear design provide decent noise isolation without requiring you to play loud music at unsafe levels. 

Battery Life

The battery life only provides 3 hours of playback.

However, with the charging case, you get an extra ten-hours of charge.

That being said, there is no fast-charge features available so the case takes around 2 hours to charge fully. 

Build Quality

​The JBuds Air have a fairly well-built design though it’s made out of mostly plastic, from the charging case to the earbuds.

The earbuds are not as big as Bose SoundSport Free but they still look big, and they only weigh 6 grams.

It may not look like the most sleek earbuds, they make up for design with functionality.

No matter if you’re lifting weights, running, or climbing walls, they have a fairly stable fit.

They might be slightly uncomfortable if worn for long periods of time.

The headphones are also IP55 rated which makes them sweat resistant; however not waterproof. 

Earbuds Controls

​​JLabs simplifies their buds by implementing controls without requiring an external app that distracts you away from your workout.

You can seamlessly control by tapping either bud for operations such as volume up/down, track back/forward, play/pause, Siri/Google Assistant activations and EQ settings.

Downsides

​The sound quality is only suitable for big bass beats.

You can only take calls within your right ear while the left one is simply limp during the call.

Lastly, while made to be simple, the earbud controls are somewhat awkward to press given the built of the device. 

Great Budget Earbuds

​​The JLab Audio JBuds Air are a good sub-$50 purchase if you only use them for gym-type music.

Considering the higher priced options, this price range is more than fair for what you’re getting, functionality and decent sound quality with true wireless technology.

Pros

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    ​Ideal for bass-heavy music
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    ​Stable in-ear support
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    ​IP55 rated (making them breathable and sweatproof)
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    ​Comfortable fit​

Cons

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    ​3 hour battery life
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    ​No aptX or AAC support
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    ​Bulky
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    ​Not comfortable for long periods of use

Features:

  • ​5 hour playback
  • ​Chargeable carrying case with 10 hours of extra power
  • ​Premium sound (with strong bass)

​These are Bose’s first attempt at ultra wireless earbuds.

Like their wireless Soundsport (like these but attached with a cord), these will protrude a bit out of your ears, making it look a bit weird but performance wise it will be carrying the same quality Soundsport has.

Using a dedicated app, you’ll be able to locate these earbuds if you misplace them by using the special “find my buds” feature.

Like their wireless Soundsport, these won’t isolate much outside noise but the sound is so good that we couldn't leave it out of this list.

So if you workout at a empty gym or don't mind the external noise, then these are for you.

So if you’re looking for something that can isolate noise, then checkout Jabra Elite.

For the sound though, Bose will almost always win.

Pros

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    ​Dedicated app to help locate earbuds if they are lost
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    ​Sweat resistant (IPX4)

Cons

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    ​Doesn't isolate outside noise
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    ​Protrudes outside ears (but has excellent sound)

Features:

  • ​​​4 hour battery
  • ​8 Charging Case
  • ​Bluetooth ​​5.0
  • ​Voice Assistant Access
  • ​Smart Control App

Sennheiser brings takes premium earbuds to the next level with their Momentum True Wireless.

These earphones blend sleek design with great sound output and smart control functionality.

Sennheiser combines every feature you’d want from your wireless headphones into its small sized earbuds. 

Sound And Quality

Momentum Wireless buds aren’t bass-heavy but they deliver balanced mid and high frequency sounds.

The audio is crisp and can be used effectively for vocals as well as music; these are made for those who like to hear details in their music.

This is one of the few earbuds that offer highly detailed sound quality, making it perfect for everyday use.

Sound isolation is passive but it offers a Transparent Hearing feature as most true wireless buds.

If you prefer heavier bass, then you should skip these earbuds.

Battery Life

The average playback last around 4 hours within the earbuds and the case only provides an additional 2 charge-ups, providing a total of 12 hours of music playback before requiring a USB charger.

It delivers enough for a few workout sessions.

​Touch Sensor Controls

​By gently tapping or holding either of your earphones, you’ll be able to conduct a variety of different functions without whipping out your phone.

These functions include: Volume up/down, play/pause, next/previous song, accept/reject call, voice call and transparent hearing toggles. 

​Downsides

​The earbuds cannot be used independently as the main connection is through the right earphone; that said, the sync between the two sides is pretty seamless through the use of Bluetooth 5.0.

The earbuds are only IPX4 rated meaning they are splash resistant but not entirely water/sweat resistant.

It does not come any silicone wings.

This one-size-fits all approach may not work for everyone; however, those who feel comfortable wearing the earphones can be rest assured that they’ll stay put throughout your workout. 

​Best For Detailed Sound

​​​​The Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless is ultimately a luxury pair with some excellent sound quality though priced on the higher end, it has most of what you’ll need in its compact size and sturdy design.

Pros

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    ​Best ​Overall ​Sound ​Quality
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    ​Sturdy ​Construction
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    ​Compact ​Size
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    ​Touch Sensor Controls
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    ​Great ​Microphone ​Quality

Cons

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    ​Touch controls are hit or miss

Features:

  • ​3 hour battery
  • ​8 Charging Case
  • ​Bluetooth ​​4.1
  • ​Noise Canceling

​With a unique design, Sony brings the WF-SP700N as its first truly wireless earphone.

It stands out of the crowd with its advanced noise cancellation ability which is rivaled by few.

Being made for people on the move, the earbuds are made to function in a variety of different settings—ranging from weight lifting to daily commutes. 

Sound And Quality

​The WF-SP700N is a bass-centric earphones; and there is a bit of a compromise of clarity from mid to high ranges.

Although there are equalization options within Sony’s Headphones Connect app, it doesn’t make a difference with clarity.

These earphones are strongest in the isolation department.

This is done through a mix of design and digital active cancellation.

That said, noise cancellation levels can also be adjusted depending on your situation and preferences through the app. 

Battery Life

​You’ll have enough playback for 2-3 workout sessions.

Typically lasting for around 3 hours with the case only extending it for 2 full charges, totalling up to 9 hours.

Even with daily usage, you probably won’t need an external charge for a good 2 or 3 days.

​Made For Movement

​The unconventional wireless earplug design ensures the headphones don’t wobble around as you move and there are extra silicone buds to help you find that perfect fit.

The IPX4 rating also makes it sweat resistant and unaffected by light splashes or rain; but these aren’t completely waterproof which shouldn’t be a deal breaker if you’re looking for something to use for the gym.

​Downsides

​The obvious drawback to these earbuds is the battery life.

The high bass and lack of clarity in vocals can be a concern for some; however upbeat music performs pretty well and is inline with the quality you’d expect from a Sony device.

​Made For Sound Isolation And Bass Heavy Music

​​​​​Sony’s take on an athletic earphone is pretty decent, but feels a little dated in comparison to its counterparts.

It holds up for individuals who need noise cancellation and/or its adjustment within their headphones.

Pros

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    ​Best ​Overall ​Sound ​Quality
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    ​Sturdy ​Construction
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    ​Compact ​Size
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    ​Touch Sensor Controls
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    ​Great ​Microphone ​Quality

Cons

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    ​Touch controls are hit or miss

Features:

  • 4 Hour Bluetooth Playback
  • 7 Hour MP3 Playback
  • 8 hour Charging Case
  • 4gb Onboard Storage
  • Type C charging

​The Gear Iconx 2018 edition are a great choice if you’re looking for something that has onboard storage and great sound.

The previous editions had a heart rate sensor but since its removal, the battery has doubled in size, leaving it with a much better battery life.

Charging it only for 10 minutes will get you a full hour of playback.

Downside to these headphones is the sound is just good, though it isn’t any better than what you can with cheaper wired headphones.

Using the equalizer will get you better sound and it is recommended that you adjust the EQ settings.

The unique thing about these headphones is that they have onboard storage so you can listen to music locally, and this will give you a longer listening time (around 7 hours vs 4 hours streaming through Bluetooth).

Overall, these headphones are great for the gym.

Pros

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    Type C charging
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    Onboard storage
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    Sounds good
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    ​Touch Sensor Controls
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    ​Great ​Microphone ​Quality

Cons

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    Mostly made for Samsung phones
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    Touch interface is tricky to use

Features:

  • ​5 hour battery
  • ​​10 Charging Case
  • ​Bluetooth ​​5.0 Technology
  • ​IP57 Protection
  • ​Dedicated App

Plantronics is an old and respected company in the audio industry, but the BackBeat Fit 3100 is its first attempts into the world of wireless earphones.

These earphones are designed for high-impact workouts with its comfortable, unique and secure hook.

The IP57 certification gives it the full sweat and waterproof resistance; therefore, it's perfect for swimmers and athletes alike. 

Battery Life

​The earbuds provide 5 hours of playback, but there are fast charge capabilities available.

You can get an additional 1 hour by charging it for 15 minutes.

The case itself does extends battery life by 10 hours, totalling up to 15 hours of playback.

​The Design Hook

​Plantronics definitely had a vision for these earbuds and made them specifically when keeping various sports in mind.

It stands out from the crowd due to its unique yet sleek design which provides sturdy feel and can be transitioned easily between various physical activities.

​Sweat And WaterProof

​Few players on the market provide waterproof functionality through IP57 certifications.

Whether you’re going for a swim or in the middle of rain, these earphones will stay put and functioning. 

​The Downsides

Where these headphones fall short is in the audio quality department.

Although sound quality isn’t terrible, there are better options out there within the same price range.

The headphones were purposely built to allow ambient awareness; however the compromise on sound clarity is what knocks the BackBeat Fit down.  

​Great All Purpose Headphones

​Plantronics has brought forth an all-rounder earphone which covers a lot of functionality while leaving a few things to be desired.

If you’re primarily looking for a durable pair which can transition between various sports, then currently Plantronics BackBeat Fit 3100 is a good choice.

Pros

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    ​Super secure fit
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    ​IP56 Waterproof and dust resistant
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    ​Touch controls combined with physical
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    ​Ambient aware ear tips

Cons

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    ​Sound quality
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    ​Connectivity is a hit or miss
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    ​Overpriced

Features:

  • ​​3.5 hour battery
  • ​​14 Charging Case
  • ​Bluetooth ​4.​2 Technology
  • Splash Proof

One of the few premium high end true wireless earbuds, Master & Dynamic MW07 delivers on all fronts.

The design is modern, sleek and is inline with what you’d expect from a premium pair of earbuds.

With its unique design, its comfortable latches on to your ear without leading to earphone fatigue.

It might not have the most innovative features, but it brings high quality features that ultimately justify its high price tag. 

​Sound And Quality

​With aptX support and 10mm Beryllium dynamic drivers, the MW07 are surprisingly well sounding and possibly one of the best out of the true wireless earbuds.

While the bass isn’t overemphasized, there is a slight clarity issue within the mids; but nothing an average user would be irritated by.

Additionally, its noise cancellation is also pretty effective wherein it cuts out all ambient noise without needing high volumes of music playback.

That said, there are no ambient, pass through, sound modes available for when you want to hear your surroundings which is strange at this price strange.

Even lower end earbuds have this feature, but this shouldn’t be a deal breaker if you use these for the gym or in a safe environment where you need the most focus. 

​Battery Life

​Along-with its luxury status, it might be a bit concerning to see a playback time of 3.5 hours; but case charging provides an additional 14 hours of playtime.

The fast charge provides 40% battery life after only 40 minutes of charge. Therefore, the battery isn’t particularly impressive. 

​Luxury Design

​The MW07 are made as a blend of functionality and form with a design that stands out from a mile away.

It also has silicone wings which secure the buds in place as you move about with your physical activity.

That said, these are designed to be less intrusive and made to be used for non-fitness related activities as well.

​Downsides

​Although it delivers some quality features and is a definite step above the competition, the high price tag make it the best option for those who can shell out a couple hundred for workout headphones.

True Wireless Earbuds With Excellent Sound Quality

​The MW07 are premium quality headphones are their finest.

When it comes to sound quality and design, few rivals are there to match.

These headphones are expensive but have the features to match.

Pros

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    ​Comfortable design with silicone wings
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    Excellent sound quality
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    IPX4 Rating for Sweat Resistance​
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    Passive noise cancellation

Cons

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    ​Price
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    Average Battery
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    Connectivity stutters sometimes

Features:

  • 4 hour battery
  • 12 hour charging case
  • Dedicated app
  • Near Field Magnetic Induction
  • 4.2 Bluetooth Technology
  • Touch interface

​Wireless earbuds range widely in pricing. Expect to spend anywhere from $50 to $200 for a decent pair.

Beoplay takes it further though and is priced at $300.

At that price range, you’d expect it to be the best.

B&O Play has a reputation for producing high quality products and having these wireless earbuds priced even higher than Apple’s AirPods, you’d have to have some high expectations.

Sound should be excellent, connection should be flawless and they should be sweat and water resistant.

Are they made for the gym?

B&O Play says they are sweat resistant but are not officially rated.

Some people are complaining of poor connection and dropouts.

B&O Play has a warranty and those who use it are usually satisfied with a flawless pair.

Still, at that price range, you’d expect these to be near perfect.

The sound quality is excellent and if you can get a perfect fit, then you’ll experience strong bass, clear mids and highs. 

Pros

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    Comfortable fitting
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    High quality sound with punchy bass

Cons

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    Not officially sweat proof (though B&O Play claims it to be)
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    Expensive

Features:

  • ​​5 hour battery
  • ​2​0 Charging Case
  • Bluetooth 5.0 Technology
  • Secure Fit
  • 3 Year Warranty

The RHA TrueConnect is a great choice with its balanced audio, impressive battery life and sleek design.

With a design similar to the Apple AirPods, the added earbud controls allows RHA TrueConnect to provide more control.

Sound And Quality

When it comes to audio, the RHA delivers balanced and rich quality while providing strong passive isolation.

The bass is strong but isn’t overwhelming and mids/highs tone are equalized throughout playback regardless of genre.

That said, there are no external equalization options as other earbuds might have this through apps, music players like spotify do have equalizers however.

Noise cancellation is decent while allowing ambient sounds in but high-pitched outside noise are cancelled out with ease. 

​Battery Life

​The battery life of RHA TrueConnect is impressive with a standalone charge delivering 5 hours of playback.

Using the case, it totals to 25 hours.

The case itself uses a USB-C quick charging cable which is a huge up for most people.

​Angled Nozzles For Isolation

​Although the TrueConnect takes inspiration from the original AirPods, it improves the design by giving it a more black, matte finish and shorter stems.

More importantly, it added angled nozzles which provide better suction which provides improved security within the ear and isolation from external noise. 

​Downsides

​Its biggest shortcoming lies in its simplicity for the price. It feels a little outdated in terms of functionality as compared to its peers.

And it doesn’t have aptX support.

​The Athletes Version Of Airpods

If you need simple balanced sound that can cancel out major noise, the TrueConnect is actually a durable and sturdy option to go for.

With it’s IPX5 certification, these earphones can handle a sweaty workout but you can’t swim with them as they are not waterproof.

It has all your basic controls and designs you could need. 

Pros

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    ​Secure fit with comfort nozzles
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    Balanced audio
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    IPX5 Rating for Sweat Resistance
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    Noise isolation available
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    Fast Charge Capabilities
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    Impressive ​Battery ​Life

Cons

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    ​Limited Battery Life
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    ​No equalizer
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    Pressing ​Buttons ​May ​Be ​Awkward

Features:

  • 9 hour battery
  • ​24+ Hour Battery Life with Charging Case
  • Volume and Track Controls on Both Earbuds
  • Water And Sweat Resistant
  • Secure Fit Earhooks

​With a heavy focus on design, Beats headphones have always distinguished themselves and this pair is no exception.

Sporting a wireless, low profile design, Beats touts these as high-performance workout earphones made to withstand buckets of sweat.

Powerbeats take freedom of connectivity to the next level with it’s W1 wireless chip and unlike most true wireless earbuds, each earbud can be powered and used independently.

Specifically made for lifters and fitness enthusiasts alike, these earbuds provide the true wireless experience for your workouts.

Sound And Quality

​If you’re familiar with the Beats sound signature, you'll appreciate these a bit more as the bass is much more tuned and refined on the Powerbeats Pro.

Vocals are deeper and more detailed which compliments the listening experience.

The treble is a bit more sharp than it should be but that is the only downside to the sound.

While offering powerful bass, the sound is still clear, crisp and dynamic.

​Battery Life

​Powerbeats Pro provides a nine-hour battery life and fast charging capabilities giving you extra 1.5 hours of use with just a 5-minute charge.

The case has an additional 24-hour charging-ability but that comes at the cost of less portability with the large carrying case.

​Sleek Design With Snug Fit

​Their light-weight and adjustable design is meant to provide you with a comfortable yet secure fit.

Beats utilize a hook mechanic so they never fall out of your ears.

These don’t stand out on your ears as much and can be used seamlessly between workouts and everyday life.

​Sweat Proof And Water Resistant

​No matter how sweaty you get during a high impact routine, the Powerbeats Pro won’t give you any moisture-related issues, such as slipping off or impacting sound quality.

Although not entirely waterproof, they can handle a splash or two for runners who might not want their training to be dampened by rain.

On Android, it’ll require you to pair each earbud separately.

Downsides

Aside from the price tag which is to be expected from a pair of Beats, the case is quite bulky for its other counterparts.

And noise isolation isn’t up to par and achieving it means raising loudness to unsafe levels.

The ridiculously large carrying case might be an issue for portability but the charging compatibilities will soon make you forget about it’s size.

​Summary

Powerbeats Pro are a step forward within the earphone market providing a mix of comfort and sound.

The impressive battery life and (super large) case-charger, it can help ensure an uninterrupted experience free from hassle.

If you’re an Apple user, these earbuds are a premium solution to your wireless listening needs, but if you’re an Android user, you’ll just be as happy with these than with most earbuds.

Pros

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    Perfect sound quality for songs with heavy bass and vocals
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    Massive soundstage for true wireless earbuds
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    9 Hour Battery Life with Fast Charge Mode
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    Sweat and Water Resistant

Cons

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    ​Pricey Compared to Alternatives
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    Case is Bulky​
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    Noise Isolation is Limited
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    Stands out if using in the office
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    Requires lightning charging cable

Features:

  • ​​25 hour  Battery
  • ​Aluminum Charging Case
  • Bluetooth
  • ​JBL Charged Sound
  • ​UA S​TORM Proof

​When two of the largest names in sound and fitness come together to deliver truly wireless earbud experience, you know it’s going to be an epic product.

The Under Armour JBL True Wireless are enhanced with its Sports Flex Fit ear tips which are crafted for security and comfort for various forms of training.

You’ll be pumped up with it’s bass focused sound signature.

Sound And Quality

​The Sport Flex ear tips provide passive noise isolation while the music is detailed and clear despite its bass emphasis, and that’s where it shines.

The earbuds provide the thump-beat without being too loud in your ear and provides a good balance whereby the vocals and details are still sharp.

It isn’t safe from the usual slow hiss when playback is paused but it isn’t intrusive either. 

​Battery Life

​The UA JBL earbuds provide 5 hours of battery life, with an additional 25 hours with the charging case, providing a total of 30 hours of playback.

That comes with a cost as it is a bit bulky.

This is one of the few earbuds that have a water-resistant charging case though.

​Ambient Aware Setting

​The earbuds come with TalkThru and Ambient Aware functionalities.

Coined as Bionic Hearing; it lets you toggle between heightening simple vocals to interact with your workout partners through TalkThru or cut down on its noise isolation by increasing ambient sound.

Essentially your workouts, your rules.

​IPX 7 Certification

​Whether it’s a little rain or a splash of water, these earphones will remain protected its water resistance capabilities; thereby extending the range of activities you can perform.

Downsides

​The bulky housing situation is a turnoff from the whole experience.

Most cases are bulky but they typically fit in neatly within most pockets.

The same cannot be said for these.

That said, it might not be a huge concern if you can throw these in your gym bag.

The connection is a flunky at the moment with its Bluetooth 4.2 technology.

Expect a few drops for every hour of playback.

Audio lag might have to be expected with these otherwise perfect earbuds.

Innovative Workout Earbuds

​The Under Armour JBL True Wireless Earphone provides the bass to hype up your workouts while delivering on some impressive battery life.

Offering one of the most secure fits, these earbuds won’t fall out of your ears and will stay perfectly fitted.

Overall, these earbuds are perfect for the bass-induced gym athlete.

Pros

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    ​30 hour playback with the case
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    ​Great Bass quality with clear and crisp audio
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    ​IPX7 Certification
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    ​Noise cancellation with TalkThru & Ambient Sound Mode
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    Water resistant case charging

Cons

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    ​Bulky case
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    ​Unstable connectivity issues

Features:

  • 5 hour battery
  • 15 hour charging case
  • Bluetooth 5.0 Technology
  • Passive sound cancellation
  • Dedicated app
  • IP55 Protection

​The Jabra Elite 65t is the perfect balance between features and price.

With the removal of the heart rate sensor, the battery life is better and bigger than the previous Jabra Elite model.

Compared to Samsung Gearx Icons (2018 edition), Jabra Elite 65t have nearly the same sound quality but Samsung has a slight edge on bass.

The fitting on the Jabra Elite is much more tight than Samsung and will provide slightly better ​noise isolation, perfect for those who want to block out background noise.

However, this model is fine for the gym and is able to stand sweat as it is rated IP55 (water and dust proof).

All in all, the sound is better, the connection is improved and battery life is the best we've seen from Jabra.

If you're in the market for the true wireless experience then you'll most likely enjoy Jabra Elite 65t.

Pros

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    Customizable through the dedicated Jabra app
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    Built in Alexa
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    Uses the latest 5.0 Bluetooth technology

Cons

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    Buttons are stiff

​H​onorable Mentions

Best Wired Over-The-Ear Headphones

Features:

  • ​Memory foam compression fit
  • ​Strong bass with clear mids / lows
  • High quality ear pads and doesn't show much wear of use even after months
  • ​Light and comfortable
  • Sweat resistant and noise cancelling
  • Microphone and inline control

​When it comes to gym headphones, these are the lasting thing you'd imagine.

However it can be uncomfortable having earbuds stuffed in your ear canals especially for long duration's.

Soul's Combat+ are the answer to comfortable and secure over the ear headphones.

These headphones are not only secure fit, but they are also customized fit since the padding is memory foam.

The tangle-free Kevlar audio cable allows you to control your music and is sweat resistant so you can wear it safely during intense training that usually leaves you drenched in sweat.

The comply (same as Jaybirds X3's earbuds' material) earbud tips are made out of memory foam and is heat activated, molding over your ears for a secure and noise-isolating fit.

With a balanced sound signature, Combat+ features very strong bass with clear mids and lows, leaving your head in the zone with music blasting without any outside noise interfering with your training.

For the price and quality, you'll be getting a pair that'll last you for a long time.

The Combat+ is the perfect choice for the hardcore lifter (and joggers) looking for balanced audio and changeable / washable ear pads.

Features:

  • ​40 Hours Battery Life
  • ​aptX HiFi Headset
  • ​Light and comfortable
  • ​Wired and Wireless
  • ​Bluetooth with Built-In Mic

Avantree 40-hour wireless headphones provides the convivence of wireless sets with a more traditional bass-heavy punch to its audio.

It comes closer to more modern functionality and audio reproduction which are standard within higher end models, but it markets itself in a fraction of their cost.

Add in their comfortable design and you have a listening device suitable for pumping you up in the gym or relaxing you as you watch movies.

Sound Quality

The headphones provide decent quality without the need to crank up the volume with crisp and clear sounds.

It does allow users to toggle on bass-boost modes and you can use an equalizer to adjust the sounds to your preference.

They do not have any active noise cancellation features but will drown out passive noise through their ear-cup design.

Battery Life

Avantree deliver when it comes to battery life.

Despite having wired capabilities, users can experience up to 40 hours of playback.

In order to recharge the battery, you can plug it in using the provided USB.

It takes around 3 hours to fully charge back, but can be used wired in the meantime.

​Comfortable Fit

​​Aside from the sleek design, the company has gone out to add comfort for its users.

The headband is adjustable enabling you to get a customized fit, while still being lightweight.

It makes the use of soft protein earpads to provide comfort while cancelling out passive noise enabling you to focus on your music.

​Downsides

​The Avantree do provide better quality features for its price range, but takes away from a few features.

There is no active noise cancellation which cause breaks in immersion.

Its Bluetooth functionality should be compatible with your devices and you should be within range in order to avoid getting audio drops. Sound leakage may also occur at higher volume.

​Summary

​While not the best on the market in terms of features, the Avantree 40-hour wireless headset has its place with its long battery life and balanced sound quality.

Although it may not be the most travel friendly—especially with the exclusion of active noise cancellation—the headphones have a solid, durable frame.

It can quickly sync up to your device or can be used through a cable while on charge.

It essentially provides all the basic amenities you may need from any budget-friendly over-the-ear headphones.

Pros

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    Durable build
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    ​Bluetooth functionality
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    ​Fairly inexpensive
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    ​Has a 40-hour playback capacity and can be used corded
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    Suited for bass-heavy music with added bass-boost option
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    Cancels passive noise from environment

Cons

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    ​Audio quality can be better
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    ​No Active Noise Cancellation
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    ​Sound leakage may occur

Features:

  • ​Bluetooth
  • ​15 Hour Battery Life
  • ​NFC
  • ​Leather Ear Cushions

The August EP650 provide the bass to the budget over-the-ear headphones while still remaining as an affordable option coming at under $50.

​Sound And Quality

Optimized to bring music to life, the headset is suited for bass-heavy music; but you can use in-app EQ settings to adjust the frequency to an extent.

The thick rectangular earpads do provide isolation; however, there may be minimal sound bleeding at higher volumes.

Battery Life

​Compared to others on the market, its battery life of 10 hours is less than impressive.

On the flip side, an hour of charging is enough to reach 100% battery for another cycle.

Aside from its wireless functionality, the headphones can also be used through a wire once you run out of juice. 

​Minimalist Design

​Right off the bat, the August EP650 stand out with its somewhat unique and sleek design.

With its rectangular earpads and in-built control options, the headset combines form and function to provide you with a rich audio experience.

The matte finish gives it a more premium feel while making it less prone to scratches.

​Downsides

​The headset does have limitations when it comes to fit as the adjustable straps are a bit stiff to add to its overall durability.

Additionally, this can also cause a little discomfort overtime, especially in the form of heating up your ears.

Additionally, the headphones are primarily for bass-heavy songs and provides digital noise during other notes. 

​Affordable But Expensive Looking Headphones

​This pair is for the bass-enthusiasts who primarily want to get pumped up and stay that way.

It provides great sound quality for the bass and is an affordable option for those who want an anti-slip, durable pair of over-the-ear headphones.  

Pros

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    Made ​for bass-heavy tracks
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    Has the ability to fast charge to 100%
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    Comfortable and durable
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    ​In-built audio controls on earcup
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    ​Decent noise isolation

Cons

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    Relatively short battery life of 10 hours
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    Can be bit clunky to store
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    The headband can feel a little stiff to adjust

Features:

  • ​Bluetooth
  • ​​8 Hour Battery Life
  • ​Wireless & WIred
  • ​Foldable & Portable

​The Ifecco bluetooth headset is for individuals who need the best of both worlds.

It offers both wired and wireless capabilities while connectivity is handled through an in-built bluetooth.

A single pair is affordably priced, yet is packed with features which many within this price range lack.

They’re a solid alternative if you’re on a budget and are in need of a multi-function set.

Sound And Quality

​​It provides a balanced sound for users looking for a general-purpose audio output.

It may appear to seem a little distant and the quality is reflected at higher volumes.

Although not in-built, the earpads do provide some noise isolation to drown out some of the surrounding sounds.

Battery Life

​The headphones can be used wired or wirelessly.

It can be used for up to 8 hours without additional charging.

It comes with light indicators to determine whether the set has fully charged or in charging mode; full battery can be achieved within 2.5 hours.

​Bluetooth With Added Features

​​Having Bluetooth capability adds to their compatibility options.

They can be used wirelessly on most devices and modern TVs with Bluetooth connectivity.

Additionally, a unique feature of this headset is its ability to playback from TF/Micro SD cards or through its in-built FM radio system.

Unlike most other pairs within this price range, the headset comes with an in-built mic which can be used for calls, if required.

Its ear-cups are fitted with controls to toggle songs or volume, receive calls and rewind.

​Downsides

​Being an affordable option, its build quality isn’t as durable and the audio quality is balanced yet doesn’t provide the bass-heavy sound which is typically sought after.

The headset is also quite bulky, despite being compatible and may not be the most travel-friendly pair you could find.

​Summary

​​Ifecco provides an interesting blend of features packed within an affordable price.

It mimics a lot of mid-range features, such as in-built buttons and a microphone.

There are some unique added features of FM functionality and SD card support which increases its compatibility in addition to bluetooth options.

Over all, the headset is a good option who prefer having features; although some sacrifices in design will have to be made.

Pros

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    ​Inexpensive Bluetooth enabled headphones
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    ​In-built toggle buttons
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    ​Comfortable ear-pads with added cushion
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    Playback for upto 8 hours
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    ​TF/Micro SD card support
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    ​FM radio functionality available

Cons

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    ​Plastic frame
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    ​Audio quality can be better
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    ​May provide an unstable fit for some users​

​Best Wireless Over-The-Ear Headphones

Features:

  • ​Bluetooth 4.1
  • ​20Hours Battery
  • ​Wireless And Wired
  • ​Passive Noise Cancellation

​Packed with features but yet affordably priced, Mpow 059 aims to provide users with a flawless listening experience.

Constructed from a glossy plastic frame that adds to its appearance, the headset itself is foldable for easy storage and travel.

Being Bluetooth enabled, they can be used wirelessly or wired through the provided USB.

With the following features included, the super portable Mpow 059 are definitely a decent deal for the price range.

​Sound ​Quality

​When it comes to sound, the Mpow 059 provide a rich listening experience with its deep and slightly overpowering bass.

While it performs better with bass-heavy music, it mixes in with balanced mid-range sounds and treble.

There may be slightly muffled tones which may turn off some audiophiles, but if you just want headphones for the gym, you’ll enjoy playing music from these.

There is some passive sound isolation provided by its in-built earcups and the music that plays with it.

Ambient noise will typically be drowned out through moderate volumes.

If you simply need a little isolation, these should suffice for the gym.  

Battery Life

​​​​While wired usage and charging is an option, the headphones have up to 20 hours of juice through a single full-charge.

It also has an in-built auto-off timer in order to conserve battery when inactive.

It takes around 4.5 hours to fully charge which considerably more than other headphones.

However, fast-charge capability is also present with a 10-minute charge adding about 2 hours of playback in the set, which is nice to see considering it’s low price.

​Hands-free Functionally 

​​​In order to keep your listening experience hassle-free, the headphone incorporates the use of buttons to toggle between songs, adjust the volume and answer or end calls.

It also comes with a microphone allowing you to communicate on-the-go without any interruptions.

​Downsides

​The headset isn’t the most luxurious in terms of build with the glossy plastic coming off as a little cheap-looking.

Due to its finish, fingerprint stains will need to be repeatedly wiped off and despite that, overtime wear will lead to chipping.

Additionally, there is no active noise cancellation available on the headset to reduce ambient noise which is fairly common among modern headsets.

​The Best Budget Over Ear Headphones

​​Over all the Mpow 059 are a great pair of headphones which provide a more wireless experience with its bluetooth functionality.

The advantages of these headphones make them seem more expensive than they actually are.

Mpow 059 is a decent option for users who travel or commute on a day-to-day basis and need a solid pair of affordable headphones.

Pros

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    Sleek design with foldable functionality
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    ​Sound price for quality
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    ​Strong bass sound signature
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    ​Can be used wirelessly or wired
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    ​Comes with a mic and built-in hands-free buttons on earcup

Cons

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    ​Comes with a mic and built-in hands-free buttons on earcup
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    ​Glossy finish is prone to fingerprints

Features:

  • ​Bluetooth 4.1
  • ​20 hours Battery
  • ​Wireless And Wired
  • ​Passive Noise Cancellation

​Packed with features but yet affordably priced, Mpow 059 aims to provide users with a flawless listening experience.

Constructed from a glossy plastic frame that adds to its appearance, the headset itself is foldable for easy storage and travel.

Being Bluetooth enabled, they can be used wirelessly or wired through the provided USB.

With the following features included, the super portable Mpow 059 are definitely a decent deal for the price range.

​Sound ​Quality

​When it comes to sound, the Mpow 059 provide a rich listening experience with its deep and slightly overpowering bass.

While it performs better with bass-heavy music, it mixes in with balanced mid-range sounds and treble.

There may be slightly muffled tones which may turn off some audiophiles, but if you just want headphones for the gym, you’ll enjoy playing music from these.

There is some passive sound isolation provided by its in-built earcups and the music that plays with it.

Ambient noise will typically be drowned out through moderate volumes.

If you simply need a little isolation, these should suffice for the gym.  

Battery Life

​​​​While wired usage and charging is an option, the headphones have up to 20 hours of juice through a single full-charge.

It also has an in-built auto-off timer in order to conserve battery when inactive.

It takes around 4.5 hours to fully charge which considerably more than other headphones.

However, fast-charge capability is also present with a 10-minute charge adding about 2 hours of playback in the set, which is nice to see considering it’s low price.

​Hands-free Functionally 

​​​In order to keep your listening experience hassle-free, the headphone incorporates the use of buttons to toggle between songs, adjust the volume and answer or end calls.

It also comes with a microphone allowing you to communicate on-the-go without any interruptions.

​Downsides

​The headset isn’t the most luxurious in terms of build with the glossy plastic coming off as a little cheap-looking.

Due to its finish, fingerprint stains will need to be repeatedly wiped off and despite that, overtime wear will lead to chipping.

Additionally, there is no active noise cancellation available on the headset to reduce ambient noise which is fairly common among modern headsets.

​The Best Budget Over Ear Headphones

​​Over all the Mpow 059 are a great pair of headphones which provide a more wireless experience with its bluetooth functionality.

The advantages of these headphones make them seem more expensive than they actually are.

Mpow 059 is a decent option for users who travel or commute on a day-to-day basis and need a solid pair of affordable headphones.

Pros

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    ​Sleek design with foldable functionality
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    ​Sound price for quality
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    ​Strong bass sound signature
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    ​Can be used wirelessly or wired
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    ​Comes with a mic and built-in hands-free buttons on earcup

Cons

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    ​Comes with a mic and built-in hands-free buttons on earcup
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    ​Glossy finish is prone to fingerprints

Features:

  • ​Tangled Free Coiled
  • ​Comfortable Cushion
  • ​No Batteries Required
  • ​Control Talk universal inline Audio controls

​Design and quality are what Monster ROC offers its users.

These bluetooth headphones are made for individuals who prefer their accessories to have style and function.

They have a plastic construction, but the black finish with shiny gold trim provide it a more luxurious feel.

Being bluetooth enabled, they can be used wired and wirelessly, depending on your preference.

Aside from aesthetics, the following features help make it a stand out product for sports/fitness enthusiasts.

​Sound ​Quality

​​ROC Sport provides a rich and balanced sound profile while favoring more bass-heavy music.

The highs may get lost a bit, but there are mids are pronounced.

Equalization can be done depending on your phone’s customization features, if you don’t prefer the default tones.

They do have decent noise isolation and there is minimum audio leakage from the headphones.

Battery Life

​​​You’re provided with around 11 hours of battery life and a 2-hour charging window.

Like with other bluetooth sets, they can be plugged into a laptop or phone to use wired as well.

​Water Resistant

​​One of the main features for lifters and fitness-philes is their water resistance.

Note these are not waterproof; instead they are resistant to small amount of water and are essentially sweat proof.

Therefore, they can be good additions as your workout or jogging gear.

​Downsides

​While these are made from high quality plastics, metals and rubber, they aren’t as durable as higher end headphones which are made for fitness.

Therefore, you may need to be a little cautious during use.

They are also priced a bit higher in terms of their feature list and audio capabilities when compared to others within the range.

​Summary

​​With their price point, the ROC Sport might not be everyone’s cup of tea.

There are alternatives which are packed with more features, yet these headphones definitely have their place.

They are designed for individuals who prefer the look and style they offer.

It is backed by a decent pair of cans which is ideal for deep, rich bass.

The battery life should last you a while and the sweat proof/water resistance only add to their value.

Pros

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    ​Sleek retro look to the headset
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    ​11-hour battery life
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    ​In-built bluetooth functionality; can be used wired and wirelessly
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    ​Suitable for deep ended music
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    ​Sweatproof and water resistant
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    ​Noise isolation

Cons

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    ​Expensive for the features it offers
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    ​Plastic build may look cheap

Features:

  • ​Bluetooth
  • ​High durability
  • 12 Hour Battery Life
  • ​Custom Shield

​V-MODA’s take on over the ear headphones brings their signature sound while allowing you to customize the exterior according to your preference.

These cans provide you bring quality to the table of bluetooth headphones while its finer details help it stand out.

The Crossfade is built from durable plastics, metal and rubber while its layered-on top with a black leatherette with a breathable mesh material to prevent the dreaded headphone hair.

Its design either vows you or disappoint.

If you fall into the former camp, here’s what it offers:

​Sound ​Quality

​If you prefer your bass to provide a kick without sounding too muddy, V-MODA definitely delivers.

It provides a rich listening experience against deep and powerful bass-heavy music.

The mid-range isn’t as pronounced, but do offer up some decent audio.

You can expect nice and crisp audio; but it definitely bass-heavy in its profile.

There is no active noise cancellation, but the memory foam ear cups to provide comfortable passive noise isolation while should enrich your listening experience.

Battery Life

​​A single full charge can last you for around 12 hours of playback which is pretty average.

Once you do run out of battery, you can switch over to the good ol’ aux cable for an uninterrupted listening experience.

​Durable, Unique Construction

​These aren’t your average circular headphones.

Instead they opt for a hexagonal shape and a minimal gap between your cups and head to foster comfort.

It uses a blend of high-quality materials to provide a durable headset.

Its hexagonal shield can be customized for color and finish to allow you to add a personalized touch to your headphones.

There are also multi-use buttons on the earcups which allow you to power on/off, adjust volume and play/ pause or control calls.

​Downsides

​While the headphones seem durable, they aren’t foldable making a sort of hassle to store.

They come with a hard case, but it does take up space.

They are slightly expensive with the customization and design being frills to attract users and functionality is pretty basic.

​Summary

​Ultimately these headphones do deliver a good over the ear listening experience, especially for deep bass tunes.

It is well-designed and sturdy for daily use while adding to the user’s experience through personalized customization options.

With its 12-hour battery and hands-free functionality, these bluetooth headphones do provide value for individuals on the go.

Their main drawback will be design; some will favor and others oppose it.

The Crossfades are overall recommended for users who prefer a bold set of headphones with quality construction and sound.

Pros

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    ​Sturdy, customizable headset
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    ​Bass-heavy audio reproduction
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    ​Hard storage case
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    ​Battery lasts for 12-hours
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    ​Durable

Cons

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    ​Slightly expensive for functionality offered
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    ​Not foldable

Features:

  • ​Folding Design
  • Memory Foam Ear Cushions
  • 22 Hour Battery Life
  • Aux Port

​SkullCandy Hesh 3 is a great budget option for a quality pair of over the ear headphones.

They compete with premium headphones with its solid and minimal build, sound quality and battery life.

SkullCandy keeps things plain and simple with Hesh 3 as the logo is fairly hidden and the build design is super minimal, which makes them look more expensive than it should be. 

​Sound ​Quality

​If you’ve tried any headphones from SkullCandy, then you’ll already know have excellent and well balanced.

While it thumps with bass, it isn’t overwhelming.

Vocals may sound a bit underpowered due to the bass but the highs are detailed as you would expect them to be from SkullCandy.

If you’re not an audiophile and like bass-heavy songs without distortion at higher volumes, then you’ll enjoy these.

Hesh 3 isolates noise quite well.

The comfortable ear pads isolate outside sounds so all you hear is the music that you play and they clamp on tighter than your average over the ear headphones.

Battery Life

​This is where the Hesh 3 competes with premium competitors with a huge battery life of 22 hours.

It goes further to provide users with rapid charge functionality. You can add 4 hours of juice with a simple 10-minute charge.

​Minimalist Design

​Hesh 3 has a minimal design but yet it looks like a product from a luxury brand.

It has only 3 buttons for controlling volume, playing or pausing a song or answering a call.

The headset is adjustable, lightweight and comfortable.

They also collapse on themselves making them compact enough to be tucked away while travelling.

​Downsides

​The earpads provide suction for noise isolation; however, they ultimately may result in comfort issues.

The tight clamping force from the padding will have a strain on your ears.

Additionally, the headphones are generally suited for bass-heavy music, while the treble notes may be accompanied with digital noise.

It is also more fragile than you average pair of headphones due to the plastic materials used in its build.

If you’re prone to dropping and banging up your headphones, then you should most likely consider another option.

​Affordable But Expensive Looking Headphones

​If you’re looking for an affordable over the ear headphones with all the basics and expensive look, then the Hesh 3 is a good option.

Its battery power is perhaps its biggest benefit—especially when you consider the set can be used with a wire when desired.

No matter how active you are, these clamp on tight which makes them the perfect option for bodybuilders and athletes.

Pros

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    ​Fairly affordable
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    Minimal but luxurious look
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    Suited for bass-heavy sounds
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    Earpads help to provide noise cancellation
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    22-hour battery life
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    Logo is hard to find

Cons

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    Padding may cause discomfort
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    Digital noise experienced during treble

Features:

  • ​18 Hour Battery Life
  • Bluetooth
  • ​Active Noise Cancellation

​For a decent set of ear-cans that don’t break the bank, Plantronics Backbeat Go 600 are a budget option to keep in mind.

Within the below $100 range, the headset comes with some impressive features to provide an immersive, rich over-the-ear audio experience.

​Sound ​Quality

​The Backbeat Go 600 shines when it comes to sound quality.

It provides balanced sound with clear vocals.

Equalization can be adjusted through the Plantronics app.

There is some sound bleeding through the headphones and sound cancellation is rather limited with no active isolation option. 

Battery Life

​When it comes to playback, you’re getting around 18 hours of juice with a single charge.

You’re also getting the standard additional listening options through wired connection in case the battery runs out.

​Built-In Audio Controls

​The left earcup features manual audio controls enabling users to play, pause and skip tracks without their phones.

On the other hand, the right earcup has toggles for turning the headphones on/off with additional Bluetooth pairing and bass-boost options.

​Downsides

​The build quality does ultimately feel cheap and has a dated design.

The earcups are fitted with a plastic finish which will show signs of wear overtime. 

​Summary

​When going budget, certain compromises will have to be made.

Yet the Go 600 proves to be a premium affordable option for its build and sound quality.

Overall, they are a decent pair of cans which can help you power through your workouts. 

Pros

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    ​Affordable over-the-ear wireless headphones
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    Lightweight and comfortable
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    Balanced audio with Bass-Boost EQ option available
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    In-Built Audio Controls
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    Reasonable battery life

Cons

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    Plastic finish gives it a relatively cheap feel
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    ​Limited sound isolation

Features:

  • 22 Hour Battery Life
  • ​Aux Port
  • Bluetooth
  • Voice Assistants

​The QuietComfort 35 Series II takes on a smart approach as it has the latest generation of features with improvements in its hardware.

With its balanced but crisp audio and portability features, these earphones are top tier performers at its price range. 

Sound Quality

​Bose is known for overpowering bass but the QC35 has much more tuned bass.

It isn’t overpowered, instead, it has a much more detailed and balanced sound quality.

Lows are still given priority in songs, but mids are super clear with detailed vocals.

The soundstage is also huge, it was surprisingly bigger than expected.

Overall with this sound quality, it doesn’t get any better than this at its price range.

You also have equalization options through Bose’s app, which is available on iOS and Android.

Battery Life

​The QC35 features 20 hours of wireless playback and 40 hours of wired use.

With it’s fast-charge feature, you can get a 2-hour boost from a quick 15-minute charge.

If you play at 80% volume or less, you should be getting around 15-16 hour of music playback.

​Active Noise Cancellation

​When it comes to the gym, it can be a very noisy place.

With weights banging, people grunting and every other noise in the gym can be a big distraction.

But luckily, Bose has one of the best noise cancelling technology.

The noise cancellation isn’t even needed as the earpads with music playing can isolate noise more than enough. 

​Comfort For Hours

​The QuietComfort is definitely one of the most comfortable headphones you can get.

From its oval padding to the leather lining, you’re unlikely to experience any discomfort from even hours of use with its lightweight build.

Downsides

Comparing other headphones in its price range, the QuietComfort 35 II, there are no drawbacks other than the low’s being just a bit overpowered.

It’s super durable and features near-excellent sound quality comes with a premium price tag and the design seems pretty plain given the competition.

​Top Tier Bose Headphones

​If you’re looking for a headset within a $300 range, the QC 35’s are one of the best options on the market.

With a balanced sound, comfortable and durable build and long battery life, you’re set with these headphones for quite a long time.

Another cool thing is that the QC 35’s can use Google translate in real time while wearing these headphones.

Who knows when you find yourself in a non-English speaking gym?!

Though we don’t recommend it, these durable headphones can be slammed, dropped and chucked, which makes them the perfect choice for the above-average weight lifter. 

Pros

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    ​Huge soundstage
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    Adjust Noise Cancellatoin
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    ​Long battery life
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    Comfortable fit
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    Super durable

Cons

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    Expensive

Features:

  • ​​35 Hours of Battery Life
  • 4.2 Bluetooth (40 feet connectivity)
  • On board controls

​On board controls.

The Treblab Z2 headphones are packed with quality though the price is low for what you get.

You’d think you’re wearing expensive headphones with these.

Apart from the nice accessories that these come with, the Z2’s have a high quality Bluetooth connection that lets you go anywhere from 40-45 feet from your phone.

The aptX connection means these will have great sound quality over most wireless headphones.

The bass seems to be more emphasized but the treble is still a little detailed and they’re very comfortable to wear, you’d forget you’re wearing them after a while.

If you have the ANC turned on, there won’t be any distortion. 

Pros

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    ​Great sound quality
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    ​Long battery life
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    Comfortable to wear

Cons

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    Take 4-5 hours to fully charge

Features:

  • ​​30 Hour Battery Life
  • NoiseGuard Technology
  • Wired Input
  • ​MicroUSB Charging

​If you want a smarter pair of headphones, Sennheiser’s PXC 550 might be the wireless headset for you.

Sennheiser brings some major upgrades in terms of sound profiles and features along-with additional immersive touch technology.

Tap and flick gestures can be used to seamlessly perform functions while you’re on the go or at the gym.

​Sound ​Quality

​The PXC 550’s multi-layered sound is perfect for a range of songs and is able to distinguish vocals in a clear manner.

The headphones have rich bass but yet deliver rich mids to provide harmony.

It also comes with four EQ modes which can be toggled through the headset itself.

The modes include Club, Movie, Speech or Off.

Battery Life

​With 30 hours of playback, Sennheiser provides additional ability to top up battery through its charging port.

There is no fast charge capability present, however.

The 30 hour playback time is much higher than average, even better than some of the more expensive options.

​Touch Sensitive Trackpads

​Sennheiser has taken away those clunky buttons and instead lets you in control with gestures built into the right earcup.

You’ll be able to interactivity control volume, playback and picking up calls—all through one finger.

Additionally, it also automatically senses other movements; such as taking off the earphones to pause and twisting ear cups to turn off and on.

​NoiseGuard Hybrid

​N​oise cancellation is a smart addition with an impressive technology backing it up.

It cancels out noise and adjusts depending on how much noise it needs to blocked out.

The thick leather pads effectively knock out most sounds, but it offers two additional levels of noise cancellation which can be switched on using the buttons on its exterior.

Downsides

​All those features come with their own set of limitations.

The noise cancellation is an improvement from the previous models, it's still somewhat lacking when compared to others in this price range.

Additionally, the touch controls are nifty tools; however, they can be unreliable.

Often skipping tracks when trying to raise the volume; therefore giving the user a bit of a learning curve when using them. 

​Smart Headphones For The Weight lifter

​The PXC 500s are an ambitious pair that delivers a lot of features and an impressive sound quality.

Its touchpad functionality is not found in many competitors within the range and could be the perfect choice for those with high intensity training who need quick functionality. 

Pros

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    ​Balanced sound quality
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    Touch control functionality
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    Automatic on/off and pause
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    Effective noise cancellat​ion
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    Impressive 30-hour battery life

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    Finicky touch control with a learning curve
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​Best Wired On-Ear Headphones

Features:

  • Wired headphones
  • 3.5mm plug
  • ​Light and comfortable
  • ​Y-shaped chord
  • ​80 Hours battery life

If you’re on a budget but still want some active noise cancellation features, Sony has you covered.

The company’s affordable headset comes in a plastic build, but their durability is accentuated by its other physical feature.

The earcups can be folded in allowing for a degree of added flexibility and also providing easy storage capabilities.

The headset is corded with a standard 3.5mm jack.

Sound Quality

While being more affordable, Sony’s standard of audio quality does still shine through.

It has a powerful bass with a balanced mid-range.

The treble translates evenly as well; however, it may lack in detail.

It does considerably control audio leakage which only appears on higher volume within the treble range.

Active Noise Cancellatoin

​The standout quality of these headphones is its noise cancellation features.

You can switch on and off your isolation mode using a switch present of the set itself.

It will help reduce ambient noise to provide crisper sound.

The noise cancellation does need a battery, which is to be inserted within the earcup, in order to function.

That said, you’ll be able to listen to your audio without the battery given its corded nature. 

​Downsides

​​Aside from being a budget option for cutting out some pesky noise around you, Sony provides pretty basic headset.

The plastic build takes away from its durability and stability.

Additionally, being corded, it might hinder usage between workouts.

​Summary

​For those who are out and about for a considerable amount of time, its foldable nature helps for easy travel and storage; while providing decent audio reproduction and minimal audio leakage.

If you don’t mind the cord and are looking for noise cancellation without breaking the bank, it may be worth considering.

Pros

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    ​Balanced audio quality
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    ​Active Noise Cancellation
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    ​On-the-go headset

Cons

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    ​Flimsy build
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    ​Corded headset

Features:

  • Wired headphones
  • ​Plastic Build
  • 3.5mm plug
  • ​Light and comfortable
  • Sweat resistant and noise cancelling
  • Microphone and inline control

​While the Koss SportaPro headphones are not the most durable headphones, they are cheap and they sound amazing.

The great comfort they provide makes it perfect to use for any kind of activity.

Since they are very lightweight, you’d barely feel them when worn.

They are perfect for the gym, but they provide no noise isolation due to the way they are designed.

The materials they are built with do feel cheap, but they are priced quite low.

What you’re getting with these headphones is excellent sound quality but a poor quality build with a wire. 

Pros

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    ​Good bass
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    ​Comfortable and lightweight

Cons

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    No controls
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    ​Treble is weak

Features:

  • ​Microphone
  • ​Passive noise isolation

​If there was a budget version of the Solo headphones, the SMS Audio Street would be it.

SMS Audio on ear headphones have almost the same sound signature as Dr Dre’s Solo headphones but the build quality is much better and feels more durable.

These are wired headphones and come with a hard case to protect them while you’re on the move.

Sound isolation is just right as they fit tightly on the ears with a bit of a squeezing feel to them so they are securely fit and won’t come off even if you’re jogging.

The sound emphasizes on bass, but still providing great treble and mids, making it have a great overall sound quality.

It features a dynamic sound signature, which makes it great to listen with for any genre.

The only downside is that they make your ears feel a bit warm but that’s a common issue with most on-ear headphones.

Pros

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    Balanced sound
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    ​Lightweight and foldable
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    ​Fair price and designed for sports
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    High quality build

Cons

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​Best Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Features:

  • 6 Hours of Battery Life
  • Water resistant
  • Bone Conduction Technology

​In ear headphones can get uncomfortable and on ear builds up sweat fairly quickly.

If you can’t stand those types of headphones, check out the AfterShokz bone conduction headphones.

It lets you listen to music through bone conduction, so it doesn’t need to go in nor on your ears.

The open air design lets all outside noise in because your ears are free of plugs, which lets you have all the situation awareness that you need.

Though the sound quality shouldn’t be expected to be the same as any other headphones, the quality is just ok.

This is unique technology that doesn’t require to be plugged into your ears.

Pros

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    Doesn't need to go on or in your ears
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    ​No wires

Cons

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    Average sound quality

Features:

  • ​Wireless
  • ​Light and Durable
  • ​16 Hours Battery Life
  • ​Removable and Washable Cuhsions

​​If you’re looking for a pair of wireless earphones specifically for spots, you’ve like come across the name JBL Under Armor.

Given the company’s long history within the sports and fitness realms, they produce gear specifically tailored for the demographic.

These on-ear headphones are designed for movement with the use of ear tips for stable fit perfect for all levels of activity.

With the JBL sound and build quality, you can’t go wrong with them.

Sound Quality

​​It maintains a pretty balanced sound profile throughout its bass, mids and highs, while providing crisp and clear audio.

Some earphones will have issues with call functionality.

The JBL Under Armor Sport, however, has crystal clear reception and the quality holds up fairly well as well.

​Battery Life

​The headphones should give you around 8 hours of life with a single charge, but there may be some variation depending on how you use them.

The higher the volume, the more the battery is used up, and vice versa. You can get a bit more or less juice out of the same pair.

​Sweat ​Proof

​​While not being completely waterproof, the headphones are resistant to sweat and stay put during your workouts.

These are designed to be resistant to a variety of movements and can even be used when you’re out on a run.

​Added Purchase Bonus

While not technically a design bonus, they do come with a free year of MapMyFitness app which costs around $ 29.99 if purchased separately.

The app does not need to be used in conjunction and offers no additional controls, but is a neat complementary addition to your purchase.

Downsides

​While the quality and functionality are there, you are somewhat paying for the JBL name as well.

It may seem slightly up there in price against its other competitors.

Additionally, in a similar vein, the battery of the device isn’t quite up to par with its competition.

8 Hours does provide you sufficient juice, but with a 2-hour charging break, it might be easy to forget the headphones on your table before you head out.

​Balanced Wireless Audio

​​The JBL Under Armor Wireless Sport are a nifty pair of headphones for its functionality.

They provide crisp and balance audio while delivering the signature JBL sound.

Due to their well-thought design, the ear tips fit firmly and do not fall out during exercise.

The price is slightly inflated, but it has the quality to back it up making it a worthwhile purchase. 

Pros

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    ​Minimal, sturdy design
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    ​Balanced JBL sound profile
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    ​Comfortable ergonomic ear tips
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    ​8-hour battery life
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    ​Sweat proof
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    ​Free 1-year MapMyFitness membership

Cons

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    ​Pricey for functionality
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    ​Battery capacity is low compared to competitors

Features:

  • ​Wireless
  • ​Light and Durable
  • ​16 Hours Battery Life
  • ​Removable and Washable Cuhsions

​​If you’re looking for a pair of wireless earphones specifically for spots, you’ve like come across the name JBL Under Armor.

Given the company’s long history within the sports and fitness realms, they produce gear specifically tailored for the demographic.

These on-ear headphones are designed for movement with the use of ear tips for stable fit perfect for all levels of activity.

With the JBL sound and build quality, you can’t go wrong with them.

Sound Quality

​​It maintains a pretty balanced sound profile throughout its bass, mids and highs, while providing crisp and clear audio.

Some earphones will have issues with call functionality.

The JBL Under Armor Sport, however, has crystal clear reception and the quality holds up fairly well as well.

​Battery Life

​The headphones should give you around 8 hours of life with a single charge, but there may be some variation depending on how you use them.

The higher the volume, the more the battery is used up, and vice versa. You can get a bit more or less juice out of the same pair.

​Sweat ​Proof

​​While not being completely waterproof, the headphones are resistant to sweat and stay put during your workouts.

These are designed to be resistant to a variety of movements and can even be used when you’re out on a run.

​Added Purchase Bonus

While not technically a design bonus, they do come with a free year of MapMyFitness app which costs around $ 29.99 if purchased separately.

The app does not need to be used in conjunction and offers no additional controls, but is a neat complementary addition to your purchase.

Downsides

​While the quality and functionality are there, you are somewhat paying for the JBL name as well.

It may seem slightly up there in price against its other competitors.

Additionally, in a similar vein, the battery of the device isn’t quite up to par with its competition.

8 Hours does provide you sufficient juice, but with a 2-hour charging break, it might be easy to forget the headphones on your table before you head out.

​Balanced Wireless Audio

​​The JBL Under Armor Wireless Sport are a nifty pair of headphones for its functionality.

They provide crisp and balance audio while delivering the signature JBL sound.

Due to their well-thought design, the ear tips fit firmly and do not fall out during exercise.

The price is slightly inflated, but it has the quality to back it up making it a worthwhile purchase. 

Pros

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    ​Minimal, sturdy design
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    ​8-hour battery life
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    ​Sweat proof
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    ​Free 1-year MapMyFitness membership

Cons

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    ​Pricey for functionality
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    ​Battery capacity is low compared to competitors

Features:

  • ​Bluetooth
  • ​Durable and Bendable
  • ​Sweatproof
  • ​Built-in Microphone

​​Monster has an on-ear version of their popular over-the-ear ROC Sport headphones.

They offer a unique, premium design and are made for performing activities.

The headphone pair has been designed with in-ear tips with added hooks for a comfortable, yet stable fit.

Much like its older counterpart, its design may lead to some divisiveness.

If you’re into the line, these may be a more affordable option to try out.

Sound Quality

​​Fitted with the powerful pure Monster sound which provides exceptional bass-centric sound quality, the ROC Sport is a good fit for athletes and everyday gym-goers alike.

It uses a patented SportClip design to help firmly stabilize the headphones within your ears to deliver clear, yet deep audio.

Additionally, they offer total noise isolation so you can focus on your workout at hand without any problems.

​Battery Life

​In terms of battery life, they should last you for around 12 to 15 hours, depending on the volume you listen at.

Whereas charging will take around 2-2.5 hours to reach back up to maximum.

​Sweat Resistance

​​Being made for sports, the headphones are sweat resistance and do offer some water resistance as well.

They are not waterproof so should not be used for swimming or in heavy rain.

​Downsides

​​Aside from the design putting some individuals off, there are limitations to the product.

While it is well-designed, they aren’t completely sweat proof and may slip out during a strenuous workout.

Additionally, they are pricey compared to its competition since users are also paying for the premium look.

​Summary

​​There’s no denying that Monster users are paying for the unique look and the company when opting for the brand.

But it does deliver on the quality which they are looking for.

Over all, if you’re a fan of the style, these may be a good purchase for you.

Monster’s build quality and sound profile will satiate gym-goers and would help you power through most workouts.

Pros

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    ​Sleek, comfortable and unique design
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    ​12-15 hour battery life
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    ​Monster’s signature bass-heavy sound quality
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    ​Inline controls and built-in microphone

Cons

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    ​Not waterproof
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    ​Pricey

Features:

  • ​Bluetooth
  • Headphone Neckband
  • ​Sweatproof
  • ​12 ​Hours Play Time

The Levin Bluetooth headphones are neck-bands which provide you with a comfortable on-the-ear headphone experience.

Instead of having ear tips, the buds are circular discs with soft foam pads to gently rest on your ears while delivering quality sounds.

With its unique design and quality functionality, the Levin Bluetooth 4.1 holds its own within the market.

Sound Quality

​​With its somewhat unique earbud design, it might be concerning whether it could match up to the more traditional headset.

The Levin provides a fairly good bass response for its size and crystal-clear treble.

That said, there is no noise isolation due to its design.

The traditional buds usually somewhat drown out passive noise, but there is no functionality to actively cancel out sounds from your environment.

​Battery Life

​The battery will vary between your usage by a bit. You can expect around 12 hours of playback from a single cycle and up to 13.5 hours of talk-time.

On the other hand, through its quick charge mechanics, it fully charges back up within 2.5 hours.

​Sweat Proof

​​The headset is lightweight while designed to stay in place as you run, jog, cycle or workout. While not being waterproof, its snug fit remains even as you sweat and should not fall out at any moment.

The sweatproof feature also ensures audio is clear and crisp without getting muddled; not to mention that comfort remains as a priority as you move about.

​Easy Hands-Free Mechanics

​The Levin 4.1 offers the ability to change the volume and tracks, while enabling you to receive or end calls.

The circular pads contain all the buttons for easy to reach and navigate functionality regardless of the activity you’re engaged in.

Downsides

​Given the one-size fits all mechanics, they might not be suitable for everyone and may cause discomfort or snag.

Pressing the button may become a clunky ordeal as there is no additional padding around the discs and it may compress the ear in the process.

Lastly, the bluetooth range is rather limited, which may cause cut outs or drops if range is disrupted.

​Summary

​​The Levin bluetooth headset is fairly different from your standard pair of headphones on the market and there are a few limitations and design flaws to keep in mind.

However, it is of value to individuals who don’t prefer the tip mechanism typical to on-ear headphones and are in need of clearly defined buttons in order to control their audio.

Take into account their price and it’s a reasonable bargain worth considering.

Pros

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    ​On-ear headphones with lightweight earbuds
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    ​Delivers quality Hi-fi stereo audio
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    ​12-hour playback with 13.5-hour talk time capabilities
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    ​Sweatproof
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    ​Hands-free buttons present on earbuds

Cons

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    ​One-size fits all not suitable for everyone
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    ​Bluetooth has limited range
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    ​Buttons may lead to some discomfort