Best Wireless Sports Headphones – RTINGS.com

Best Wireless Sports Headphones – RTINGS.com

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Hey guys Marc here from rtings.com and today
we are going over the best wireless sports headphones that you can purchase so far in
2020. To help you stick to your new year’s resolutions,
we’ve compiled our recommendation list for the wireless best sports headphones based
on these criteria. The headset should be very portable and easy
to carry around. They should be stable, comfortable, breathable
and sweat resistant enough for most exercises. They should also sound good enough so that
you enjoy your workout music and should be easy to use so that you’re not fidgeting with
controls instead of focusing on your workouts. Lastly depending on your environment, you
may want something that isolates you from the noise around you or that lets you monitor
your surroundings for traffic and potential obstacles, say when running outdoors. So with that being said here are our best
sports headphone recommendations that you can purchase so far in 2020
Starting with the best budget options In the best budget category, so if you want
to spend less than 50$ you have the option between the Upgraded Anker Soundbuds Curve
or the SoundPeats TrueFree. The 2019 upgraded soundbuds Curve is a great
budget headset for sports. They’re compact in-ears, portable enough
to easily carry on you or in your gym bag, and they come a good hard carrying case provided
in the box. Their ear hook design makes them stable enough
for most exercises, so they won’t fall off your ears even when running on a treadmill
or doing more demanding workout routines. They also have a an ipx7 rating for water
and sweat resistance although we do not have an in-house test to confirm this. They’re easy to use thanks to their simple
three button set up on their inline remote and they’re decently comfortable since their
in-ear tips don’t quite enter the ear canal as deeply as most in-ears designs. They also have a surprisingly great battery
life of 18 hours of play time on a single charge and a decently sound that packs a lot
of bass to get you pumped when you’re at the gym. Unfortunately, they do not have the best build
quality. It’s decent for the price range and they
should last you a while but the cable that connects the two earbuds is relatively thin
and maybe the most susceptible part of their design. They also do not have any customization options
and aren’t quite as compact as some of the truly wireless options. In that sense if you prefer a truly wireless
design for sports but still want a budget option, then consider the Soundpeats truefree
instead. They will easily fit in your pockets and they’re
stable enough for most exercises. They’re also fairly comfortable despite
their more traditional in-ear fit. The earbuds are dense, feel well made and
sturdy for their budget price range and they deliver a satisfying sound profile that packs
quite a bit of bass. Also, thanks to their more traditional in-ear
fit they block more noise than the upgraded curve making them a bit more suitable for
a crowded, noisy gym. Unfortunately, they do not have the best controls
which means you will have to pull out your phone a few times to adjust the volume. They’re also only iPX4 splash resistant
so we don’t expect them to be as sweatproof as the ankers. Their sound quality will be a bit too bass
centric for some and lastly, they do not have the longest battery life at only 3.3 hours
on a single charge. On the upside, you do get 4-5 additional charges
in the case for a total of up to 15 hours and there is also a version with a case that
has a bigger battery capacity. If you like the truly wireless format and
are willing to spend a bit more, then the best options for sports you can get in this
design are the; Jaybird Vista, Jabra Elite 75t and the Beats PowerBeats Pro. The Jaybird Vista are a rugged and portable
sports headphone, especially thanks to their very compact charging case. They’re lightweight, breathable and comfortable
to wear for long workout sessions. They are also quite stable in the ear once
you get a good fit. They have a decently long battery life on
a single charge at 5.5 hours and their case gives about 10 extra hours so they should
last long enough for most workout routines and for your trip to and from the gym. They’re also ipX7 water resistant and have
a fairly well-balanced sound out of the box that you can further customize with one of
the best companion apps we’ve tested for any truly wireless earbud. The app gives you access to fully parametric
EQ so you can turn up the bass to get you pumped during your gym sessions and switch
to a different profile when listening casually. Unfortunately, their control scheme isn’t
the best out of the box so you will have to use to app to configure the button layout
so that you can have both volume and media controls on the buds. They also look a little cheap for their price
range but that will be a minor issue especially if you’re looking for a rugged pair of sports
headphones. If you’re looking for something a bit more
versatile for everyday use that also works well at the gym then consider the Jabra Elite
75t instead. The 75t is the latest update to the Jabra
truly wireless elite line up which offers smaller earbuds that are more comfortable
to wear than the previous models of the line up. The 75t also last longer on a single charge
and have up to 12 hours more of battery life in their charging case when compared the Elite
and Elite active 65t. The 75t have a good control scheme that’s
easy to use, a decent sound profile which you can customize via their companion app
and their in-ear fit blocks enough noise to be a decent option in moderately noisy environments. The Elite Active 65t are a good alternative
at a cheaper price point that blocks a bit more noise, but for most they are not as comfortable
or as stable as the 75t which may be a deciding factor. Lastly if you prefer a prefer an earhook design
that offers a more stable fit than the most truly wireless options on this list, then
get the Powerbeats pro. The powerbeats pro do not have the customization
options of the Jaybird or the Jabra. They’re also a bit more optimized for iOS
users due to the H1 chip and their lightning charging cable. They are also not as Sweat or water resistant
as the other models. However, they provide one of the easiest to
use control schemes we’ve tested, so you will rarely have to interact your phone to
skip, rewind tracks or change the volume. They also have one of the longest lasting
battery life on a single charge for any truly wireless design at 11.4 hours with an additional
charge in the case. This make them one of the more practical truly
wireless options for all day listening and they charge fairly fast for their long playback
time. The powerbeats pro also have a well-balanced
sound profile with a good amount of bass, they’re comfortable to wear since their
in-ear fit doesn’t quite enter the ear canal as deeply as typical in-ear designs and the
earbuds are decently portable. Unfortunately, their charging case not so
much. Its big, bulky and bit plasticky for their
price range. They also feel a bit bland overall when compared
to the other truly wireless options since they do not come with a proper app and cannot
be customized to better match your listening preferences. Now depending on your workout environment,
you may need a headset that lets you monitor your surroundings for potential traffic or
incoming obstacles. In that sense the best option we’ve tested
so far are the AfterShokz Aeropex. The Areopex are bone conducting headphones,
so they won’t provide as good a listening experience for music, as more typical in-ears
and over-ears. Also, since they do not block your ear canal
at all, in noisy environments they will be harder to hear than most headphones. On the upside they are a great improvement
over the previous AfterShokz bone conducting headphone we’ve tested, and in the right
settings there is nothing quite like it for keeping your ear completely open so you can
focus on your surroundings while still listening to a podcast or workout playlist. This makes them a good choice for running
outdoors and they’re have a stable around the head design that’s decently comfortable. They are also lightweight, portable enough
to keep on you at all times and flexible enough to fit into your pockets. They have a good iP67 rating which makes them
an excellent option for running and intense workouts. They’re easy to use and provide all necessary
controls at your fingertips, they also lasted about 12 hours in battery drain test which
should be good enough for working out and all day listening, although unlike some of
the other options on this list you will have to charge them about once a day. Unfortunately, they come with a proprietary
charging cable which is not the most practical for everyday use. On the upside it does help with the ip67 resistance
rating and they come with two cables in the box which is a welcomed addition. If on the other hand you work out in a crowded
or noisy gym and prefer a headset that blocks or cancels a lot of noise so you can focus
on your music and workout routine, then consider the Apple Airpods Pro instead. The Airpods Pro are compact, noise cancelling
truly wireless headphones. Their new in-ear fit is more stable, so they
are less likely to fall out of your ears than the previous airpod design. The in-ear fit also blocks a lot more noise
passively which combined with their good ANC performance means you will be well isolated
on your commute to the gym and once you start your workouts. The Airpods pro have an excellent build quality
that feels durable and a decent sound that provides a lot more bass than the previous
airpods. They also last about 5.3 hours on a single
charge with 5 additional charges in the case so they should easily last you throughout
the day and even have enough battery if you forget to charge them over night. Unfortunately, like other Apple headphones
they do not have a dedicated app for customization options which makes them a feel a little bland
overall, and they only have an IPX4 rating which means they will be less water and sweat
resistant than the some of the other options on this list. If you want the best option for sports overall,
then go for the jaybird Tarah Pro. They provide the best bang for your bucks
for any sports headphones we’ve tested so far. They’re compact, breathable stable and easy
to use. They also have a great build quality and an
IPX7 rating for water and sweat resistance. They have a comfortable earbud like design
that doesn’t enter the ear canal as deeply as typical in-ears while still providing enough
isolation that you will barely hear what’s going on around you with a little music playing. They have a decently balanced sound out of
the box and like the Vista have access to the jaybird’s mysound app which gives them
a wealth of customization options including a fully parametric EQ. They last about 13 hours on a single charge
and will automatically turn off to conserve power which you can enable and disable within
the app. Unfortunately, they come with a pretty restrictive
charging cradle, so you won’t be able to charge the headphones without it. If you prefer a truly wireless design, then
the Vista maybe at the better alternative but for most the Tarah pro provide the best
value and options for a wireless sports design. So to quickly Summarize
If you need a budget wireless option for the gym then the upgraded Anker Soundbuds Curve
are a great choice, or the you can opt for the Soundpeats true free if you prefer a truly
wireless design. In that sense if you want a truly wireless
design and have a bigger budget then you have the option between the Jaybird Vista, Jabra
Elite 75t and the Powerbeats Pro. If you prefer an open design so you can be
aware of what’s going on in your environment as you work out then the AfterShokz Aeropex
are a good choice especially since the bone conduction tech leaves your ears wide open. And inversely if you need something to block
the noise of a crowed gym then check out the noise cancelling Apple Airpods Pro. Lastly for the best bang for your bucks you
can’t go wrong with the Jaybird Tarah Pro. They’re a great all-around sports headphone
that are only somewhat limited by their proprietary charging cradle. And that’s pretty much it… A couple of notable mentions that didn’t make
the cut, The Jabra Elite Active 45e. They have earbud like fit, good customization
options and would be a decent option for running outdoors due to the semi open design. However, they do not keep your ears as open
as the Aeropex. The Beats Studio 3 are a stable over-ear design
that won’t be the best for the gym since it’s not very breathable and make your ears quite
hot but provides a more comfortable fit than in-ears for some, especially if you’re not
a big fan of in-ears and ear bud design. You can also go for the Solo Pro is you like
this design but prefer a smaller on-ear format And finally the JBL Endurance Peak. They’re a truly wireless earhook design
that’s stable for sports and sounds decent but do not quite outperform the Beats Powerbeats
Pro, they’re also a bit more difficult to use but are cheaper though which may be worth
it for some. And that’s pretty much it. You can check out all our measurements and
reviews for the models listed in this recommendation on our website. Also if you like this video then subscribe
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21 comments

  1. I'm considering getting wireless bone oscillating headphones simply to protect my hearing when I'm training. I realize the sound won't be nearly as good.

    Has anyone any recommendations?

  2. I can tell you from experience that the AfterShoks headphones will only work for certain head shapes and sizes. For mine, they just kept sliding on my head so I was getting inconsistent sound, and if you work out to heavier music that push bass and mids, I wouldn’t recommend them.

    I’m not much of an In-Ear fan because anything I’ve worn just hasn’t been able to stay in my ears at all, so I have my eyes on the Beats Solo Pros and the Skullcandy Crusher Wireless ANC headphones. I am leaning more towards the Skullcandys for the USB-C connectivity and they sounded pretty good too, but the Solo Pros were pretty lightweight which would be better for my runs and sounded decent so I’m still a bit undecided.

  3. Jabra 65 was good for couple of months till right ear volume went low and left one was high volume. did many things trouble shoot it. I hope 75 Jabra has improved. thank you for going thru ear buds an reviewing.

  4. Any comments regarding microphonics? I tried the soundpeats based on your recommendation, excepting truly wireless headphones to not have microphonics but unfortunately they still did.

    Do you consider microphonics in your ratings?

  5. A review in which the downside of the product is not "doesn't have matte black color" and "doesn't have box-y feel"

  6. Wireless earbuds are such a ripoff (no pun intended). They're bluetooth earbuds which have existed for decades but have been rereleased and are smaller and way overpriced, haha.

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