TOP 5: Best Wireless Earbuds 2018
5 Of The Best Wireless Headphones
As a glut of Instagram memes will testify, there is no worse fate than turning up for an interval session on the Versaclimber having forgotten your headphones. A close second, however, is struggling not to garotte yourself with the wires mid-session, just as you’ve reached the chorus of Survivor’s Eye of the Tiger (or whatever it is you play to spike your testosterone. Seriously, man, it’s 2019...)
The latest wireless training headphones, on the other hand, will not only bring your gym bag up to date but also deliver all the performance boons of music with none of the annoyances. In fact, Brunel University, a world-leading research hub on music and athleticism, demonstrated that tunes reduce your rate of perceived effort by 12% and can improve your stamina by 15%.
However, a stark range of price points in the wireless market proves that not all headphones are created equal.
That’s why we employed the MH Lab experts to sweat- test the latest models and determine which tech will turn your training programme up to 11.
Jabra Sports Model
Ease of use:8/10
What these lack in style is compensated for in practicality. For spit’n’sawdust men more interested in function than form, it’s probably a bonus. Make use of the Sport Life app, which provides in-ear coaching during your workouts. Not bad for the most affordable model we tested.
Verdict:Although a little fiddly, the Jabra Sports Pace offer a snug fit thanks to three different sized silicon bud options. The sound quality is good, with bright treble and just enough bass for dance music. We do have a few gripes though. The five-hour battery life was a little disappointing and the charging port cover isn't on a hinge, so it pops out and is easily lost.
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Beats By Dre BeatsX
Ease of use:7/10
Less in-your-face than the over-ear cans we’re used to from the good doc, this pared-back model still looks equally cool. Packing customarily strong Beats bass in such a small package, these headphones are also designed to pair with all iOS devices, so iPhone users will benefit.
Verdict:These BeatsX in-ear wireless headphones offer great sound quality across all ranges. Furthermore, a feature that proved useful during workouts is the magnetic earbuds that clip together when they’re not being used, making it harder for them to drop off your neck. However, the cable is longer than is necessary, which may get on your nerves, especially when it’s flying around during interval sprints.
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Bose QuietControl 30
Ease of use: 10/10
Noise-cancelling tech makes these the only choice for audiophiles and (deep-pocketed) gym-goers. Ten hour playback will last for a week of training, but the neckband takes some getting used to. Designed
for comfort, this proves to be the opposite when trapped under a bar
Verdict: In short the QC30s were the outstanding choice, achieving a perfect score in performance. The sound quality is nothing short of excellent across the treble, mid-range and bass. Impressive, manually adjustable noise-cancelling technology
also blocks out outside sounds, immersing you in the music. Great support for final miles and reps.
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Motorola VerveOnes Music
Ease of use: 8/10
This cordless couplet are everything we wished the Apple AirPods were. They’re the most unobtrusive training aid on the market, with silicon earbuds keeping them secure even during overzealous plyometrics. Just be sure to use the carry case, or risk losing time rooting around your bag.
Verdict: Don’t let the size of this miniscule Motorola model fool you – they’re packing a number of nifty features. We were very impressed with the addition of the Hubble app, which enables you to locate your earbuds simply by displaying their last known location when connected. For a small package they also offer a great sound quality, with no leakage – useful on a crowded tube – and eight hours of listening time.
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Panasonic Wings RP-BTS50
Ease of use:8/10
For those who prefer to leave their ear canals unblocked, Panasonic’s bendable slips offer a less invasive alternative, moulding to your ear to stay in place. IPX5-rated waterproofing also means you can rinse them under the tap without damaging them, washing away any gym-induced grime.
Verdict: Admittedly the ear clips can be fiddly to fit at first, but once properly bent to suit the shape of your ear they do help keep the headphones secure when training. And while the six-hour battery life wasn’t as long as
we’d hoped, the 70 minutes of playback time for a 15-minute charge are a saviour. You will run out of energy before they do.
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