Top positive review
February 12, 2016
this is my first pair of bone conduction head phones. I paid full price direct from AfterShokz.
Not only am I interested in using them listening to music while im working out, but even more-so with the ability to have a clear conversation on the phone.
In the past, I have used ear plugs and over the ear phones.. and in both cases, I really hated the way it isolated me from my environment, so I would inevitably leave on ear plug out, or leave one or both of the over the ear phones an inch or two off my ears. This was so I could hear my environment, whether it be my co-workers trying to get my attention or that car that is about to smash into me while im riding.
My other requirement was a desire for stereo sound, mostly for being able to understand someone on the phone.
These headphones meet all of my requirements and even exceeded them.
The fact that I can pair it to more than one device, means that at work, I pair my AfterShokz to my desk phone (bluetooth) and at the same time to my cell phone, so I can stream pandora. When a call comes in, the music pauses and I take the call. The call is clear, I have never had any complaints about the quality of my microphone. They are comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, but I will on occasion just wear them around my neck ready to put them back on once needed.
The controls are pretty easy, there is on main multi-function button and two volume buttons.
The sound is surprisingly better than I expected. I have read numerous reviews about bone conduction head phones, so I was pretty well aware that I likely wouldn't get the full audio immersion. So, while I agree, if you are an audiophile and looking for maximum qaulity of sound largely in the lows/bass you might be dissapointed. But call clarity was on point, and the music was still pretty good if not great by my standards.
If you have never experienced bone conduction headphones, it might be a little different. When you turn the volume up the pads will kinda, tickle your skin. Other people largely wont be able to hear anything until the volume is turned up. But for references, when the volume is turned up, I can take the headphones off and I can hear the music, likely more faintly than a pair of ear plugs or over the ear phones.
When you use the provided ear plugs or even just plug your ears with your fingers, the sound improves dramatically.
I have only had these headphones for a couple of days, so I will update my review as I continue to put them through their paces.
after using these headphones for 2 or 3 weeks, I can still safely say I enjoy them a lot! I have gotten much better at locating and using the built-in buttons (mutli-function and volume buttons etc). I use them constantly for taking and placing calls from both my bluetooth enabled desk phone and cell phone. The multipoint feature of these things is great.
The sound quality is surprisingly good. I often leave the volume down low, so I can hear more of the ambient sounds. I find that it is very similar to being in a restaurant that is playing music in background. If they turn it up, you wont hear conversations as well.. but if is low, you can hold a conversation perfectly well. So there is a constant trade-off to how much ambient sound you can hear based on the volume level. and again, as I mentioned earlier, the ear plugs dramatically improve the sound quality.
With that said here is my criticism:
I really hate the way they ride on my head. it is a behind the head setup with the titanium band. So it really becomes irritating when I try to lean back in my chair, lay down on my pillow, or wear clothing like.. for example a hoodie, or a heavy coat... invariably it causes the band to come into contact with something that causes the transducers/pads to move or shift into a less than ideal place. Sometimes when I crane my head back to look up, that band contacts my neck.
This is literally my only complaint at the moment.