Hello and welcome to the modern series of answers to the earpiece inquiries. Ever wanted to learn about something headphone, earpiece or receiver linked? Now is your chance. Due to a large amount of inquiries we’re so often asked, we’ve reached into our mailbag and picked up the 9 most important (and most often submitted) questions. Enjoy.
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Part 6: What is a good activity earphone?
This is the minor variation on our previous post, however it’s worth reading into it as a separate question.
Whereas, inside the aforementioned article, we checked out what were the most effective headphones to purchase for sports and exercise, now we are shining an exploratory beam on what it is for which you’re actually looking for.
So, with this in mind, we’ve come up with the top five criteria that you need to consider before purchasing your headphones for exercise, running or training of any kind. Here goes:
1) Staying Stagnant: It’s pretty difficult to get yourself a decent calisthenics if you continuously have to regulate your headphones. Earphones that vibrate or slide are a constant source of annoyance if you’re jogging or doing aerobic exercise of any kind. ‘Headband’ style headsets and big cans tend to be an incredibly poor choice for arduous movement, unless they’re exclusively made for it, and that means you’re far better off with ear buds or some other type of inner ear phones in case you’re preparing on moving about.
2) Faultless Playback: There’s nothing more nauseating than music that skips around like an 8-track tape player with Parkinson’s and many headsets simply can’t take the tempo. Inexpensive headsets will not have shock absorbers built in and, as such, will fracture quite easily, causing the music to skip or fade in and out. You’re best bet should be to get a pair with built-in shock absorbers.
3) Noise Reduction: Noise cancellation headphones produce a bit of white noise around the speaker that drowns out most outside sound. This is great for jogging past road works, sirens and arguments or ignoring the bleak techno crap they listen to in the sports center in the vain attempt to ‘motivate’ you.
4) Sturdy Design: These headphones are going to be moving around with you and they’re prone to live quite a harsh life. In fact, speakers are actually very precise gear and little tiny ones even more so. You want to make sure that whatever speakers you purchase are well taken care of, a brawny body and a tough outer casing are good, as may be the thick rubber ‘gummy’ design that’s trendy with athletes.
5) Sweat Proofing: When the Human body exerts itself, it sweats. It is a natural purpose and its actually quite critical for keeping body temperature (even if it doesn’t cause you to smell too interesting afterwards!). Though, sweat, like any other fluid, can acutely injure some headphones. Look out for ‘sweat proof’ models or those having a ‘sweat guarantee’ so that you can really get the most out of the headsets. Keep in mind also to clean them regularly with a dry cotton bud, just to get the very best performance out of them.