Headphone suggestions?

What are you all using for bluetooth workout earbud/over ear type design?

And not crazy expensive like x3’s. 100 GBP or less ideally…

Suggestions appreciated!

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I appreciate your comment for 100gbp or less, BUT, i’ve had two pairs of JBL contour headphones, they hold your ear brilliantly, but both have died, either battery life unable to hold charge or simply too much moisture.

I’ve just purchased x4’s for johnlewis (UK big retailer) for 109.99. They are Waterproof not water resistant, and with JL returns are super easy should they die in the next 24months (especially if you have an account and the product is saved there). Sound quality is good, and you can adjust levels via an app…

Cost Vs Longevity/ease of returns. I didn’t want to spend alot either, but having two sets die it’s all about longevity.

I wouldn’t buy the JBL contours anymore.



I’ve been using Sony AS600BT headphones for the past 2 years or so and I’m pretty happy with them. In ear design so the fit is very personal, but if I remember correctly they come with 3 different bits so that the fit can be adjusted.

I’ve got a pair of these - For £11, they’re actually really good.

For something that cheap, i don’t mind if they only last a few months with the sweat.

They’ve been faultless so far.

I’ve been through a good number of cheap Amazon daily deals all of which lasted only a couple of months each before refusing to charge.

The best I’ve used and am using at the moment are these Betron earphones. They are more rigid than the other ones Ive used and stay in place better for me either on the trainer or treadmill.

I will say that on my 3rd pair of these as well but each time I’ve contacted the seller they’ve sent a replacement without question.

I’ve had a pair of Sony MDR-XB50BS BLE for about a year now and they still perform great. They sound great, fit in the ear solidly and hold a charge. They are not over-ear so I wear a head band when I workout to keep the extra wire tucked up behind my head out of the way. Instructions: Put the buds on with the extra wire behind your head and then tuck the extra wire straight up between the headband and the back of your head.

After problems with other brands, I’ve been wearing a pair of Plantronics Backbeat Fit with no issues for a few years now.

I’ve been using these from Amazon. Held up to almost a year of use with no problems, sound is good. If they get messed up from sweat it’s no big deal, I will buy another pair.

For my Indoor PainCave Workouts I use an el cheapo Over Ear headphones.

Works just fine and I dont care I they die from the sweat and such, as for $30… just buy another set!

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A couple of existing discussions.

Just replaced my Bose ($150) pair with Senso ActivBuds S-250 ($30). Sound is comparable, and fit is great. They have 28000 reviews on Amazon, so you have a well used product.

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I had a set of PowerBeats 3 that lasted about a year, then I switched to a set of Jaybird Runs. I’ve had the Jaybird’s for 4 months now and I’m already on my 3rd set replaced under-warranty. Ended up selling the new in box 3rd set they sent me and picked up some Apple Airpods.

The Powerbeats were solid. Battery life was great and since they had the hook they would never come off your head. My only complaint is that they were a non-sealing style earbud, so they weren’t great for blocking noise, but that can be a plus or a minus.

The Jaybird’s sounded pretty good, but again I killed 2 sets in 3 months. They did seal really well and also stayed in with no issue running or cycling. I also had issues getting them connected to the Jaybird App to change the EQ on them and mine would never auto-reconnect to the previous device.

Pretty happy with the Airpods so far, but they’re not great for outdoor cycling, as they stick down where my helmet strap is, so if the helmet shifts for some reason it can pull it out of my ear. I picked up a little rubber tether that I stick on them when I ride outdoors for the rare instances that they do get pulled out of my ear. They also have an external port, which makes the soundstage really good, but in windy conditions the wind can overpower the headphones.

I’m using the earbuds / earmuffs combo!
Just get some Bluetooth earbuds and some earmuffs, the ones that you would use to reduce noise in a construction site. Works super good, cancels all the noise, and is super cheap. I wouldn’t want to ruin $ 150+ noise-cancelling headphones with all the sweat and humidity.

I’m loving my Apple Airpods, they fit amazing, have great battery life, sound meh, but integrate into my phone and apple tv very well.

I also love that they are not connected to each other by a cord at all. Typically I just put the right one in.

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I have bone conducting headphones. Trekz Titanium. They’re fantastic.



I know you said earbud/over ear design, but I’ve just treated myself to a pair of AfterShokz Titanium (£96 on Amazon) and they’re great!

I can hear the music/podcast really well, and can still hear the beeps from the TR software and baby monitor if needs be.

They’re bone conduction, which I decided to go for as I get extremely sweaty on the trainer, and earbuds tend to fall out.

Just a suggestion.

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@bazcurtis and @n8udd how do you find the sound on the aftershockz? Reviewers have mentioned that if there is a lot of ambient noise then it can be difficult to hear the music r whatever is playing in the headphones. Critics have also said that bass doesn’t come through and the sound can be “tinny”. Sounds like your experience has not been similar to that?

I have only tried them in the store, but sound quality is really lacking. Deeper base notes is especially annoying, as I felt them as small taps on my cheek, rather than actual base notes.

If situational awareness is important, I would try to. Find something similar to Koss Porta Pro, but wireless. I have no idea if this is a thing, but I love my old wired Porta Pros.

+1 for these. I love mine. 2 years of sweat soaked banging tunes and they are still going strong.

I’m more than happy with them.

I listen to podcasts on the walk to work, and they’re fine as well as metal or rock whilst on the trainer.

I’m far from an audiophile though, I’ve come from a cheap pair of Bluetooth cans from Amazon.

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