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Headphone Gurus' top picks for Sports and Workouts

by Praveen Kamath April 30, 2019 4 min read

Headphone Gurus' top picks for Sports and Workouts

 

It goes without saying that the right music can push a gym session from yay to yeehaw, which makes headphones one of your workout essentials. And when choosing headphones for your most vigorous workouts (be it the daily treadmill, bicycling or weights) sweat-proof is the way to go—you want a pair that won't short out or become super slippery when things are heating up!

These days, headphones associated with fitness or workouts are primarily wireless, meaning there aren't any wires other than the ones that conjoin the earpieces and your smartphone or Music Player. The lack of wires frees up your range of motion. We also have truly wireless buds too, that eliminate that as well. But then again, there are various limitations of true wireless, which make them irritating to use as full-time buds, just don't apply if you only run, ride or work out in them. The battery life is invariably short but it’s more than long enough for gym and running, at least for a day.

What should you be looking for?

Sound Quality:

The sound signature of every device is typically mentioned among those small icons on the collection page. Pick the earphones that give you your desired sound signature.

Sound Signatures in a nutshell.

  • Extra Bass: Bass is pumped-up a lot. Mostly tends to overpower the other frequencies.
  • Warm & Smooth: A slight boost in the bass. Other frequencies can easily be heard.
  • Bright: The opposite of warm & smooth. Here, the treble is slightly boosted.
  • V-Shaped: Both the treble and bass are boosted while the mids are reduced. Balanced: No one frequency is boosted.

Compatibility:Apple, Android or both? It shouldn’t matter as much. A wireless in-ears tends to deliver universal compatibility.

Build:The design is important not only in terms of looks but also durability and usability. Features like minimal flat cables, a neckband or no-neckband fit and metal housings and accessible microphone signify good built and design.

Warranty:It is nice to feel secure about your belongings. When you are spending so much, expect a good after-sales service. Longer the warranty period, more durable the product (or service you can expect). Only original products come with warranty, sobeware of fakes! All products sold on our website carry a manufacturer's warranty and you can read more about warrantyhere.

Sweat resistance:

If you need a workout buddy, you do have a few options. Look for a device that provides IPX-rated sweat resistance as well as a good fit.

Battery life: 

A battery life that would last you for a day would be an ideal pick, won't it? 

Here, we’ve tried to create a list of the best earphones keeping all these features in mind

...Here's the Headphone Guru's Handbook to choosing the perfect earphones for Sports and Workouts when on a budget.

 

 

 

Let's start with what our Headphone Gurus' consider the best in this category.




RHA MA750 Wireless

The Audiophile's Pick
RHA MA750 Wireless


The Guru Says

"The RHA MA750 Wireless is perfect for those who want audiophile sound in their wireless in-ears, and a lot more features than the T20 Wireless!"

- Varun Soni

The RHA’s MA750 Wireless are our absolute favorites. They’re a rare middle ground for those of us who want to exercise without compromising on sound. The aptX and AAC compatibility pairs well with a smart, aerophonic design and well-tuned drivers, providing an impressive package. A sturdy build quality and a 3-year manufacturer warranty make it an insane package at the price point.

Designed in Scotland, The RHA MA750 Wireless is beautifully built with its stainless steel housing and enclosed design. It looks uber premium and sounds all the more amazing.

The Good

  • Premium build quality with a flexi-neckband fit.
  • A bright sound quality that delivers some punchy bass too.
  • 3-year manufacturer warranty

The Bad

  • IPX4 rating is standard, however IPX6 could've been better
  • The treble may seem a little overwhelming at times

 

 

 

 Our other sporty picks are:




V-MODA BassFit Wireless

The Bass Beast
V-MODA BassFit Wireless

The V-MODA BassFit is the Jaybird alternative you've been waiting for. The V-MODA BassFit Wireless are very good sports headphones with a great sound. On the other hand, they have a unique design with fins and ear-hooks for great stability during physical activity. Their battery life will also last you for a full workday. They have lower latency than average Bluetooth headphones.

The Good

  • Premium build quality with a secure fit
  • Qualcomm aptX and AAC for CD-quality sound
  • 11-hour battery life

The Bad

  • IPX4 rating is standard, however IPX6 could've been better
  • The bass may seem a little overwhelming at times

 

 

 




JAYS m-SIX Wireless

The Sporty One
JAYS m-SIX Wireless

The JAYS m-SIX is an absolute joy to wear with minimal design, light weight as well as smart styling. No matter how long your day is, the JAYS m-SIX is geared to keep you company and cheer you up with its signature JAYS sound. Its 5-hour battery life lasting long enough for those morning walks.

The Good

  • Signature JAYS' warm sound with a good bass output
  • Great design and ergonomics
  • Minimal design and highly portable

The Bad

  • The microphone is of decent quality
  • The battery life may not last someone who's looking for a day-long usage

 

 

 




Sony WI-SP600N

The Party One
Sony WI-SP600N

The Sony WI-SP600N is decently versatile wired in-ear. Audio purists might not like this sound signature, but those seeking thump in their music should love these. EDM & Trance fans should check this out! What's more, they also block enough noise to be suitable for commuting and they will easily fit into your pockets. It is a bound to create a party in your head as it more suited for Party, House, and Electronic music.

The Good

  • An extra bass heavy sound for that extra punch
  • Breathable and stable enough for sports
  • Simple and compact design

The Bad

  • Fit might seem a little bulky
  • The microphone quality could've been better

 

 

 


So there you have it — our picks for the best sports & gym earphones. If you want to check out more or would like to talk to a Headphone Guru, just hit the button below:

Praveen Kamath
Praveen Kamath



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