Deepthi Velkur looks at two popular wireless sports headphones to see which one will be a better fit for running.
Running is probably one of the easiest, cheapest and the most accessible form of exercise to keep yourself fit. Incorporating music with running does wonders as it helps you completely zone out and pound the road without as much thought about your aches and pains. A thumping tune of your choice provides an extra boost to your running, so whack on that running playlist with a good pair of wireless sports headphones.
Wireless headphones have come a long way and manufacturers are constantly trying to better the sound quality with a good bass and crisper playback options, battery life and Bluetooth technology.
I will review two of the best wireless headphones for running – Bose SoundSport and the Plantronics BackBeat Fit on various parameters:
Comfort: The Plantronics and Bose SoundSport are lightweight and feel comfortable in the ear for long periods of time. Bose SoundSport come with a short extendable cable that is thin and round which connects the two earpieces while the cable on the Plantronics BackBeat is flat and a bit stiff. The Plantronics comes with eartips equipped with Bluetooth technology and they go around the ear holding it securely in place.
Volume Control: The volume controls for the Bose are present on the cable which is easily visible to the eye while for the Plantronics controls are built into the earpiece which might be inconvenient to operate during your run or a workout session.
Music Playback: The sound output on both headphones are pretty decent but the Bose SoundSport has a slight edge over the Plantronics as they have a great bass with good detail and smoothness to the highs and mids The highs on the Plantronics are not as detailed but have clarity giving you an airy feel to the music. The mids are full and forward making the vocals sound better.
Noise Cancellation: From a safety standpoint the Plantronics is at a better advantage as it allows more surrounding noise to enter the earbud so your well aware of your surroundings and at the same time able to stay tuned to your music. The Bose, in this case, cancels the outside noise completely.
Battery Life: The Plantronics is a definite winner in this category with 8 hours of listening and 6 hours of talk time whereas the Bose has only 6 hours of listening time.
Water/Dust resistance: The Plantronics has a waterproof design and comes with the IP57 rating which can handle heavy rains or can be rinsed off under a tap. It also controls the amount of dust from entering the earbud which might interfere with the functioning of the device. Additionally, they have a nano-coating to protect from excess sweating. The Bose is only sweat-proof with an IPX4 rating.
Connectivity: The Plantronics can be paired with 8 devices at the same time vs the Bose which can be paired only with two devices.
Price: The Plantronics with pretty much the same features is priced at INR 5,999 which is way lower than a Bose SoundSport which is INR 13,275
Both the Bose SoundSport and the Plantronics Backbeat Fit are brilliant wireless workout headphones that suits running or any type of workout. It eventually boils down to price and your personal usage pattern to determine which is best for you.