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AfterShokz offers a more comfortable, healthy and safe listening experience with two models of ear-free headphones: AfterShokz Sport ($60) and AfterShokz Mobile($70).
I received a pair of the AfterShokz Sport Headphones to try and review. Once they arrived and I pulled them out of the package, they were different from other head phones that I have used in the past. Unlike regular headphone that either cover the ear completely or buds that are stuck in the ear, the AfterShokz headphones are placed on the outside of your ear instead of inside. You might be asking how and why the outside of the ear? Well, the sound is delivered through the listener’s cheekbones to the inner ear. Sound waves can get to the inner ear through direct vibration of the bones in the head which carry the vibrations directly to the inner ear, bypassing the eardrums. Which if you think about it, makes it a better choice for bikers or runners, that way you can hear the oncoming traffic.
The headphones come in all one piece and you place the band around the back of your head. There is one wire that comes down that can be clipped onto your clothing and contains the power button and in-line microphone. The only downside is that you do need to charge the headphones. A fully charged battery takes 3 hours and lasts about 15 hours but the charger is included when you purchase. The headphones will automatically shut off after 15 minutes if unused.
AfterShokz Sport headphones are lightweight, sweat and water resistant, and feature an in-line control and a standard 3.5mm connector that fits iPhones, iPods, iPads, MP3 players and most smart phones. It comes with a water repellent storage tote, and a lifetime warranty.
The sound of these headphones are outstanding. I have been using them at the pool with the kids. I am able to not only hear the music but listen for the kids too! I am very surprised that headphones that sit on the outside of your ear can deliver such a good sound!
Disclosure: I was provided with product for this AfterShokz review. All views and opinions with regard to the products or the company are my own and were not influenced by the company.