Never underestimate the power of a good beat. Studies have shown that listening to music while working out is a good kind of distraction – allowing us to forget the exertion and physical pain, as well as pace ourselves better for maximum results. For those who live by music with their workouts, a good pair of headphones is as essential as their running shoes.
Enter the TaoTronics Bluetooth Wireless Earphones. Designed for runners, they do away with annoying cables that can get in the way during jogs or runs.
In most cases, size matters – but not with the TaoTronics wireless earphones. Small and compact, they have a surprisingly solid and robust audio performance. Featuring not one but two powerful drivers on each side, users can expect well-balanced and crystal clear stereo sound.
Equipped with the latest Bluetooth 4.1 technology, they are backwards compatible with older devices, such as those that use Bluetooth 2.0 or 3.0 versions.With a frequency response between 20Hz to 20,000Hz, the headphones are able to handle both low and high frequencies well. As they are designed for sports and running, the tones are warm and lean towards bass, with mids and trebles sounding well-rounded and crisp. Modern tracks, uplifting pop music and bass-heavy beats such as techno and electronic dance work well with these headphones.
Thanks to their aptX codec, the headphones’ audio performance shines when connected with compatible devices, producing a pure CD-like quality that rivals even high quality corded headphones. They come with two Bluetooth profiles – Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), which allows users to stream high quality audio wirelessly; and Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP), which works in tandem to allow users to control media playback on remote devices, such as pause and play functions.
Design and Build
It is understood that headphones for sports and running have to be as compact and lightweight as possible, and this is reflected in the TaoTronics ergonomic design. These in-ear headphones look like typical ear buds, but with attachable ear hooks to keep them from falling out, even when subjected to vigorous movement. The hooks come in three different sizes, while the ear tips are available in big and small sizes for a customized fit.
Clocking in at a feather-light 0.48 ounces, users will barely feel the TaoTronics in their ears – making the headphones comfortable to wear even for long workout sessions. The rubbery ear tips are made from sweat-proof material to ensure that they won’t pop out while you’re on the treadmill. Meanwhile, an elastic cable holds the two pieces together; looping easily around the head for a secure fit. The cord can also be worn around the neck when not in use.
The headphones’ small size makes them discreet to wear, even beyond the gym. They provide good noise isolation for a private listening experience in crowded public spaces, and work well at reducing ambient noise for times when you need to drown out the noise of barking dogs or screaming children while enjoying music at home.
They are available in colors such as black, angel white and sport green, so users can pair them with their outfit of the day for a stylish look on-the-go.
The TaoTronics comes with an in-built HD microphone, allowing users to make and answer calls without having to purchase a separate piece. They can also be used as a hands-free for mobile devices while driving. CVC Noise Cancellation 6.0 Technology helps to reduce ambient noises from reaching the mic, providing crystal clear audio to the receiving end, even when users are on a busy street or in a crowded shopping mall.
The headphones run on rechargeable lithium ion batteries, with an included 6-inch Micro USB Charging Cable. While battery life is rather limited at five hours of continuous play, the time should be more than enough for a workout session.
Pairing is fast and easy with Bluetooth enabled devices such as smartphones and tablets without the need for complicated setups or passwords. The headphones have an operational range of 33ft, giving users more freedom of movement and flexibility, minus the hassle of tangling cords. Even at the maximum range, signal remains strong and there is minimal distortion and static.
The earphones come with controls that allow users to skip tracks and adjust volume. A beep sounds when maximum volume has been reached. However, the buttons are very small and might feel unwieldy for people with bigger hands.
Also included with the set is a storage pouch for easy and convenient storage.
Pros and Cons
- Bluetooth 4.1 for wireless connectivity
- Good sound quality
- Light and compact design, portable
- Sweat-proof material and ear hooks keep headphones in place
- Noise-cancelling feature
- In-built mic for making and answering calls
- Controls for skipping tracks and adjusting volume
- Suitable for sports
- Tiny controls
- Limited battery life
The TaoTronics Bluetooth Wireless Headphones is a solid choice for users looking to enjoy their music, no matter the activity. Their wireless feature and discreet size is perfect for sporting enthusiasts, as it allows them freedom of movement with no annoying cables to get in the way.
Aside from sports, users should find plenty of other use for these headphones, such as listening to music on the commute and pairing them with the TV at home so as not to disturb others in the room. They also come with an affordable price tag that will not burn a hole in your pocket, which makes them, all in all, a great value for money buy.