Bang & Olfsen B&O Earset
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This is very much the philosophy of the designers at Bang & Olfsen, who draw strongly from the original B&O headphones of the 90s for the design of its new B&O Earset wireless headphones. The ingenious adjustment system means that you can modify not only the angle of the earbud, but also the height of the piston and the curve of the ear hook, so there’s a pretty good chance these are going to fit you.
The classic design gets a premium material upgrade with hard-wearing aluminium used for the telescopic piston, while the ear hook benefits from soft rubber sections to ensure comfort for the wearer. A great choice for those who are as passionate about music as they are working out, the Earset has all the audio qualities you would expect from B&O, with two acoustic vents, a bass port and digital equalisers ensuring the sound quality is second to none.
Tech-wise, the Earset comes with an in-line anodised aluminium remote with three buttons and built-in microphone that lets you control your music, take calls and activate Siri or Google Assistant on your smartphone via Bluetooth. It also packs an impressive five-hour battery life, meaning it’ll still be running long after you’re on the floor in a puddle of your own sweat.
Designed especially for the audiophile with a penchant for fitness, the Bose SoundSport combines the company’s usual high-class, powerful audio with sweat- and weather-resistant earbuds to produce a solid pair of wireless sports headphones that are both hard-wearing and audibly impressive.
Connectable to your smartphone via Bluetooth, the SoundSport headphones pack a Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery that provides around six hours of playback time from just a two-hour charge. The headphones feature an in-line one-button remote control and microphone below the right ear bud, which can be used to control your music as well as answer calls.
And talking of ear buds, the SoundSport scores high in this regard as it comes with Bose’s signature StayHear+ silicone ear tips in three different sizes, meaning all but the freakishly ear-sized will find them comfortable and secure even during the most vigorous of workouts.
Sony Extra Bass Sports XB510AS/B
If money is tight but you don’t want to compromise on quality, Sony’s Extra Bass Sports in-ear headphones are a pretty safe bet. Clearly, at such a low price you’re not going to get all the bells and whistles, but when it comes to getting the simple things right, Sony rarely misses the mark.
These headphones place a particular emphasis on boosting the bass of your music, pumping up the low end for a powerful rhythm that will push you through the toughest of workouts and help you smash through those metaphorical walls.
In terms of durability, it’s hard to beat the Extra Bass Sports, as not only can they handle the sweatiest of workouts, they can also withstand a rinse under the tap afterwards. The buds are held firmly in place in your ear thanks to arc supports, which ensure that they never fall out even while you’re twisting and turning. Of course, the low price means that there’s no Bluetooth connectivity here and instead you’ll be stuck with an old-school headphone jack, but on the upside: at least there’s no need to charge them.