This all began at work one day. One of the Surgeons I work for said he needed to plug his head phones in to charge. I was confused. He explained they were Bluetooth Wireless Headphones. This boggled my mind…. which is strange because I have a friggin’ DEGREE in Information Systems… all that tech-y shit. Of all people I should know about wireless headphones. I just never thought about it and never really hear about them, and that’s probably because THEY SUCK…. from my experience.
I HAD to have a pair of wireless headphones after hearing they existed, because I always put my phone in my sports bra while working out. I hate doing it because I have heard about some breast cancer cases being correlated directly to putting your phone in your sports bra. Also, that fact aside, I’m always scared somethings gonna come outta place one of those times I pull my phone out to change a song. Yikes. The cords are also everywhere all over my chest, even though I try to tuck them in. I am opposed to those arm bands that hold your phone because I feel like they would get in the way. You can’t properly utilize your biceps or triceps with a huge ass phone on your arm. For Christmas I got a waist band phone holder that looks like the arm band kind, but goes around your waist (almost like a fanny pack). It was pretty dorky but I wore it anyways. It got in the way when I tried doing rows and I’d have to take it off. Also, changing the song was pretty hard to do with that plastic covering.
SO wireless headphones were the only solution to all of these issues. The surgeon had Jaybird’s. I looked them up and read reviews and they seemed very superior. I was ecstatic to buy them. They were my FIRST headphone purchase……. (because yes, there was more than one purchase unfortunately).
JAYBIRD BLUEBUDS X – Price: $169.99
These are said to have an 8 hour play time on a full charge. (The cheaper version, which is $99.99 is said to have a 3 hour playtime). I really enjoyed the nice hard case these came with, making them easy to store in my purse without worrying about damaging them.They fit very well and I did not have any issues with them falling out during my workout. The Bluetooth connection worked well from a far distance. The sound quality was pretty good, but sometimes the it was a bit scratchy. (I will assume that will happen with any Bluetooth headphone from time to time). I kept these for 13 days (pushing it close since Best Buy allows you 14 days to return) and the reason I ended up returning them was because of the volume. Every time I put them on to workout, I would try to turn them up louder although they were already all the way up. I just felt for the huge price tag I should be completely satisfied with the product, and volume is a big thing for me. So back to Best Buy I went to return these and purchase my second pair….
YURBUDS INSPIRE – Price: $129.99
This time I did lots of research, as I was still willing to pay a lot of money for a quality product. I came to the decision to purchase these Yurbud’s, which are apparently very newly released. I tried them on at home after reading the instructions. They have a ‘Twist and Lock’ feature which is suppose to make them stay very securely in your ears. I got it to work at home fine. When I got to the gym though, it was a completely different story. I spent 10 minutes looking in the gym mirror, twisting these earphones over and over, trying to get them to stay. I was BEYOND frustrated. I got them in as best I could and started my workout. Literally between almost every set, I had to re-twist them and adjust them. They just wouldn’t stay in. I went home to re-read the instructions and figured out the right way to do it. I also noticed the box said it was suppose to come with 2 ear cover sizes, but mine came with 1 size… which was already on the ear buds when I opened the box. I got them to stay and attempted another workout the next day. I STILL had issues with them staying in, and found myself adjusting them 5-6 times during my workout. My ears must have been bruised after that because it hurt to put them in past that point. On top of that, the Bluetooth connection SUCKS. I don’t know how they can sell headphones for $130 and have a shitty connection…. makes no sense. I walked to get another set of dumbbells from the rack (maybe 5 feet away) and the sound was cutting out terribly, and sometimes the music even stopped playing altogether. The one thing I noticed the first time I tried them was that they were PLENTY loud and bass-y. Butafter wearing them a couple times I realized it wasn’t quality. The loudness and bass almost made the music sound scratchy. Not a good type of ‘loud’.
When I went to take them back, I was looking at all the other Yurbud headphones and noticed they had a regular, non-wireless pair that were “For Women”. The box read that they were ‘designed specifically for smaller ears’. So here I finally figured out my issue…. the headphones I had were way to friggin’ big for my ears and that’s why they wouldn’t stay in. How frustrating. And since they are new, they obviously don’t have a “women’s version” out for the wireless kind. Back to the drawing board.
PLANTRONICS BACKBEAT GO2 – Price: $99.99
I did not do any research before going back to the store for a third pair. All the research I had done before really left me with no more options. There aren’t very many quality wireless ear buds out. I actually read reviews about these saying they were terrible. BUT when I went in Best Buy and looked, these were the only other pair of wireless ear buds left to try. So I went with it. They come with this little charging case (you can buy the headphones alone for $79.99 if you desire). The charging case is actually pretty cool, although I have yet to use it since I’ve only owned these headphones for a few days. You basically charge the case so that if your headphones ever die and you are on-the-go, you can just plug them into the case to charge. It says that 20 minutes in the case equals an extra hour of play time. The headphones are advertised to have 4.5 hours of play time, and I’ve used them 2-3 times so far, and it still says “Battery Level – High” when I turn them on.
They fit pretty well and I don’t have issues with them falling out (even while doing quick box jumps). I must admit, I feel the Jaybirds had a better fit… but those also cost almost double. The BackBeats have a great Bluetooth connection. I did walking lunges for the length of the gym, and the sound quality was just as good as it was when my phone was right next to me. Major plus. I do feel I have the same issue as I did with the Jaybird’s …. I feel the music could be louder. I was telling a fellow gym-goer weeks ago about how I was returning my Jaybirds because of the sound and she said “Really?? Mine sound great!” But she also has the cheaper version. I cannot vouch for those myself since I haven’t tried them though. The version she has are $99 and have 3 hours of charge time. That worries me, because the ones I had claimed to last 8 hours, yet didn’t even last 6. I don’t want to charge my headphones after every single workout. I would surely forget to charge them, or forget them at home on the charger.
SO I ultimately am staying with the Plantronic BackBeats.I do feel the music could be a liiiiitle louder, but I also realize that with bluetooth headphones you will be sacrificing quality a little bit. You will always have better sound with a device that plugs directly into your phone. I hope this helps anyone who is stubborn like me and must have wireless, ear bud headphones! It’s funny to me that the cheapest pair I purchased ended up being the ones I went with.