Earbuds have become the default for wearing when using a mobile device, and that’s become especially true when exercising, doing sports or just being more active than sitting in an easy chair listening to tunes. The problem that earbuds have is an inherent one: how do you make them fit without causing discomfort or allowing them to slip out of the ear as a result of the person’s head moving? Aftershokz’s Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones provides for the best solution by ignoring the ears altogether.
The Trekz Titanium is designed to hold in place against the sides of the head and not by placing audio drivers in the ears. The process is called “bone conduction,” and works by relaying the audio signal (sounds) through transducers working with resonance with the bones in the head. Scary as this sounds, it’s a safe and proven method for transmitting audio for a person to hear. The advantages are obvious in that it’s safer than earbuds since it allows for ambient sounds to be present (a car honking as one is crossing the street, for example). It also avoids the issues of keeping the audio drivers in the ears — as in this case a titanium headband with flexibility and durability is present to keep the transducers placed against the head. There’s also less audio “leakage” than one might think from bone conduction, but explaining it is less sensible than having it on and hearing it for oneself. As an aid to this, a pair of noise-cancelling microphones are built in to moderate/cancel out extraneous noise as well. This is in addition to the xx’s use for taking/making calls through the phone of course.
The Trekz Titanium also ensures a number of other needed specifications now found on most “sport” headphones in that it’s lightweight, even with the addition of Bluetooth (compatibility= A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP) and other technologies inside (the usual 33 feet distance of BT applies, but realistically there will be few times the phone isn’t on the person while the xxx is in use). An IP55 rating means that the xxx is heavily water resistant (also sweat) so use in poor weather and dusty environments won’t cause it to give up the ghost. Pairing it with a phone (or tablet) is done in the commonplace method now found throughout the mobile devices, although using the included voice commands will speed up the process somewhat. The xxx is able to transfer high resolution audio as it’s using the most recent technologies, but the resolution of the audio file playing must of course be high (start with high resolution to end with high resolution). But if the audio file is of quality, so too will be the results being listened to, from mid-range to the higher frequencies as well as the lower ones (I.e., the bass). The addition off equalization presets allow for a more precise “tuning” of the sound from a personal perspective also.
The Trekz Titanium uses a rechargeable battery and is designated for up to six hours. Actual usage time is dependent on what is being done, but there’s no excuse for losing power in the middle of a run or while doing exercises over a 2-3 hour period of time. The two hour (aprox) charging time is not onerous either.
The Trekz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones comes in three color choices — blue/black, gray/black and green/black — and retails for $129.99. If sports or being active is why you wear earbuds, then forget about earbuds entirely and “go through the bone” by wearing these.