Wi-fi earbuds successfully work like sound-blocking earplugs when crammed into your ears, and whereas that’s nice for tuning out distractions, it’s not so nice when it’s safer to listen to what’s occurring round you. Shokz’s answer to the issue has been to skip the ears altogether and ship sound by way of a consumer’s cheekbones, and the newest technology, referred to as the OpenRun Professional, promise added bass efficiency you can really feel.
Even mid-level wi-fi earbuds now supply options that assist make you extra conscious of your environment through the use of built-in microphones to amplify sounds round you. It’s a helpful characteristic while you’re out for a run, and even simply wandering round a busy metropolis, because it enables you to hear automobiles and different hazards whereas nonetheless having fun with your tunes. The issue is that ambient sound boosting usually sounds very unnatural and ugly, so most both don’t use it or use only a single earbud.
Shokz (previously AfterShokz) personal answer to the issue has all the time been a intelligent one. As a substitute of blasting sound waves down the ear canal, it transmits them by way of the wearer’s cheekbones utilizing a pair of vibrating transducers that sit simply in entrance of the ears. The method nonetheless delivers music to the eardrums however leaves the ears themselves huge open to naturally decide up ambient sounds as an alternative.
Not each headphone maker concentrating on athletes takes this method as a result of sound delivered by way of bone conduction isn’t as wealthy or full as it’s by way of earbuds or over-ear headphones, and it’s usually missing the low-end frequencies that may make listening to music so satisfying. That’s a downside that Shockz is particularly addressing with its new OpenRun Professional Premium Bone Conduction Sport Headphones that includes the ninth technology of the corporate’s transducer expertise and a brand new characteristic referred to as Shokz TurboPitch that introduces bass enhancers so decrease frequencies are extra prominently heard and even felt. Shokz can also be introducing an accompanying cellular app for the primary time that features two EQ settings: ‘Customary’ for music and ‘Vocal Booster’ for making voices clearer whereas listening to podcasts.
Different upgrades embrace bigger shortcut buttons on the OpenRun Professional headphones and a repositioned charging port. Sadly, a proprietary charging cable remains to be required and will likely be yet one more accent you’ll by no means need to lose. With an IP55 water and mud score, the Open Run Professionals may even work simply wonderful if worn within the rain or by way of a torrential sweat, however as with many devices, you’ll need to keep away from an unintended submersion.
Battery life is rated at 10 hours of playback after a full one-hour cost. However in case you solely have 5 minutes to prime them off after they unexpectedly die, you possibly can nonetheless anticipate to get an hour-and-a-half of playback afterward. The brand new Shokz OpenRun Professional Premium Bone Conduction Sport Headphones can be found for pre-order right this moment from the Shokz website for $180, solely in black. For those who choose an alternate shade, you’ll have to attend till later this yr.