As we stand gaping at a different world today, many things have changed. If you’re a gym-rat, then your world has pretty much stopped and the uncertainty of it starting anytime soon is rather bleak. But what hasn’t changed is that you still own that body that you love to train, to be better and stronger. And also, the music — it hasn't changed. The unfailing weave of chords and rhythm that pumps you up to go the extra mile. With the possibility of the outdoors being the new gym, we’d better get used to picking our wearable audio equipment with the elements in mind. We’ve picked some of the best active headphones for your workout sessions in the new normal.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus
Leading the line of ear-buds since its very inception, Samsung’s Galaxy Buds come with more than just the Plus prefix. Available in black, white, blue, and purple options, these sleek and ergonomic buds can keep you entertained for 11 hours. That’s your workout and a fair share of the rest of the day, till you need to charge them. This is the company’s first wireless earbud with a 2-way speaker that delivers AKG sound. What this means is that you get the best bass and treble out of your music. The 3-microphone system allows for clear calls. This system is made of two outer and one inner mic in the earbud, which ensures that you needn’t yell in between your lockdown sprints.
Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
It is noisy in the outdoors. Honking cars, people chatting, pesky birds (though, you may discount that last one), which is why noise-cancellation is great. Sennheiser has introduced the second rendition of the Momentum True Wireless earphones to India. These have longer battery life and are also more compact than their predecessor. You get seven hours per charge, which is impressive, and the case offers 28 hours of charging power. It is powered by 7mm dynamic drivers and offers build-in equalizers to give you the tone you expect. An accompanying app makes it convenient to control your earphones and it’s especially good if you’ve got your phone mounted on your road-bike and need to toggle some controls quickly.
Sony has constructed these bad boys specifically for workout endurance. They are resistant to sweat and water, and also offer a decent battery life so that you aren’t left with the sound of your footsteps alone. The WF-SP800N headphones offer a deep bass with ‘Extra Bass’ technology, while the Digital Noise Cancellation keeps you in a world of your own. The cool Ambient Sound Mode is specially made to keep you attuned to the sounds of your environment, without compromising on the full quality of your audio. The real champion on the spec-sheet is the 9-hour battery life, which is supported by another 9 hours through the case. The Quick Attention feature lets you answer calls with a single touch.
Bose SoundSport Free
Held shoulder-to-shoulder with the Apple AirPods, the Bose SoundSport Free comes off as a preferred choice for many. Rugged in every sense, the SoundSport Free is water-resistant and offers good durability. This makes it a great choice for athletes and thrill-seekers who expect to be entertained even when the heavens are pouring. These are exceptionally comfortable to wear, thanks to the StayHear+ Sport tips from Bose, that keep the buds locked in your ear, thereby mitigating the risk of them popping out. Toggling playback is convenient. The Free offers 5 hours of battery, while the case a charge of another 10 hours. The Bluetooth signal strength of the buds is especially strong, which ensures that you don’t have drops and pauses in your experience.
Bowers & Walkins P13
B&W loyalists aren’t easily swayed by swankier offerings of the competition and for good reason too. The brand doesn’t disappoint, as they have yet again proven with their P13 in-ear wireless headphones. It comes with the promise to make you hear only what you wish to hear, with the aptX codec dishing out pure audio, whether you’re indoors or out on the jogging track. It takes just 15 minutes to quick-charge the P13 enough so that you can enjoy 2 hours of uninterrupted music. A full battery can keep it going for 8 hours. Contrary to how it appears, the headset is incredibly light – constructed from soft, coated silicone and rubber. It is available in Space Grey, Blue, and Gold colors.