A first look at these AfterShokz competitors fitness fanatics’ headphones.
Why bone conduction and not in-ear headphones?
As we know, the faster the music, the faster we go! At the same time, it’s good to be aware what is around you. Safety is no accident!
We are a fans of Aftershokz and were early adopters, using their third model for three years and for three hours per day – yes, we are strange here! For us and many, Aftershokz are the byword for bone conducting fitness headphones. Now they have some serious competition.
What follows is our first look at the Naenka Running Pro headphones.
First, the headlines:
- A very light 33g weight (just over an ounce in old money)
- BLE 5.0
- 240 hours of standby time
- 16mm bone conduction speakers
- IP68 Waterproof (tested at depths of greater than 1 metre)
- 8gb of built in storage for thousands of mp3 files
- Magnetic charging
From the Aftershokz stable, the XTrainerz, compare, with their built in mp3 storage. The XTrainerz have very similar specifications and 4gb fewer of storage.
The RRP of the Naenko is £121.36 and a launch price of £102.37. To gain more information and purchase information, please check out their website here – https://www.naenka.com/products/naenka-open-ear-wireless-bone-conduction-headphones-compatible-with-bluetooth-wireless-sports-headset-ipx8-waterproof
We will publish our audio findings soon. For those who have discovered bone conduction headphones, you will already know just how amazing they are for exercise. We have used the Naenko Runner Pro for one day only. Initial findings are:
- Middle of the road rock – very clear
- Rap etc – a little muddy
- Podcasts and radio – fine (with the caveat that on some podcasts, the audio levels by the production crews aren’t the best)
- Alongside roads – they need to be on full blast and at times it was difficult to make out all the conversation on the BBC Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme.
- Stayed on our heads through walking, running, cycling and jumping up and down. Worked well whilst on the smart trainer, at 250 watts, with the fan on and listening to music through then.