If you think magic isn’t real, you need to try on a pair of open-ear AfterShokz headphones. Imagine listening to your favorite music, audiobook, or podcast without anything in, on, or over your ears. AfterShokz’s line of bone-conducting headphones uses vibrations to let you listen without blocking what you can hear. AfterShokz offers a variety of options to suit your lifestyle and exercise preferences. Keep reading to learn more about how a pair of Aeropex, Air, OpenMove, or Xtrainerz headphones can change how you experience audio.
The term “bone-conducting” likely gives you a basic idea of how AfterShokz headphones work, but exactly how do they do the voodoo they do so well? Simply put, regular headphones send sound waves to your eardrums, which vibrate and send information to your cochleae. With AfterShokz headphones, they rest on your cheekbones, vibrating the bones, bypassing the eardrums altogether, and sending information directly to your cochleae. Cool, right?!
The Aeropex, Air, OpenMove, and Xtrainerz bone-conducting headphones have a lot in common. They are wireless, are worn over your earlobe and behind your neck, and have integrated controls to let you manage playback. Of course, they all keep your ears free to be aware of traffic, announcements, and other essential sounds that regular headphones minimize or block completely.
Starting with the very similar Air and OpenMove models, you get wireless Bluetooth audio streaming from up to 33' away, clear hands-free calls with dual noise-canceling microphones, and battery life of up to 6 hours. You can use each as you work out, thanks to IP55-rated water resistance that can handle sweat or a splash of water. However, choosing the OpenMove does give you a few advantages, such as convenient reversible USB-C charging instead of Micro-USB, Bluetooth 5.0 instead of 4.2, and a partial titanium frame that drops its weight to only 1 oz.
The Aeropex give you even more options. They are the only model to come in two sizes: mini and standard. They deliver increased battery life of up to 8 hours, and water resistance is boosted with an IP67 rating. That makes the Aeropex completely dust-proof and submersible in 3.3' of water for 30 minutes. When recharging, they do away with USB connectors completely in favor of magnetic charging.
Then there are the Xtrainerz, the most unique headphones of the group. To start, they are specifically designed for swimmers, with a waterproof IP68 rating and a neckband that is optimized for comfort under a swim cap. Another huge difference is that they are not Bluetooth compatible. An integrated 4GB player delivers audio via MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, or FLAC files. That’s enough storage for approximately 1,200 songs. Additional features include up to 8 hours of battery life and a USB induction charging cradle.
The Air, OpenMove, Aeropex, and Xtrainerz each come in a variety of colors to suit your lifestyle and taste. If your curiosity is piqued and you want to try out bone-conducting technology for yourself, each model is available right now at B&H.
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