We receive the AfterShokz headphones a couple of weeks ago and after unboxing them and trying them out right on the Live show I promptly adopted them for my own! That’s right, after one listen I absconded with the goods. I’m not proud of it, but I did it and I’ll own up to it.
However, I have taken the opportunity to allow others to listen to “my” headphones, because after all these things don’t go in your ears! Or even on your ears. But instead, they sit right in front of your ears against the bone right above your jaw.
AfterShokz are powered headphones that use their own rechargeable battery. If I had any complaint it would be that in order to recharge them you have to use their proprietary USB to headphone jack adapter. The benefit to doing so is that the battery is very small and light. But non-standard adapters are a high price to pay, so I think I’d prefer an inline AAA battery or something like that.
The headphones come with an inline controller that allows you to power them on and off as well as control volume. Other than that, the only other thing to know is how to actually put them on properly.
We’re all accustomed to putting earbuds in our ears, or muffs over them. But the AfterShokz wrap around the back of your head and sit on the flat area between your ears and eyes, just in front of your ears.
Once they’re on and you crank up the music, the strangest thing is that you can still hear what is going on around you – while you’re listening to the music! This really helps from a safety perspective if you’re doing other things, such as riding a bike or operating machinery.
The most frequent question I’m asked is, how is the bass response? It’s great! If you really crank it up with a heavy bass track the pads will almost get to hopping around on your head. Some people said this was a little strange, bordering on annoying. But personally I think its great and you’d get used to it.
We’re giving the AfterShokz a Geek Beat Editor’s Choice award for their unique design, excellent sound, and all around coolness factor. You can pick up a pair for yourself over on Amazon for $60 without mic, or $70 with a microphone.