The Best Bluetooth Headphones For Sports

Posted on 8 June 2022

After 23 hours of research among 51 models and the test of 30 wireless headphones, 8 of which were specifically focused on sports, we concluded that the Jabra Elite 7 Active is currently the best choice.

This comparison is certified 100% impartial and follows our selection process.

Our choice, Best high-end

Jabra Elite 7 Active

They have many qualities in terms of comfort, fit, elegance and battery life. But it is in their customisation options that they really shine.

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The Jabra Elite 7 Active are a good investment for sportsmen, thanks to their attractive design, great comfort, good fit and water resistance. The sound quality and the endurance are on point, and they incorporate a number of customisation options to make them a very complete model. While there were a few shortcomings during our test, mainly the active noise cancellation which is not very effective and the call quality which can be improved, it is an ideal training companion for those who can do without these two features.

 

 

Best budget

Anker SoundCore Life A1

In addition to their affordable price, they have a strong design advantage thanks to their fit and comfort. Endurance is certainly the point that Anker is banking on with these.

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These headphones have a good price-quality ratio. Their good fit, comfort and water resistance show their sporty character, while the stability of the connection, good sound quality and long battery life can be highlighted; all this for a very modest price. However, the lack of an application and active noise cancellation are regrettable. During our test, there were also imperfections during calls or with video content, which shows that this is a sporty model purely reserved for a classic use (mainly music playback).

 

Best mid-range

Amazfit Powerbuds Pro

While they may lack precision in some areas, they have advanced features that are specifically designed to monitor the health and training of athletes.

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These headphones are characterised by their great comfort and support, a customisable sound with a rich bass, a good battery life and, above all, a large number of functions that allow you to follow your training sessions or to correct bad habits in terms of posture or listening. If their sound quality did not totally convince us during our test, we recommend them more to a sportsman or a health-conscious person who does not like to clutter up his wrists.

 

Our selection

Our choice, Best high-endBest budgetBest mid-range
Jabra Elite 7 ActiveAnker SoundCore Life A1Amazfit Powerbuds Pro
Jabra Elite 7 ActiveAnker SoundCore Life A1Amazfit Powerbuds Pro
They have many qualities in terms of comfort, fit, elegance and battery life. But it is in their customisation options that they really shine.In addition to their affordable price, they have a strong design advantage thanks to their fit and comfort. Undoubtedly, endurance is its greatest strength.While they may lack precision in some areas, they have advanced features that are specifically designed to monitor the health and training of athletes.
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Honorable mentions

Jabra Elite Active 75t (£119.99 upon publication): interesting for experienced sportsmen and women with a demanding hearing. They offer a good battery life, a stable connection, a great comfort and good basses. Other features, such as the ‘Hear Through’ function, noise cancellation and voice commands are practical. The call quality is outstanding with the four microphones and the application allows further customisation of the sound. Lastly, their water and dust resistance means you can enjoy outdoor sports in any weather. However, they are slightly less durable and less powerful than the Elite 7 Active.

Jaybird Vista 2 (£189.99 upon publication): mainly focused on strength and support. IP68 certified with an IP54 case, they are designed for survival. Their battery life lasts from 6 to 8 hours depending on the options activated, and with the case, endurance is around 24 hours. Among other things, they have a perfect fit for athletes, and the sound and controls are customisable via the equaliser. They have a decent active noise cancellation and a transparent mode, and the call quality is also good. However, buyers have complained that the first pairing takes a long time and the Bluetooth connection is not always stable.

Beats Powerbeats Pro (£159.95 upon publication): a good mix of endurance, comfort and sound quality, but a sound insulation that is not unanimously appreciated. Thanks to their high-performance chip, the connection is ultra-stable. The sound is impeccable and via their connectivity, you have access to the many options of the application (except for the equaliser). The battery life is quite good (with or without the case). However, they are much more optimised for iOS users than Android users. Buyers also deplore the lack of a transparent mode and the poor call quality.

 

 

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How to choose your bluetooth headphones for sports?

Playing sports while listening to music increases motivation. But the difficulty in finding Bluetooth sports headphones lies in the sheer number of models available.

To help you, we have determined the necessary criteria you should consider before purchasing such a product:

  • Wireless‘ and ‘True Wireless‘: ‘True Wireless’ headphones do not have a cable or connector to pair them and operate entirely via Bluetooth or NFC. The ‘wireless’ ones are connected to each other by a wire behind the neck or above the head. Most brands now offer wireless headphones and Bluetooth headsets (with or without noise cancellation).
Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2
To avoid losing them, they should be well integrated and held in the ears. | Source: Selectos
  • Resistance: “IP” stands for “Ingress Protection”. In other words, it is the protection index assessing the resistance to solid or liquid elements (such as sweat, water or dust). The IP is made up of two numbers: the first indicates the level of protection against solid particles such as sand and dust (from 0 to 6), and the second communicates the resistance to water (from 0 to 9).
  • Fit and comfort: in order to avoid losing the earpieces, it is important that they fit and stay in the ears. Usually, there are several sizes of silicone tips provided so you can find the one that best fits your body type. If you lose your earphones, some applications allow you to find them via a sound signal.
  • Battery life: it usually lasts between 5 and 9 hours but performance may be below or above (depending on the options activated and the volume). Many manufacturers provide a charging case that allows you to store and carry them while charging. The more compact the case, the easier it is to store. Some can charge via USB-C and with the wireless charging technology.
Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2
The case allows them to be stored and recharged at the same time. | Source: Selectos
  • Connection quality: there is a gap between Bluetooth (which may become narrower with Bluetooth 5.0) and NFMI, which offers a more stable connection with less latency. You will find NFMI more often among higher end models.
  • Sound quality: this includes the quality of the bass and trebles. The mix should form a balance that gives an honest and clear harmony. Depending on the model, this is either already set or can be customised through the application. In some cases, an equaliser can be used to balance the sounds or change their colour (e.g. lower). As a bonus, support for codecs such as AAC or aptX allows you to enjoy a high-quality audio that is more relevant to audiophiles.
Anker Soundcore Spirit Dot 2
A good quality sound should be balanced and harmonious between basses and trebles. | Source: Selectos
  • Noise cancellation: there are earpieces that work well in quiet environments but have poor insulation in noisy environments. Full immersion is enhanced by active noise cancellation. Then, make sure to check if they have the ‘Hear Through’ function, which gives the possibility to hear ambient sounds while keeping the earphones on. The latter is interesting for those who run around town.
  • Controls: some manufacturers favour touch controls, but they can be difficult to use when playing sports. Physical buttons may be less elegant, but they are more convenient when your hands are sweaty or when it is raining, and they prevent accidental presses when you put the headphones back on. The controls allow you to manage all sorts of actions without the smartphone, and they can sometimes even be customised from the app.
  • Microphone quality: microphones are used to make telephone calls. Their ability to reduce wind noise, manage sibilance and avoid saturation while reproducing voices fairly influences the quality of calls in quiet environments as well as in noisy ones.

NB: in order to be more in tune with our readership, our budgets were not too high.

 

Translated by Aylin Akturk 

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