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AfterShokz - Sportz Titanium with Mic Behind-the-Neck Headphones - Ocean Blue

Carry on training while listening to music or taking calls with these AfterShokz Sportz headphones. Their OpenFit design keeps your ears exposed and able to hear background noise, while their PremiumPitch and bone conduction technologies provide high-quality audio that travels through your cheekbones. The noise-canceling microphone of these AfterShokz Sportz headphones lets you communicate clearly.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • AfterShokz Sportz Titanium with Mic Behind-the-Neck Headphones
    • Owner's manual
    • Storage bag
    • USB charging cable

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    80% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (19 out of 24)

    Features


    OpenFit™ design

    Ensures maximum situational awareness and comfort during long-term wear.

    PremiumPitch+™

    Guarantees premium audio experience, including a wide dynamic range and rich bass.

    Bone conduction technology

    Delivers music through your cheekbones, ensuring that your ears remain completely open to hear ambient sounds.

    LeakSlayer™ technology

    Significantly reduces natural sound leakage.

    Sweat-resistant design

    Provides sweat protection, so you can easily wear the headphones while working out.

    Noise-canceling microphone

    Reduces background noise, effectively enhancing speech.

    In-line controls

    Enable you to play, skip and pause.

    Titanium headband

    For durability and portability.

    Reflective headband

    Provides visibility at night.

    Rechargeable battery

    Offers up to 12 hours of use and lasts up to 60 hours in standby mode.


    Customer rating

    Rating 3.8 out of 5 stars with 24 reviews

    80%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Interesting headphones - great for audiobooks

      Posted
      Kaden
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Let's start with this. The headphones were delivered in an attractive, easy to open package. I didn't even have to break out scissors to open them. The package includes instructions, the headphones, and a small bag to carry them in. The headphones themselves looked great. They had enough cord for me to wear them with my phone in my pocket, although a few more inches of cord might have helped in the long run. After I finally figured out how to wear them (they sit in front of your ear) they were super comfortable. These are probably the lightest​ headphones I've worn to date. They didn't move at all when I wore them out jogging either, which is rare for anything but earbuds for me. Even me sweating didn't cause them to move. Let's talk about sound quality for a minute. I listen to just about everything, from electronic, to rock, to audiobooks. The mid and high frequencies are phenomenal on these, as long as you're wearing them correctly. The lows, while not bad at all, leave something to be desired when compared to traditional in or on ear headphones. They are the best headphones I've ever worn for listening to audiobooks though, the voices from them are crystal clear. Now the downsides. For something I have to charge, I wish it was wireless. Having to charge something that has a cord is kind of frustrating. I never really treated the true battery life, since I'm usually in and out of meetings, but it was definitely long enough for my uses. I don't often have a 12 hour long session wearing headphones anyways. Secondly, these aren't as discreet as you would like. If you are trying to use these like other headphones to listen to music loud enough to block others out, everyone around you can hear you. But again, the benefit of these is that you CAN hear what's going on around you, so if you're looking for something that will block sound then you'll want to look elsewhere. Ultimately, these are great headphones for those who are looking to put music on in the background, or those who are listening to audiobooks. They are super light and comfortable. This is a review for the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium Bone Conduction Headphones that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      interesting concept, good quality sound

      Posted
      bluebird22

      Overall, this item met or exceeded my expectations for a pair of headphones. I have never been much of a earbud fan, so I usually rock the over ear standard headphone look. It may not be the most trendy way to listen to music/youtube/my trusty podcasts at work, but it gets the job done and doesn't fall out of my ears a million times. Eagerly, I waited for the arrival of these headphones, as I needed a new pair at work. My first impression was that I was rather impressed with their solid packaging. The box was very pleasing to the eye and it seemed solid and like the enclosed product was quality made. The headphones themselves felt a bit delicate at first, and made me feel like they might be easily breakable, especially if you are rough with them, as I tend to be. I tried to plug them in and test them as soon as I got them (I was eagerly waiting for them, remember?) but immediately out of the box they turned on once and then did not work. I wasn't expecting them to need charging in order to work. I still don't really understand why that is necessary, as they are not wireless headphones, but it is the case. Turning them on for the first time was surprisingly a bit more complex than I expected as well, as you need to hold the power button down for a few seconds to turn them on and then again to turn them off. I'm still not sure why they need to be turned on, as I expect wired headphones to plug in and amplify noise. The cheekbone sound idea takes a bit to get used to, but I do appreciate the open ear design. After charging them overnight, I used them at work all day and enjoyed crisp clear sound that did not disturb my neighbors when it was played through my podcast application, but YouTube audio did produce some excess music that could be heard by those in close range. I liked the idea of being able to have my ears free to hear if a co-worker needed me, but still be able to hear my music. I did have some issues adjusting the volume when the controls switched from my phone to the buttons on the headset cord, because it took a minute for the headphones to adjust up or down once the audio adjustment on my phone was made. I enjoyed these headphones and would recommend them to others if they are looking for headphones that are pretty unobtrusive (they did not fall down or move much on my face during use) and produce crisp and clear sound quality. I would not recommend this to younger people, as I do believe the headphones are a bit delicate and would be an expensive pair to replace regularly. Additionally, I would suggest making sure that others are aware they do need to be charged, as this is something I was initially surprised by. This is a review for the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium w/Mic Bone Conduction Headphones that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Interesting Conversation Piece

      Posted
      jinnie
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is an update to the last review as Best Buy doesn't allow you to edit or delete your review after posting... I got these headphones right before going on a trip. On the way, I opened the package and tried on the headphones, only to figure out that they needed to be charged before using. After finally getting to a hotel and charging them, I realized that the sound quality is actually quite amazing. Here are my thoughts after a few days of usage: Sound Quality: The sound quality is amazing. The bone conducting functionality is interesting as I have never experienced it before, although it only starts vibrating when the sound is turned all the way up. One thing that is a bit of a downer for me (although perhaps an advantage for users of other demographics) is that the sound is not isolated. Hence when you turn up the headphones enough to get the bone conduction to work, everyone else within a few feet of proximity can also hear your audio. Comfort: the headphones sit in front of your ears, which takes a bit of getting used to. They are pretty comfortable after a while. I haven't tried jogging with them yet, but leaning back in a seat with these headphones on was not a problem for me. Packaging: The packaging is beautiful. I wish there were more instructions included in the packaging though - a small getting started diagram would have helped as these headphones are not very self-explanatory. Sometimes they work even when they are not charged (e.g. when I plug them into my laptop), other times no sound comes out. Convenience: The headphones are a bit bulky. I'm used to putting earbuds in my jacket pocket to carry around. These ones aren't really meant for that. However, it does come with a nice leather pouch, which is beautifully designed. I'm also not a fan of having to charge your headphones. When I'm out and about, I don't really want to worry about my headphones running out of battery on top of my cell phone. However, if you are at home or at a location with ample power, it's not a problem. The charging port is also standard so most android phones would use the same charging cable anyway. I unfortunately have a LG G5 with a type C cable, so I had to carry around an extra set of cables just to charge the headphones. Bottom line: If you are into loud music with beautiful sound quality that you can really feel on your ears and don't mind others hearing your music or carrying around extra cables, then these headphones are for you. I think I will be using these at home as I do enjoy the bone conduction but won't really be using them out in public much. This is a review for the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium w/Mic Bone Conduction Headphones that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Interesting Conversation Piece

      Posted
      jinnie
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I got these headphones right before going on a trip. On the way, I opened the package and tried on the headphones, only to figure out that they needed to be charged before using. After finally getting to a hotel and charging them, I realized that the sound quality is actually quite amazing. Here are my thoughts after a few days of usage: Sound Quality: The sound quality is amazing. The bone conducting functionality is interesting as I have never experienced it before, although it only starts vibrating when the sound is turned all the way up. One thing that is a bit of a downer for me (although perhaps an advantage for users of other demographics) is that the sound is not isolated. Hence when you turn up the headphones enough to get the bone conduction to work, everyone else within a few feet of proximity can also hear your audio. Comfort: the headphones sit in front of your ears, which takes a bit of getting used to. They are pretty comfortable after a while. I haven't tried jogging with them yet, but leaning back in a seat with these headphones on was not a problem for me. Packaging: The packaging is beautiful. I wish there were more instructions included in the packaging though - a small getting started diagram would have helped as these headphones are not very self-explanatory. Sometimes they work even when they are not charged (e.g. when I plug them into my laptop), other times no sound comes out. Convenience: The headphones are a bit bulky. I'm used to putting earbuds in my jacket pocket to carry around. These ones aren't really meant for that. However, it does come with a nice leather pouch, which is beautifully designed. I'm also not a fan of having to charge your headphones. When I'm out and about, I don't really want to worry about my headphones running out of battery on top of my cell phone. However, if you are at home or at a location with ample power, it's not a problem. The charging port is also standard so most android phones would use the same charging cable anyway. I unfortunately have a LG G5 with a type C cable, so I had to carry around an extra set of cables just to charge the headphones. Bottom line: If you are into loud music with beautiful sound quality that you can really feel on your ears and don't mind others hearing your music or carrying around extra cables, then these headphones are for you. I think I will be using these at home as I do enjoy the bone conduction but won't really be using them out in public much.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Pleasantly surprised! Highly recommended!

      Posted
      SCW010812
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I wasn't sure what to expect as I'd never even heard of Bone Conduction until about a month ago. I don't like over the ear or in the ear headphones so when I found out about AfterShokz Sportz Titanium w/Mic Bone Conduction Headphones I knew I had to give them a try. Where have you been all my life? Is how I felt after using them for the 1st time. Lightweight, so comfortable, non intrusive & great sound quality whilst still being able to hear what's going on around you! The headband is made form Titanium yet remains flexible so no accidental snapping/breaking. There is no interference from sounds around you when using the mic. either as it too is noise canceling. Which makes the following product description statement very very true: "The bone conduction technology of these AfterShokz Sportz headphones transmit audio signals through your cheekbones to keep your ears receptive to the environment" You get a cute little black pouch to carry everything in which is an added bonus. USB cable included for charging which powers up to full capacity in a couple of hours. I absolutely HIGHLY recommend AfterShokz Sportz Titanium w/Mic Bone Conduction Headphones. A+++ “This is a review for the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium w/Mic Bone Conduction Headphones that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.”

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Interesting concept, horrible execution.

      Posted
      kennedydj1812

      THE DESIGN: When I opened the box, I faced a large U shaped device that fits around the head and over the ears. When I tried to fold up the earphones into a smaller form factor, the stiff plastic didn't give and made the headphones annoying to transport. Also, the plastic going over the ears to the speakers is rather thick. I don't wear glasses, but I'm sure anyone using glasses with thick earpieces might have some trouble with getting a good fit while wearing the headphones. Also, any attempt to tilt my head even slightly above vertical caused the headphones to slip and the speakers to slip out of position, ruining the sound. As an airline pilot, I spend a lot of time in hotel rooms. Sometimes finding enough plugs to charge all my gadgets can be difficult. This is why I opted for the wired version of the headphones. Thus I was surprised and disappointed that this model comes with a battery pack. A battery pack that is oddly shaped and not comfortable that also causes the headphones to not work at all if the battery is off. A battery pack that only seemed to last 3 hours when it is advertised to last over 12. THE SOUND: After fumbling with the tiny rubber cover over the USB charger socket, I plugged the headphones in to charge them, then listened to various songs. Since the speakers conduct the sound through the bones of the skull and not the ears, my mind kept trying to ignore the music in favor of what was coming through my ears. This might work well if you need to listen to other noises, but didn't help that all I wanted to do was listen to music. Honestly, it sounded like somebody playing music through a cheap stereo in the next room over. The sound was slight and tinny. There is no bass at all. None. When I turned up the volume to try and get a better sound experience, my cheeks started to buzz and vibrate uncomfortably. After trying to make the headphones fit and trying to adjust the position for the best sound, I gave up. Better luck next try. “This is a review for the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium w/Mic Bone Conduction Headphones that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review."

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Yes, I know my headphones are not in my ears

      Posted
      igby

      I've heard about bone conduction for a while but had never seen any device in the affordable range. I like music and use headphones a lot; moreover I use my heapdhones with mic constantly to talk over the phone; so when the option came up I was like "Why not?" To be honest I had low expectations of bone conduction and was expecting a gimmic... boy was I wrong. These headphones are great (under the right circumstances): - Are you an audiophile who claims to have sensitive ears that can pick up the most subtle vibrations? Then these are not for you. - Do you like to get yourself closer to permanent ear damage every day by blasting loud music directly to your eardrums? Then these are not for you. - Do you simply enjoy the flexibility of listening to whatever you want and still be able to be aware of the world outside then these are great. You can still pump the volume all the way up (which is actually higher than I expected) and get the sound paired with a decent temple massage but mind that in those cases some of the vibrations might actually escape and be listened by people around you. In summary I am very impressed. These are not hi-def headphones but they work great for me, bone conduction is not at all a gimmick as I was expecting. My only callout is that these should come with a disclaimer or sticker somewhere that says "Yes, I know my headphones are not in my ears" to stop people from telling you that all day long This is a review for the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium w/Mic Bone Conduction Headphones that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Cool, not 100% practical

      Posted
      MikeL

      Really cool concept, but unfortunately execution fell a little short. On the positive side, the headphones feature a light/comfortable fit, sleek/minimalist design, and have good sound & microphone quality for phone calls. The bone conduction technology is a welcome relief from the fatigue that is often associated with wearing both over-ear headphones or ear buds for long periods of time. On the other hand, there were a few drawbacks that I found hard to ignore. One was with the product design itself-- the headphones are connected to a large, rectangular battery pack that feels awkward and out of place (given the sleek/light overall design). This pack is particularly noticeable while running or working out in general. Second-- the sound. While the sound is acceptable for phone calls, the lack of bass made listening to genres like hip hop or electronic pretty uninspiring. Additionally, when the volume is turned up it becomes distracting to people nearby, as they can easily hear what you're listening to... Overall, I felt the product performs fairly well relative to the price tag, but I would stop short of recommending it. This is a review for the AfterShokz Sportz Titanium w/Mic Bone Conduction Headphones that I received free of charge to do a beta test and review.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars with 2 reviews

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    The analysis of all aggregated expert reviews shows that the reviewers are positive about noise isolation, price, sound and design. Editors are less positive about size and bass quality and have mixed opinions about portability. Using an algorithm based on product age, reviewers ratings history, popularity, product category expertise and other factors, this product gets an alaTest Expert Rating of 72/100 = Good quality.
    • cybershack.comRating, 3 out of 5Mike Wheeler on July 6, 2012
      Review: Aftershokz Sport Headphones
      Aftershokz has released a pair of sports headphones that use similar technology used by Jawbone earpieces, which are designed for Bluetooth wirelessly from your smartphone. Although there is no bluetoothing going on here, the vibration of soundFull Review
    • Expert Reviews (UK)Rating, 4 out of 5Kat Orphanides on June 19, 2012
      Aftershokz Mobile review
      They're not exactly high fidelity, but these bone conduction headphones make it possible to hear the traffic while you runFull Review


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