Headphones are great workout companions. There’s no greater motivator than a great fast-paced beat to help you kick yourself into high-gear while running. But a head full of music can also be quite dangerous. Not only will loud music blaring into your ears eventually damage your hearing, but noise-cancelling headphones block out the sounds around you – and sometimes those sounds are worth hearing (like car horns, emergency sirens, or someone shouting at you).
AfterShokz Sportz M2 headphones feature an “open ear design” that transfers sound by way of bone conduction. The buds don’t go into your ear and they don’t cover your ear either. They hang from your ear like a Bluetooth headset and send sound along your jaw line through two small transducer pads. Vibrations move back up to your inner ear by way of vibrations.
While wearing them, you won’t get undisturbed sound – but that’s the point. If you’re driving or running outdoors or even working at your desk, you won’t miss any important moments you shouldn’t be tuned out for.
The lithium ion battery boasts approximately 12 hours of playtime and a small controller sits further down on the cord for volume adjustments and on/off switch. AfterShokz Sportz M2 headphones will set you back $79.95.
The experimental concept of the AfterShokz Sportz M2 is interesting. But as a runner, I’m a wondering if I would have a hard time keeping these secure on my head as I moved. What do you think of the AfterShokz M2 design?