My favorite open earbuds

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The Verge


There are headphones, and then there are headphones that leave your ears open to hearing the world around you. If you want to listen to music or podcast and also want to stay safe on a bike, open ear headphones are the way to go. Dieter Bohn looks at five options, from the Aftershokz Aeropex to the Bose Sport Open Ear headphones to a Bluetooth bike helmet.
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Sena R1 Evo bike helmet:
AfterShokz Aeropex:
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus:
Read the full review here:
0:00 Intro
0:19 Why Open Ear Headphones?
1:05 Open Ear Headphone Priorities
2:03 Bose Sport Open Earbuds
3:20 Bose Frames Tempo
4:33 Sena M1 Evo
6:00 Aftershokz Aeropex
7:13 Galaxy Buds Plus
8:27 Dieter's Top Pick
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The Verge महिन्यापूर्वी
What's your solution for audio when you need to hear the world around you?
Jake 29 दिवसांपूर्वी
transparency mode on AirPods pro
Lysanzu महिन्यापूर्वी
Buds Lives for me.
Cameron Sean
Cameron Sean महिन्यापूर्वी
@Archer Asa Whoa! It took like 20 mins but it reallyworked!!
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Archer Asa महिन्यापूर्वी
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mystvearn83 महिन्यापूर्वी
Mount my phone to the bike and blast the volume.
Mark Safire
Mark Safire 4 दिवसांपूर्वी
Keep in mind that listening to anything will distract you from doing anything else. If you are riding in traffic, it’s safest not to listen to anything at all. Also, I find that if the volume is turned up in my aeroplex (which I do love by the way) that it’s not much easier to hear than it is when I have in-ear AirPods in.
Prasant khanal
Prasant khanal 9 दिवसांपूर्वी
My fab open ear earphone is 1 airpod
Ryan Yao
Ryan Yao 11 दिवसांपूर्वी
I sometimes just wear an open back headphone, like Koss KSC75, just don’t turn the sound too much, so you can hear both music and traffic.
Goofy Pinnacle
Goofy Pinnacle 14 दिवसांपूर्वी
I use the Aeroshockz to cycle and they’re game changers, they’re that good
Nitesh D
Nitesh D 15 दिवसांपूर्वी
Pro tip: Do not wear any type of headphones while riding a bike.
David Paul
David Paul 16 दिवसांपूर्वी
why just use your old earphone and fit just one of your ears if you want to hear your sorroundings
Drew Lakebrink
Drew Lakebrink 18 दिवसांपूर्वी
The Bose might be what I choose for running, but my concerns are with my sunglasses and that they only have an IPx4 rating. No sport oriented headphone should be less than IPx6. Maybe I sweat more than the average person, but it's a huge oversight for me. I can deal with the odd charger. I've been full wireless since about 2015, so I'm hesitant to get Aftershocks. I've used several Jaybird products with a wire behind my head, and it bounces with every step and at the gym it gets caught on benches. Since I'd only use them for running in a city or crowded environment, the wire on the Aftershocks might not be an issue as long as it doesn't bounce constantly.
T. Stark
T. Stark 22 दिवसांपूर्वी
With decades of yr round, daily, city and country cycling, occasionally with earbuds. Listening with earbuds has never been a safety issue. It's all about what you can see.
Zeus Tech Zone
Zeus Tech Zone 24 दिवसांपूर्वी
Thanks for the video review. I am about to start bike riding again and wanted to purchase something like this. I went with the Aftershokz Aeropex...I cant wait to get them and check them out.
Racr Ecks
Racr Ecks 24 दिवसांपूर्वी
As always Dieter continues to impress with his thorough, relevant reviews!
Steve Onotsky
Steve Onotsky 25 दिवसांपूर्वी
A fair number of wireless earbuds have an implicit mode, in which using just the primary bud (usually the right) will switch audio output to effectively mono. So Dieter's last suggestion/recommendation is quite valid.
noupot 27 दिवसांपूर्वी
AirPods Pro and nothing else !
Kevin Penfold
Kevin Penfold 27 दिवसांपूर्वी
Becca looks a lot different in this video.
theharesbreath 27 दिवसांपूर्वी
With Samsung's various earbuds, if you have one in your ear and the other is in its case, the buds produce mono audio. Not sure if this is true only with Samsung devices or not. Buds, Buds+, Buds Pro, and Buds Live all do this with my S10 and S20
Cat Guy
Cat Guy 29 दिवसांपूर्वी
Am I the only one seeing a malnourished Brown Brushwood?
johnpicollo 29 दिवसांपूर्वी
Been using aftershokz for a couple years now. Definitely a big believer. Although the sound isn't perfect, for the model I have it's damn impressive for something that doesn't even go in your ear
Jon Goudreau
Jon Goudreau महिन्यापूर्वी
AirPods pro w/transparency mode got me into feeling safe riding with music.
Joel Germany
Joel Germany महिन्यापूर्वी
I work in construction and I can tell you that the aeropex have been nothing short of life saving for me on the job site.
Shotter महिन्यापूर्वी
3:59 How come Black people can say it, then? :)
Duncan McKen
Duncan McKen महिन्यापूर्वी
Before you even get started, those ones pretending to be sunglasses look awful - sorry it had to be said
Cameron Creekmore
Cameron Creekmore महिन्यापूर्वी
TIL how to say Dieter's lasts name
Angie Curl - The Artist
Angie Curl - The Artist महिन्यापूर्वी
I have the aftershockz.. and I love them!
Dan Gladem
Dan Gladem महिन्यापूर्वी
When I think headphones, I think Becca!
Willi महिन्यापूर्वी
Livall also has helmets with speakers, intercom, and blinky lights. I wonder how they fare in comparison to the helmet in the review, but I guess they’re probably similar
miti1982 महिन्यापूर्वी
I use the AirPods Pro with transparency mode turned on. I get the audio quality, the stereo, and the sounds of the world around me :)
virdewinder singh
virdewinder singh महिन्यापूर्वी
I put one in my ear. It is cool comfortable and nice
技術学生 महिन्यापूर्वी
Why do you need those just lower down the volume dude
edgar nuñez
edgar nuñez महिन्यापूर्वी
This guy reminds me of Paul banks
Jason Chamberlain
Jason Chamberlain महिन्यापूर्वी
wait wait that background music distracted me for like the first minute because of how hot that bassline was
Rananjay Shivaansh
Rananjay Shivaansh महिन्यापूर्वी
How about Neckband Speaker thing? Bose & Sony have them, don't they?
Krishna Srivatsa
Krishna Srivatsa महिन्यापूर्वी
Dieter: Everybody's ears are different, especially mine. Mine are really big Me: Ah yes, the perfect video yet again, YET AGAIN
Nihal Salim
Nihal Salim महिन्यापूर्वी
How come you didn't mention ambient noise feature on the galaxy buds?
Ken Gray
Ken Gray महिन्यापूर्वी
Nope not doing it. Lose the mask, you're outside and riding a bike. Your whack-job anti-science religion I find intolerable to look at.
Michael W
Michael W महिन्यापूर्वी
Love the liberal stupidity stuffed into a headphone review lol.
Thiago Bonilla
Thiago Bonilla महिन्यापूर्वी
I'm waiting for that other video, abou bike infrastructure and all the rage us cyclists have to deal with hahaha
I do exactly what you did with you galaxy bud, but with my pixel bud :D only use one on the side opposite of the traffic 👌
tiscover महिन्यापूर्वी
Really would love such a video for runners!
Moses Temu
Moses Temu महिन्यापूर्वी
Galaxy Beans work pretty well.
Zyad Ouhti
Zyad Ouhti महिन्यापूर्वी
Is that a gravel
alwaysasn महिन्यापूर्वी
This is so funny. I've been so desperate to find ANC headphones just for transparency mode in the last while. Then I realized duh - I don't care about muffling sound at all so I just went to open-ear and I never looked back.
Ibrahim Ulf Karlsson
Ibrahim Ulf Karlsson महिन्यापूर्वी
No one has mentioned the airopex's hopless case. A silicone pouch, and if you want to store the charging cable with the headphones prepare to loose the cable... Every time you pull out the headphones the cable falls out, and you can't confortabe fit the headphones if the cable is in the pouch already. Useless! The headphones are fine though
M E P R महिन्यापूर्वी
Erm....I'm sorry, what about both buds with active pass through? Easily a better option than any of these choice's
BetaLactamase महिन्यापूर्वी
You dont have big ears 😊
Jorge Deolarte
Jorge Deolarte महिन्यापूर्वी
Why not just wear two with transparency on? But agree no to AirPods
Onpassive Today
Onpassive Today महिन्यापूर्वी
🤠👩‍🦰 THANKS for your technical info
Leo Bustos
Leo Bustos महिन्यापूर्वी
Really good video, didn't even notice the 10 minutes pass by !
Keshav Kafle
Keshav Kafle महिन्यापूर्वी
Dieter, please tell us about your bike as well! I mean the bike is the primary reason for the video!
Metti Geek
Metti Geek महिन्यापूर्वी
Why not choose SONY one???!!! Only for money!!!
Eddie Túpano
Eddie Túpano महिन्यापूर्वी
This is the worst review I've seen... Like EVER. Omg.
Mohamed Shahid bin Isahak
Mohamed Shahid bin Isahak महिन्यापूर्वी
You should check out the Nuraloop or Nuraphones! They're both gems!
Mahabrata Sengupta
Mahabrata Sengupta महिन्यापूर्वी
Ever heard of transperency mode??👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽
Charbel ito
Charbel ito महिन्यापूर्वी
Dieter's out there pretending he has not discovered the galaxy buds pro😹😹 smh🤦‍♂️
Matthew Correia
Matthew Correia महिन्यापूर्वी
Frustrating thing with Aftershokz for me, is the waterproof model doesn't have Bluetooth. So you can't use them for both swimming and everyday streaming. And a proprietary charger is anyway a deal-breaker.
James Christensen
James Christensen महिन्यापूर्वी
the title makes it sound like these are a commonplace product
Patrick Sanders
Patrick Sanders महिन्यापूर्वी
Tranducers anyone?
Vlady Yakovenko
Vlady Yakovenko महिन्यापूर्वी
2:35 render glitch?
Nuno Hipólito
Nuno Hipólito महिन्यापूर्वी
Vegans > bikers
Zdeněk Jandera
Zdeněk Jandera महिन्यापूर्वी
Aftershokz are Best for sport, cycling and running, you can heart suroudings, so you are safe, good sound
Nino Mendoza
Nino Mendoza महिन्यापूर्वी
That’s also my fav
QuaZaR महिन्यापूर्वी
He carries this channel
E Soto
E Soto महिन्यापूर्वी
What happened with Bose Sound-wear over the neck I like them for Bike ridding....
J.D. Vision
J.D. Vision महिन्यापूर्वी
Ambient mode on my earbuds are enough for me, but I don't live in a city. I've also heard of implants.
Kiel Enrique
Kiel Enrique महिन्यापूर्वी
Dieter, you did NOT just call them “blinky lights”. 😂
Tom Brablec
Tom Brablec महिन्यापूर्वी
That's the technical term. "Blinky bois" is also acceptable.
David Noden-Hooper
David Noden-Hooper महिन्यापूर्वी
I have a pair of galaxy buds + for day to day usage and a pair or aftershokz for when I want to do a bit more of a strenuous exercise as I worry the buds + falling out
Esua Ekpo
Esua Ekpo महिन्यापूर्वी
Weird floating head?..., Nah..., Not even close at all, 😸😅
Shrink21 महिन्यापूर्वी
You should really try the Backbeat 3150 I had the predecessor and they are so good! Unfortunately they are not mentioned often enough. But I will get those soon. Btw: why can't I comment on the verge?
J Risner
J Risner महिन्यापूर्वी
Please do a video tour of amazing European cycle infrastructure 👍😁
J Risner
J Risner महिन्यापूर्वी
Love it Dieter, please please make the cycling videos
Rogelio Antonio Nieves
Rogelio Antonio Nieves महिन्यापूर्वी
Fun fact: the Galaxy Buds Plus actually switches to mono if you put the other bud in the case. That way, you're not really losing half of the sound. Also if you want bonus outside sound in that one ear, you can turn on ambient sound and it works well (so long as it's not on extra high cause you'll be hearing the wind)
Tsai Joy
Tsai Joy महिन्यापूर्वी
i appreciate the verge video ratio making the most estate with the notch in landscape
Steven Gruber
Steven Gruber महिन्यापूर्वी
AfterShokz headphones are the greatest! Phenomenal biking, running, and hiking companion!
Poppin महिन्यापूर्वी
dieter in the thumbnail look like a politician that got caught in a scandal
Davidthefat महिन्यापूर्वी
Sennheiser Momentum earbuds have transparent hearing where they take the sound from the sound isolation mics and pipe it to the output. Makes hearing people and ambient noise easily. It's easy to turn off to tune out the world.
上天Jouten महिन्यापूर्वी
I just don't wear any kind of device that will obstruct my hearing in any way while biking/running/walking. Even if walking in an unfamiliar (or too familiar) environment. It's common sense. Safety first. Oh yeah! If you're riding a bike, stay as far right as possible (it says so in most state's laws too). Stop thinking you are a car or have the same rights to the road as a car. Your body will lose to steel everytime. Stay safe out there!
Keda_P महिन्यापूर्वी
Excellent review. Really charismatic and articulate guy. Pleasure to watch. Thanks.
shiraz ali
shiraz ali महिन्यापूर्वी
Or just use transparency mode
Rdc dt
Rdc dt महिन्यापूर्वी
Use an old headset. The sound go through. Not expensive. And you can wear an helmet with a little trick
Ilyas महिन्यापूर्वी
Great review before the season starts. Thanks, will use my galaxy buds 😅
Johann Lopez
Johann Lopez महिन्यापूर्वी
Which bike is that?
Cthulhu महिन्यापूर्वी
Now i have never tried it but Sony XM3/4 has option for passing through audio. Basically using the microphones to play any noise around you to you while also playing music or w/e.
James Van Zandt
James Van Zandt महिन्यापूर्वी
I feel like you missed a pretty good option, the Galaxy Buds Pro with Ambient Sound mode on. I'm not sure how they do with wind noise while biking but I think they seem like the best option if you want a headphone to use for every situation, Ambient Sound when biking or walking, ANC for when you want the best sound quality, no ANC or Ambient sound for when you're just at home.
Proxiton महिन्यापूर्वी
How many internal meetings did Dieter attend to use "look" less? Whatever the number it worked.
Art Kiryanov
Art Kiryanov महिन्यापूर्वी
Aftershokz is the best solution. Two years I spent with Trekz Air and for the year and a half Aeropex is my choice. They sound decent to get some vibe while riding a bike or a footbike, and the keep me safe, and call quality is good. And also using them at home is not a gimmick, good enough for podcasts and youtube
Derrick Ybarra
Derrick Ybarra महिन्यापूर्वी
B&O e8 sport.
Xavi Neira
Xavi Neira महिन्यापूर्वी
I’ve had these for awhile now and they are the best. Better than air pods. And yes I bike so it’s so amazing and comfortable. Sometimes I even forget I have them on
Riju Das
Riju Das महिन्यापूर्वी
The last process is what I use while going for my morning walk
Alvin Lim
Alvin Lim महिन्यापूर्वी
Waiting for you to review the razer anzu
Sharath Shaiva
Sharath Shaiva महिन्यापूर्वी
The last one was convincing
Cian Horgan
Cian Horgan महिन्यापूर्वी
Open back headphones (either over ear or on ear) could be a great option too. Koss Porta Pro, Porta Pro Wireless or Sporta Pro come to mind because they're cheap and have great sound quality but you have to deal with a headband, or their smaller KSC75 for the separate ear pieces
Cian Horgan
Cian Horgan महिन्यापूर्वी
I want to hear Dieter ramble about cycling infrastructure ❤️
truekiba महिन्यापूर्वी
That's another video
BigBadWolf महिन्यापूर्वी
why are you wearing a mask while riding a bike in the woods. Wtf is wrong with you?
Chuck Badics
Chuck Badics महिन्यापूर्वी
Regular AirPods are the best solution.
Tùng Trịnh
Tùng Trịnh महिन्यापूर्वी
You might wanna try galaxy buds pro with the ambient mode, it's pretty good IMO
Thiha Aye Kyaw
Thiha Aye Kyaw महिन्यापूर्वी
heh heh . Bhoner. 🦴
Junior महिन्यापूर्वी
I cycle and the aftershokz is amazing.
Fouad Ballan
Fouad Ballan महिन्यापूर्वी
“ so usually when you think about headphones reviews you think about sound quality , noise isolation battery life and comfort …..” annnnnnnddd Rebecca doing them Note : I lovveeeee Dieter reviews I’m just teasing here . It was new to see him reviewing a headphone
Mohammed Rafi 2
Mohammed Rafi 2 महिन्यापूर्वी
2:36 glitch
Roscoe Pounds
Roscoe Pounds महिन्यापूर्वी
Good review, but I think water resistance is an important factor to consider for these kinds of headphones. I use the aeropex for running even in pouring rain, they’ve been great.
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