What with it being the London Marathon today we thought we’d road test the Jaybrid Endorphin sports earphones – which they have recently started distributing in the UK via Amazon.co.uk.
I was looking for the best headphones to work out in – with as little interference from wires as possible, whilst retaining sound quality. I do a lot of outdoor running, with a little freerunning/tricking thrown in and nothing ruins a perfectly executed Butterfly Twist more than having you headphones fall out mid-air.
Initially the Wireless Bluetooth headset – the Sportsband seemed ideal. But whilst they offer a good wireless work out for the average treadmill runner, the pair I tried on at the Gadget show live seemed to slip whenever I was inverted. And the sound quality, whilst good, wasn’t as amazing as standard Jaybird wired products. We are keen to see Jaybird’s latest generation wireless headphones, the BlueBuds, which are released at the end of April . Bluebuds promise wired sound quality, combined with wireless convenience. But more about those when we get our hands on a pair.
The Jaybird Endorphins promised a wire-free rather than wireless workout. They are designed to be secured at the back of the head and then threaded down through your shirt keeping them out of the way without compromising sound quality. And with 10mm high performance neodymium drivers the performers, the sound quality on these headphones is top notch. The bass from the Endorphins’ sound chambers is warm and expansive and successfully drowns out all external distraction – be it in a gym, park or even an office. The earphones are titanium coated, which protects them from sweat based deterioration (sweat can destroy a perfectly good pair of headphones). They also come with a lifetime’s anti-sweat guarantee.
The headphones come with a massive variety of tips to suit most ears, a comfortingly solid travel case and some plastic hooks to guide them around your ears. Once I’d set them up I headed to the park for a nerd happy run wearing some Vibrim FiveFingers, the Jaybird Endorphins and using Runkeeper on my iPhone. To be honest I was amazed. The sound quality was, as expected superlative and created a truly immersive running experience. The wire-free system was also great and they stayed put through my admittedly tame repertoire of tricks. But I’m fairly confident that if they can stay put during a headspin then they will stay put through anything.
So for a hassle free, high quality workout and listening experience, I would have to recommend the Jaybird Endorphins. Until the Bluebuds come out at least.