Review: AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones


AfterShokz headphones sound great and allow you to hear everything else!

I rarely wear headphones out in the city. There is so much ambient noise that I like to be aware of - people, cars, buses, and trains, for example!

So when I heard about these Trekz Titanium bone conduction headphones from AfterShokz, I was pretty interested.

How They Work

Bone conduction is a natural part of the hearing process as sound travels through our eardrums and bones simultaneously. AfterShokz has taken the concept to the next level through development of a suite of proprietary audio technologies and design patents that resulted in headphones that deliver unrivaled situational awareness and comfort.

Transducers guide mini vibrations through the cheekbones to the inner ears, delivering sound without plugging or covering them. In this way, blind people can use them while commuting and still hear the train announcement and all ambient noise along with music.

And this works well. I even experimented with putting in the included earplugs, and crazily enough the sound was louder!

There are also built in microphones, but since they are on the outside, you will sound like you are in a vast room and folks will hear the noise around you. This could be better.

aftershokzHow They Fit

While I love earbuds conceptually, I have small ear canals and have always had a problem getting them to fit and stay in my ears. Over the ear phones just make me sweat and are uncomfortable.

These just sit over my ears and in from of the canals. Very comfortable!

I would love it if the strap was more adjustable so I could use them while doing Pilates, where I am on my back a lot.

Update - Now they have a "mini" size, which will probably fit me better.

The Upshot

Trekz Titanium from AfterShokz are great bluetooth headphones! Easy to charge, comfortable, with great sound quality. Note that if you have ears that are sensitive, you can sometimes feel the vibration with a heavy bass, and that may bother you. It doesn't bother me, but hubby cannot deal.

At $129.95 they are a bit expensive, but I believe they are worth it, especially since they are the only ones out with this technology.