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.

Healthy July Summer Fun Giveaway


Healthy July Summer Fun Giveaway

I can't believe it is already July and we are in the second half of 2016. Luckily summer is just getting underway here in the northeast US, and I have a fabulous giveaway to help make your healthy July even more fabulous and healthy!

You may have recently read my article on the health benefits of Panax Ginseng and thought that you might want to try it for energy, increased performance, and possible lower blood pressure and cholesterol. panax ginseng giveawayAnd you may have heard about the new Wraps headphones, that offer great sound and a convenient bracelet carrying option.

2016-06-10 08.15.52Now through midnight 7/13/2016 you can enter to win both for your healthy July! Panax ginseng for some energy and Wraps headphones for some music to use it! Both of these products are awesome.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Acoustibuds Sport Tips Giveaway


Acoustibuds Sport Tips Giveaway

Two readers will win a complete set of Acoustibuds, which make your earbuds more comfortable, stable, and improves sound quality.

The Acoustibuds Sport Tips work on all earbuds, with both forward and side facing speakers.

Read my review of Acoustibuds Sport Tips.

You can enter daily from now through October 31. I will announce the winners by November 2.

If you really want to order them now, use the code BURTON20 for 20% off the clear or black EPB tips.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Review: Acoustibuds Sport Tips EPB (Ear Pod Bud)


Acoustibuds Sport Tips EPB work as well as the standard Acoustibuds - comfortable with great sound!

5/5 Stars - You Must Try Acoustibuds!

I was contacted by the PR folks at Acoustibuds recently asking if I would be willing to review the new Acoustibuds Sport Tips EPB, specifically made for the Ear Bud Pod as well as all forward facing ear buds.

I enthusiastically said YES!

Several years ago I had the privilege of trying the original acoustibuds, and I loved them. They increased the sound quality of my classic ear buds, while at the same time making them more comfortable with less slipping. I gave acoustibuds a great review on Blogcritics.

The new tips have a slightly different shape to accommodate the forward facing speakers, but otherwise were relevantly similar. Like the originals, the new Acoustibuds Sport Tips EPB come in several colors and sizes. The part that goes in the ear looks the same. It is the connection to the ear bud itself that changed to suit the new ear bud design.


They are very comfortable and help the ear buds stay in your ear, with no slipping even during exercise. The Acoustibuds also improve the sound quality. This is really noticeable if you use the Acoustibuds for a few days and then try plain ear buds again.

At a MSRP of $14.99 for a set of two, Acoustibuds are a totally affordable way to increase the sound in your iPod and other ear buds. I was happy to get a set free to review, but would also happily pay $14.99 for these.

You must try these!