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    Default A decent bt headphone for exercise.

    I went looking at the local outlets for Bluetooth on ear headphones for exercise. Ended up at the walmarket and they had several I could try. My requirements were :Bluetooth, reasonably comfortable for a 45 minute wear during treadmill type exercise, compact design, and as good a sound as I can get.
    The choices I discovered were Beats, JBL bt45, Son WH CH510, and JLab neon.

    The Beats were a solid no right off. They had the best sound but I'm not paying $130 for workout headphones plus around these parts you have to chain them to your body if you don't want them stolen.

    The Sony were almost a go at $40 with good quality sound but wouldn't stay on my head. Maybe the band was stretched out, I don't know.

    The JBL was another almost as they fit great and had a perfect design but I found the sound strange and a bit artificial sounding.

    I went with the surprising choice of the $20 JLab headphones after ALMOST giving in for the Beats. These fit well and have good sound. Great sound? No, but at least as good as the wired Koss Porta Pro I used previously.

    So I recommend them for light older person like me gym workout.

    I did do a listening comparison with my Sennheiser bt 4.40 and Grado 80 wired phones and the JLab's will never be confused for those. But still, good for what I need. And if I break them as I am wont to do or leave them somewhere as I do, or some Hoosier hillbilly with sticky fingers takes them thinking they are Beats, then I feel OK simply replacing them.

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    This week I picked up a pair of Sony WF-1000XM3s (earbuds) to complement my Sony WH-1000XM3s (headband) . Gave them their first real test yesterday, walking around NYC, and was impressed. Sound quality was fine for popular music and seemed satisfactory for classical. (I wasn't doing concentrated listening.) Fit with the large tips was good; they stayed "locked" in my ears. Noise cancellation, once I had the right tips was surprisingly good. They utilize Sony's app, which means they come with an equalizer. Bluetooth range adequate, but not great. Biggest problem was the limited number of controls on the buds, themselves. They are not marketed as exercise phones, but they have been used during exercise. My biggest fear is that they would fall out of my ears if I really got going.

    They are not in the same price category as the JLabs, but my initial response is that they are worth the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldhoosierdude View Post
    I went with the surprising choice of the $20 JLab headphones after ALMOST giving in for the Beats. These fit well and have good sound. Great sound? No, but at least as good as the wired Koss Porta Pro I used previously.

    So I recommend them for light older person like me gym workout.

    I did do a listening comparison with my Sennheiser bt 4.40 and Grado 80 wired phones and the JLab's will never be confused for those. But still, good for what I need. And if I break them as I am wont to do or leave them somewhere as I do, or some Hoosier hillbilly with sticky fingers takes them thinking they are Beats, then I feel OK simply replacing them.

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    When I was looking for a pair of BT headphones for the office, these JLabs are the ones I bought - pretty impressive sound for what paid for them - something like $25. I've since found something that sounds a little better and provides some passive noise isolation - the Mpow H1's - but they're a little bulky.

    But for the gym, I prefer to use earbuds, and have found a couple of earbuds that sound decent, are very secure, and are fairly inexpensive (both under $50) - Mpow M30's and Soundpeats Trueshift 2's.

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