If you're someone that frequently engage in sports or fitness activities, a question that may have crossed your mind in one way or another, or a life-threatening decision that you'd probably have to make at least once in your life - Which earphones/ headphones for sports should I buy?
It's been long enough since I last stuck through with my iPod earphones (which lasted for about 4 good years) - stuck them through the sweatiest period in my life when I was still with True Fitness back in 2011. It died on me one day, and I remembered I had to go down to Vivo City, to one of the box consignment stores to purchase a less than $10 (probably non-authentic) Apple earpiece look-alike, which has shitty sound quality by the way. The previous earpiece that I've used, I didn't have to max my phone volume just to listen to proper music, but for that 6 bucks version with a maxed-out music volume... Let's just say it wasn't doing the music justice. If you're someone like me, you'd probably understand what I mean :P
The usual earpieces I get are probably my all-in-one, I could probably get them replaced each time. But until I started interacting with weights, I realized how it wasn't about the durability, or number of replacements made. It was the fuss of sticking my phone into my workout pants and getting upper-body work done. It was the fuss of removing my phone and ear-worm music altogether when I had to do squats, or lunges, or getting lower-body work done. Mei and my cousins got me a smartphone sports band during my 21st birthday, but it somehow got misplaced after some runs.
But thankfully, I managed to get my hands on the JBL Synchros Reflect Bluetooth Earphones to do a review - Wow that's a long name. But in short, it is a cordless, sports-emulated in-ear headphones that is Bluetooth®-enabled. In other words, you just plug it in your ears, and go hands-free, just like how you'd do if you were talking on a bluetooth headset in the car. Stash your phone, leave it on video-mode for your workout reps, look at how awesome that booty is getting!
In case you were wondering, prior to this model that was introduced to me, Ju has already gotten his very first pair of JBL in-ear headphones while we were in Korea last December. We share our favorite ear-worms once in a while, the quality, for its price, is uh-mazing.
The JBL Synchros Reflect BT
Hovering my fingers over the packaging, I'd say it's pretty intense. I had this dying feeling of wanting to look at what's inside.
Alike many other sport accessories and devices in the market, the idea on building on to a comfortable and almost invisible addition to your workout routine is the Bluetooth®-awesomeness-technology innovation. It dangles behind my neck, pretty short and adjustable (as seen in above), and is effortlessly designed to become an integral part of you; You don't even notice you get fed with rich-quality music streaming through your ears. Yes, you even forget you are plugged into a player/ your phone!
Your ultimate workout partner, The JBL Reflect BT combines cutting-edge style with innovation. Not only so, you also get to indulge in rich-quality music through these ergonomic stay-put ear-tips, that are designed and engineered to withstand the rigors of your most energetic workout.
You even get a compact earphone design (recall cutting-edge style with innovation) that allows you to pop the lid to get it charged!
You know what I feel best with the whole workout-combination? A seamless bluetooth-enabled workout. What do I mean by that?
With all the leading technologies and smart sporty-gadgets in place today, what do we not have (that isn't bluetooth-enabled) to help us achieve a better workout? You have smart-watches, fitness trackers, earphones for running or sports or fitness-related activities... And the list goes on. I like how these specific technologies and gadgets (including my iPhone) helps to track my running progress (Nike+), fitness trackers for all the other abilities that they're able to track, and the Jbl Synchros BT to top it all off. Cream of the crop.
2 questions to ask yourself before settling down with your choice:
1. What are the type of sports or activities that you engage in?
This is to ensure that you are able to make a more informed decision during your purchase to better suit your needs. If you'll be doing light activities, or stationary workouts, a less intense earbud would probably do the trick. Big bulky headphones to block-out noises might even be suitable for you. For activities that require more movements, an in-ear headphones that helps achieve a comfortable and secure fit might be what you're looking at.
2. What is your budget?
Work around your budget before deciding to get your sports earphones. That could probably stick with you for the next few months, or even years to come. If you're someone that wouldn't mind compromising quality over quantity, then settling for a cheaper option that has to be replaced frequently would be your option. However, if you're someone that would love quality and feasibility, an advice is to work around your budget to determine the type of sports earphones you might need.
Would I get the JBL Reflect BT? Well, I'd say that the JBL Syncros Reflect BT did the job for me - It pretty much hit the qualities that I was looking for in a pair of earphones for sports, running or fitness related activities. It is practical, does not add as an additional hassle and incorporate mini changes in my workout as I start to free myself from the tangles more. It goes in-ear, and has a stay-put eartip that ensures your ear-pod wouldn't run anyohow, and delivers rich-quality music, driving the extra energy and oumph to my workouts.
Where can you get your hands on them?
They're widely available here in Singapore - Here is the complete list where you may find them stocked :)
1. Harvey Norman Stores - Island wide
2. Courts - Island wide
3. Digital Style - Island wide
4. Nubox - Island wide
5. Challenger - Island wide
6. 1st Mobile @ Tangs Level 3
7. Epicentre - Wheelock, 313 Somerset, Ion Orchard, MBS & Bugis
8. Million Tech @ Sim Lim Square
9. Connect IT - Tampines One and JEM
1. Lazada Singapore
3. Rakuten Singapore
The thing about offline stores is that you get to physically see, touch and hopefully get a chance to try them out!
Win yourself a pair of JBL Synchros Reflect BT!Follow these simple steps!
1. Post and share a picture of yourself working out, on either Facebook and/or Instagram.
2. Contest entries must be set to "public" (superrr impt!)
3. Contest entries must include #iwantJBLSynchrosReflectBT and #JBLSingapore
The most creative or well-taken photo will win, with the number of "likes" playing only a small part. Results will be announced on the first week of May! So... Participate and HAVE FUN! <3
Review courtesy of #JBLSingapore