Trekz Titaniumby Aftershokz

  • Trekz Titanium
  • Trekz Titanium
  • Trekz Titanium
  • Trekz Titanium
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
90%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Bone-conduction technology leaves ears open for situational awareness during exercise.
  • The headphones are comfortable to wear, and there's no fear of buds popping out of place as you exercise, since they wrap over the top of your ears.
  • The rubberized headphones are fully IP55 compliant, which means they are highly resistant to sweat and other moisture.

CONS

  • They are not ideal for listening to music at high volume--indeed, these are specifically for people who don't want to block out their surroundings.
  • You might find that the headphones interfere with wearing a helmet.
  • Sound quality is good but bested by similarly priced traditional headphones--especially on bass response.
The Trekz Titanium is Aftershokz's flagship entry in its line of bone-conduction headphones. Unlike traditional headphones, bone-conduction headphones leave your ears uncovered, so you can hear ambient noise (like traffic) along with your music. The headphones deliver sound as vibrations though your cheekbones--great for high frequencies but generally lacking in bass. The Trekz Titanium connects to your phone or audio device via Bluetooth and wraps around your neck with a flexible, waterproof band--in fact, the whole rig is IP55 dust and sweat resistant, ideal for wear during biking, runs, and other physical fitness activities. Of course, it also supports hands-free calling in addition to straight-up listening.
NameTrekz TitaniumBluez 2SBluez 2GamezBackBeat Fit
ManufacturerAftershokzAftershokzAftershokzAftershokzPlantronics
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No cyclist should be without the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium bone conduction headphones. While traditional earbuds are still better if you are…

No cyclist should be without the AfterShokz Trekz Titanium bone conduction headphones. While traditional earbuds are still better if you are at the gym, riding a bus, or somewhere else where you want to block out the surrounding noise, this device is perfect for cycling or driving.

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Because the headphones don’t go directly into the ear, the bass response is less than other on-ear or in-ear options. Another downside is th…

Because the headphones don’t go directly into the ear, the bass response is less than other on-ear or in-ear options. Another downside is that these headphones are not suited for listening to music at high levels.

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In order to deliver more of a premium experience, AfterShokz has implemented special solutions to address the issues of leaking sound and we…

In order to deliver more of a premium experience, AfterShokz has implemented special solutions to address the issues of leaking sound and weak bass response. The patented PremiumPitch+ and LeakSlayer technologies are designed to help improve dynamic range and bass while reducing the amount of natural sound leakage.

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I like to think of them as the “anti-noise cancelling” headphones, letting in as much ambient noise as possible. In fact, the Trekz do come …

I like to think of them as the “anti-noise cancelling” headphones, letting in as much ambient noise as possible. In fact, the Trekz do come with noise cancelling - in this case, it means nearby speech is boosted and background noise drowned out. I couldn’t really tell if it was working, but I could hear other people absolutely. A check for Trekz.

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I tended to frequently keep pressing the micro-USB flap when trying to power on the device or alter the volume. Sometimes, I also mistakenly…

I tended to frequently keep pressing the micro-USB flap when trying to power on the device or alter the volume. Sometimes, I also mistakenly ended up raising the volume instead of lowering it. Nothing about the industrial design can be termed as a show-stopper, but there are always a few aspects that could be improved in future generations.

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The Trekz are a fully functioning headset too, with a conveniently placed button on one earpiece for taking calls. The same button is used f…

The Trekz are a fully functioning headset too, with a conveniently placed button on one earpiece for taking calls. The same button is used for track control when playing music. The power and volume buttons are on the other earpiece.

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Aftershokz makes a big deal of the fact that the Trekz Titanium is IP55-certified, meaning that they are designed expressly to repel sweat a…

Aftershokz makes a big deal of the fact that the Trekz Titanium is IP55-certified, meaning that they are designed expressly to repel sweat and other moisture. In routine use, I never had a problem using them during heavy workouts or in the rain.

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Although this model demonstrates an improvement in bone conduction audio, the relatively new speaker technology really hasn’t worked out a w…

Although this model demonstrates an improvement in bone conduction audio, the relatively new speaker technology really hasn’t worked out a way to deliver (at least) earbud-like performance. The technology has a lot of promise, but it’s just not there yet.

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Think of bone conduction headphones not like headphones at all, but rather like a nice stereo in the room that only you can hear. I’m not su…

Think of bone conduction headphones not like headphones at all, but rather like a nice stereo in the room that only you can hear. I’m not sure what LeakSlayer™ technology is exactly, but whatever it is, it works well. I had to turn up the volume to the point that I could feel my fillings vibrating before the person at the next desk could hear it.

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