Sports headphones put to the test: Stiftung Warentest shows the best headphones for training

Sports headphones in the test

An Sports headphones High demands are made and very different from those that you see in the subway while gambling or on the plane would use. Because sports headphones must also be used for constant movement, jogging, push-ups and squats as well in an emergency, hold on to or in your ear while riding a gymnastics wheel. Stiftung Warentest has adopted a total of 17 models and an extensive one Sport headphones test hosted. Here I have summarized the results for you.

Not "very good" sports headphones

There is always something, and it also applies Headphones for sports to. Because the best wired model - Bose SoundSport for Apple - only received a grade of 2,0 in the test and thus a “good”. Up to number 5 there was a 2,3 model JBL Reflect Mini, also a 2,3 for the headphones Sennheiser CX 686G Sports, a 2,5 for the beats by dr Three Tour² and a 2,6 ("Satisfactory") for the Sony MDR-AS400EX.

During the test, the distribution of the positive, neutral and negative points was as follows:

  • 50% was accounted for by the sound quality
  • 35% were thought to be comfort and handling
  • 5% were given for interference (sound radiation, noises when moving)
  • 5% went into the evaluation of Bluetooth, if available
  • 5% was allocated or deducted for the pollutants in the products

Three models with an increased proportion of pollutants

Almost all of the 17 models tested were able to get a good grade on the last point of the test. 1st and 2nd place both received the grade 1,0 ("Very Good"). Third place, the Sennheiser model, was only able to achieve a “satisfactory” rating of 3. Place 3,1 in the overall list was only given an “adequate” rating of 10. It is the Sennheiser PMX 686G Sports. They didn't do well either Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Headphones ranked 3rd among the wireless models (grade: 3,0).

Test winner: Bose SoundSport for Apple and for other devices

The sports headphones Bose Sound Sport is not only available for Apple devices, but also for Samsung Gear and as a general "audio" version. in the Sport headphones test According to the specialist magazine, these sound generators for sporty use received a grade of 2,3 for sound and a grade of 1,6 for comfort and handling.

Bose SoundSport sports headphones

Bose SoundSport sports headphones; Image source: Amazon

According to the manufacturer, it is "Sweat- and weatherproof headphones that prove to be extremely robust even under demanding conditions". That these In ear headphones Have a firm fit even when doing sports, is due to the silicone ear inserts, which are included in the scope of delivery in sizes S, M and L. The winner of the sports headphones test can be found here on Amazon in different colors.

2nd and 3rd place for wired headphones for sports

The sound pair is currently more than 50 euros cheaper, but also with two different ear pieces and in-ear technology JBL Reflect Mini. Second place in the list of wired sports headphones achieved a grade of 2,3 for both sound and comfort. With “Sufficient”, however, the points were Transportation and Noises when moving evaluated.

JBL Reflect Mini

JBL Reflect Mini; Image source: Amazon

Here you can find the JBL headphones for less than 50 euros on Amazon.

The way food is Sennheiser CX 686G Sports currently cost less than 50 euros and come with three different-sized in-ear caps. The fastening hook for holding on to the ear is only included in one standard size. According to the customer's opinion, the use of this is Sports headphones but not a problem if you wear (bicycle) glasses.

Sennheiser CX 686G Sports

Sennheiser CX 686G Sports; Image source: Amazon

Here you can find the Sennheiser headphones for sports on Amazon.

Wireless sports headphones with bluetooth

In addition to the ten wired models, Stiftung Warentest also produced seven wireless sports headphones put under the microscope. Among other things, the coupling with the source device was made via Bluetooth evaluates what is not entirely unimportant. Here are the first three places.

Wireless sports headphones with bluetooth

Wireless sports headphones with Bluetooth - the first three places; Product images: Amazon

The Bluetooth sports headphones test winner listens to the name beats by dr Dre Powerbeats Wireless. The overall grade is "Good" (2,2) and only for the Facial Cleansing and the Sound radiation there were less good reviews. Bluetooth connectivity was rated 2,1. Here you can find the beats at Dr. Dre Powerbeats Wireless on Amazon.

Second place in the wireless bluetooth headphones for sports it is about the Plantronics Backbeat Fit. These have cut off with 2,4 and could be in the range pollutants received a "very good" rating. There is a 2,5 for sound quality and comfort as well as handling. With "Satisfactory" Transportation, Facial Cleansing and the instructions evaluated. Here you can find the wireless 2nd place from Stiftung Warentest on Amazon.

The bronze medal for wireless sports headphones goes to the model Jabra Sport Pace Wireless. Currently reduced by more than 50 percent at Amazon, these sound generators have a product test rating of 2,5 on paper. A “good” score of 2,1 was awarded for comfort. Everywhere else there was unfortunately only a "satisfactory" between 2,7 and 3,0. Here you can get your own picture of 3rd place among the wireless.

The list of all tested sports headphones

The complete Test report from Stiftung Warentest with further tips and hints as well as the complete evaluation table you can find here (PDF for € 2,50). The list of all tested models reads as follows:

  • beats by dr Three Tour²
  • Bose SoundSport for Apple
  • JBL Reflect Mini
  • JVC HA-ETR40
  • Monster iSport Strive with Control Talk
  • Philips SHQ3405
  • Sennheiser CX 686G Sports
  • Sennheiser PMX 686G Sports
  • Sony MDR-AS400EX
  • Yurbud's Focus 300
  • beats by dr Dre Powerbeats2 Wireless
  • Jabra Sport Pace Wireless
  • JBL Under Armor Wireless
  • Monster iSport Bluetooth Wireless Super Slim
  • Philips SHQ7900
  • Plantronics Backbeat Fit
  • Yurbud's Leap Wireless

Suitable purchase advice for sports headphones or not?

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