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Jun 21, 2019

Great thread. I am currently debating between the Airpords or Beats wireless ear buds for the gym.

Jun 21, 2019

I have and love both. For the gym though, I'd recommend the beats wireless earbuds. They stay in my ear much better. At least for me, the airpods would sometimes fall out if I move around too much like jump rope, or if I lay on my back for abs or bench press..the beats earbuds have never fallen out.

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Jun 21, 2019

I use PowerBeats3 wireless, and the thing is the sound quality is definitely better than the AirPods. Having had both, I don't use the AirPods anymore.

thots and prayers

Jun 21, 2019

I second the beats wireless earbuds, I use them religiously (have been for 2 years), and never had any problems.

Jun 23, 2019

I love my QC35 for the gym. Soundproof so I don't have to deal with / listen to gym music or other people.

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Jul 10, 2019

They don't get in the way? I love my QC35s but they're huge

Jul 10, 2019
JonnyDrama:

Great thread. I am currently debating between the Airpords or Beats wireless ear buds for the gym.

I use Bose Soundsports. Just throwing another alternative into the cap. Like someone else mentioned, they're overall solid staying in the ears while moving and everything, even when they're wet with sweat.

Jul 10, 2019

I have the SounSports as well and love them. Use them in any situation where I don't need the noise cancellation of the QC35s.

Jun 21, 2019

Whether or not you think Air Pods specifically are worth it, I would definitely recommend wireless earphones. I hate the idea of using wired headphones now, mostly at the gym. Just feels much more comfortable to me even though the wire itself isn't that intrusive, but there's definitely a noticeable difference personally

Jun 21, 2019

Recently bought a pair of Air Pods after borrowing a friend's for a couple workouts. I was originally a doubter but I am very happy with them.

There is a lot of valuable functionality in Air Pods that I didn't realize until I bought them. For example, when you take one of the pods out of your ear to talk to someone, the music automatically pauses (and resumes automatically when you put the pod back in your ear).

Pretty cool, would recommend if they are in your budget.

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Jun 21, 2019
Irishfox13:

after borrowing a friend's for a couple workouts.

Pretty gross, IMO

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Jun 21, 2019
Lloyd BIankfein:

I see everyone in the gym and on planes with Air Pods. Are they really worth the $200 bucks?

Sure

Lloyd BIankfein:

Will they CHANGE MY LIFE?

No

Lloyd BIankfein:

Will they make me HIV NEGATIVE?

Yes

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Jun 21, 2019

Long con by AAPL...get everyone wearing airpods to affect their ears, 40 years down the road come up with the iHearing Aid.

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Jun 21, 2019

Not fantastic music quality but easiest to use and most versatile. As an audiophile, I hate myself for loving them so much in the office. IMO:
* Best for office: Airpods (due to being able to hear what's going on and taking one ear off, which I have to do all the time to answer phones and chat with colleagues)
* Best for gym: Bose Soundsport, they are more sweatproof than Airpods
* Best for home: I like the Shure wired headphones, or if wireless the Bose QC35
* Worst: the Beats / PowerBeats are not my favorite, I don't think top quality in any of the above use cases. Can't recommend them even on sale

Disclaimer: I own all of the above headphones + more.

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Jun 23, 2019

Agreed.

It's insane that the Airpods sound quality is based on the same tech as the free wired ones they used to give out with purchases. Basically paying $200 for wireless feature.

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Jul 10, 2019

Only reason I don't have AirPods is that I think EarPods are garbage

Jun 21, 2019

They are honestly just the same quality as Ear-Pods you receive with a new iPhone. I would recommend Bose or Sennheiser. Depends if you want headphones or something similar. After owning them, are they convenient? Yes, they, are. Are they actually quality good, up to debate.

"It's okay, I'll see you on the other side"

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Jun 21, 2019

definitely worth it. or at least get some kind of chord free headphones. they are nice for sure.

Jun 22, 2019

I think they are low key, one of Apple's better product.

If you don't mind the look, it works very seamlessly and fits on well.

Jun 22, 2019

I've heard they're cool, but I'm almost positive they're going to be the reason no interns get return offers for next year. I kid you not, every intern walks around our office with them in listening to music instead of meeting people. I have talked to maybe 3 of our dozen or so interns in the past month.

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Jun 24, 2019

how are these kids so callous. Was an intern last summer and only put the airpods on post 9pm when all the senior people had left the office

Jun 25, 2019

Current intern here. Occasionally (on slow days, usually when MD+ aren't around much or not too many people popping into their office) have ONE in (on the side the other interns sit + at a very low volume to the point I can hear footsteps coming from 15 feet away still). Even after everyone leaves at night, I only keep one in and just turn the volume up. @MonopolyMoney think that's an accurate reason not to give returns

Jun 23, 2019

It seems that for most people, AirPods tend to stay in your ear even when you run. But if you have stupid shaped ears like me, then I've heard about them often falling out, so I'm planning to buy the Beats PowerBeats Pro True Wireless Earbuds. More expensive, yes, but longer battery life, faster charge time, aesthetics are far better, and it has an adjustable fit (with a loop along the back of your ear to keep it from falling out)

Jun 24, 2019

Don't like airpods, they keep falling out or otherwise feel like they're about to fall out. Bose has the best wireless earphones / headphones out there right now.

Jun 25, 2019

I originally thought they were garbage, then was given a pair at my new job.

They're absolutely the best for office and while driving (on the road a lot; I can now plug in my phone while using Waze and talk to clients without having to switch between one lightning port).

Music quality - I have the bose sound sport for the gym and other music stuff (as well as some old Qc15s for when working in my home office). Bose does a superior job there.

Overall was happy enough with them i bought them for my wife (who was also a doubter) - she's converted for the same reasons above (uses them while working and driving, bose for gym and other stuff)

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Jun 25, 2019

Tiger woods doesn't use them

Jun 25, 2019

I think they are worth it. I do a lot of running too and they work great for that, contrary to popular belief. To get them to stay in your ears, just wet a tissue and wipe them down, and then wipe down the inside of your ears. Haven't fallen out once since then.

Jul 10, 2019

I think getting them to stay in your ears is largely dependent on the size/shape of your ear canals. Mine stay in alright if I'm sitting at my desk or walking around but they won't stay in for longer than 20 seconds while I'm running.

Jun 25, 2019

I mostly listen to podcasts while commuting on the train, music while lifting and podcasts again on the elliptical. I strongly prefer wired headsets, and the fact that we basically have a giant pile of old give-away knockoff earpods available makes replacements very easy. I've kept from updating my work phone because of this, and strongly prefer not having to worry about charging when commuting and on the elliptical. The case while lifting is less strong, but I think it is still preferable to the work of having to deal with/charge wireless headphones.

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Jun 26, 2019

Most people I know that have them got them through work, myself included. If I were to get wireless earbuds, I'd probably opt for something else with better sound quality. They're not bad, but there definitely are better ones available.

Jun 26, 2019

Love mine but would NEVER wear them to work out. I'm not bringing my $200 earbuds to a sweatfest at the gym. I use cheap $15 Sketch BluePulse headphones at the gym. Terrible audio quality but I really don't give a crap about how much bass I hear when I'm running on a treadmill.

I'm also one of those folks with weird shaped ears so I had to buy silicone covers for mine (you should do this anyways, keeps your nasty earwax off the buds) and only wear them when I'm not overly active.

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

Jun 26, 2019

I am an Audiophile, so I have an array of headphones. They all aren't really that expensive, but I depend on them in workouts almost daily.

Running / Cycling:
Plantronics BackBeat FIT
https://www.amazon.com/Plantronics-BackBeat-Wirele...
Cycling training with race helmet (I needed small earbuds):
Wireless Earbuds Bluetooth 5.0
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07MQQ6J1H/ref=p...
Gym / Running oversize:
Skullcandy Hesh 2 Bluetooth Wireless
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013J7JM4K/ref=p...
These are decent Gym headphones too (cheap, not bad):
Bluetooth Headphones, Sbode Wireless Earbuds with Microphone
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075GJ3DLH/ref=p...
I also have the waterproof Sony Walkman for swimming:
https://www.amazon.com/Sony-NWWS413BM-Sports-Weara...
The Hesh 2 Wireless battery last me damn near or over 6 hours it seems, which is good for me. These are my favorite headphones. I previously had Hesh 2 and liked it so much I bought it again. I have Riff Wireless too, but find those headphones real shitty. The Plantronics Backbeat is a very good all around sport type headphone that sounds good.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jun 27, 2019

Definitely. I didn't believe the hype until I got a pair - they're convenient, comfortable, and sound great. While Beats aren't a bad choice, the compactness of the wireless AirPods become much more appealing when you're actually wearing them.

Jun 27, 2019

The Jabra Elite 65t is great and has more features. I just bought a pair and love them.

Plus, they have the word elite in them so they're WSO approved.

Jun 27, 2019

life is too short for earbuds from NONTARGET brands like SENNHEISER

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Jun 28, 2019

i actually hate my airpods... i just can't make them stay in my ears. if i start talking they fall out. if i bend down to tie my shoelaces they fall out. when i went skating and took a sharp turn on ice one of them just flew out and it took me quite a while to find them. plus i always forget to bring along the charging pod. they're kinda like bean boots everyone has a pair so if you and your friends/colleagues are traveling together it's hard to tell which is whose.

Jul 9, 2019

You're going about this all wrong. Getting airpods isn't about being sensible or trying to get the most bang for your buck. Buying airpods for sound quality is like buying a playboy for the articles - it just isn't done. Just get them for the same reason everyone else does - they look kinda neat.

Jul 9, 2019

10/10 would not recommend Airpods. One of the worst purchases I've made recently. 4/10 comfort, 6/10 sound quality. Definitely not a gym headphone, as they do not stay in ears. Additionally, if you want to take one or both out of your ears while working out, there is nowhere "easy" to put them, while a pair of Beats or most other BT headphones with a cable will hang around your neck. This is an easily overlooked inconvenience IMO.

Airpods have a substantial "cool" factor right now, and sure, some of the tech convinences are interesting. but all-in-all my $28 VAVA MOOV headphones from Amazon outperform in every category.

TLDR Hardtake: Virtually any BT headphones > Airpods

Jul 9, 2019

Anyone who buys airpods does not value sound quality or the USD

Jul 10, 2019

Love mine

Jul 10, 2019
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