I recently got some AfterShokz headphones, by VoxLinc, LLC. After looking on the net for reviews of these headphones, and not finding anything by qualified people, I figured I should post my own.
(Disclaimer: This review is based on my experience and opinion. That’s all. Don’t sue me if you don’t like what I have to say.)
The claim to fame for the AfterShokz is they don’t actually go into your ear. They sit on the cheek bone just in front of your ear and use “bone conduction” to get the sound to your ear. At least that’s what the marketing material claims. The benefit of this is that you can still hear whatever is going on around you. You can ski, bike, or even drive without the safety hazard of not hearing what is going on.
But let’s get to the meat of things, shall we?
These headphones work just OK for the stated purpose: listening to music while biking, running, skiing, etc. And that’s it. The sound quality is just barely adequate. They don’t sound as good as the standard Apple earbuds that come with every iPod/iPhone/iThing (the same earbuds that are universally panned by critics). But the sound quality isn’t distracting if you are doing strenuous exercise when sound quality isn’t your top priority. But if you’re just sitting around at home or in your office then these headphones will leave you wanting.