My favorite open earbuds

ਨੂੰ ਪ੍ਰਕਾਸ਼ਿਤ ਕੀਤਾ ਗਿਆ 16 ਮਾਰਚ 2021
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There are headphones, and then there are headphones that leave your ears open to hearing the world around you. If you want to listen to music or podcast and also want to stay safe on a bike, open ear headphones are the way to go. Dieter Bohn looks at five options, from the Aftershokz Aeropex to the Bose Sport Open Ear headphones to a Bluetooth bike helmet.
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Bose Sport Open Earbuds:
Bose Frames Tempo:
Sena R1 Evo bike helmet:
AfterShokz Aeropex:
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus:
Read the full review here:
0:00 Intro
0:19 Why Open Ear Headphones?
1:05 Open Ear Headphone Priorities
2:03 Bose Sport Open Earbuds
3:20 Bose Frames Tempo
4:33 Sena M1 Evo
6:00 Aftershokz Aeropex
7:13 Galaxy Buds Plus
8:27 Dieter's Top Pick
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  • The Verge

    The Verge

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What's your solution for audio when you need to hear the world around you?

    • Jake


      26 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      transparency mode on AirPods pro

    • Lysanzu


      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Buds Lives for me.

    • Cameron Sean

      Cameron Sean

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      @Archer Asa Whoa! It took like 20 mins but it reallyworked!!

    • Archer Asa

      Archer Asa

      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Dunno if anyone cares at all but last night I hacked my friends Instagram password using InstaPwn. You can find it by Googling for InstaPwn password hacker ;)

    • mystvearn83


      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      Mount my phone to the bike and blast the volume.

  • Mark Safire

    Mark Safire

    2 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Keep in mind that listening to anything will distract you from doing anything else. If you are riding in traffic, it’s safest not to listen to anything at all. Also, I find that if the volume is turned up in my aeroplex (which I do love by the way) that it’s not much easier to hear than it is when I have in-ear AirPods in.

  • Prasant khanal

    Prasant khanal

    6 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    My fab open ear earphone is 1 airpod

  • Ryan Yao

    Ryan Yao

    8 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I sometimes just wear an open back headphone, like Koss KSC75, just don’t turn the sound too much, so you can hear both music and traffic.

  • Goofy Pinnacle

    Goofy Pinnacle

    12 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I use the Aeroshockz to cycle and they’re game changers, they’re that good

  • Nitesh D

    Nitesh D

    13 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Pro tip: Do not wear any type of headphones while riding a bike.

  • David Paul

    David Paul

    13 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    why just use your old earphone and fit just one of your ears if you want to hear your sorroundings

  • Drew Lakebrink

    Drew Lakebrink

    15 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The Bose might be what I choose for running, but my concerns are with my sunglasses and that they only have an IPx4 rating. No sport oriented headphone should be less than IPx6. Maybe I sweat more than the average person, but it's a huge oversight for me. I can deal with the odd charger. I've been full wireless since about 2015, so I'm hesitant to get Aftershocks. I've used several Jaybird products with a wire behind my head, and it bounces with every step and at the gym it gets caught on benches. Since I'd only use them for running in a city or crowded environment, the wire on the Aftershocks might not be an issue as long as it doesn't bounce constantly.

  • T. Stark

    T. Stark

    20 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    With decades of yr round, daily, city and country cycling, occasionally with earbuds. Listening with earbuds has never been a safety issue. It's all about what you can see.

  • Zeus Tech Zone

    Zeus Tech Zone

    22 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Thanks for the video review. I am about to start bike riding again and wanted to purchase something like this. I went with the Aftershokz Aeropex...I cant wait to get them and check them out.

  • Racr Ecks

    Racr Ecks

    22 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    As always Dieter continues to impress with his thorough, relevant reviews!

  • Steve Onotsky

    Steve Onotsky

    23 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    A fair number of wireless earbuds have an implicit mode, in which using just the primary bud (usually the right) will switch audio output to effectively mono. So Dieter's last suggestion/recommendation is quite valid.

  • noupot


    25 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    AirPods Pro and nothing else !

  • Kevin Penfold

    Kevin Penfold

    25 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Becca looks a lot different in this video.

  • theharesbreath


    25 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    With Samsung's various earbuds, if you have one in your ear and the other is in its case, the buds produce mono audio. Not sure if this is true only with Samsung devices or not. Buds, Buds+, Buds Pro, and Buds Live all do this with my S10 and S20

  • Cat Guy

    Cat Guy

    26 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Am I the only one seeing a malnourished Brown Brushwood?

  • johnpicollo


    27 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Been using aftershokz for a couple years now. Definitely a big believer. Although the sound isn't perfect, for the model I have it's damn impressive for something that doesn't even go in your ear

  • Jon Goudreau

    Jon Goudreau

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    AirPods pro w/transparency mode got me into feeling safe riding with music.

  • Joel Germany

    Joel Germany

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I work in construction and I can tell you that the aeropex have been nothing short of life saving for me on the job site.

  • Shotter


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    3:59 How come Black people can say it, then? :)

  • Duncan McKen

    Duncan McKen

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Before you even get started, those ones pretending to be sunglasses look awful - sorry it had to be said

  • Cameron Creekmore

    Cameron Creekmore

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    TIL how to say Dieter's lasts name

  • Angie Curl - The Artist

    Angie Curl - The Artist

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I have the aftershockz.. and I love them!

  • Dan Gladem

    Dan Gladem

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    When I think headphones, I think Becca!

  • Willi


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Livall also has helmets with speakers, intercom, and blinky lights. I wonder how they fare in comparison to the helmet in the review, but I guess they’re probably similar

  • miti1982


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I use the AirPods Pro with transparency mode turned on.
    I get the audio quality, the stereo, and the sounds of the world around me :)

  • virdewinder singh

    virdewinder singh

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I put one in my ear. It is cool comfortable and nice

  • 技術学生


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why do you need those just lower down the volume dude

  • edgar nuñez

    edgar nuñez

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This guy reminds me of Paul banks

  • Jason Chamberlain

    Jason Chamberlain

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    wait wait that background music distracted me for like the first minute because of how hot that bassline was

  • Rananjay Shivaansh

    Rananjay Shivaansh

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    How about Neckband Speaker thing? Bose & Sony have them, don't they?

  • Krishna Srivatsa

    Krishna Srivatsa

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dieter: Everybody's ears are different, especially mine. Mine are really big
    Me: Ah yes, the perfect video yet again, YET AGAIN

  • Nihal Salim

    Nihal Salim

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    How come you didn't mention ambient noise feature on the galaxy buds?

  • Ken Gray

    Ken Gray

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Nope not doing it. Lose the mask, you're outside and riding a bike. Your whack-job anti-science religion I find intolerable to look at.

  • Michael W

    Michael W

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Love the liberal stupidity stuffed into a headphone review lol.

  • Thiago Bonilla

    Thiago Bonilla

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I'm waiting for that other video, abou bike infrastructure and all the rage us cyclists have to deal with hahaha



    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I do exactly what you did with you galaxy bud, but with my pixel bud :D only use one on the side opposite of the traffic 👌

  • tiscover


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Really would love such a video for runners!

  • Moses Temu

    Moses Temu

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Galaxy Beans work pretty well.

  • Zyad Ouhti

    Zyad Ouhti

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Is that a gravel

  • alwaysasn


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This is so funny. I've been so desperate to find ANC headphones just for transparency mode in the last while. Then I realized duh - I don't care about muffling sound at all so I just went to open-ear and I never looked back.

  • Ibrahim Ulf Karlsson

    Ibrahim Ulf Karlsson

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    No one has mentioned the airopex's hopless case. A silicone pouch, and if you want to store the charging cable with the headphones prepare to loose the cable... Every time you pull out the headphones the cable falls out, and you can't confortabe fit the headphones if the cable is in the pouch already. Useless!
    The headphones are fine though

  • M E P R

    M E P R

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Erm....I'm sorry, what about both buds with active pass through? Easily a better option than any of these choice's

  • BetaLactamase


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You dont have big ears 😊

  • Jorge Deolarte

    Jorge Deolarte

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why not just wear two with transparency on? But agree no to AirPods

  • Onpassive Today

    Onpassive Today

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    🤠👩‍🦰 THANKS for your technical info

  • Leo Bustos

    Leo Bustos

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Really good video, didn't even notice the 10 minutes pass by !

  • Keshav Kafle

    Keshav Kafle

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dieter, please tell us about your bike as well! I mean the bike is the primary reason for the video!

  • Metti Geek

    Metti Geek

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Why not choose SONY one???!!! Only for money!!!

  • Eddie Túpano

    Eddie Túpano

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    This is the worst review I've seen... Like EVER. Omg.

  • Mohamed Shahid bin Isahak

    Mohamed Shahid bin Isahak

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You should check out the Nuraloop or Nuraphones! They're both gems!

  • Mahabrata Sengupta

    Mahabrata Sengupta

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ever heard of transperency mode??👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  • Charbel ito

    Charbel ito

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dieter's out there pretending he has not discovered the galaxy buds pro😹😹 smh🤦‍♂️

  • Matthew Correia

    Matthew Correia

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Frustrating thing with Aftershokz for me, is the waterproof model doesn't have Bluetooth. So you can't use them for both swimming and everyday streaming. And a proprietary charger is anyway a deal-breaker.

  • James Christensen

    James Christensen

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    the title makes it sound like these are a commonplace product

  • Patrick Sanders

    Patrick Sanders

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Tranducers anyone?

  • Vlady Yakovenko

    Vlady Yakovenko

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    2:35 render glitch?

  • Nuno Hipólito

    Nuno Hipólito

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Vegans > bikers

  • Zdeněk Jandera

    Zdeněk Jandera

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Aftershokz are Best for sport, cycling and running, you can heart suroudings, so you are safe, good sound

  • Nino Mendoza

    Nino Mendoza

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    That’s also my fav

  • QuaZaR


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    He carries this channel

  • E Soto

    E Soto

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    What happened with Bose Sound-wear over the neck I like them for Bike ridding....

  • J.D. Vision

    J.D. Vision

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Ambient mode on my earbuds are enough for me, but I don't live in a city.
    I've also heard of implants.

  • Kiel Enrique

    Kiel Enrique

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Dieter, you did NOT just call them “blinky lights”. 😂

    • Tom Brablec

      Tom Brablec

      28 ਦਿਨ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      That's the technical term. "Blinky bois" is also acceptable.

  • David Noden-Hooper

    David Noden-Hooper

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I have a pair of galaxy buds + for day to day usage and a pair or aftershokz for when I want to do a bit more of a strenuous exercise as I worry the buds + falling out

  • Esua Ekpo

    Esua Ekpo

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Weird floating head?..., Nah..., Not even close at all, 😸😅

  • Shrink21


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You should really try the Backbeat 3150
    I had the predecessor and they are so good!
    Unfortunately they are not mentioned often enough. But I will get those soon.
    Btw: why can't I comment on the verge?

  • J Risner

    J Risner

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Please do a video tour of amazing European cycle infrastructure 👍😁

  • J Risner

    J Risner

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Love it Dieter, please please make the cycling videos

  • Rogelio Antonio Nieves

    Rogelio Antonio Nieves

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Fun fact: the Galaxy Buds Plus actually switches to mono if you put the other bud in the case. That way, you're not really losing half of the sound. Also if you want bonus outside sound in that one ear, you can turn on ambient sound and it works well (so long as it's not on extra high cause you'll be hearing the wind)

  • Tsai Joy

    Tsai Joy

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    i appreciate the verge video ratio making the most estate with the notch in landscape

  • Steven Gruber

    Steven Gruber

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    AfterShokz headphones are the greatest! Phenomenal biking, running, and hiking companion!

  • Poppin


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    dieter in the thumbnail look like a politician that got caught in a scandal

  • Davidthefat


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Sennheiser Momentum earbuds have transparent hearing where they take the sound from the sound isolation mics and pipe it to the output. Makes hearing people and ambient noise easily. It's easy to turn off to tune out the world.

  • 上天Jouten


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I just don't wear any kind of device that will obstruct my hearing in any way while biking/running/walking. Even if walking in an unfamiliar (or too familiar) environment. It's common sense. Safety first.
    Oh yeah! If you're riding a bike, stay as far right as possible (it says so in most state's laws too). Stop thinking you are a car or have the same rights to the road as a car. Your body will lose to steel everytime. Stay safe out there!

  • Keda_P


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Excellent review. Really charismatic and articulate guy. Pleasure to watch. Thanks.

  • shiraz ali

    shiraz ali

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Or just use transparency mode

  • Rdc dt

    Rdc dt

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Use an old headset. The sound go through. Not expensive. And you can wear an helmet with a little trick

  • Ilyas


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Great review before the season starts. Thanks, will use my galaxy buds 😅

  • Johann Lopez

    Johann Lopez

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Which bike is that?

  • Cthulhu


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Now i have never tried it but Sony XM3/4 has option for passing through audio. Basically using the microphones to play any noise around you to you while also playing music or w/e.

  • James Van Zandt

    James Van Zandt

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I feel like you missed a pretty good option, the Galaxy Buds Pro with Ambient Sound mode on. I'm not sure how they do with wind noise while biking but I think they seem like the best option if you want a headphone to use for every situation, Ambient Sound when biking or walking, ANC for when you want the best sound quality, no ANC or Ambient sound for when you're just at home.

  • Proxiton


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    How many internal meetings did Dieter attend to use "look" less? Whatever the number it worked.

  • Art Kiryanov

    Art Kiryanov

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Aftershokz is the best solution. Two years I spent with Trekz Air and for the year and a half Aeropex is my choice. They sound decent to get some vibe while riding a bike or a footbike, and the keep me safe, and call quality is good.
    And also using them at home is not a gimmick, good enough for podcasts and youtube

  • Derrick Ybarra

    Derrick Ybarra

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    B&O e8 sport.

  • Xavi Neira

    Xavi Neira

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I’ve had these for awhile now and they are the best. Better than air pods. And yes I bike so it’s so amazing and comfortable. Sometimes I even forget I have them on

  • Riju Das

    Riju Das

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The last process is what I use while going for my morning walk

  • Alvin Lim

    Alvin Lim

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Waiting for you to review the razer anzu

  • Sharath Shaiva

    Sharath Shaiva

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    The last one was convincing

  • Cian Horgan

    Cian Horgan

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Open back headphones (either over ear or on ear) could be a great option too. Koss Porta Pro, Porta Pro Wireless or Sporta Pro come to mind because they're cheap and have great sound quality but you have to deal with a headband, or their smaller KSC75 for the separate ear pieces

  • Cian Horgan

    Cian Horgan

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I want to hear Dieter ramble about cycling infrastructure ❤️

    • truekiba


      ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

      That's another video

  • BigBadWolf


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    why are you wearing a mask while riding a bike in the woods. Wtf is wrong with you?

  • Chuck Badics

    Chuck Badics

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Regular AirPods are the best solution.

  • Tùng Trịnh

    Tùng Trịnh

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    You might wanna try galaxy buds pro with the ambient mode, it's pretty good IMO

  • Thiha Aye Kyaw

    Thiha Aye Kyaw

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    heh heh . Bhoner. 🦴

  • Junior


    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    I cycle and the aftershokz is amazing.

  • Fouad Ballan

    Fouad Ballan

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    “ so usually when you think about headphones reviews you think about sound quality , noise isolation battery life and comfort …..” annnnnnnddd Rebecca doing them
    Note : I lovveeeee Dieter reviews I’m just teasing here . It was new to see him reviewing a headphone

  • Mohammed Rafi 2

    Mohammed Rafi 2

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    2:36 glitch

  • Roscoe Pounds

    Roscoe Pounds

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ

    Good review, but I think water resistance is an important factor to consider for these kinds of headphones. I use the aeropex for running even in pouring rain, they’ve been great.

  • BeenThere DoneThat

    BeenThere DoneThat

    ਮਹੀਨੇ ਪਹਿਲਾਂ