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SHOKZ OpenFit for 2023 Open-Ear True Wireless Bluetooth Headphones with Microphone, Earbuds with Earhooks, Sweat Resistant, Fast Charging, 28HRS Playtime (Black)

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I had mixed feelings about the fit and comfort levels of the Shokz OpenFit. I spent a lot of time adjusting them at first and had similar niggles every time I reached for them over the fortnight of testing. I had to rotate them and tinker with them to get the fit right and at first didn’t realize that because I wear glasses they needed a bit of extra adjustment – there’s just not that much space behind my ears to play with.

Let’s talk comfort for a minute because it’s a big selling point to me. These feel great, especially if, like me, you can’t tolerate the pressure of something in your ears for long spans.They sit securely outside the ear canal, with the soft plastic band wrapping over and behind the ear lobe. This makes them very secure as well. I wore them running, and they don’t budge. They are IP54 water-resistant, so sweat or light rain should be no problem. Overall I am enjoying the Openfits so far and it is a good step into a different market for you. I was impressed from the second I opened the box and set them up. The hook is made from dual-layered liquid silicone with a flexible memory wire inside, which Shokz says is what makes the earbud pliable, so you can adapt them a little to your ear shape. On their exterior, they have a soft silicone finish, which makes them feel incredibly comfortable and almost velvety to the touch. Audio is naturally the main talking point of any headphones, but with the OpenFit the conversation is a little different. The main selling point is that they are essentially anti- noise-cancelling. Odd, right? They’re intentionally designed to not impede your ear canal and therefore allow you to hear everything that’s going on around you. In a market where noise-cancelling technology is all the rage, this is an interesting move. But depending on how you look at it, it’s either the OpenFit's selling point or their biggest flaw. Shokz is using what it calls DirectPitch technology to do this, which is similar to air conduction. It uses sound waves to optimize the distance and angle between the earbud and your ear. This leads to more sound pressure directed right at your ear and less off into other directions.

There are a couple of standard true wireless earbuds features you won’t find here. There’s no multi-point pairing mode and no ear detection either, so remove one and your music will keep playing. Although you can just listen with one bud, which is handy.The Shokz proprietary OpenBass algorithm, however, is astounding. It’s a full-bodied bass experience that feels like the music has suddenly acquired a whole other dimension. This will not be noteworthy if you don’t normally listen to music with a lot of bass, which I don’t. But turning Bass Boost on did prompt me to start bugging my coworkers for psychedelic trip-hop recommendations, which in turn prompted them to ask if I had started vaping. You can tinker with these settings in the Shokz app, which is currently only available on iOS but will be available for Android soon. While they're not likely to win any awards for audio quality, for open-ear headphones the sound is great. Aside from the aforementioned limitations, the quality remained consistent, loud and smooth during our tests thanks to the brand’s ‘Direct Pitch’ technology, which is said to help deliver ‘bold highs, clear mids, and surging bass’. Whether it was during runs, cycles, or workouts, the audio for both music and podcasts was of great quality throughout. The ergonomic dolphin arc ear hook ensures that the headphones rest securely around your ears, allowing for natural airflow and minimizing discomfort during prolonged wear.

However, throughout our testing, they remained in place. The position of the speaker takes some getting used to and will require a bit of trial and error to figure out your preferred fit. Once configured, though, we had no complaints with the fit or audio consistency during workouts. Though Shokz’s target market is sports fanatics, the OpenFit may be less than ideal for some. The low water resistance rating means that too much sweat could damage the device, and the fidgety controls aren’t easy to use while running or cycling. But the OpenFit is not a panacea. Its radical open-ear design, which may also have inspired JBL’s Soundgear Sense, also requires certain compromises. These mainly affect the bass range, but also the midrange and treble reproduction. Although the oval diaphragm provides a surface area that exceeds that of conventional in-ears many times over, the pressure loss cannot be completely compensated for by the open design. After all, the main motivator was obviously to create a pair of sports headphones that were as compact and comfortable to wear as possible, without completely isolating you from your surroundings. The airy sound reproduction seems to be more of a collateral benefit here. The Shokz OpenFit require a little consideration The Shokz OpenFit is also designed with hygiene in mind. Traditional earbuds can accumulate dirt, sweat, and bacteria over time, impacting the audio quality, and leading to potential ear infections or discomfort. The OpenFit combats this with minimal maintenance and an IP54 water resistance rating.I put the Shokz OpenFits over my ears and let the music rip. Already connected to my phone, the earbuds fired up immediately without me having to push play. That can be a little alarming the first time, but not a big deal. The Shokz OpenFit are engineered to get sound from the buds to your ear canals in the most effective way possible.

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