For the shortlist, I selected 10 bone conduction headphones. All of the listed brands are on the Russian market and are serviced by a service center. Of these, I chose four models that are better suited for the nominations:
Haylou BC01 – optimal.
Padmate S30 – budget.
AfterShokz Aeropex are the best.
Zdk Openear Solo Pro is the best for wire lovers.
AfterShokz Sportz Titanium.
Shokz OpenRun Pro.
Optimal – Haylou BC01
The headphones weigh 28 g and do not cause any noticeable discomfort when worn. The headband is not adjustable. The size is optimal, but there are times when the arm prevents you from lying down on the pillow or gets caught on the collar of your jacket.
The headphones are well protected from water and dust and will even survive immersion under water.
Haylou BC01 has a pleasant, balanced sound without deep bass. They are equipped with directional sound technology. On the street or in the subway, people around you will not hear the sound from your headphones, but your family will definitely appreciate your musical preferences.
Haylou BC01 are suitable for communication. The device is equipped with two separate microphone channels – the main and the backup: one directly captures speech, and the other registers external noise. Incoming signals are then passed through special digital filters that separate speech and noise.
Wireless headphones. Supports Bluetooth 5.2 connection. Thanks to this, the sound is higher quality and the headset has low power consumption.
The headphones have good battery life – up to eight hours. If you listen to music on the way to work, school or while jogging, this is more than enough. It takes an hour and a half to fully charge. The charger is proprietary. We’ll have to take good care of it – don’t forget it and don’t lose it.
Control is on buttons. The functional one is responsible for calls, switching music and calling the voice assistant. You can adjust the volume on the headphones themselves. These same buttons are used to turn the headset on and off.
The body is made of matte plastic. The headphones are pleasant to the touch and do not slip. The product has a two-year warranty.
Budget – Padmate S30
Budget wireless headphones Padmate S30 cannot boast of ideal protection from dust and moisture. With an IP56 rating, a small amount of dust will enter the device, but rain and sweat will not pose a risk.
The headphones weigh 22 g and are practically unnoticeable when worn. You can use it all day long without feeling any discomfort. The headphones can work at full volume for up to eight hours. Afterwards you will have to take a break for an hour of charging.
The headphones have good sound. But at volumes above 80%, unpleasant vibration and wheezing may appear. There is also a microphone. But the manufacturer did not provide noise reduction. In a noisy place, the interlocutor will not hear you.
The controls can hardly be called convenient. There is only one button for all operations. Each press of pause and switching of a track is accompanied by an unpleasant sound signal. The volume on the headphones themselves is not adjustable, so you have to constantly reach for the phone.
The bow is made of high quality plastic. It may slip because you will sweat while wearing it. The product has a one-year warranty.
Alternative. Stylish Zdk Openear Solo Pro wireless headphones are sold in four colors. They differ from the previous model in high autonomy. With continuous listening, the charge lasts up to 12 hours. The charging process lasts one and a half hours. The kit includes a charging cable with a Type-C connector .
The headphones are protected from direct splashes, but they cannot be immersed in water.
The controls are convenient, but the buttons rattle when listening to music. The volume can be adjusted on the headset itself. When adding sound, the track’s production pauses briefly.
Best Bone Conduction Headphones – AfterShokz Aeropex
AfterShokz Aeropex wireless headphones from the Shokz brand have proven themselves in the market and are renowned for their quality. Laconic design, high degree of protection IP67 and, most importantly, good sound. But at maximum volume, an unpleasant vibration appears and the main function disappears: you can no longer hear those around you.
The headset weighs 26 g and will not cause discomfort while wearing. At maximum power, the charge will last up to eight hours. Afterwards, you will need to leave the headphones for an hour to recharge.
The charger is proprietary. The manufacturer brightened up this feature with two sets of cables. You can leave one at home and carry the other with you.
The headphones have convenient button controls. There is a multifunction button. Any actions with it are accompanied by a sound signal, which over time can become annoying. The volume is adjusted on the headset itself. You can call the voice assistant Audrey or call. For communication there is a dual microphone with noise reduction.
The headband is made of titanium alloy, making it lightweight and flexible. The product has a one-year warranty.