Most people have only heard of two types of headphones – standard over-the-ear ones and ear buds that fit directly into the ear. Now, Panasonic offers a new option with their Open Ear Bone Conduction headphones, with an exciting mix of quality, comfort and style.
Standard over-the-ear headphones can cost anywhere from less than $20 to hundreds of dollars, offering many different levels of comfort and sound quality. Headphones like these are bulky to wear and transport, and probably won’t offer the comfort and stability needed for use during outdoor activities like running.
New type of headphones
Ear buds, which tuck inside the ear, may cost significantly less, and they can work well for listening to music while jogging, walking, biking or even working. Many people may find ear buds uncomfortable or have trouble getting them to stay in their ears, though.
Both standard headphones and ear buds tend to advertise their noise canceling capabilities – how well they block out external noises. The Panasonic Open Ear Bone Conduction headphones offer an alternative – headphones that filter some extraneous noises, but still let the wearer hear sirens, car horns, kids yelling and other important sounds. They also cost well under $100, with a suggested retail price of $79.99.
Light and stylish
The Panasonic Open-Ear Bone Conduction headphones feel somewhat awkward at first since the ears expect something to either go in them or cover them. However, one quickly gets used to the headphones’ fit, and they begin to feel quite comfy.
The headphones are very light and easy to put on and take off. They come in attractive colors – pink, light gray or green. The sides and back of the headphones feature reflective strips for greater visibility in low light conditions and at night.
Bone conduction technology
The Panasonic Open-Ear Bone Conduction headphones offer fantastic sound quality and a strong cable with a nice length that doesn’t seem to tangle easily. Their open-ear design lets users enjoy music while still hearing what’s going on around them. It’s actually quite amazing that listening to music at a reasonable volume sounds fantastic, but external noises like voices, traffic and other sounds are still there.
Their innovative bone conduction technology sends music from cheek bones to the inner ear. In addition to offering comfort, lightness and sound quality, the Panasonic Open-Ear Bone Conduction headphones also feature water resistance so they can be used rain or shine. The author received a demo product for the purpose of this honest review.