Cat Ear Headphones specially designed for sports have conquered the shelves of shops. Resistant to sweat, they are mainly intra-auricular type and sometimes equipped with ear contours to ensure good support. Prices range from 10 to 300 € … A wide range that does not facilitate the choice! Especially since it is not possible to try them before buying, unlike helmets.
IN-EAR OR ARCH
Cat Ear Headphones for sports are mainly intra-auricular type, that is to say, they lodge in the auditory canal of the ear. Some are in the form of simple “buttons”, others include a small paw that slips into the conch. Others still have an earloop to optimize the maintenance. Manufacturers always deliver several sizes of tip to fit the morphology of each. Although it tends to isolate the user from outside noises (which can be dangerous when jogging), the in-ear format is particularly suitable for sports. A few rare bow-shaped helmets are nevertheless intended.
WITH OR WITHOUT WIRE
Most Cat Ear Headphones dedicated to sport now connect to the smartphone in Bluetooth, freeing the user of the jack cable. The freedom of movement offered by wireless Cat Ear Headphones is very significant. The two earpieces are connected by a neckband, except on the Samsung Icon X where each lodges itself in an ear independently (which generates a certain anxiety at the thought of losing one, this is also the case of the Apple Airpodsalthough they are not sold as sports Cat Ear Headphones). But a new constraint appears: these wireless Cat Ear Headphones running on battery, it is necessary to reload them regularly. Charging is usually quite fast, but the autonomy is very variable from one model to another: enough for a marathon in most cases, it does not even reach 1:30 on some Cat Ear Headphones. Manufacturers sometimes deliver a cable with their wireless headsets in order to use it when the battery is flat (this is especially the case for conventional audio headsets ).
The wired Cat Ear Headphones remain relevant, especially because they are cheaper than Bluetooth models. Some manufacturers choose materials that allow the cable to not tangle, which avoids annoying detangle sessions before gym sessions. Check, on the box, the type of compatible smartphone (Apple, Samsung, Android …).
IOS / ANDROID COMPATIBILITY
Wired Cat Ear Headphones (sports or not) are not compatible with all smartphones. The serious manufacturers specify on the packaging to which model of smartphone is destined the helmet (Apple iOS, Samsung Galaxy, or Android). But we found that some do not mention it, or simply indicate, in small print, that not all functions are available with all smartphones. The origin of the compatibility problems is in the remote control. Apple has indeed integrated its own operating protocol; suddenly, if you use a headset made for Android with an iPhone, the sound will pass, you can a priori change the track and accept a call, but not increase the volume (neither for music nor for conversations). Otherwise, Android headsets will not work perfectly with all Android smartphones. There are indeed two standards jack audio jack. Most smartphone manufacturers have opted for the CTIA standard, but some still prefer (oddly) the OMTP standard. Make sure that the chosen headset is compatible with your smartphone. If it is not on the box, this information is probably available on the brand’s website. This compatibility problem does not arise for wireless headsets. If it is not on the box, this information is probably available on the brand’s website. This compatibility problem does not arise for wireless headsets. If it is not on the box, this information is probably available on the brand’s website. This compatibility problem does not arise for wireless headsets.
A FEW TIPS
Nothing prevents the use of Cat Ear Headphones for the sport in any circumstance, such as Cat Ear Headphones. For the convenience of your neighbors in transport, opt for a model with low acoustic leakage. Also be sure to choose a sober color model, less boring in the long run than a bright color. And in any case, limit the volume and take breaks. Like you after a good workout, your ears need rest!