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Enjoy Your Own On-the-Go Soundtrack

A favorite playlist, access to news, and the ability to make hands-free calls make daily workouts, commutes, or time at the office pass more enjoyably
BY Bill Lindsey TIMESeptember 22, 2022 PRINT

The problem with enjoying music is that not everyone around you may share your taste in music. To keep the peace, consider these systems for use in the office, at the library, on a bus or plane, running or while at the gym, on the subway, or even at home.

Jabra 3
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Relaxed and Alert

Jabra Elite 4 Active

$119.99

The best earbuds are those you scarcely notice, making these a good choice for use during active sports. Both waterproof and sweatproof, they’re designed to comfortably stay in place as you work out to avoid any interruption of your music soundtrack. Active noise cancellation allows you to focus on the music, while the HearThrough system picks up the sounds around you while running or cycling outdoors, or while in the office when you need to hear the boss talking to you.

Shokz - Black
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Born to Run

Shokz OpenRun Pro

$179.95

A great soundtrack can make exercising more enjoyable—unless your earbuds keep falling out. This unique design keeps them securely in place, no matter how hard you’re running or working out. The open-air design allows outside sounds such as traffic to be heard, while the bone conduction system provides excellent audio quality. A full charge provides up to 10 hours of use, but if you forget, a five-minute charge allows 1 1/2 hours of use.

Trelab
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Stay Connected

Treblab X3 Pro

$69.97

A clever set of ear hooks keeps these buds where they belong, so you don’t have to jam them into your ear, which is a good thing. Nine hours of run time per charge and passive noise canceling, combined with the ability to take and make calls, help you to maintain your focus while still being connected to the outside world. Compatible with all Bluetooth devices, they can also be used to summon assistance from Siri or Alexa.

Shure
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Hear All the Notes

Shure Aonic 40

$249

These over-the-ear headphones deliver 25 hours per charge of studio-quality sound, with customizable equalization settings for maximum enjoyment. The sound-canceling system can be adjusted to either block all external sound or allow background input, making them a good choice for office use. For the ultimate in flexibility, they can be used with either Bluetooth wireless systems or wired inputs such as airplane entertainment systems, and an integral microphone pairs with cellphones to make or take calls.

JBuds 1
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Upgrade Your Shades

JLab JBuds Frames

$50

While sunglasses with integral speakers are available, there’s something to be said for being able to add music and phone capability to your favorite shades or prescription glasses. Simply slide these onto the earpieces and connect via Bluetooth to access your favorite music or news sources. An integral microphone in each unit allows you to take or make phone calls, and access Siri or Alexa. To ensure your privacy, the microphones can be deactivated.

Bill Lindsey
Bill Lindsey is an award-winning writer based in South Florida. He covers real estate, automobiles, timepieces, boats, and travel topics.
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