AfterShokz Trekz Titanium: An emerging big noise in the headphone world --M23 Umchun60
AfterShokz Trekz Titanium: An emerging big noise in the headphone world Having something to listen to on the go is a big thing to teens and adults, if only for the sake of looking chic. Earbuds are light and portable, but not everyone likes to stuff an uncomfortable bulk into their ears, especially over hours; headphones pack quite a punch in sound quality, and yet isolating yourself from all ambient noises can be dangerous outdoors. Fortunately for the picky listeners, you no longer have to pledge your loyalty to either Camp Earbuds or Camp Headphones, for there is an alternative — Aftershokz Trekz Titanium. The Magic Having music streaming into your mind without actually anything over your ears redefines coolness, and it is sure to make your friends green with envy. With a technology called bone conduction, Trekz Titanium sets your cheekbones into vibration, which in turn stimulate your cochlea directly. The device being lightweight and wireless, soon after you wear it the feeling that something is pressing your cheekbones will be gone. Using it requires a little getting-used-to though—at high volumes the transducers (the parts in contact with your skin) start to throb, causing a curious itchiness around your ears. The way that sound seems to bypass your auditory organs and pops directly into existence can also be intimidating to some. Operation: Harnessing the power of this high-tech gadget cannot be simpler. There are no apps or fancy user interfaces, just two buttons for volume control and one for the equaliser. Charging is with USB cable and takes 1-2 hours. Performance: To your correspondent, it has been a relief to be able to bid farewell to earbuds, alongside the comfort issue and hygiene problem they bring. Trekz Titanium gets the job done in most cases: songs, movies, lecture recordings and so on. Its open-ear design is a game changer compared to earphones and headphones, allowing me to keep track of the traffic and pedestrians around me in jogging. Quite unexpected for its compact size, there is a built-in mic as well which delivers phone calls satisfactorily, albeit slightly inadequate in volume. By far the biggest merit of this product to your correspondent is that there is no longer any need to drag away my earbuds hastily when someone talks to me. You know the embarrassment and inconvenience when, drowned in full-blast music, you see a guy looking at you with his lips moving and you can’t help but shout, “Hold on a sec!” Now even though I know nothing about lip reading, I can make sense of both the music and the conversation simultaneously with ease. Caveats: Keeping your ears open is good most of the time, but in some cases, you simply find the world full of stupid noises and want nothing more than shutting yourself away from them. Truth be told, your correspondent once tried watching Thor in a public health lecture (absolutely NOT recommended), with very poor results. Plus, cool as it sounds, bone conduction technology is definitely still in development, which limits the sound quality, especially over deep bass. The last issue you’ll want to consider is sound leakage. Somehow Trekz Titanium suffers more gravely in this respect than the average joes. At medium-high volume, it’s possible to pick up your favourite song a meter away. Of course, this is not a problem if you’re watching Khan’s Academy, but can be a headache if you are indulging in something more…cough…personal and intimate. Verdict: Definitely recommended if novelty excites you. Scores: Wow factor: 11/10 Comfort: 9/10 User-friendliness: 9/10 Sound quality: 6/10 Price: 6/10 (HKD998 at time of purchase) Overall: 8/10 Key Specifications: Bone conduction technology IP55 certified to repel Sweat, dust and moisture 6 hours of use after a full charge Dual noise cancelling microphones Link:…/products/trekz-titanium Disclaimer: This review article received no sponsorship from Aftershokz whatsoever.

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