Soundcore AeroFit Pro Headphones Review
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The AfterShokz headphones (well, now known simply as “Shokz”) are popular with runners as they do not block your ears. The Soundcore AeroFit headphones follow a similar design by keeping your ear canal open while still pumping great sound into your ear.
One of my main complaints with AfterShokz headphones is that while their bone conduction technology is great for allowing you to hear around you, it is lacking in bass. The Soundcore AeroFit headphones don’t actually use bone conduction, but similar to the Soundcore Frames, they use tiny speakers directed at — but not inside — your ear canal, allowing them to achieve strong bass while still keeping your ears open, so you can hear what is going on around you.
The sound quality and bass on the AeroFit Pro headphones is great. Bass is much stronger on the Soundcore AeroFit compared to AfterShokz OpenRun Pro’s bone conduction technology. The Soundcore app also gives you the ability to change the equalizer if you want to tweak the sound more.
The AeroFit headphones also stay secure in my ear while I’m running. They wrap comfortable behind my ear and stay in place even when I’m sweaty. I’ve taken them on several runs, including a run in light rain, and neither my sweat nor the rain droplets seemed to negatively affect the AeroFit Pro headphones.
Soundcore AeroFit Pro vs Regular version
There are two versions available: the AeroFit Pro and the “regular” AeroFit. The “regular” version forgoes spatial audio and LDAC support, has slightly smaller drivers, and does not include the detachable neckband. The “regular” AeroFit headphones are good if you want everyday headphones for a daily morning walk, for example. However, if you want the best sound quality and/or the detachable neck band, you’ll likely want the “Pro” version.
- Spatial audio (Pro version only): The spatial audio feature enhances your music and provides some separation of the higher frequencies, making your music feel like it is surrounding you. I’ve found that it can sometime catch me off guard when I’m outside (“What was the sound behind me? Oh, it was just the music…”), so you may want to try it indoors first to get use to it.
- Physical button controls: If your experience has been anything like mine, earbuds with “touch” sensors often result in me tapping multiple times when I only meant to tap once. Or it accidentally activates when I meant to simply adjust the earbud.
- Detachable neck band (Pro version only): If you want to keep the headphones extra secure, the Pro version includes a detachable neck band to connect the two earpieces together. However, I found the headphones to be secure without it, but everyone’s ears are different.
- Water and Sweat Resistance: Both version of resistant to rain and sweat, with an IPX5 rating on the Pro version and an IPX7 on the regular version (the difference being that IPX7 can survive a short submersion in water). I’ve ran with the AeroFit Pros in the rain and did not notice any adverse effects on the headphones.
The AeroFit Pro headphones can get up to 14 hours of playing time per charge, and when combined with the charging case, can provide a total of 46 hours of playtime. The “regular” AeroFit headphones can last up 11 hours on a single charge, with the charging case providing a total of 42 hours of playtime.
Both versions use a standard USB-C connection to recharge the case.
Overall, if you love music and working out outside, the Soundcore AeroFit are a great workout companion. They allow you to hear what’s going on around you with better bass performance compared to the bone conduction technology in the AfterShokz headphones. The Pro version gives you slightly better sound quality, spatial audio, and a detachable neck band.
- Great sound and bass
- Clearly hear what is going on around you
- Physical button controls
- Charging case is somewhat large