Best (Wireless) Headphones For Yoga & Pilates (2020)

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Winner
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Over Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphone, Adaptive Noise Cancelling - Space Grey
Best Price
Sony 16GB Waterproof and Dustproof Walkman with Bluetooth
Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless & High-Performance Bluetooth Earphones Black (Renewed)
Model
Sony WH1000XM3
Sony NW WS65
Powerbeats Pro
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent July 2020
Test Result 9.5/10 Excellent July 2020
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Sony
Sony
Beats by Dr. Dre
Bluetooth
Sound quality
Comfort
Quality & Materials
Battery Time
up to 30 hours
up to 25 hours
up to 25 hours
Weight
0.56 lbs.
8.1 oz.
6.4 oz.
Value for money
Pros
  • Extraordinary noise canceling
  • Generous battery life (30 hours)
  • Sony has fixed most Mark 2 frustrations
  • Lots of personalization options via the app
  • Battery life
  • One hour of use from three-minute charge
  • Superb fit and weight
  • Waterproofing and dust-proofing
  • Better sound than the AirPods
  • Phone call quality is excellent
  • Sweat and water resistance
  • Apple H1 chip is a workhorse for headphones
Cons
  • No on-ear sensor
  • Need to swap earbuds
  • Charges via Lightning and not USB-C
Recommended by us?
Winner
Bowers & Wilkins PX7 Over Ear Wireless Bluetooth Headphone, Adaptive Noise Cancelling - Space Grey
Model
Sony WH1000XM3
Test Result
Test Result 9.8/10 Excellent July 2020
Manufacturer
Sony
Bluetooth
Sound quality
Comfort
Quality & Materials
Battery Time
up to 30 hours
Weight
0.56 lbs.
Value for money
Pros
  • Extraordinary noise canceling
  • Generous battery life (30 hours)
  • Sony has fixed most Mark 2 frustrations
  • Lots of personalization options via the app
Cons
  • No on-ear sensor
Recommended by us?
Best Price
Sony 16GB Waterproof and Dustproof Walkman with Bluetooth
Model
Sony NW WS65
Test Result
Test Result 9.5/10 Excellent July 2020
Manufacturer
Sony
Bluetooth
Sound quality
Comfort
Quality & Materials
Battery Time
up to 25 hours
Weight
8.1 oz.
Value for money
Pros
  • Battery life
  • One hour of use from three-minute charge
  • Superb fit and weight
  • Waterproofing and dust-proofing
Cons
  • Need to swap earbuds
Recommended by us?
Powerbeats Pro Totally Wireless & High-Performance Bluetooth Earphones Black (Renewed)
Model
Powerbeats Pro
Test Result
Test Result 9.3/10 Very Good July 2020
Manufacturer
Beats by Dr. Dre
Bluetooth
Sound quality
Comfort
Quality & Materials
Battery Time
up to 25 hours
Weight
6.4 oz.
Value for money
Pros
  • Better sound than the AirPods
  • Phone call quality is excellent
  • Sweat and water resistance
  • Apple H1 chip is a workhorse for headphones
Cons
  • Charges via Lightning and not USB-C
Recommended by us?

Best (Wireless) Headphones For Yoga & Pilates

If the next sports unit is due, special sports headphones are recommended so that the headphones do not interfere with any movement and provide a secure fit.

What are the best sports headphones for you? You can find the Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga in the comparison table.

Here you can go directly to the current top product. Any more questions?

The purchasing advice provides you with the most important information.

With the right beat on your ears you can increase your motivation and enjoy sporting activities even more.

The Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga come in a variety of styles, so you’re sure to find a sounding companion that can keep up with your pace.

In addition to in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones, practical additional features such as Bluetooth are crucial.

The device should also have a long battery life, a built-in microphone and excellent sound.

You can find out what else you should consider when buying, which sports headphones were convincing in tests and how much the different models cost in our buying guide.

Test Results: Best (Wireless) Headphones For Yoga & Pilates

Best Headphones for Yoga: Sony WH1000XM3

Sony WH1000XM3

Pros

  • Extraordinary noise canceling
  • Generous battery life (30 hours)
  • Sony has fixed most Mark 2 frustrations
  • Lots of personalization options via the app

Cons

  • No on-ear sensor

Best Wireless Headphone for Yoga

The new model looks similar to its predecessor WH-1000XM2, but is slightly lighter at 255 grams.

It is still convincing and stable, but now available in black and silver beige (instead of gold).

The basic receiver construction and driver technology have remained identical, but the new one goes one better: a dedicated chip (“HD Noise Cancelling Processor QN1”) is used for noise reduction.

In addition to its own computing power, this promises even more effective and intelligent isolation from background noise.

Equipment of the Best Wireless Headphone for Yoga

The test device has taken over the exuberant functionality from its predecessor.

First, there is the on/off switch on the left auricle, which also initiates pairing.

The second switch takes care of the two functions “noise cancelling” and “ambient sound”, but can also be configured to call up the voice assistant in the smartphone.

The right auricle is dedicated to the touch functions as before:

Music and call control via double-tab, volume control and track skipping via vertical and horizontal wiping.

By covering the earcup with your hand, you can also turn down the music and temporarily turn on ambient noise.

A whole package of additional functions is available via the free app “Headphones Connect” for iOS and Android.

Here, the level of the ambient noise can be adjusted under the item “Ambient Sound Control” with simultaneous noise cancelling.

If required, the sound can be adjusted via a five-band graphic equalizer and a supplementary clear bass control for the low frequencies.

Several presets from the predecessor are also retained, adding surround effects to the sound, as well as the option of placing the sound source in a surround field to the side or even behind the head.

Usage of the Best Wireless Headphone for Yoga

Sony WH1000XM3

After switching on the WH-1000XM3 is quickly ready to start and connected to the last Bluetooth partner.

When you put it on you notice immediately: The wearing comfort is high.

Imitation leather padding in the area of the ear cups and the length-adjustable headband as well as rotating ear cups ensure a good fit and a comfortable fit for several hours.

At the same time, the ear cups can be folded away and the device can be stored compactly in the soft case supplied.

The handset sits tightly on the head, but does not press.

It is therefore well suited for mobile use, but less so for sports use.

Only the artificial leather upholstery is certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, as it makes certain ears sweat faster than other materials.

Remarkable is the high battery performance, which delivers up to 30 hours of music playback or 200 hours of standby time when the noise cancelling function is turned on.

Via a USB-C port, the device is fully charged in three hours, but also offers a quick-charging mode that quickly and significantly extends playing time in a few minutes.

With an optional 1.5A (or more) power supply, a ten-minute charge will provide five hours of battery life.

An audio connection to the computer is not established via USB-C, though.

Nevertheless, I have two points of criticism for the Best Wireless Headphone for Yoga:

The gesture control on my test device partly works a bit choppy.

Bluetooth power users could also criticize that the WH-1000XM3 does not allow multiple connections, for example to interrupt a music playback by a call from a second management.

Also, switching between different transmitters isn’t really fast.

Noise cancelling for the Best Wireless Headphone for Yoga

Sony doesn’t easily fool anyone when it comes to noise and background noise suppression.

The active system is effective, adaptable and (within limits) intelligent. It currently occupies the top position in the market.

In principle, the well-fitting receiver design already provides sensible passive attenuation of external noise.

If the electronics are now switched on, which is also possible in wired operation (as is purely passive operation with reduced sound quality), the measuring microphones and the dedicated processor become active.

In the best case the WH-1000XM3 achieves an amazing silence even in loud environments, which is only clouded by a certain high frequency noise.

Conceptually, the system works with the highest efficiency, especially with static and low frequency noise.

Sony WH1000XM3
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However, such a degree of isolation is not always required.

Keywords “traffic safety” and “communication”.

Accordingly, the ambient noise can be adjusted as required using Ambient Sound Control or selectively faded in using the touch function.

Depending on the situation, this creates a sensible balance between isolation from and interaction with the environment.

In addition, there is a switchable filter option that narrows the pass band to the human voice.

In practice, the latter sounded too centered to me, though.

In general, Sony claims for the WH-1000XM3 to enable a better attenuation of punctual signals like voices.

In fact, the possible degree of shielding is enormous.

However, conversations in the surrounding area are not inaudible.

Surprisingly, announcements in the train were also mostly recognizable.

Sony goes one step further, however, and can automatically switch between four configurable profiles via the “Adaptive Sound Control” function by measuring movement and air pressure and thus react to the surroundings (sitting, walking, jogging and stationary travel in trains and planes).

A real advantage of the new model is the ability to use the noise cancelling function permanently without music, which means that the headphones can also serve as an efficient resting place when travelling, without activating a standby function or even switching off.

Finally, the convincing noise cancelling has a catch that Sony shares with its competitors:

The outside microphones directly acknowledge incoming wind with noise.

Codec there or not for the Best Wireless Headphone for Yoga?

Sony WH1000XM3

A few explanatory words are needed on the subject of Bluetooth and codecs.

The WH-1000XM3 should be operated with priority on best sound quality (an option in the app), because otherwise inferior codecs are used, at least under Android.

In principle, the test device supports the high-resolution LDAC codec from Sony, which offers bandwidths up to 990 kbit/s and resolutions up to 24 bit and 96 kHz.

However, this requires a compatible counterpart – in the smartphone sector this is by no means a matter of course.

Thus iOS offers only the AAC codec instead of LDAC.

But even under Android 8, the corresponding option remained grayed out in a Sony Xperia XA1 Plus.

Instead, the aptX codec was used, which was also switched back to SBC when using the equalizer.

Basically, LDAC operation is possible in Android from version 8 on, but must also be enabled by the manufacturer.

This leaves the aftertaste that the headphones are better than I could test.

So you shouldn’t rely on advertising information alone, but if you have the corresponding requirements, you should research beforehand whether the existing player also supports LDAC.

Finally, it should be noted that Sony also supports SBC, AAC, aptX and aptX HD in addition to LDAC, but not the aptX LL/Adaptive codecs, which are recommended for (almost) perfectly synchronous sound during movie playback.

Sound of the Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

In terms of sound, the WH-1000 models set the bar high in the mobile sector.

The combination of high-quality drivers (40 mm drivers with liquid crystal polymer diaphragms, copper voice coil and neodymium magnet), good tuning and efficient noise cancelling is simply impressive.

As with all Bluetooth headphones, one has to accept a low background noise, which is however completely superimposed when listening to music.

Sony WH1000XM3

The sound is equally balanced, rich in detail, powerful and, if necessary, quite loud.

The listener delivers tight and tonally recognizable basses, which clearly show even the lowest floor and provide thrust without degrading the overall sound.

The mid-range spectrum is clear, without colouration and in voices with high speech intelligibility.

The WH-1000XM3 is also full of details and without annoying harshness in the treble range.

It sounds coherent, but has a generally warm tuning.

Personally, I would have liked to see a bit more transparency here.

Finally, panning, spatial imaging and dynamics are also at a high level.

Thus the WH-1000XM3 provides a cleanly located, stable stereo stage, which also reliably tracks any movements.

A remarkable performance that qualifies the test device for all genres.

Especially in mobile use, the headphones show their full strength, for example on the train.

By effectively blocking out ambient noise, the WH-1000XM3 creates an impressive signal-to-noise ratio as the basis for music reproduction.

This makes it possible to enjoy music everywhere without interference.

Especially the quiet dynamic ranges of classical orchestral compositions are usually not perceptible in a speeding ICE train – here they are.

At the same time, it must also be admitted that the WH-1000M3 was not designed as explicitly audiophile headphones for the sound gourmet in the living room.

Compared to an open model in the next higher price range, such as the Sennheiser HD 660 S (for testing purposes), one has to make concessions in terms of neutrality, transparency, attention to detail, bass stability and three-dimensionality.

Sony WH1000XM3

In general, at least with the codecs tested, there is a difference in sound compared to high-quality wired solutions.

I wouldn’t blame the listener in his field of application for the fact that the bass range is a bit too strong and slightly outshines the mids.

The tone control is very effective and allows you to adapt the sound to your personal listening taste, and can be saved in several presets.

However, the fact that the codec can be switched back, disqualifies this function for demanding listeners.

With the equalization itself I would have wished for more control precision, especially in the bass.

Verdict: Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

Once again I could not get any sense out of the room sound function.

A harmonious three-dimensionality is part of every good recording. On the other hand, bad recordings do not benefit from an additional room.

Neither do I recognise the necessity of being able to place the sound source in a surround field to the side or even behind the head.

In a stationary version such as the one shown here, I can’t even mention VR applications as a sensible combination.

Finally, the switchable automatic sound enhancement (DSEE HX) remains a mystery to me.

With different file formats the effect remained inaudible throughout – at least under AAC with different MP3s, FLACs or other formats.

Regarding the voice quality during phone calls, my impression was also good.

The people I talked to confirmed a clearly understandable speech quality, which of course interacts with the level of the surroundings due to the external microphones.

2nd Best Headphones for Yoga: Sony NW WS625

Sony NW WS625

Pros

  • Battery life
  • One hour of use from three-minute charge
  • Superb fit and weight
  • Waterproofing and dust-proofing

Cons

  • Need to swap earbuds

2nd Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

At the latest since Apple banned the Aux port in smartphones, Bluetooth headphones have become the new standard in the mobile audio world.

Many products from near and far (east) are flooding the market.

And many of them are aimed at athletes. But the Sony NW-WS620 goes one step further and brings more than just a headphone function on paper.

The integrated Walkman stores music directly on the device, giving athletes a comfortable freedom of movement without having to carry additional ballast like a smartphone.

As a triathlete, I was particularly curious about the underwater function.

The data of the Sony NW-WS620 – 2nd Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

First to the technical data. The NW-WS620 appears in two variants, which differ in their internal memory. The most important information at a glance:

  • Internal memory: 4 GB or 16 GB
  • Waterproof
  • NFC Bluetooth
  • Operational from -5° C to 45° C
  • Ambien noise mode
  • 3-minute quick charge function
  • Battery: 4 to 12 hours (depending on setting)
  • Weight: 32 g

Freedom!

At first glance, the Walkman looks very robust: the design is functional and the plugs fit very firmly.

The NW-WS620 succeeds in making the first surprise under water.

Even when crawling, nothing slips with me, hold and sound are exceptionally good!

Only when I dive before and only after I put on the headphones can they slip easily.

Nevertheless: Perfect for all triathletes who want to be motivated by their favourite tunes even when swimming.

Also the absence of the smartphone is – not only in the water – a pleasant change.

If you do without apps during training or use the Suunto Spartan, you will immediately feel a bit freer.

Listening mode of the Second Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

Sony NW WS625

Another feature that also benefits athletes is the “ambient noise mode”.

At the touch of a button, the walkman changes its sound setting and also lets sounds from “outside” pass through.

This allows me to hear the sounds of traffic on busy roads, for example when I’m riding my racing bike.

A nice feature, even if it wasn’t used very often in my practice, because even the contact of the hair caused a slight noise.

The sporty walkman is charged via a small charging station.

This is not so practical when you are on the road, but this design ensures that the headphones are waterproof up to two meters – even in salt water.

The operation is done by small buttons, which seemed a little small to me at the beginning, but can be easily reached with some practice.

Only in extreme situations like the power run the operation is a bit fiddly.

But who wants to shift gears during the sprint? The buttons “On/Off”, “Play/Pause”, “Forward/Back”, “Louder/Silent” and “Ambient Mode” are perfectly sufficient.

Verdict: Second Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

For me, the Sony NW-WS620 is a useful addition to my everyday training.

Especially in triathlon training, the walkman, and therefore my music, now accompanies me everywhere.

For endurance athletes the 16 GB version is the better option.

3rd Best Headphones for Yoga: Powerbeats Pro

Powerbeats Pro

Pros

  • Better sound than the AirPods
  • Phone call quality is excellent
  • Sweat and water resistance
  • Apple H1 chip is a workhorse for headphones

Cons

  • Charges via Lightning and not USB-C

Third Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

In terms of stability and grip, the sports listeners are convincing in every respect.

By turning the in-ears into the intended seating position, the rather rigid temples wrap around the ear like a kind of clamp, keeping the listeners in place even under extreme vibrations.

However, the strong hold also has a downside, as a certain amount of pressure is exerted on the ear canal.

The wearing comfort of the robust and impeccably crafted system is not uncomfortable, but could cause problems for people who are particularly sensitive to pressure.

Compatibility with caps is also limited, as the in-ears extend beyond the ear and pressure problems can therefore occur.

Battery life of the Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

The running time of the Powerbeats Pro is advertised as nine hours, which is a considerable capacity considering the format of the listeners.

In my experience, the battery even lasts about ten hours until the in-ears want to be powered in the transport case, which serves as a charging station.

Another practical feature is that the quick-charging function allows spontaneous use, as even a five-minute charge provides a playback time of over one hour.

In contrast, a complete charging process takes about 80 minutes, whereby the in-ears cannot be completely filled up twice in the case, which results in a total usage time of over 25 hours.

In combination with iOS devices there are two ways to keep an eye on the battery status.

On the one hand, a pop-up window informs about the remaining capacity when the charging case is opened to remove the handset.

On the other hand, the battery widget can also be used to display the battery status of the in-ears and the reserve capacity of the case.

Controls of the 3rd Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

The Bluetooth in-ears are coupled automatically when the transport case is opened, whereby both handsets connect to the device independently of each other via radio, so that they can be used together or separately.

The remote functions of both handsets are also identical, with the multi-function button on each side controlling playback, accepting and ending calls, and jumping to the next track with a double-click, while jumping back is possible with a triple tap.

The buttons react very precisely and directly.

However, I would have wished for a better haptic perceptibility.

The separate volume control, which is located on the top side of the case, is well implemented.

Powerbeats Pro

In addition to the remote, the Powerbeats Pro has a sensor-controlled playback with an automatic Play/Stop function, which can be (de)activated under iOS in the Bluetooth settings.

The so-called “ear recognition” also works quite reliably and helps to save battery capacity.

The voice-controlled “Hey Siri” function, which allows extensive control via voice assistant during playback even if the device is not in the same room, proved to be a real highlight during sports.

Alternatively, voice assistants can also be called up by pressing and holding the remote button.

I was not completely convinced by the speech intelligibility during phone calls, however, as my own voice is displayed somewhat softly.

Verdict: Third Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

The sound of the sports listeners appears quite harmonious and round, although the bass foundation is powerful and has depth.

However, it does not appear dominant, so that midrange and treble can unfold well.

It is noticeable, however, that the bass loses precision in the lower frequencies.

At the same time the contours also fade in the upper frequency range.

Although the two ends of the frequency spectrum appear a little undefined, the sound is clear and detailed.

All the more so as the listeners are well suited to pushing during sports due to an appealing attack, the not inconsiderable output that offers reserves and a powerful, assertive sound.

Those who prefer a bass-emphasized tuning will also have a lot of fun with the in-ears outside of training, as they do not only cut a good figure as a powerhouse.

Despite the perceived dense fullness, the stage is neither too narrow, flat nor short.

On the contrary, in a calm atmosphere a well structured space emerges.

All in all, the Powerbeats are the 3rd Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga in our test and we can 100% recommend them.

The Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga: What you should pay attention to

The most important basic rule is to do sports while wearing headphones, this should always be done under the aspect of safety.

Both the athlete and his environment should never be put at risk. Concrete example:

Anyone who rides a bicycle with headphones on could overhear other vehicles (danger to themselves) or be distracted by the music to such an extent that they lose concentration on other road users (danger to others).

Best headphones for yoga

Firm fit: Sport means movement, so the headphones must fit snugly.

In-ear models usually have an advantage here because they are firmly seated in the ear canal – assuming they are correctly fitted.

Some models are also equipped with hooks or wings on the earpieces, which further increase the fit on the ear. Bowed headphones (over-ear/on-ear) must have a high contact pressure and at the same time be light weight in order to hold comparably well.

Advantages and disadvantages of cables:

In-ear headphones are available with a cable or neckband that connects both earphones.

However, since Apple’s AirPods came out, the genre of true-wireless earbuds has also become increasingly popular, i.e. two separate earphones, completely without cables.

Which solution is better in principle cannot be said in general.

Bluetooth headphones with neckband usually have a longer battery life and can’t get lost that easily.

True-wireless earbuds could (individually) fly out of the ear with a jagged movement and may then be lost.

The rule of thumb is: Where there is no cable, you can’t get stuck with a cable somewhere.

Water and dust resistance:

So-called IP codes provide information on whether a gadget is protected against water, dust and sweat.

Usually, such properties are also advertised by the manufacturer and can be clearly seen on the packaging of the headphones alone.

Conversely, this means that if a headphone does not have the label “waterproof” (e.g. Marshall Minor II BT), it is hardly suitable for any kind of sport.

Battery life, sound and design: How many hours a headphone lasts in a row is less important for sports headphones than for “travel headphones” (e.g. Sony WH-1000XM3).

The most important thing is that the headphones can cope with the intended duration of activity (e.g. 2 hours jogging).

An exaggeratedly strong bass can be annoying during demanding music enjoyment, but it’s not at all bad during running training.

One may “make concessions” when it comes to design, because it’s not about looks, but about functionality.

In the review of the Bose Soundsport Free, for example, we complained that the chunky cabinets protrude a lot from the ears – but that’s ultimately a matter of taste and doesn’t matter much to the ambitious athlete.

Headphones for Yoga: Trying them on helps with the purchase decision

Best headphones for yoga
Young woman doing yoga in morning park for Relaxing . Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle.

In the end, the only way to find out whether headphones really fit well and are suitable for the intended sport is to try them out first.

Because what is safely in the ear of one user and easily performs a somersault, falls out of the other user’s ear with just a slight shake of the head.

Therefore: Ask in the shop whether you are allowed to try out the models or make use of your right of return at the online dealer in case of doubt.

Yoga headphones: How to find your personal test winner

Sports headphones allow you to listen to music even during intensive training.

However, you should pay attention to these features before buying:

Transmission techniques

In order to play music through sports headphones, a so-called sound converter must convert the audio signal into sound. In most models, the signal is transmitted via cable or digitally via Bluetooth.

Both transmission technologies reliably transport the sounds played back into the ear.

With some digital models, the two speakers are nevertheless connected to each other via a cable.

Completely wireless headphones, which have an independent right and left plug, are called True-Wireless headphones.

Especially with wireless sports headphones, pay attention to a long battery life and a very good quick charging function.

They should have at least the signal transmission version Bluetooth 4.1. Digital sports headphones do not only have a fast signal transmission, but also an increased flexibility when wearing them due to the missing cable.

Weight and size of the Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

Best headphones for yoga

One of the most important criteria for sports headphones is weight.

Whether in the gym or when jogging in the woods, heavy, bulky headphones are not only uncomfortable but also a hindrance during sporting activities.

With sports headphones, small size and low weight pay off.

This is why sports headphones are usually ironless in-ear headphones.

They weigh only a few grams, fit firmly in the ear and can be transported comfortably.

Headphones that you wear during sports must also be able to withstand a lot.

Sweat and jerky movements put a strain on the headphones.

Many models therefore have neck cables that allow the headphones to be worn securely around the neck.

If the in-ears do fall out, at least you won’t have to search for them.

Sound quality

For all their sportiness and wearing comfort: headphones must have good sound quality.

If the sound sounds tinny, dull or flat, the fun of sport will certainly pass quickly.

The sound is therefore the most important factor when buying sports headphones.

Clean sound, powerful bass, clear treble and noise cancelling are sound aspects that you should check before buying.

In addition, good sports headphones should also have equalizer functions that allow you to adjust your sound individually.

Features & Accessories of the Best Wireless Headphones for Yoga

There are also additional features and extras such as the following that sports headphones may have:

Best headphones for yoga
  • Mounting hardware: These are particularly practical as they ensure a secure fit on the ear. You can choose between silicone hooks in the auricle or rear earhook. There are also adjustable cable loops and neckbands
  • Noise-canceling: Fitness studio visitors in particular appreciate noise-canceling headphones, which make it easier to block out noise from the environment
  • Built-in microphone: A built-in microphone allows you to continue your workout even if you receive a call
  • Case: You can safely transport the headphones with the supplied case
  • Volume control: A volume control allows you to turn the music up or down directly on the headphones without having to operate the connected end device

These differences in Yoga headphones exist

Yoga headphones are available in different versions.

Which version can offer you the ideal wearing comfort depends primarily on the intended use and your personal taste and perception.

These significant differences exist with sports headphones:

In-ear headphones

In-ear sports headphones are the smallest type of headphones where the earplugs are placed in or in front of the ear canal. You can choose between wired and wireless sports headphones.

These are the advantages of in-ear headphones:

  • Cheap to buy
  • Space saving size
  • Low weight
  • Higher isolation from external noise
  • Good sound quality thanks to the closed area between eardrum and membrane

Unfortunately these models also have disadvantages:

  • Increased risk of breakage and buckling in wired variants
  • Wearing comfort depends strongly on the fit
  • Increased stress on the ears, as in-ear headphones sit close to the eardrum

On-Ear Headphones

Headphones in which the headphone shells are connected to a headband and cover but do not enclose the ear are called on-ear. They are therefore also larger than in-ear models.

Best headphones for yoga

This model has the following advantages:

  • Less weight than over-ears
  • No foreign body sensation in the ear
  • Less stress on the eardrum (when used properly)
  • High wearing comfort thanks to the temples

However, these disadvantages do arise:

  • Also risk of breaks and kinks in the cable
  • Reduced shielding from external noise
  • Less space saving during transport
  • Pressure marks are possible during longer wearing

Over-ear headphones

Over-ear headphones are also headphones in the shape of a bow, but they completely enclose the auricle.

The size and weight of this model are correspondingly characteristic.

These headphones are particularly suitable for use in fitness studios because of their good suppression of the acoustic environment.

Over-ear headphones have these advantages:

  • Greater isolation from outside noise
  • Good sound quality
  • Reduced stress on the eardrum
  • Comfortable seat without pressure points

However, you must be prepared for these disadvantages:

  • Usually the most expensive variant
  • Size and weight should not be underestimated
  • Since the air can hardly circulate, increased sweat formation is possible
  • Not suitable for endurance athletes

Yoga headphones in comparison: This model suits you

The main purpose of sports headphones is to make training through music as pleasant as possible. But there is a wide range of models with practical functions:

in-ear sports headphones for running training

Best headphones for yoga

If you like to go running often, in-ear sports headphones may be suitable.

By ordering additional rubber tips, you can also ensure that the headphones fit your ear shape and size.

Once you’ve found the right fit for your ear, the earplugs will also provide a secure fit during sports activities.

The wireless models with Bluetooth connectivity for sports often have an additional holder.

For example, there are earhooks that you can slide behind the ear for an even stronger fit when you move around.

On-ear headphones for sporty multi-talented people

If you do both endurance sports and weight training, on-ear headphones can be worthwhile.

The light and comparatively small design ensures the right wearing comfort and the headband provides sufficient support.

To prevent the heat development under the ear cups from being too intense, manufacturers such as Beats offer models that are specially designed for sports activities.

Here, too, the wireless version provides optimum flexibility for sports units.

Over-ear headphones for strength athletes

If your focus is on muscle training, you should take a look at sonorous over-ear headphones with Bluetooth connectivity.

They block out noise from other gym users and allow you to concentrate fully on your workout.

However, this model is less suitable for runners who cover long distances and depend on a firm hold of the sports headphones.

All sports headphones have been tested for criteria such as sound quality, wearing comfort and handling, interference and harmful substances in the material.

In the case of Bluetooth headphones, the quality of the connection and the battery were especially examined.

Best headphones for yoga

The headphones Soundsport for Apple products from the manufacturer BOSE emerged as the test winner among the wired devices.

The in-ear model with cable and hooking possibility on the earplugs is in the middle price segment and prevailed over the competing devices, especially due to its wearing comfort.

The sports headphones are also equipped with a sufficient cable length and have an angled ear pad.

The volume can be adjusted with a control.

Among the Bluetooth headphones, Stiftung Warentest chose the Powerbeats2 Wireless as the winner.

In addition to the wearing comfort, the Bluetooth use and the battery life of around 6 hours deserve special mention.

A secure fit is guaranteed thanks to ear hooks and a neck cable.

However, the sound radiation as a disturbing influence was only rated as satisfactory.

The model is also in the mid price range. This means that other models are less expensive, but showed clear deficits in the various evaluation criteria.

Yoga headphones in the test

We tested Bluetooth models – test winner was the Powerbeats Pro from Beats.

The testers were particularly impressed by the very long battery life of over 11 hours, the high level of wearing comfort and the powerful sound.

Although the price of around 219 Dollar is comparatively very high, the wireless headphones proved to be a safe companion for every sport.

The over-ear model, Technics EAH-F70N, which convinced the testers with good sound and a very long battery life of over 26 hours, came in 5th place.

The three-stage noise cancelling and the transparency mode attracted positive attention.

Unfortunately the noise cancelling headphones are quite heavy and sat rather tight according to the testers.

Moreover, the model isn’t exactly cheap at 380 Dollar.

In return, the Urbanears Hellas are a cheaper on-ear alternative. It’s practical that they offer a high wearing comfort and the sports ear inserts and headband are even washable.

But the testers criticized the weak basses.

The tests show that each design produces suitable sports models. Wired sports headphones often prevail in the medium price range and wireless models in the upper price segment.

Buy cheap Yoga headphones: This is how much you have to spend

Prices for sports headphones can vary greatly and depend mainly on the transmission technology, sound quality, performance and the number of additional features.

Bluetooth headphones are generally more expensive than models with cables.

Cheap sports headphones: between 20 and 80 Dollar

Best headphones for yoga

Cheap sports headphones are already available for between 20 and 80 Dollar.

Well-known manufacturers such as Sony offer affordable models with cable or Bluetooth from around 35 Dollar, which nevertheless have a solid sound quality and are relatively comfortable to wear.

Yoga headphones in the medium price segment: 80 to 140 Dollar

In the tests, sports headphones prevailed in the mid-price segment.

Numerous on-ear and in-ear models from manufacturers like Beats, Bose and JBL cost between 80 Dollar and 140 Dollar.

If you invest a little more, you will not only enjoy a high level of wearing comfort, but also a convincing sound quality with very little or no interference.

Expensive Yoga headphones: between 140 and 400 Dollar

Particularly high-quality and comfortable to wear are innovative True-Wireless headphones, Noise-Cancelling Headphones and other high-performance Bluetooth headphones from manufacturers such as Beats and Apple.

They range from 140 Dollar to 400 Dollar.

If you decide to buy high priced sports headphones, you will benefit from particularly long battery life, clear sound with precise bass and numerous features.

The shielding from outside noise and the fit in the ear prove to be particularly reliable. The charging time is also usually shorter than with cheaper alternatives.

Conclusion: the best Yoga headphones for you

Sports headphones are, in addition to their name-giving function, also suitable for everyday use.


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