My favorite open earbuds

There are headphones, and then there are headphones that leave your ears open to hearing the world around you. If you want to listen to music or podcast and also want to stay safe on a bike, open ear headphones are the way to go. Dieter Bohn looks at five options, from the Aftershokz Aeropex to the Bose Sport Open Ear headphones to a Bluetooth bike helmet.
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Sena R1 Evo bike helmet:
AfterShokz Aeropex:
Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus:
Read the full review here:
0:00 Intro
0:19 Why Open Ear Headphones?
1:05 Open Ear Headphone Priorities
2:03 Bose Sport Open Earbuds
3:20 Bose Frames Tempo
4:33 Sena M1 Evo
6:00 Aftershokz Aeropex
7:13 Galaxy Buds Plus
8:27 Dieter's Top Pick
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  1. The Verge

    The VergeMonth ago

    What's your solution for audio when you need to hear the world around you?

  2. Jake

    Jake6 days ago

    transparency mode on AirPods pro

  3. risa anzu

    risa anzu10 days ago

    Buds Lives for me.

  4. Cameron Sean

    Cameron Sean13 days ago

    @Archer Asa Whoa! It took like 20 mins but it reallyworked!!

  5. Archer Asa

    Archer Asa13 days ago

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  6. mystvearn83

    mystvearn8320 days ago

    Mount my phone to the bike and blast the volume.

  7. T. Stark

    T. Stark15 hours ago

    With decades of yr round, daily, city and country cycling, occasionally with earbuds. Listening with earbuds has never been a safety issue. It's all about what you can see.

  8. Zeus Tech Zone

    Zeus Tech Zone2 days ago

    Thanks for the video review. I am about to start bike riding again and wanted to purchase something like this. I went with the Aftershokz Aeropex...I cant wait to get them and check them out.

  9. Racr Ecks

    Racr Ecks2 days ago

    As always Dieter continues to impress with his thorough, relevant reviews!

  10. Steve Onotsky

    Steve Onotsky3 days ago

    A fair number of wireless earbuds have an implicit mode, in which using just the primary bud (usually the right) will switch audio output to effectively mono. So Dieter's last suggestion/recommendation is quite valid.

  11. noupot

    noupot5 days ago

    AirPods Pro and nothing else !

  12. Kevin Penfold

    Kevin Penfold5 days ago

    Becca looks a lot different in this video.

  13. theharesbreath

    theharesbreath5 days ago

    With Samsung's various earbuds, if you have one in your ear and the other is in its case, the buds produce mono audio. Not sure if this is true only with Samsung devices or not. Buds, Buds+, Buds Pro, and Buds Live all do this with my S10 and S20

  14. Cat Guy

    Cat Guy6 days ago

    Am I the only one seeing a malnourished Brown Brushwood?

  15. johnpicollo

    johnpicollo7 days ago

    Been using aftershokz for a couple years now. Definitely a big believer. Although the sound isn't perfect, for the model I have it's damn impressive for something that doesn't even go in your ear

  16. Jon Goudreau

    Jon Goudreau10 days ago

    AirPods pro w/transparency mode got me into feeling safe riding with music.

  17. Joel Germany

    Joel Germany12 days ago

    I work in construction and I can tell you that the aeropex have been nothing short of life saving for me on the job site.

  18. Shotter

    Shotter12 days ago

    3:59 How come Black people can say it, then? :)

  19. Duncan McKen

    Duncan McKen14 days ago

    Before you even get started, those ones pretending to be sunglasses look awful - sorry it had to be said

  20. Cameron Creekmore

    Cameron Creekmore14 days ago

    TIL how to say Dieter's lasts name

  21. Angie Curl - The Artist

    Angie Curl - The Artist15 days ago

    I have the aftershockz.. and I love them!

  22. Dan Gladem

    Dan Gladem15 days ago

    When I think headphones, I think Becca!

  23. Willi

    Willi16 days ago

    Livall also has helmets with speakers, intercom, and blinky lights. I wonder how they fare in comparison to the helmet in the review, but I guess they’re probably similar

  24. miti1982

    miti198217 days ago

    I use the AirPods Pro with transparency mode turned on. I get the audio quality, the stereo, and the sounds of the world around me :)

  25. virdewinder singh

    virdewinder singh18 days ago

    I put one in my ear. It is cool comfortable and nice

  26. 技術学生

    技術学生19 days ago

    Why do you need those just lower down the volume dude

  27. edgar nuñez

    edgar nuñez19 days ago

    This guy reminds me of Paul banks

  28. Jason Chamberlain

    Jason Chamberlain19 days ago

    wait wait that background music distracted me for like the first minute because of how hot that bassline was

  29. Rananjay Shivaansh

    Rananjay Shivaansh20 days ago

    How about Neckband Speaker thing? Bose & Sony have them, don't they?

  30. Krishna Srivatsa

    Krishna Srivatsa20 days ago

    Dieter: Everybody's ears are different, especially mine. Mine are really big Me: Ah yes, the perfect video yet again, YET AGAIN

  31. Nihal Salim

    Nihal Salim20 days ago

    How come you didn't mention ambient noise feature on the galaxy buds?

  32. Ken Gray

    Ken Gray21 day ago

    Nope not doing it. Lose the mask, you're outside and riding a bike. Your whack-job anti-science religion I find intolerable to look at.

  33. Michael W

    Michael W22 days ago

    Love the liberal stupidity stuffed into a headphone review lol.

  34. Thiago Bonilla

    Thiago Bonilla23 days ago

    I'm waiting for that other video, abou bike infrastructure and all the rage us cyclists have to deal with hahaha



    I do exactly what you did with you galaxy bud, but with my pixel bud :D only use one on the side opposite of the traffic 👌

  36. tiscover

    tiscover24 days ago

    Really would love such a video for runners!

  37. Moses Temu

    Moses Temu24 days ago

    Galaxy Beans work pretty well.

  38. Zyad Ouhti

    Zyad Ouhti24 days ago

    Is that a gravel

  39. alwaysasn

    alwaysasn24 days ago

    This is so funny. I've been so desperate to find ANC headphones just for transparency mode in the last while. Then I realized duh - I don't care about muffling sound at all so I just went to open-ear and I never looked back.

  40. Ibrahim Ulf Karlsson

    Ibrahim Ulf Karlsson24 days ago

    No one has mentioned the airopex's hopless case. A silicone pouch, and if you want to store the charging cable with the headphones prepare to loose the cable... Every time you pull out the headphones the cable falls out, and you can't confortabe fit the headphones if the cable is in the pouch already. Useless! The headphones are fine though

  41. M E P R

    M E P R25 days ago

    Erm....I'm sorry, what about both buds with active pass through? Easily a better option than any of these choice's

  42. BetaLactamase

    BetaLactamase26 days ago

    You dont have big ears 😊

  43. Jorge Deolarte

    Jorge Deolarte26 days ago

    Why not just wear two with transparency on? But agree no to AirPods

  44. Onpassive Today

    Onpassive Today26 days ago

    🤠👩‍🦰 THANKS for your technical info

  45. Leo Bustos

    Leo Bustos26 days ago

    Really good video, didn't even notice the 10 minutes pass by !

  46. Keshav Kafle

    Keshav Kafle26 days ago

    Dieter, please tell us about your bike as well! I mean the bike is the primary reason for the video!

  47. Metti Geek

    Metti Geek27 days ago

    Why not choose SONY one???!!! Only for money!!!

  48. Eddie Túpano

    Eddie Túpano27 days ago

    This is the worst review I've seen... Like EVER. Omg.

  49. Mohamed Shahid bin Isahak

    Mohamed Shahid bin Isahak27 days ago

    You should check out the Nuraloop or Nuraphones! They're both gems!

  50. Mahabrata Sengupta

    Mahabrata Sengupta27 days ago

    Ever heard of transperency mode??👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽

  51. Charbel ito

    Charbel ito27 days ago

    Dieter's out there pretending he has not discovered the galaxy buds pro😹😹 smh🤦‍♂️

  52. Matthew Correia

    Matthew Correia28 days ago

    Frustrating thing with Aftershokz for me, is the waterproof model doesn't have Bluetooth. So you can't use them for both swimming and everyday streaming. And a proprietary charger is anyway a deal-breaker.

  53. James Christensen

    James Christensen28 days ago

    the title makes it sound like these are a commonplace product

  54. Patrick Sanders

    Patrick Sanders28 days ago

    Tranducers anyone?

  55. Vlady Yakovenko

    Vlady Yakovenko28 days ago

    2:35 render glitch?

  56. Nuno Hipólito

    Nuno Hipólito28 days ago

    Vegans > bikers

  57. Zdeněk Jandera

    Zdeněk Jandera28 days ago

    Aftershokz are Best for sport, cycling and running, you can heart suroudings, so you are safe, good sound

  58. Nino Mendoza

    Nino Mendoza28 days ago

    That’s also my fav

  59. QuaZaR

    QuaZaR28 days ago

    He carries this channel

  60. E Soto

    E Soto28 days ago

    What happened with Bose Sound-wear over the neck I like them for Bike ridding....

  61. J.D. Vision

    J.D. Vision28 days ago

    Ambient mode on my earbuds are enough for me, but I don't live in a city. I've also heard of implants.

  62. Kiel Enrique

    Kiel Enrique28 days ago

    Dieter, you did NOT just call them “blinky lights”. 😂

  63. Tom Brablec

    Tom Brablec8 days ago

    That's the technical term. "Blinky bois" is also acceptable.

  64. David Noden-Hooper

    David Noden-Hooper28 days ago

    I have a pair of galaxy buds + for day to day usage and a pair or aftershokz for when I want to do a bit more of a strenuous exercise as I worry the buds + falling out

  65. Esua Ekpo

    Esua Ekpo28 days ago

    Weird floating head?..., Nah..., Not even close at all, 😸😅

  66. Shrink21

    Shrink2128 days ago

    You should really try the Backbeat 3150 I had the predecessor and they are so good! Unfortunately they are not mentioned often enough. But I will get those soon. Btw: why can't I comment on the verge?

  67. J Risner

    J Risner28 days ago

    Please do a video tour of amazing European cycle infrastructure 👍😁

  68. J Risner

    J Risner28 days ago

    Love it Dieter, please please make the cycling videos

  69. Rogelio Antonio Nieves

    Rogelio Antonio Nieves29 days ago

    Fun fact: the Galaxy Buds Plus actually switches to mono if you put the other bud in the case. That way, you're not really losing half of the sound. Also if you want bonus outside sound in that one ear, you can turn on ambient sound and it works well (so long as it's not on extra high cause you'll be hearing the wind)

  70. Tsai Joy

    Tsai Joy29 days ago

    i appreciate the verge video ratio making the most estate with the notch in landscape

  71. Steven Gruber

    Steven Gruber29 days ago

    AfterShokz headphones are the greatest! Phenomenal biking, running, and hiking companion!

  72. Poppin

    Poppin29 days ago

    dieter in the thumbnail look like a politician that got caught in a scandal

  73. Davidthefat

    Davidthefat29 days ago

    Sennheiser Momentum earbuds have transparent hearing where they take the sound from the sound isolation mics and pipe it to the output. Makes hearing people and ambient noise easily. It's easy to turn off to tune out the world.

  74. 上天Jouten

    上天Jouten29 days ago

    I just don't wear any kind of device that will obstruct my hearing in any way while biking/running/walking. Even if walking in an unfamiliar (or too familiar) environment. It's common sense. Safety first. Oh yeah! If you're riding a bike, stay as far right as possible (it says so in most state's laws too). Stop thinking you are a car or have the same rights to the road as a car. Your body will lose to steel everytime. Stay safe out there!

  75. Keda_P

    Keda_P29 days ago

    Excellent review. Really charismatic and articulate guy. Pleasure to watch. Thanks.

  76. shiraz ali

    shiraz ali29 days ago

    Or just use transparency mode

  77. Rdc dt

    Rdc dt29 days ago

    Use an old headset. The sound go through. Not expensive. And you can wear an helmet with a little trick

  78. Ilyas

    Ilyas29 days ago

    Great review before the season starts. Thanks, will use my galaxy buds 😅

  79. Johann Lopez

    Johann Lopez29 days ago

    Which bike is that?

  80. Cthulhu

    Cthulhu29 days ago

    Now i have never tried it but Sony XM3/4 has option for passing through audio. Basically using the microphones to play any noise around you to you while also playing music or w/e.

  81. James Van Zandt

    James Van Zandt29 days ago

    I feel like you missed a pretty good option, the Galaxy Buds Pro with Ambient Sound mode on. I'm not sure how they do with wind noise while biking but I think they seem like the best option if you want a headphone to use for every situation, Ambient Sound when biking or walking, ANC for when you want the best sound quality, no ANC or Ambient sound for when you're just at home.

  82. Proxiton

    Proxiton29 days ago

    How many internal meetings did Dieter attend to use "look" less? Whatever the number it worked.

  83. Art Kiryanov

    Art Kiryanov29 days ago

    Aftershokz is the best solution. Two years I spent with Trekz Air and for the year and a half Aeropex is my choice. They sound decent to get some vibe while riding a bike or a footbike, and the keep me safe, and call quality is good. And also using them at home is not a gimmick, good enough for podcasts and youtube

  84. Derrick Ybarra

    Derrick Ybarra29 days ago

    B&O e8 sport.

  85. Xavi Neira

    Xavi Neira29 days ago

    I’ve had these for awhile now and they are the best. Better than air pods. And yes I bike so it’s so amazing and comfortable. Sometimes I even forget I have them on

  86. Riju Das

    Riju Das29 days ago

    The last process is what I use while going for my morning walk

  87. Alvin Lim

    Alvin Lim29 days ago

    Waiting for you to review the razer anzu

  88. Sharath Shaiva

    Sharath Shaiva29 days ago

    The last one was convincing

  89. Cian Horgan

    Cian Horgan29 days ago

    Open back headphones (either over ear or on ear) could be a great option too. Koss Porta Pro, Porta Pro Wireless or Sporta Pro come to mind because they're cheap and have great sound quality but you have to deal with a headband, or their smaller KSC75 for the separate ear pieces

  90. Cian Horgan

    Cian Horgan29 days ago

    I want to hear Dieter ramble about cycling infrastructure ❤️

  91. truekiba

    truekiba26 days ago

    That's another video

  92. BigBadWolf

    BigBadWolf29 days ago

    why are you wearing a mask while riding a bike in the woods. Wtf is wrong with you?

  93. Chuck Badics

    Chuck Badics29 days ago

    Regular AirPods are the best solution.

  94. Tùng Trịnh

    Tùng Trịnh29 days ago

    You might wanna try galaxy buds pro with the ambient mode, it's pretty good IMO

  95. Thiha Aye Kyaw

    Thiha Aye Kyaw29 days ago

    heh heh . Bhoner. 🦴

  96. Junior

    Junior29 days ago

    I cycle and the aftershokz is amazing.

  97. Fouad Ballan

    Fouad Ballan29 days ago

    “ so usually when you think about headphones reviews you think about sound quality , noise isolation battery life and comfort …..” annnnnnnddd Rebecca doing them Note : I lovveeeee Dieter reviews I’m just teasing here . It was new to see him reviewing a headphone

  98. Mohammed Rafi 2

    Mohammed Rafi 229 days ago

    2:36 glitch

  99. Roscoe Pounds

    Roscoe Pounds29 days ago

    Good review, but I think water resistance is an important factor to consider for these kinds of headphones. I use the aeropex for running even in pouring rain, they’ve been great.

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    R Tech pvt ltd29 days ago


  101. Daniel Hollembaek

    Daniel Hollembaek29 days ago

    You can turn on ambient settings on the buds so you can hear your surroundings when yours using them as well. Wind feed back in the buds is really bad. I'm surprised you didn't mention that. You have to turn of ambient in that case.

  102. Harzan Hazanan

    Harzan Hazanan29 days ago

    Yeeee Aftershokz. Love them for running, they might not have the best sound quality (defo not audiophile, still acceptable) but the fit is perfect for people like me. I’ve tried so many earbuds for running but they simply don’t hang in my ears long enough. This is the first one and I look to keep to the Aftershokz line. 😎

  103. Jindong Lee

    Jindong Lee29 days ago

    I really wish Sony makes the successor of Xperia Ear Duo.

  104. steviegriffin

    steviegriffin29 days ago

    Which ones in general do you recommend for calls when riding your bike? I like to attend to meetings when commuting and so far every earpod couldn't deal with the wind noise

  105. ArtanisKizrath

    ArtanisKizrathMonth ago

    I can vouch for the Aftershokz. It doesn't have the best sound quality but if you're riding a bike, I doubt that's what you're looking for. It's got hours of battery life so I don't have to worry about charging it on a 4 hour ride. It's also water-resistant. So, I can wear it under the rain or when I'm sweaty in the gym. I wear it anytime I go out on a bike.

  106. Rin倫

    Rin倫Month ago

    Honestly, Experia duo was the best of the best for open earbuds except for the price. I'm so sad because SONY doesn't sell it anymore!

  107. A_Hopeful

    A_HopefulMonth ago

    5:40 TBF to the Sena M1 Evos, they're probably meant for professional bikers doing a lot of off-roading/mountain biking, where the talkback feature is a killer and the ambient noise isn't such an issue.