Enter the natural habitat of any gear – perhaps the best buy or cafe in the SoMa neighborhood of San Francisco. If you are lucky, you will soon hear the pitiful call of the gear. “But it’s worth it!” someone will cry. Whether they point to a $ 900 tablet or hold a $ 2,800 camera, it’s usually true that you get what you pay for.
Combining our experience with a normal person’s budget can be really difficult. Before this week, if you had asked me for a pair of wireless training headphones for about $ 40, I would have told you that the ban a lot with few exceptions, you get what you get.
When I tried Back Bay Tempo 30, I had to check and re-check the price before I immediately got my colleague Parker Hall to try them. I was carrying $ 40 headphones that ran and walked my dog in the rain and hung upside down in the climbing gym, and I couldn’t shake them. They are so good that I feel bad to recommend other training headphones.
Back Bay Audio is a startup in Boston. Founder Jeremy Abend spent a year developing training headphones that have a first-class fit and sound without a retail markup.
From the moment I took them out of the package, I was shocked. The case is aluminum and tiny, noticeably smaller than my AirPods Pro case. They come with six different sizes of rubber earplugs. I tried the rose gold version, but they also come in black.
Unlike other pimples, the tips of the ears differ not only in size but also in depth. I have extremely small and shallow ears. Placement is usually a tedious process and I still get nervous if there is no extra ear or wing in which to hold the pimple. The shallow, middle ear tips that appeared on the Tempo 30 outside the box look safe and perfect to me. That never happens.
The pairing was simple. I just selected them in the Bluetooth menu of my iPhone 11. They don’t have an app that deals with EQ, but they have active noise reduction, which is quite effective. I had to take them out to hear my children talking to me when I came home from running.
Touching the right pimple activates the bass boost mode. It was difficult to say when it was active, because touching the right pimple is also a way to increase the volume. You can turn down the volume by tapping on the left. I tried to switch to Bass Boost a few times, but as befits a pair of training headphones, the bass is heavy even without it.
In fact, the drums of El King’s Drunk and I Don’t Want to Go Home were so heavy that I actually took the pimples out of my ears in the gym to check. It seemed impossible for anyone but me to hear the bottom.
These buds have a bunch of market characteristics. Battery life is eight hours and 32 with the box. After four days, when you wear them up and down continuously, the battery is still 80 percent. They have an IPX7 rating, which means they can be submerged to a depth of 1 meter in 30 minutes – I ran while carrying them in the pouring rain (thanks, Oregon), and they felt and sounded good.