enter natural Any gearhead’s accommodations – a Best Buy, Maybe, or a coffee shop in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood. If you’re lucky, you’ll soon hear Gearhead’s plaintiff call. “but it’s worth it!” Somebody will cry Whether they’re pointing to a $900 tablet or a $2,800 camera, it’s generally true that you get what you pay for.
It can be really hard to reconcile our expertise with the budget of a normal person. Before this week, if you had asked me for a nice pair of wirefree workout headphones for about $40, I would have told you that except very A few exceptions, you get what you get.
When I tried the Back Bay Tempo 30, I immediately had to check and double-check the price before my colleague Parker Hall even tried it. I wore $40 earbuds while running and walking my dog in the rain, and hanging upside down at the climbing gym, and I couldn’t shake them. They are so good, I feel bad for recommending any other workout headphones.
back bay audio Boston-based startup. Founder Jeremy Abend spent a year developing workout headphones that would have a premium fit and sound without the retail markup.
From the moment I took them out of the packaging, I was shocked. The case is of aluminum and Small, much smaller than my AirPods Pro case. They come with six different rubber ear tip sizes. I tried the rose gold version, but they also come in black.
Unlike other buds, ear tips differ not only in size but also in depth. I have very small and shallow ears. Fitting is generally a tedious process, and I still get nervous if there’s no extra ear fin or wing to hold the bud in. The shallow, middle ear tips that came on the Tempo 30 fit me securely and snugly. that Never Happens.
Pairing was easy. I just selected them in the bluetooth menu of my iPhone 11. They don’t have an app for tinkering with the EQ, but they do have active noise cancellation which is very effective. When I ran home, I had to take my kids outside to hear them talk to me.
Tapping the right bud activates Bass Boost mode. It was hard to tell when it was active, because tapping the right bud is how you turn up the volume. You can decrease the volume by tapping on the left. I tried switching to Bass Boost several times, but as a pair of workout headphones, the bass is heavy even without it.
In fact, the drums on Elle King’s “Drunk and I Don’t Want to Go Home” were so heavy that I actually took the buds out of my ears at the gym to check. It seemed impossible that no one other than me could hear the lows.
These buds hold a bunch of market-beating glasses. Battery life is eight hours 32 with the case. More or less the battery remains at 80 percent even after four days of continuous wearing. They’re rated IPX7, meaning they can be submerged to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes—I ran them while putting them in the rain (thanks, Oregon), and they felt and seemed fine.