Earphones when running

ianstewart

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Because gyms are now closed I go running outside and I have noticed that nearly all runners use wired earphones/earbuds. It is obvious that these are dedicated runners and wondered if the reason is that bluetooth or wireless earphones are flaky when running. I assume it is not cost as some wear what look like designer outfits and sunglasses (when we get sun in England). This is not an important question of course, I’m just curious - especially as I have never tried bluetooth earphones or headphones.
 

DomCheetham

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With my Bluetooth headphones, I get clicks especially when on the phone. However sound quality wise there not much difference. As for running the main purpose is that they don't fall out your ears. So Bluetooth is preferable.
 
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JonB1001

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Its not a performance issue. Its a safety issue. True wireless could come out and just be lost in a gutter or roll into the road or into undergrowth and be lost or damaged. Even wireless with a wire that just connects the buds can come out and be damaged although more practical than true wireless as you can attach them still to clothing. But, if wired headphones come out they'll remain connected to the sound source. Personally I hate running with headphones in as its much more fun to be distracted by your surroundings than constantly listening to music or someone talking. Sometimes (only sometimes) hi-fi has to take a back seat!
 

ianstewart

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Many thanks for your replies. The safety explanation of course now makes perfect sense.

I have also noticed that writers who are interviewed on Sky News press preview (from their homes because of the lockdown) sometimes use earphones and they are invariably wired as well. Personally everything I use is wired: earphones, headphones, computer keyboard and mouse.
 

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