Review of the OpenRock Pro

Review of the OpenRock Pro: comfortable, air-conduction athletic earphones

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When it comes to sports headphones, the OpenRock Pro are undoubtedly amazing: they have an amazing battery life, are reasonably priced, and offer one of the most comfortable fits available. But audiophiles may find the OpenRock Pro’s sound quality unappealing, and these headphones won’t appeal to you if you’re not a fan of air conduction.

Advantages: + Reasonably priced + Suitable fit + Extended battery life
Cons:  Poor audio, imperfect air conduction, and hair-pulling bugs

OPENROCK PRO: A SECOND GLANCE AT IT

Review of the OpenRock Pro
Review of the OpenRock Pro

Features Scorecard for Performance

How I Put OpenROCK Pro to the Test in Just One Minute

One of the issues that many manufacturers of fitness headphones are attempting to address in the competitive market is how to listen to music while keeping an eye on your surroundings. While some products, like the AirPods Pro 2 and the Shokz OpenRun Pro, offer bone conduction and transparency mode, OneOdio has chosen to go in a different direction with its OpenRock Pro sports earphones.

The OpenRock Pro employs a technology called “Air Conduction,” which channels sound into your ear through an open-ear design (the earbud rests above, not in, your ear). Here, OneOdio uses its own TubeBass technology to increase the bass, which should provide higher-quality audio than other comparable solutions.

So, does it function? Well, sort of; given all the capabilities available and their amazing design, OneOdio has managed to create some of the best earbuds for sports users, even though the entire audio experience isn’t flawless.

The OpenRock Pro are among of the most comfortable workout earbuds we’ve tried; they fit nicely and are light enough that you may forget you’re wearing them, yet there’s little chance they’ll fly out when you’re running, stretching, or cycling.

What’s amazing is the battery life. The buds by themselves will require a charge after 19 hours, and the case for them extends that duration to 46 hours. For those who wish to undertake long-distance hiking, ultramarathons, or other strenuous activities, the OpenRock Pro may be among the only viable solutions, while many competing headphones have battery lives of up to nine hours.

Furthermore, OneOdio has priced these buds extremely reasonably, undercutting many well-known fitness competitors from companies like Apple, JBL, Jaybird, and Jlab with a suggested retail price of just $119/£119 (or roughly AU$185).

What then is not to love? For starters, the audio quality isn’t as good as other workout buds you might be considering that use over-ear or in-ear alternatives, even though these sound excellent for open-ear earbuds.

Given OneOdio’s emphasis on bass, audio can sound somewhat tinny, with bass being distinctly lost in the mix. It’s true that headphones of this type cannot produce audio that is perfectly balanced, but fitness enthusiasts don’t really need to think about air-conduction buds.

All things considered, though, these are excellent sports headphones that perform admirably during a variety of exercises, such as riding, jogging, and working out, so they’re definitely something to think about if you need some new exercise companions.

OPENROCK PRO EXAMINATION: DETAILS

Component Worth

IPX4 water resistance
19 hours for the earbuds and 46 hours overall for the battery
Type of Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.2
13.2g in weight / 64g in charging case
Response frequency: 20 Hz–20 kHz

OPENROCK PRO REVIEW: AVAILABILITY AND PRICE

VIsit on AMAZON

Priced at £119.99 / $129.99 (around AU$185)
It’s worth looking around for deals.
fairly priced in comparison to competitors in the same tech
In January 2023, the OpenRock Pro made its debut and was quickly put up for sale.

The launch price of the buds is $129.99 / £119.99, however depending on where you search, that price changes significantly, at least in the UK. Amazon UK is still selling it for that amount as of this writing, however OneOdio is selling it for a little less, and the OpenRock website is selling it for £164! Compare prices before making a purchase. The price appears to be more stable in the US.

The OpenRock Pro are reasonably priced for what they provide at that price. They cost about the same as the Shokz OpenRun bone conduction buds, but many choices from JBL, Jaybird, or Samsung are slightly more expensive if you go beyond the conduction market for workout music options.

Even comparable air conduction buds, such as the Shokz OpenFit, are more expensive; that competitor costs $179.95, £179.99, or AU$289. Of course, if you want, you can buy far less expensive alternatives on Amazon (both air conduction and regular workout buds), but don’t count on them to fit well or have passable audio quality.

A value of 3.5 out of 5.

OPENROCK PRO EXAMINATION: FORM

 

a robust and comfy fit for sports
Convenient button for mid-exercise adjustments
Users with long hair may experience hair tugging
The OpenRock Pro are true wireless earbuds, meaning they are two separate buds that aren’t wired to your phone or to each other. Like many other sports earbuds, the earphones are attached to loop comfortably over your ear.

In terms of wear, the OpenRock Pro may be among the best sports earphones we’ve tested, and the fit is undoubtedly comfy. With a weight of only 13g each, the buds are so light you hardly notice they’re attached to your body. Nevertheless, the fit is stable enough to prevent the buds from wobbling or shaking throughout any type of exercise, and the hook’s substance prevents uncomfortable rubbing of your ears.

We frequently lost awareness of the earbuds’ presence, which is something you can’t say about the majority of tightly-fitting or sticky sports headphones very often. That held constant even in the rain, when even the hardiest buds can give way.

For air conduction technology, a secure fit is even more crucial because, for the reasons we’ve already discussed, the earbuds don’t truly sit in your ear, but rather place the speaker over it. You should be able to find the perfect fit for your ears no matter what shape they are because the buds are incredibly simple to adjust in a number of ways.

Every bud has a button that you may use to answer phone calls, adjust the volume, pause or fast-forward through songs, and perform other functions. You can also do these functions with lengthy pressing or multiple (or triple) taps. It may take some time to get used to having these options at your fingertips, but if you have a particular taste in music or get a lot of calls, you’ll quickly become an expert.

The buds themselves have an IPX5 rating, which protects them from water streams and makes them completely sweat-proof, though you might not want to submerge them in a swimming pool.

One small problem we had with the buds was that, as we were putting them on or taking them off, our hair would frequently get stuck in the silver bump that was surrounding by an entrance at the end of each hook. When we took them off, we frequently discovered that they had pulled out one or two hairs. This problem was lessened when we got a haircut in the middle of the trial, but persons with medium- or long-length hair should be aware of this.

The OpenRock Pro is housed in its case, a sizable egg-shaped design that doubles as a charging station, while not in use. This is significant because of the size of the battery, which may make it cumbersome, but fortunately, you can use the buds without carrying it around.

A 4.5 out of 5 for design

OPENROCK PRO ANALYSIS: ASPECTS

Technically, air conduction works really well.
Wind can impede your ability to hear well.
incredibly long battery life

If you’re unfamiliar with the terminologies used in fitness audio and haven’t read the review’s introduction, the OpenRock Pro uses air conduction technology, which essentially means that the earbuds hang a speaker just over your ear canal and transport the sound directly into your ears.

This is done so that you may listen to music without being distracted by outside sounds. This is especially helpful for bikers and runners who are out on the road or in potentially dangerous situations.

This works great for the most part; when we tested the buds, we could clearly hear cars behind us, emergency vehicle sirens, pedestrian crossing alarms, and blaring horns. You won’t hear what people around are saying since other people’s talks weren’t quite clear enough, but if they raise their voices, you will hear what they have to say.

Additionally, the buds don’t really block out the sound of wind or rain, so if you run or cycle quickly, or if you’re in a blustery or stormy region, you may occasionally find it difficult to hear calls or podcasts over the noise.

With the OpenRock’s noise cancellation for speech feature, background noise surrounding you won’t be audible to others during a call, so at least your conversation partner can hear you better.

For those who enjoy long-distance or endurance training, the OpenRock Pro is an essential due to its extended battery life. OneOdio claims that the case can support up to 46 hours of listening, and that the buds themselves can be used for 19 hours before needing to be recharged. This guarantees that you may continue listening to music for several days on an excursion without worrying about electricity, even though we anticipate the vast majority of users don’t need to listen to music for two days straight between charges.

The OpenRock Pro’s casing has a USB-C port for powering. OneOdio claims that 5 minutes of electricity will provide you 60 minutes of listening time, demonstrating how quickly it charges. It will take about four hours to fully charge.

Thanks to the control button on the Pro’s casing, connecting the buds with your phone is quite simple. Just press it when your selected device starts searching for Bluetooth connections. After that, connecting the OpenRock Pro to your device only requires taking it out of its charging case. This technique is easy to use, seamless, and during the testing phase, it never failed.

During our tests, this stable connection worked well for the most part of the time. Occasionally, audio would cut off from one earbud for a few seconds, but it would usually reconnect fast, and we hardly ever lost both channels.

Features: 4 out of 5.

OPENROCK PRO REVIEW: DESING

Excellent audio for an open-ear design
comfortable once the proper fit is achieved
28 hours with the case and 7 hours with the buds
The OpenRock Pro offers some of the greatest audio we’ve heard from air conduction headphones, but it also has some of the worst audio we’ve heard from fitness headphones at this price range, which makes for an odd statement to make.

Sound quality will never be as good as with in-ear or over-ear solutions because of how air conduction works, with the buds hanging over your ear canals instead of sitting in or over them.

The OpenRock Pro does sound better than most other air-conduction headphones we’ve tested from other companies, but the bulk of three-figure-price-tag fitness headphones or earbuds on the market sound better than these buds. For those who truly wish to utilise headphones with this technology, the OpenRock Pro ought to be your top choice.

Although OneOdio’s TubeBass purports to enhance the bass response, it only serves to emphasise the extremely small sound stage. This is because it mitigates one problem with air conduction. Although the treble and bass are clearly audible, it can often be difficult to distinguish between them due to their near proximity.

The maximum volume isn’t overly high either, which helps to preserve your hearing and prevent sound leaks, but it does mean that you may find it difficult to understand what is being said in an audiobook or podcast in noisy environments.

These problems won’t affect those who simply want to listen to music while working out or durable headphones to listen to audiobooks while travelling, but we would be negligent if we were to mention that non-air-conduction earbuds will provide you superior sound quality.

Sound leaking is an inevitable side effect of air conduction; others around will be able to hear what you’re listening to. Keeping that in mind, play your guilty pleasures music while working out.

Since the OpenRock Pro lacks a companion phone app, it is unable to modify the sound profile to accommodate various audio formats (podcasts, radio, etc.).

3.5 out of 5 for performance

SCORECARD OPENROCK PRO REVIEW

Value of Category Comment ScoreAlthough you have to pay for the available technology, these beat out many competitors.3.5/5 StyleThe OpenRock fits so well that you won’t even notice that you’re wearing it.Features: 4.5/5Air conduction has its uses, but the long battery life is really enjoyable.Performance: 4/5Audiophiles may become agitated by a small sound stage and low maximum volume.3.5 out of 5

BUYING AN OPENROCK PRO: SHOULD I?

Purchase if…

You aspire to have movable exercise headphones.

Although the OpenRock Pro’s comfy fit is useful, anyone can appreciate the design because of the hook’s adaptable flexibility.

You wish to listen to your environment.

The primary benefit of air conduction technology is that it guarantees you can hear your surroundings when you’re outside.

You require durable buds.

With a battery life of 19 hours for the buds (which is extended to 46 hours with the case), the OpenRock Pro outlasts its competitors.

Purchase it only if...

Your hair is lengthy.

We discovered that when we removed the elevated areas of the OpenRock Pro, our hair would occasionally become entangled in them and pull off strands.

You’re a music lover.

Over-ear exercise headphones are a superior choice for your workout music if you’re serious about the sound quality of your music.

You favour audio with spoken words.

Because air conduction doesn’t effectively block out wind, we found that listening to podcasts and audio books in windy conditions was difficult.

OUR TEST METHODS

For two weeks, I tested the OpenRock Pro sports earbuds in a variety of settings and methods by wearing them several times a day.

I used them for work (not for working out) and for running, walking, and cycling. These testing comprised voice messages, podcasts, audiobooks, streaming videos, and various outdoor settings in addition to rooms of various sizes. The music included in the tests was of various genres.

For the most of the testing, I paired the earbuds with a Xiaomi Mi Note 10 smartphone and used Spotify as the primary app. However, I also tested them with a Microsoft Surface laptop, using them to stream Netflix and other streaming services.

Over the years, I’ve examined a lot of fitness technology, including earphones, headphones, smartwatches, software, and fitness trackers. For the website, I also used to write a jogging column that required extensive testing of fitness technology.

 

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