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Denon's Exercise Freak headphones: Geeky but goodThese Bluetooth in-ear headphones are the perfect combination of sporty and nerdy.
I'm David Carnoy, executive editor for cnet.com and I'm here with the Denon Exercise Freak in-ear Bluetooth headphones. I guess these are wireless headphones intended for athletic cues. I tried them at the gym, I wore them on the treadmill for a few days. They are sweat-proof and they are comfortable once you get them set up correctly. They do look a little bit like giant hearing-aids when you wear them, but they certainly aren't as discreet and they do come with 3 different colors; black, blue and yellow. They also come with a nice carrying case and you should definitely use that carrying case 'cause these are fairly pricy headphones at $150. They do sound very good for Bluetooth headphones if you can get it tight-sealed. These have these articulating arms with the bud at the end of them. You get a few different size of ear tips of course and hopefully one of them will fit your ear. If you can jam that ear tip in, you can't get a lot more bass and the clarity is pretty decent for Bluetooth. This also has a built-in microphone. You can use it for cellphone calls. There's a call/answer/end button right on the ear and you can reach the volume controls. They are a little bit small. I did like it that there's a bit of cushioning on the inside that makes it fit a little bit comfortable. It does give a little bit of breathing room between your head and the actual device. One other small thing worth mentioning, on the back there is a small silver piece that does have a bit of reflecting material on it. So, if you're running at night, there will be a little bit of reflection on these-- that back does flop around a little bit on your neck, I know so-- while I was running. But all and all, these were comfortable headphones. I have no problem wearing around for a long periods of time. I do think, however, these are the type of headphones that people are either going to love or not like as much. They're not gonna fit everyone equally as well. A lot of people don't necessarily like having that ear tip really jammed in your ear, and that is essential if you want really good sound. So they did work well for me. They do charge via USB and they give you about 7 hours of battery life. That's not fantastic but certainly good enough to get you through several days of use. I'm David Carnoy, and those are the Denon Exercise Freak Bluetooth in-ear headphones. Thanks for watching.