Funky open-ear headphones sound better than they look.

Funky open-ear headphones sound better than they look.

Oladance OWS2 Open Ear Headphones: A Surprising Upgrade for Runners

For runners, finding the perfect pair of headphones can be a challenge. We want something that is comfortable, sweat-resistant, and allows us to stay aware of our surroundings. Bone-conduction headphones have been a popular choice, offering these benefits, but sacrificing sound quality. That’s why I was intrigued when I received a pair of Oladance OWS2 Open Ear Headphones for review. These headphones promise to provide both comfort and great sound without compromising on safety.

A New Design

Unlike traditional headphones, the Oladance OWS2 Open Ear Headphones have a unique “C” shape that fits comfortably around the ears. The larger section of the headphones rests over the ear holes, without pressing into them. This design allows for a comfortable fit and lets in just enough ambient noise, making it ideal for running in busy city streets.

Impressive Specs

Before diving into my experience with the headphones, let’s take a look at the specs:

  • Completely open-ear design.
  • Dual 16.5mm dynamic, bio-diaphragm drivers for a rich and consistent listening experience at any volume.
  • Bluetooth 5.3 and multipoint connection technology.
  • 160mAh large capacity battery provides up to 19 hours of continuous playback or up to 10 hours of continuous calls.
  • No sound leakage (under 74dB).
  • Powerful bass accomplished with the Oladance bass 2.0 algorithm.
  • Audio coding – SBC.
  • IPX4 waterproof level.
  • Dimensions – 2.28 x 1.57 x 0.79 inches.
  • Music control and call answer/hang-up via smart touch control.
  • Color options – Interstellar Blue, Space Silver, Martian Orange, and Cloud White.

The only missing piece of information is the frequency range, but we’ll get to that shortly.

The Surprising Experience

I must admit, the Oladance OWS2 Open Ear Headphones pleasantly surprised me in two key areas. First, the sound quality was far better than I expected. As someone who had grown used to the inferior sound of sports headphones, connecting the Oladance headphones to my Pixel 7 Pro and playing some Band-Maid completely blew me away. The bass was present, the treble was clear, and the midrange was well balanced.

These headphones could easily replace my trusty bone-conduction headphones for my runs. However, my main concern was whether they would stay securely in place. After testing them out during runs and vigorous movement, I was impressed by how stable they remained. Of course, everyone’s ears are different, but in my case, the Oladance OWS2 stayed put even during a 7-mile run, defying gravity.

Rich Sound Without Customization

The most impressive aspect of the Oladance OWS2 Open Ear Headphones is their sound quality. Out of the box, they delivered a rich and satisfying listening experience. Although there is an accompanying app that offers an EQ feature, I found the default settings to be more than satisfactory. As a strong advocate for minimizing unnecessary app installations, I would recommend skipping the Oladance app and enjoying the headphones without any tweaks.

Pairing the headphones with your device is a breeze. Simply take them out of the case, open your connection settings, and pair them. The exact process may vary depending on your device, but it’s typically a quick and seamless experience.

The Verdict and Longevity

After years of searching for the perfect exercise headphones, the Oladance OWS2 Open Ear headphones have come close to meeting my expectations. With their comfortable design, impressive sound quality, and ability to stay in place during vigorous movement, they are a significant upgrade from bone-conduction headphones.

The only lingering question is whether these headphones will stand the test of time. I have had bone-conduction headphones that have lasted for years, and if the Oladance OWS2 can match that longevity, I will gladly declare them “the pair” I’ve been searching for.