Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds : Good headphones, not so good heart rate monitor

These noise isolating bluetooth earbuds boast an integrated heart rate monitor – when combined with the jabra sports app, they can greatly aid your training by giving you instant updates on your bpm, either by voice or via the phone display. The sound is reasonably good when the buds are in properly; not too much bass, and there is a lack of sparkle in the treble, but there’s no distortion and is very easy to listen to – they are big, but comfortable – and they function well with calls, but remember that you won’t be able to hear anything around you: fine in the gym, but maybe not so safe if you are running near traffic, or cycling. The app has been vastly improved, and really makes the earbuds useful. You can track your runs via gps, and analyze the results when you get back. You can share and use in conjunction all major fitness apps too. This new version also has an instant fitness test mode, which i found very motivating; it made me do a few workouts in my house (normally i can’t bring myself to do them at home). The app has constant improvements made to it, and seems very well maintained. I stream music from google play when i use these buds, but it’ll work with whatever you choose to listen to – a voice talks over the tracks when needed. Jabra have a warranty of three years on these buds against sweat, but you will have to register them in the website first.

I must admit that setup was a pain in the arse for me. First you have to install the sport app (you can safely ignore the music app) and then on opening the app it’ll prompt you to install jabra support software. You then restart the app and follow the wizard to connect to the headset and test that it works. Unfortunately i spent far too long trying every combination of the included accessories until finally thinking that restarting my phone might get it to read off my heart beat – successso now it’s working, i played some music using poweramp and since none of the ear grommets quite made a seal i found that bass was lost. That may sound like a flaw but remember that if you’re going to be running while wearing these a seal around your ear would perhaps become quite uncomfortable. Given that, i gave it my best ‘wet dog’ impression and to its credit it never left my ears. The heartbeat detection gets to work seconds after sticking it in your ear and updates roughly every second. Using the software you can use one of the preset activities (running, jogging, spinning etc) or define your own. Both during and after the workout the app will play a robotic voice telling you some key info about your workout including how hard the unit thinks you’ve pushed yourself based on gps [from your phone and heartbeat [from the headset]. Overall i quite liked using it once i got past the initial setup jitters. ]

Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor – Black

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  • It provides personalised audio coaching and a fitness tracker as you exercise

These wireless headphones are used in conjunction with the jabra sports life app which is free to download. Pairing and set-up are straightforward and the sound quality is good, albeit with a small amount of skipping and buffering when i’m running. The ear-buds are designed to fit deep in the ear and have little wings on them that are designed to fit inside the earlobe. I think my ears are pretty ‘normal’ but i always struggle to find a comfortable fit with this sort of earbud and these were no different. They’re expensive and i think the performance quality should be better for the price.

Easy to charge and easy to use, though the instructions could be a lot clearer. Best i’ve used so far for working out in the gym, syncs easily to my phone and also my computer.

I’m more than satisfied with these headphones. I’m using them primarily for crossfit, whenever i’m doing a word by myself. Easy to insert into ear, never falls out and are able to sustain a clear signal without loss from my iphone (7+), even though it’s sometimes a good distance from me. Secondarily use them for daily activities/commutes – ie. Primarily walking our dogs a couple of times a day – listening to podcasts. Battery time is not a problem for me, as i charge them every night and never have a session / daily use above 2-3 hours of use. In my estimation – and i own close to 15 pair of headphones from the white iphone earbuds to a pair of grado ps1000 and everything in between – these are good (the best) value for money in it’s genre. On top they look discrete and cool :).

Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor – Black : Have you ever run so far and fast that you start to hear a beat pumping away in your ears?. With the ‘jabra sport pulse wireless headphones’, this could be either the fat beats coming from your mp3 player or the beating of you own heart as it monitors that. There are an increasing number of sports headphones on the market and this has a lot to do with the increased quality and stability of bluetooth. Like many before it the ‘jabra sport’ connects via bluetooth to your device with ease. Doing this allows fewer wires, you only have one that connects the two ear buds and this sits behind the neck so that you do not catch it with a flailing as you run. So far, so like most on the market. One area that will divide opinion is the earbuds themselves. The ‘jabra sport’ are designed with stability in mind so fit deep into the ear and have a little ear wing thing that fits around inside your lobe. This is great in making sure that they don’t shake lose as you run, but for me are a little uncomfortable. As a set of headphones i likes them a lot, the sound is clear and you can use the little box on the headphones themselves to change the volume or even have a phone conversation.

My step-son, who is a fitness instructor, has been trying these wireless headphones out for me and is pretty impressed with them. He’s quite switched on with phones and apps (i’m not really) and reckons it’s not too difficult to set up if you are similarly savvy. He says they stay in his ears okay on a run and he can hear his music well. He’s not convinced about the accuracy of the pulse rate monitoras its readings differ from the ones (polar ft series) he normally uses, but isn’t too bothered about that. Sound quality has not provoked much comment from him, but given the price, i would have expected it to be above average and for him to have noticed it, so that’s why i’ve knocked a star off. All in all, they seem to be good, but whether they’re worth the premium price, really only you can decide.

Ok i admit it; i’m probably not the typical user of a bluetooth wireless headphone designed for use in the gym; i’m afraid i’ve never been to the gym (i ought to) and i’m never likely to (i ought to). But, i do lots of walking and am trying to make sure that some of this walking is high intensity and raises my pulse rate. Again, i’m not of the age where constantly listening to music is a necessity but i’ve discovered podcasts and have been learning french whilst walking. Battling with raincoat, umbrella, back back etc when i’m walking to work means that until now i’ve not added earphones as the only time i have done so the buds were yanked out of my ears each time i hitched up my backpack.These wireless headphones were an absolute revolution. I paired them with ease to my phone and listened, with ease, even when skipping down some stepsthe earphones measure your pulse and something known as vo2 (apparently vo2 max is a measure of the maximum volume of oxygen that an athlete can use. It is measured in millilitres per kilogramme of body weight per minute (ml/kg/min – hmm) i’m an (old fashioned) nurse so i sort of get this but it’s lost on me and my low level oxygen requirements). But i guess that it could help me i my quest for fitness?. Bring it oni think i’m going to need some more time to play with these and will update this post as i learn more. These seem expensive if you just want wireless headphones but if you are a serious music/fitness aficionado then they may well be exactly what you are looking for.

It uses its own type of ear pieces, so if you loose one i’d imagine it would cost a bit to replace. The ear piece is comfortable and you don’t have to stick it far into the ear in order to stop it falling out. It stays in the ear whilst running, compared to old headphones. Sound quality is good, it doesn’t have any sound cancelling, but that’s fine. The extra features of heart rate monitoring are accurate, you need to download an extra app to make use of it. It’s a little buggy at present, but once they update it , it should be fine.

These are a set of wireless headphones that combines sport training and music,there is an app that you download which has training programs,you can use the in ear heart monitor to when exercising,the earphones are a nice fit and there are spares of all the ear pieces so you can fit the earbuds in your ears with comfort,these connect up to your bluetooth device on your phone and pads,there is an inline volume switch and a multi-function button in the middle there is also clear instruction’s on how to use these buttons ,these headphones charge via a usb port which connects to a usb port on a computer,the ear pieces have a tap button on which you tap to start and stop the program you can also monitor your heart rate as well,the headphones are light and easy to get on with and you can still do all the normal things like take calls whilst out on your run,these come packed in a nice box with full instructions and has a very nice compact case for your earphones to go in,these would be a fantastic present for anyone who does regular workouts,comes with a charging cable,carry case and spares for the ear pieces,would really recommend.

I got the headphones with a firmware of a2. 0 (or something) and while testing them, at 20% battery it started to lose the signal and music played with jitters. The sport life app displayed a 4:30h battery life from a full charde and the last half hour the headset was unusable. After the firmware update (a4. 0) what jabra did was just to shut down the device half an hour early. Now with the new firmware the app displays a 4:00h battery life at full charge. Apart that letdown, all other aspects of the device are good.

These are a set of bluetooth headphones, with a built in heart rate monitor. I already use a smart watch with a heart rate monitor, but i’m not always 100% convinced of the readings. Primarily i have been using these as headphones first and a fitness accessory second, but nonetheless it has been useful to compare the results from the two. As a pair of headphones, the device is lightweight though the shape of the earpieces might not be comfortable for all people. I spent a few tries wearing the different combinations of rubber fittings before i settled on a configuration that worked for me. If i ever lose one of these, it will be a real nuisance getting replacements to fit. However, once done they are now a good fit and the sound is pretty good, though maybe a little less bass heavy than i would like. As a fitness accessory i had to download the jabra app to get things up and running, but the heart rate sensor in the left ear works well and the in-ear voice notifications are clear without being intrusive as your exercise stats are played over the music you are listening to. If i could share my data with the samsung health app in my phone, this would be perfect – as it is, it’s another place to put some data but if i can’t pool all my information together then it doesn’t help my overall exercise/nutrition routine.

I have mixed feelings about these headphones and the software that come with them. The headphones fit well and the combination of different sizes of ear wings and ear buds mean that you can get a really good fit. They were not too uncomfortable to wear either. I think the sound is good, i’ve noticed other reviews complain about a lack of bass, but i think that is down to personal choice. They give a good clear sound and a nice reproduction of the music i listen to – heavy rock and blues. Reproduction of speech too, listening to podcasts is nice and clear. There is a piece of jabra software that can change eq settings and these improve the sound, but you have to play songs through the app, and it hasn’t been updated for a long time and slows your iphone. I don’t think this is the way to go. So it is a good rating on the sound quality. Where the headphones fail is in the heart rate measurement and the app that goes with it.

The jabra sport pulse headphone are a dual set of headphones that also monitor your heart rate with the assistance of the very clever jabra sport app. The sound quality for bluetooth is excellent, and the headset also switches to a hands free mode when required. The only slight down side is that the ear pieces are bigger than the regular ear phones sets, but they have no problems staying in place whilst running etc. Although the ear pieces are bigger, they are still comfortable when running. I have worn them also during my jouneys back and from work but i tend to prefer my regular earphones for this and only use the jabra set whilst doing sporty activities as is there original design. Not sure i would be pay full price for them though, but they are a very good product oozing quality.

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One Response to Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds : Good headphones, not so good heart rate monitor

  1. Style: Pulse Special Edition says:
    Bought these to use whilst exercising as i didn’t want to be tied to a phone with a wired set. They worked great for the most part, pairing had no issues and always paired with my phone straight away as soon as they were turned on. Sound quality was pretty decent, not the best, but by no means terrible either. All was going well until this morning. They suddenly no longer wanted to turn on. The red light comes on when plugged in to charge and i even installed a firmware update on the off chance it was this, but alas all my attempts to resolve the issue were futile as it refuses to work. A bit of googling throws up countless people with the same issues so seemingly a problem which hasn’t been addressed by jabra. Spend more money and get something of better quality because these won’t last. . Shame really as i initially had high hopes.
    • Style: Pulse Special Edition says:
      Bought these to use whilst exercising as i didn’t want to be tied to a phone with a wired set. They worked great for the most part, pairing had no issues and always paired with my phone straight away as soon as they were turned on. Sound quality was pretty decent, not the best, but by no means terrible either. All was going well until this morning. They suddenly no longer wanted to turn on. The red light comes on when plugged in to charge and i even installed a firmware update on the off chance it was this, but alas all my attempts to resolve the issue were futile as it refuses to work. A bit of googling throws up countless people with the same issues so seemingly a problem which hasn’t been addressed by jabra. Spend more money and get something of better quality because these won’t last. . Shame really as i initially had high hopes.
  2. Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor – Black

    Unbelievable headphones, great sound and perfect for fitness training.
  3. Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor – Black

    Unbelievable headphones, great sound and perfect for fitness training.
    • Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:
      These are my second pair, my originals lasted about 2 years before they gave up – suspect it was the battery. I moved to these as seem to give more realistic heart rate than my fitbit at the gym especially when running on treadmill. Software on my android phone also is helpful for me at the gym.
      • Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:
        These are my second pair, my originals lasted about 2 years before they gave up – suspect it was the battery. I moved to these as seem to give more realistic heart rate than my fitbit at the gym especially when running on treadmill. Software on my android phone also is helpful for me at the gym.
  4. Style: Pulse Special Edition says:
    I got these free with my phone 2 years ago and they are still going strong. The sound quality is great but not excellent when compared to my wired klipsch x11’s. The bass is strong so it sometimes muddies the details in tracks. Battery life is the main drawback but at the time it was the norm. They offer much better value for money now when they were worth £200 or so originally. The build quality is great and they don’t work loose even with a tug on the cord, you just have to spend some time getting the right tip and wing combination. They block out a lot of outside noise despite not being noise cancelling. The fitness features and jabra sport app work great. They show no signs of wear after 2 years with high quality cabling.
  5. Style: Pulse Special Edition says:

    This review is from : Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor – Black

    I got these free with my phone 2 years ago and they are still going strong. The sound quality is great but not excellent when compared to my wired klipsch x11’s. The bass is strong so it sometimes muddies the details in tracks. Battery life is the main drawback but at the time it was the norm. They offer much better value for money now when they were worth £200 or so originally. The build quality is great and they don’t work loose even with a tug on the cord, you just have to spend some time getting the right tip and wing combination. They block out a lot of outside noise despite not being noise cancelling. The fitness features and jabra sport app work great. They show no signs of wear after 2 years with high quality cabling.
  6. Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor – Black

    Brilliant headphones giving heart rate and great fit while exercising highly recommended.
  7. Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor – Black

    Brilliant headphones giving heart rate and great fit while exercising highly recommended.
  8. Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:

    This review is from : Jabra Sport Pulse Special Edition Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Earbuds with Built-In Heart Rate Monitor – Black

    +: great sound, great quality, comfortable. -: battery life could be better, hbm could be more accurate. Overal: worth the money, but wait for a sale before buying it.
    • Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:
      +: great sound, great quality, comfortable. -: battery life could be better, hbm could be more accurate. Overal: worth the money, but wait for a sale before buying it.
  9. Style: Pulse Special Edition says:

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    Got these as a present and they broke 2nd use. Would be very happy to hear from u.
  10. Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:

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    Connected to my strava first time so i can now add my heart rate to my graphs – very happy with the fit and sound quality too.
    • Style: Pulse Special Edition Verified Purchase says:
      Connected to my strava first time so i can now add my heart rate to my graphs – very happy with the fit and sound quality too.
      • Style: Pulse Special Edition says:
        Hard to put in your ears and the sound isn’t great. Not very comfortable either.
  11. Style: Pulse Special Edition says:

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    Hard to put in your ears and the sound isn’t great. Not very comfortable either.

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