• BlueBud X Bluetooth Headphones Review & Giveaway

    January 21, 2013

    Ooh, boy, do I have a cool, new product to tell you guys about. I was recently sent a pair of BlueBud X Bluetooth Headphones to review and they are, simply put, awesome.

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    New gadgets typically hate me, so I was psyched that the BlueBuds were so easy to set up. I listen to Pandora on my iPhone when I workout or take Murphy for walks, so I was pleasantly surprised that connecting the BlueBuds to the Bluetooth on my phone was such a piece of cake. On my iPhone, all I had to do was turn on the Bluetooth (in Settings) and then press a button on the headphones to connect. A small light on each of the earbuds flashed to let me know that things were working properly and it was trying to connect. (The lights on the earbuds also let you know know whether they are powered on or off and whether they need charging.) It only took about 3 seconds before I heard David Guetta blaring in my ears. I was so excited that I got the headphone to work with only one try, I started to dance around the dining room like a total goober!

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    I took the BlueBuds out for a test run on Saturday afternoon and immediately fell in love with them. Running “wireless” and listening to Pandora play on my iPhone inside of my FlipBelt was wicked cool. I kept thinking to myself: “Look ma, no hands, er, wires!” as I ran along. Haha! And the sound playing in my ears was excellent—crisp and clear, and the headphones didn’t cut out or disconnect at all during my run.

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    Prior to my test run, I was a little worried whether the BlueBuds would stay in my ears. The earbuds are kind of heavy—well, heavier than the iPhone headphones that I usually wear. I think the weight is probably on par with a nice, quality pair of headphones. Anyway, since we all have different size ears, the BlueBuds came with 3 different sizes of eartips and “ear cushions,” which worked really well. I was actually kind of surprised just how well they helped the earbuds stay put. I needed to try a few different combos (eartip + ear cushion) before I found the right fit, but once I did, the BlueBuds weren’t going anywhere!

    FYI: I haven’t wore the BlueBuds to CrossFit—only because I don’t normally workout with headphones there—but the BlueBuds website has a great “CrossFit test” video on the main page, which shows a couple of CrossFitters working out in them and the earbuds totally stayed put during double-unders and box jumps.

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    Having a snug fit in my ears made my music sound really great!

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    A wire connects both of the earbuds, which you can wear in front of your body below your chin, behind you on your neck, or up over your ears for an even more secure fit. I found wearing them in back behind my head to be the most comfortable fit for me.

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    The BlueBuds come with a couple of “cord managers,” which shorten the wire so you don’t have a bunch of slack getting in the the way or bouncing around while you exercise.

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    I also really liked the hard case that the BlueBuds came in. My headphones are always tangled, so I really like that I have a place to keep my BlueBuds nice and neat.

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    The case also has a space to hold the eartips and cushions as well as a USB cable for charging, so you don’t lose any of the accessories.

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    Giveaway time!

    BlueBuds X Giveaway

    Jaybird offered to give away TWO (2) pairs of the BlueBud X Bluetooth Headphones to 2 lucky CNC readers! These babies retail for $169.95!

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    To enter: Just leave a comment on this post about your biggest headphone annoyance. Earn a second entry by tweeting: “I want to win a pair of BlueBuds from @JayBirdSport & @CarrotsNCake http://carrotsncake.com/?p=72548.” I’ll randomly pick 2 winners tomorrow afternoon.

    Good luck!

    I received compensation for this post. The thoughts and opinions expressed are all my own and these headphones are really cool!

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    david nannenga January 26, 2013 at 6:25 am

    I actually bought these last weekend in hopes they would stay in my ear. I’m battling these also but now after reading your article in going to give it another try.

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    BGH January 26, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    inear head phones just don’t fit in my ears. Earbuds are the only ones which work well. I do hate cords when working out as they will pop out and you got to stop working ou to fix them. i recently had a pair of LG bluetooth, a little bulky around the neck but it worked. those are no longer working so im looking for another set and these bluebuds seem promissing.

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    chris andres January 27, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    I hate when you take ear buds out and rubber stays in ear. And when you catch the cord and they yank out of your ear

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    Fredy January 27, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    the wire shorting out. happens to me way too often.

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    Robyn January 30, 2013 at 5:52 pm

    I desperately want to run/work out with music after countless attempts I have YET to find a pair that stay in my ears. They ALWAYS fall out within 5 minutes of starting a run…but I try, and try again. I’m starting to think something is wrong with my ears.
    For now, I’m enjoying the sounds of nature as I run…not bad, but on those longer runs when I’m solo…I need me a pair of ear buds that stay in ear all the way through the last long miles.

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    April January 30, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Just hate when they don’t stay

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    Lisa Pietsch January 31, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Aloha,
    My husband is the PICKIEST about earbuds so I’m about to purchase these for him, hoping it’s a solution for him. I love running to music and have just dealt with wires to my iPhone to my armband and resetting my earbuds once in a while. It might be really NICE to run without having to adjust those. Wireless sounds like the way to go. I did wonder, though, if the iPhone in the belt you wore would get hot while running. It does on my armband after a while so I’m assuming yes for the belt. It does also when I cycle outdoors and the sun hits it (I have an iPhone holder for my bike). The phone will actually warn me that it’s too hot and it wil turn off to save itself. Hope these are the answer to running without worrying. ;)

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    Fred February 3, 2013 at 12:14 am

    My biggest headphone annoyance is related to wires that are too thin, though with these wireless buds, and the thicker behind-the-neck strap, that should not be an issue at all!

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    Kimberly C February 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    When they wont stay in my ears while running!

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    Alfredo C February 13, 2013 at 12:35 am

    As many people I tried wired earbuds but the wire just got in my way so I decided for wireless, I have tried diferents models but the latest were the Jabra Sport, they look nice but just as the previous I had they died after two weeks of daily use, all of them were supossed to sustained either rain or splashes of water, but it seems none of them couldn’t take how much I sweat, the Jaybird states this a guarantee for sweat proof, I would like to put them at the test and see if they are really sweat proof. So that is what I heat about earbuds.

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    Bob February 18, 2013 at 1:23 am

    It seems the common annoyance is when the earbuds fall out during a run. i hate that too. I jam the ends of my LG wireless earbuds into my ears so hard it feels like my ears will bleed but 1/2 mile later they are already loose and falling out. Running is hard enough, the music should be a motivator, not detractor.

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