Review of the Energy Sport 3: sports headphones for the post-jack audio era

We tested the Energy Sport 3 by Energy Sistem, wireless headphones that bet on runners.

Wireless headphones will soon be the only viable alternative; The elimination of the audio jack port, commanded by Apple, seems to be inevitable expansion by the rest of the sector. Few resist this trend; and even those who once mocked the apple today continue on their way without saying anything.

Why would we want to buy Bluetooth headphones like the Energy Sport 3

There are still many smartphones with an audio jack; but everything indicates that they are an endangered species. In this climate, it may you should seriously think about your next purchase; and a wireless headset should be your priority.

The technology has already reached the point that, even without spending a fortune, you can achieve something very reasonable. Forget about Airpods and company, aimed at users looking for something exclusive; the real market is in headphones for everyone, for those who want to jump into wireless music without leaving a corner.

And in this climate, the Energy Sport 3 are the Energy Sistem bet. Without anticipating events, they are what we could call reasonable headphones. Wireless models, which adopt the latest sound compression technology to achieve sound quality and autonomy that adapt to the needs of everyone.

And best of all, they cost only 39.90. But are they really worth it?

Extravagant design, especially in lime green

The Energy Sport 3 are, officially, headphones for runners; and just open the box a message For runners makes it very clear. They are for those users who need some music to do a few kilometers, and for those who have to always be connected, no matter where the daily routine takes them.

And if you know me, you may be wondering why I am analyzing them, that I have sedentary lifestyle as a flag and neglect as a hymn; Well, because, in reality, the Energy Sport 3 are not as exclusive as it might seem.

Of course, the first impressions when we take them out of the box are not those. It doesn't help much that the model we have received uses a striking lime green; although it is also available in a more moderate silver gray color.

The headphones actually have a two-tone design. The outer part and body of the headphones are always dark gray, a tone that gives a feeling of strength; while the interior is in the chosen color, which also shows some details and that gives it an active touch.

Between color and some aesthetic decisions, it is a design that yells runner to the face and unceremoniously. Maybe it can even be somewhat excessive depending on the user; Although again, the choice of color is the key.

Secure-Fit, headphones that fit securely in our ear

Once we pick up the headphones, we realize some of its design quirks; The main one is that all the electronics are integrated with the earpiece itself, it is not separated as other manufacturers do. Despite its relatively small size, this means that the device has to rest on our ear, well in sight; It is then when some design decisions of the exterior part of the earphone that we have mentioned are understood.

Sure, you might be wondering how these headphones can hold up. Energy Sistem's answer is your Secure-Fit system, an arched section that can fit perfectly with our ears; This results in a soft plastic part where the cable comes out, malleable but taut enough to provide the necessary support.

Comfort is undoubtedly the strong point from the Energy Sport 3. After a couple of tries, it is easy to get used to this system, and, at least in my gargantuan ear, it has managed to keep the headphones from falling off; even running or in somewhat compromised situations, they have remained steadfast. The weight helps a lot, of only 22 grams; once you put them on, you can spend all day with them as if it was nothing.

Good sound insulation, but what about that headband?

Two pairs of different size pads are also included, in case you find that the default option does not fit well. AND sound insulation is very good; Even at maximum volume, it will be difficult for someone to hear what you are hearing. As for the insulation from the outside, it is also up to the task, although you will never completely disconnect from the world; something on the other hand that is not recommended if you are going to run.

The two headphones are connected by a cable, which serves as a headband; however to my surprise this headband is soft, and doesn't seem to have much reinforcement. Promotional images seem to indicate that the headband is capable of holding its shape, or even that it is hard; At the moment of truth, it is a cable that can annoy, especially when you are running and you notice something hitting the back of your neck. With a little more stiffness, it wouldn't have been a problem.

It seems cheaper than it is

But without a doubt, my biggest criticism of the Secure-Fit system, and of these headphones in general, is in the quality of manufacturing. In the unit we have received we have found plastic debris in the section that leans against the ear; The result is that from time to time I notice a puncture in my ear, for example, when I put on the earpiece.

I don't know if it's a quality control problem, or a design flaw, but it's concerning; Furthermore, this problem is present on both sides. To make matters worse, the connection between the cable and the Secure-Fit soft plastic is not the most appropriate; and in a few days of use we have noticed some wear.

That these are not high-end headphones is more than evident looking at these details. For example, the Energy Sport 3 have IPX4 protection against sweat and splashes; But in return, that means that the two plastics that make up the case of each headphone are joined by a very ugly band. The union of the two pieces is too obvious and ugly, even for this price range.

How are the controls

The Energy Sport 3s have their own controls, all built into the right earcup. There are two buttons to control the volume (which also serve to change the song if we keep them pressed) and one to play and pause. Its touch is improvable but decent; the worst is they make a noticeable noise when you press them, something more evident when being close to your ear.

The position of the buttons is also not the most suitable. The volume controls are too close to each other, and in turn, close to our ear; especially since there is a free space just in front that could have been used. The play button is on the back, not the front; although in this case it is justified to have the microphone in that position.

Unfortunately, these controls also have a certain delay on tested smartphones. We are not talking much, just a few tenths of a second; but it is enough to wonder if we have really pressed the button well, and press it a second time.

A non-disturbing LED light and a suitable microphone

It is in the earpiece on the right where the rest of the components are also; such as the small LED light that the device uses to indicate low battery and other notifications. In this case, that it is small and does not show much is a point in favor of those who do not want to look like walking Christmas trees.

The included microphone is on the front of the right earpiece; It does its job, but don't expect anything spectacular like noise cancellation. We can answer and hang up calls using the play button.

At the bottom is the microUSB port through which we can charge the headphones; the battery lasts about eight hours, depending on the use we give it.

But we are going to avoid detours, and we are going to the important thing, to use the headphones. And that's when we find one of the most conflictive points of this analysis: sound. One of the most promoted points of these Enery Sport 3 is using Qualcomm aptX technology; It is a codec to compress specialized sound in streaming without cables.

How is the sound of the Energy Sport 3

The objective is to achieve Highest quality sound through a simple Bluetooth 4.1 connection; the range is 10 meters, and they support Bluetooth HFP, A2DP and AVRCP profiles.

As for the drivers themselves, they are neodymium magnet, and have a frequency of 20 to 20,000 Hz with a sensitivity of 94 dB; that is, that on paper they are not technically the best on the market, but I do know that they should be very competent for our sessions.

Despite how well he paints on paper, it must be said that the sound of the Energy Sport 3 is one you love or hate. The good news is that, if you are one of those who love bass, with this model you will have more than enough; By default, the bass can be overwhelming, at least until you get used to it a bit.

If you come from other similar headphones, or if you like music with lots of bass, the Energy Sport 3 are for you. If this is not the case, my recommendation is to try some sound equalizer on your device to boost the treble; once you do this the resulting sound is clearer and we can get back some of the missing detail.

As for the volume, again the Energy Sport 3 are correct; Even at maximum volume they are not very annoying, so they will not serve you if you want your eardrum to be broken. But for most users it is more than enough; however, you should expect typical wireless headphone problems, such as reception problems in some situations.

Right headphones, but is it enough?

Energy Sport 3s are the epitome of right. Its strengths are the comfort thanks to a surprising design, and isolation that they offer us; give the assurance that we can put them on and run without fear and concentrating on ours.

On the other hand, there are details that can be improved, especially for the 39.90 they cost; In addition to quality control problems, they are noted to be inexpensive in some respects such as buttons or finish. The sound can be a point in favor or against, depending on your tastes.

What is clear is that it is easy to see Why more and more users will choose Energy Sport 3 or the like; The market is changing, and headphones for runners like these have great potential.