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MANCAVE REVIEW: OpenRock Open-Ear Air Conduction Sport Earbuds

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@michaelkreitzer1369:  I appreciate the review. I hate IEM's, and open flat earbuds have gone out of style. These seem like an interesting alternative. I wonder if they make wired versions?

Some things that would help make the review even better would be:

1) How difficult is replacing the batteries? If they cannot be replaced, then these will only have a useful lifetime if 2-3 years with regular use.

2) What is the latency? For real time applications such as voice or video games this matters. Voice starts to become a problem at around 200ms. Gaming becomes a problem much sooner. Some wireless earbuds can get as bad as 600ms.

3) What wireless protocols and codecs are supported? Are the bluetooth only (likely), or do they have a custom wireless interface with a dedicated usb receiver (this might be done to overcome bluetooth latency or for lossless transmission)?

What bluetooth codecs are supported? Do certain codecs have specific hardware requirements?

@ianl.9271:  I would suggest to check out KZ PR2 IEM.

@Montmorency_007:  Too long. 2 minutes would bd enough for such a revew. Thank you very much anyway.

@jimc9823:  The review covered the points I consider when shopping for such things. I'd gotten a pair of eye glasses with Bluetooth speakers built in - much the same worries (such as falling off). A selling point for such things was being able to hear things around you (like when jogging) since they don't plug the ear, but I find that feature kind of annoying. Just like you said, you hear cars whizzing bye. At least you hear them coming I suppose.

@taidee:  I definitely liked the review, feels more authentic than some of the reviews here on YouTube

@trevorbartram5473:  I use Koss KSC75 headphones when watching TV, they have some upper midrange boost that enhances vocals. Their titanium coated drivers are only used in a couple of Koss models. The uncoated driver is used in many models. KSC stands for Koss Sport Comfort. I highly recommend them at $20 and a lifetime guarantee.

@Douglas_Blake_579:  Ummmm .... David ... maybe reviews aren't your thing?

@adskn:  I do like the self-deprecating, slightly shambolic mancave videos - in contrast to your usual polished, scripted content. Hopefully you get sent more kit by manufacturers so we can have more reviews.

@frogandspanner:  1:50 You are following the new fashion in technical TV programmes - an expert sitting on a stool, peering off at something to one side of the camera. To prefect the technique you need to have different camera positions, with one faked to look like it's a view from radio spy camera.

4:30 If they are like my Bose QC earbuds they recharge while in the case from its battery, without requiring the case to be plugged in. Hence the two different times - the length of the headphone charge, and the total time of charge when recharged from the case battery.

I find modern in-ear devices quite comfy - compared with the grotty in-ear earphones that came with my first crystal wireless.

One thing I'd like to know (it's a pet peeve of mine) is the latency. It's a pain having to adjust the pisslink when watching video.

@nicoras8803:  You could cover build quality and aesthetics, maybe a comparison to other auditions you have performed as well as a value for money comment.

@karstenvoigt7280:  Interesting product and a good review, which I hope the manufacturers also watch. Especially for one reason: That technology would also make a design possible, that would allow to simply attach the earbuds to the temples of the glasses. So, instead of placing double the stuff behind the ear - why not just combining the buds with what is already there? I.e. with a clip-on solution?
Just a little suggestion for the OpenRock design team. And as soon as they'd developed them, I'd check out your review and most likely buy them.

@dangerzone007:  How about the Derek and Clive skit where Derek spills his medicine on the train set.

@andymouse:  Personally I don't like 'sticky inners' I'm a 70's DJ huge cans kinda guy but if I had to use a pair, then these would be on my list now and they weren't 16:42 minutes ago. I think we have to infer that the sound quality is by no means a problem as you did say " If they sound like shit I'll tell you " so the review ? all in all I liked it but you could add some box bollocks and the specs, the stuff the makers pushing. So great review and I liked the personal scenarios...cheers.

@sr3d-microphones:  Defo an unboxing video... you'll catch more views, and no doubt, more subscribers πŸ˜ƒ

@CaptainJack2048:  That's interesting to me, I'll look into them. You covered everything I would want in a review: how they work, useability and shortcomings, functional (sound quality) and non-functional (fit) features, and where to get more info. I like to work around the house with music, but most ear buds don't work very well for me; I have very narrow ear canals (annoying, because otherwise I have a huge head πŸ˜€). I don't like wearing full size over-ears for doing around-the-house activities, only using my big 3M model when I need hearing protection as well. This look it might be a good alternative to what I've used before. Thank you for sharing this, and I'd love to see more reviews like this one.

@thexfile.:  I use TOZO Open Buds for $70.

@nitromcclean:  I think I missed something. How do they sound (except enough low end)?

@AudioMasterclass replies to @nitromcclean: Would you like this in plain language or audiophileish? DM

@davidfromamerica1871 replies to @nitromcclean: @@AudioMasterclass
LOL..πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸ€—

@ac81017 replies to @nitromcclean: @@AudioMasterclass Audiophileish please ha ha ha

@nitromcclean replies to @nitromcclean: In plain language and audiophileish would be great 🀣@@AudioMasterclass

@michaelkreitzer1369:  I appreciate the review. I hate IEM's, and open flat earbuds have gone out of style. These seem like an interesting alternative. I wonder if they make wired versions?

Some things that would help make the review even better would be:

1) How difficult is replacing the batteries? If they cannot be replaced, then these will only have a useful lifetime if 2-3 years with regular use.

2) What is the latency? For real time applications such as voice or video games this matters. Voice starts to become a problem at around 200ms. Gaming becomes a problem much sooner. Some wireless earbuds can get as bad as 600ms.

3) What wireless protocols and codecs are supported? Are the bluetooth only (likely), or do they have a custom wireless interface with a dedicated usb receiver (this might be done to overcome bluetooth latency or for lossless transmission)?

What bluetooth codecs are supported? Do certain codecs have specific hardware requirements?

@ianl.9271:  I would suggest to check out KZ PR2 IEM.

@Montmorency_007:  Too long. 2 minutes would bd enough for such a revew. Thank you very much anyway.

@jimc9823:  The review covered the points I consider when shopping for such things. I'd gotten a pair of eye glasses with Bluetooth speakers built in - much the same worries (such as falling off). A selling point for such things was being able to hear things around you (like when jogging) since they don't plug the ear, but I find that feature kind of annoying. Just like you said, you hear cars whizzing bye. At least you hear them coming I suppose.

@taidee:  I definitely liked the review, feels more authentic than some of the reviews here on YouTube

@trevorbartram5473:  I use Koss KSC75 headphones when watching TV, they have some upper midrange boost that enhances vocals. Their titanium coated drivers are only used in a couple of Koss models. The uncoated driver is used in many models. KSC stands for Koss Sport Comfort. I highly recommend them at $20 and a lifetime guarantee.

@Douglas_Blake_579:  Ummmm .... David ... maybe reviews aren't your thing?

@adskn:  I do like the self-deprecating, slightly shambolic mancave videos - in contrast to your usual polished, scripted content. Hopefully you get sent more kit by manufacturers so we can have more reviews.

@frogandspanner:  1:50 You are following the new fashion in technical TV programmes - an expert sitting on a stool, peering off at something to one side of the camera. To prefect the technique you need to have different camera positions, with one faked to look like it's a view from radio spy camera.

4:30 If they are like my Bose QC earbuds they recharge while in the case from its battery, without requiring the case to be plugged in. Hence the two different times - the length of the headphone charge, and the total time of charge when recharged from the case battery.

I find modern in-ear devices quite comfy - compared with the grotty in-ear earphones that came with my first crystal wireless.

One thing I'd like to know (it's a pet peeve of mine) is the latency. It's a pain having to adjust the pisslink when watching video.

@nicoras8803:  You could cover build quality and aesthetics, maybe a comparison to other auditions you have performed as well as a value for money comment.

@karstenvoigt7280:  Interesting product and a good review, which I hope the manufacturers also watch. Especially for one reason: That technology would also make a design possible, that would allow to simply attach the earbuds to the temples of the glasses. So, instead of placing double the stuff behind the ear - why not just combining the buds with what is already there? I.e. with a clip-on solution?
Just a little suggestion for the OpenRock design team. And as soon as they'd developed them, I'd check out your review and most likely buy them.

@dangerzone007:  How about the Derek and Clive skit where Derek spills his medicine on the train set.

@andymouse:  Personally I don't like 'sticky inners' I'm a 70's DJ huge cans kinda guy but if I had to use a pair, then these would be on my list now and they weren't 16:42 minutes ago. I think we have to infer that the sound quality is by no means a problem as you did say " If they sound like shit I'll tell you " so the review ? all in all I liked it but you could add some box bollocks and the specs, the stuff the makers pushing. So great review and I liked the personal scenarios...cheers.

@sr3d-microphones:  Defo an unboxing video... you'll catch more views, and no doubt, more subscribers πŸ˜ƒ

@CaptainJack2048:  That's interesting to me, I'll look into them. You covered everything I would want in a review: how they work, useability and shortcomings, functional (sound quality) and non-functional (fit) features, and where to get more info. I like to work around the house with music, but most ear buds don't work very well for me; I have very narrow ear canals (annoying, because otherwise I have a huge head πŸ˜€). I don't like wearing full size over-ears for doing around-the-house activities, only using my big 3M model when I need hearing protection as well. This look it might be a good alternative to what I've used before. Thank you for sharing this, and I'd love to see more reviews like this one.

@thexfile.:  I use TOZO Open Buds for $70.

@nitromcclean:  I think I missed something. How do they sound (except enough low end)?

@AudioMasterclass replies to @nitromcclean: Would you like this in plain language or audiophileish? DM

@davidfromamerica1871 replies to @nitromcclean: @@AudioMasterclass
LOL..πŸ‘πŸ˜ŽπŸ€—

@ac81017 replies to @nitromcclean: @@AudioMasterclass Audiophileish please ha ha ha

@nitromcclean replies to @nitromcclean: In plain language and audiophileish would be great 🀣@@AudioMasterclass

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