This Shokz OpenRun Pro has feature the latest 9th generation bone conduction technology with two added bass enhancers and signature situational awareness and comfortable open-ear fit. Also, it come with a Bluetooth 5.1, ANC, 10 hours of Music & Calls + Quick Charge, IP55 water resistance and much more.
Price and release date
The Shokz OpenRun Pro were announced at CES 2022 on January 5, 2022. And became available to pre-order from the company’s website the same day for $179.95 (about £130 / AU$250). That makes them the most expensive headphones in the Shokz lineup.
Pros and Cons
- Greatly improved sound
- Light and comfortable to wear
- Quick-charge feature
- Larger, easier to use controls
- More noticeable vibrations
- More expensive than OpenRun
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- OpenRun Pro Headphones
- Carrying Case
- Magnetic Charging Cable
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Shokz OpenRun Pro : Design
The Shokz OpenRun Pro is an upgrade version of the OpenRun earphone. There are not much different between them except the addition of new bass transducers to the pads that channel vibrations to your aural nerve. it is come with a 9th generation bone conduction technology named TurboPitch™ Technology.
The upgrade is immediately noticeable when you listening the music. That means choosing bone conduction instead of in-ear headphones doesn’t mean a big compromise on sound quality. It’s especially impressive if you enjoy heavy music, which is richer than other bone-carrying headsets.
The Shokz OpenRun Pro look almost same as their predecessor. However, not all things are the same, there are some significant differences. First, the control buttons are large, making it easy to adjust the volume, skip the track, and turn the headphones on and off without seeing what you’re doing. Also, holding the volume down button during playback will tell you whether the power level is high, medium or low.
The charging connector has been relocated. Like the OpenRun, the OpenRun Pro uses proprietary magnetic charging cables. Which are much easier to connect than the Fiddly micro-USB used by older models. However, for the new model, Shokz has moved the charging port so that it is no longer compatible with the control buttons, making it easier to connect the cable.
Moreover, in all other respects, the two headsets are very similar. The OpenRun Pro is very lightweight and comfortable, even for long runs, and their lightweight titanium construction means they never bounce when you move.
Furthermore, following the OpenFit schematic just like the company’s other headphones, they have a pair of pads that sit on your cheekbones and transmit sound to your ear nerves through vibrations, leaving your ear canals open. These pads are joined by a flexible but springy titanium band, which holds them firmly in place when you run without ever pinching.
Use “Shokz app” for better customize.
It come with a brand new shokz app. Which is available through the Google Play store and Apple app store. With this app, you can easily customize your music , battery and much more. Moreover, you can also choose your listening experience with the selection of two EQ settings (Standard or Vocal Booster).
The control buttons used to adjust power, volume, and tracks are now slightly larger. So they’re easier to press when you’re wearing the headset. Shokz has also relocated the OpenRun Pro’s charging connector. Thus, it’s no longer occupying the same area as the buttons, and is easier to use.
Additionally, a large button on the left pad allows you to receive calls using the headset’s built-in microphone. And the right pad features multi-functional controls for power, volume, track, and battery status.
Does the Shokz OpenRun Pro come with IP55 ratings?
Yes, the Shokz OpenRun Pro come with an IP55 rating of water resistance. Which means they provide protection against sweating, running in the rain and also in swimming. But, if you need a better waterproof headphone than go with the Sony WH-1000XM4 or else.
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Shokz OpenRun Pro : Sound quality
Talking about the sound quality, the Shokz OpenRun Pro is providing quiet better sound than others. This good sound is provided because of the new bass transducers. We particularly enjoy a rock and metal playlist while running, and the OpenRun Pro are the first model that really does justice to heavy music. It’s not on a par with a pair of top-tier conventional headphones yet, but the gap is definitely closing.
The downside of the extra bass is that you don’t just hear it – you can also feel it as a more noticeable buzz in front of your face that beats with each beat. All bone-carrying headphones produce this effect at somewhat higher volume, but this is especially noticeable with OpenRun Pro.
This sensation is not uncomfortable, and is slightly more than a tickle unless you turn up the volume, but you will find it distracting if you wear headphones while focusing on work.
Another frequent problem with bone-carrying headsets is noise leakage; Without a silicone seal between the transducer and the outside world, it may be easier for people close to you to listen to your songs, audiobooks, and phone calls. You can annoy work colleagues in a quiet office if you crank the volume on OpenMove Pro, but when kept at a moderate level it is the least Leaky Shocks headset we have tested to date.
Despite the superior bass, the surrounding sound is still evident due to the open ear design. Many noise-cancelling headphones have a ‘transparency’ mode that uses a microphone to transmit external sound to your ears. but this does not give you the same directional awareness you get from bone-carrying headsets.
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Shokz OpenRun Pro : Connectivity
Looking for a connectivity, the Shokz OpenRun Pro come with a 20HZ-20KHZ of frequency response. Moreover, it has support SBC Bluetooth audio codec with a A2DP, AVRCP, HSP and HFP profile. For a better connectivity it has provide a Bluetooth 5.1 support with a range of 33 feet.
Additionally, it come with a Bluetooth Multipoint Connection option. With that, you can pair your headphone with a multiple devices such as pc, smartphone, etc
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Shokz OpenRun Pro : Battery
The OpenRun Pro has a fast charging feature that gives you one and a half hours of playback after just five minutes of charging; Game-changer if you forgot to power them up and now is the time to go to the gym. If you rely on the tune to get through the workout, it is highly recommended.
A complete charge will keep your music playing for up to 10 hours (a figure matched in our tests) which is the most impressive battery life of any headset we’ve tested to date. If you’ve been turned off other bone conduction headphones due to their short playtime. It’s well worth checking out the OpenRun Pro. You might be pleasantly surprised.
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Buy it if
You need a set of all-purpose headphones
The OpenRun Pro is excellent running headphones, but it’s also comfortable enough to wear on your desk all day, with enough battery life to keep you up all day. Improved on-board microphones also make them ideal for video calls.
You are planning long training sessions
OpenRun Pro’s quick charge feature is a game-changer if you’re confused, but give them enough time to fully enjoy and the headset will last up to 10 hours. It’s more than enough for all but the most difficult ultra training sessions.
You enjoy heavy music
The OpenRun Pro is the first bone conduction headset we’ve tested that really does justice to bass-heavy music, and is a capable alternative to in-ear headphones when you need solid sound to keep you excited.
Don’t buy it if
You want to cancel the sound
The appeal of bone-carrying headphones is that they always allow ambient noise. You can use it with a pair of earplugs to block the environment around you, but there is no substitute for active noise-cancellation.
You are easily distracted
The tickle of a new bass transducer can be annoying if you are very sensitive to small interruptions and want to wear a pair of headphones while you are wearing them. The original opener headset looks less ‘busy’ in front of your face.
You’re on a tight budget
The Shokz OpenRun Pro is one of the most expensive bone-carrying headphones we’ve ever tested. If you don’t mind sacrificing some sound quality, both the original OpenRun and the old Trex Air are good options