Are they the future?
Before we get into this, we need to note that bone conduction isn’t terribly new. It has popped up over the years, and Aftershockz is one of only a handful of companies experimenting with the technology, which allows people to hear music and sound without blocking your ears.
That makes it ideal for running and exercising, or even having background music while you talk to someone, you know, in case you’ve ever felt like you needed a soundtrack to get through a conversation.
Aftershockz has been in this space for quite some time, even, and started out with wired versions of what we see today.
The Bluez 2S are not wired, though, with these a pair of wireless “bonephones” — yes, that is what people call bone-conduction headphones — that send the audio to your head without touching your ears.
Looking at them, you’d never really realise that. We’re not kidding when we say they look like a headband, because they really look like a headband.
In fact, the Aftershockz Bluez 2S are so headband-like that you even wear them like a headband, slapping them around your head and placing the square sections near your ear, but not on it. These are where the sound will be pounding against your head, knocking on your bone structure and sending audio to your eardrums.
One thing to be aware of is that it’s worth trying them on in-store, because if you happen to have a particularly large head, they may not fit terribly well. Ours was fine, but some people in the office couldn’t fit the water small and not remarkably flexible size.
Indeed, this is one pair where one size does not fit all. It will fit most, but certainly not all.
The Bluez 2S are also Bluetooth, so you’ll need to pair them with a phone or tablet, but they do lack support for multiple concurrent devices, so you can only do one at a time. Pairing is easy, however, with a pretty standard “hold the power button until the lights start flicking between blue and red” sending the 2S into pairing mode.
From there, connect your phone or tablet to the headset, and you’re good to go. Provided you’re wearing the headset in way you’re supposed to — not with the square bits on your ears, but instead nearby — you’ll get audio the moment you start playing it.
You only need to remember the locations of a few buttons, with a volume rocker under the right part of the band, just behind that of the port for microUSB charging and the main power button, while a button on the left bone pad can be used to pause and play the music, as well as skip ahead by double tapping.