Mojo2 Bone-Conducting Headset Is The Ideal Solution For Exercising In The Rain

Mojo2 Bone-Conducting Headset Is The Ideal Solution For Exercising In The Rain

Many earphones boast a waterproof rating, but if you read the small print, you’ll probably discover that the rating could be as low as IP4. That rating is acceptable for a bit of a sweat, a drop of drizzle or the occasional splash, but waterproof it isn’t. If you want to be able to listen to music in the driving rain or under the shower, your earphones won’t survive.

Many people who want or need to be able to listen to music in wet conditions are turning to bone-conducting headsets instead. These clever devices don’t rely on shifting air to transmit sound waves. Instead, they use the bony area in front of the ears on the human skull to vibrate sounds picked up by the brain without using the ears. The classical music composer Beethoven used a similar method for hearing the music he was writing and playing after he lost his hearing. Beethoven hammered a nail into his piano and then used his teeth to feel the vibrations from the nail so he could hear his music.

Mojawa’s Mojo2 is a new bone-conducting headset for sporty types, such as cyclists and swimmers. It’s also an ideal solution for anyone struggling to use conventional earphones. Plenty of people can’t have anything stuck in their ears for any length of time. Bone-conducting headsets provide an alternative method for listening to music or making phone calls while still being able to hear everything happening. For example, if you work in a factory and need to wear earplugs to protect your hearing but still need to be able to take or make phone calls, a bone-conducting headset is an ideal solution.

The Mojo2 headset uses a third-generation Maglev-Bass Actuator developed and patented by Mojawa. The design has oscillators in the low-frequency range to boost the bass frequencies. One weakness of bone-conducting technology is the bass levels aren’t as good as regular earbuds. However, this Maglev-Bass Actuator has improved the bass frequencies via bone conduction.

Another advantage of the Mojo2 headset is its lightweight design, with a total weight of just 26g. The ergonomic wraparound titanium frame can bend and stretch to accommodate almost any head shape but still has sufficient clamping pressure to remain in place, even during the most vigorous workout.

And when you are working out, fumbling for controls to pause the music, take a call or skip a track, you need to be able to do that quickly and safely. The Mojo2 headset has a power button on the right vibration pad and a protrusion that sits just behind the wearer’s ear and can adjust the volume with an upward or downward swipe. The left vibration pad houses a multi-function button for pausing music, skipping tracks, and accepting or rejecting phone calls like a conventional pair of true wireless earbuds.

Prolonged wearing of earbuds can cause high levels of ear fatigue and soreness in the ear canal. I know this from my experience and often have to take a break from testing earphones because of ear problems. Headphones are a solution for people with sensitive ears, but they can be too bulky and heavy, especially when exercising, cycling or engaging in cardio activity. The answer in these situations is bone conduction.

Like most wireless earphones, the Mojo2 uses Bluetooth signals for transmitting audio and phone calls from a smartphone, tablet or computer to the headset. The audio signal is then fed to two vibration pads on the bony area just forward of the wearer’s ears. The pads vibrate with precision and pass sound through to the brain.

At this point, you need to be aware that while the sound quality of bone-conducting headsets is pretty good, there isn’t the depth or bass you would find with a regular pair of earphones or headphones. The best way I can describe the sound is that it’s a little boxy. That said, the Mojo2 headset does a good job and you soon get used to the different tone. The human brain is incredibly adaptive and can fill in some missing frequencies.

Each vibrating pad also has a microphone built-in for making phone calls. The audio quality is acceptable but perhaps a little more compressed than one of the latest active noise-canceling earphones that can have up to six beamforming microphones built in for the best voice quality in almost any condition. The Mojo2 can’t quite compete with that quality, but it works fine in most conditions.

Finally, the Mojo2 headset has a rechargeable battery that can provide up to eight hours of playing time on a single charge. The headset takes just 50 minutes to recharge using the supplied magnetic charging cable that fits a conventional USB charger. A 5-minute burst charge will provide up to 80 minutes of playtime. The waterproof rating of the Mojo2 is IP67, a big step up from IP4 and makes the headset resistant to almost any level of water and sweat.

Verdict: The Mojo2 bone conducting headset from Mojawa is an effective way of listening to music and taking phone calls in wet conditions or when your hearing needs to be protected by earplugs or ear defenders. They are also suitable for people who have hearing difficulties or can’t cope with headphones or anything stuck in their ear canal. Bone conduction is also ideal for exercising, although you won’t quite get the bass level you would experience with a regular pair of earphones. As bone-conducting headsets go, the Mojo2 are as good as they get. I particularly like the fact there’s even a pair of earplugs in the box for those who need to protect their hearing or who want to block out unwanted sound.

Pricing & Availability: The Mojo2 bone conducting headset from Mojawa is available now for $149. There’s an early bird offer with a $30 discount, taking the price to £107 / $119 / €122.

More info: mojaverse.com

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