If you're looking for cheap workout headphones, you're in luck! We've tested over 25 new products to find a perfect, money-saving alternative to the bestselling (but expensive) JLab Audio Epic2. The winner is called Phaiser BHS-730. They offer excellent audio quality, pro-level features, and a very affordable price. In short, the BHS-730 might have a weird name but they are the best cheap workout headphones for the money. Phaiser offers virtually the same specs as the pricey JLab competitor but won't break the bank. We liked that the Phaiser BHS-730 use the newest Bluetooth standard, are waterproof, offer great audio quality, plus a smart magnetic clip for storage. In short, they're a very smart choice if you're shopping for cheap waterproof exercise headphones. All right, enough intro. Let's take a look at how these two exercise headphones compare!
JLab Audio's Epic2 are excellent, bestselling workout headphones. The only downside is that JLab's well-known brand name also comes with a big-brand price tag. You certainly can't call this product cheap running headphones. So who do we recommend the Epic2 for? If you're looking for maximum battery life, they may be worth the investment. You get an industry-leading 11 hours of playback, which may be worth the price for long-distance runners, hikers, and similar hobbies. For everybody else, we'd recommend the equally great and very cheap Phaiser BHS-730.
The new Phaiser BHS-730 are the top cheap sports headphones in our reviews. They offer essentially the same high-end features as the pricey JLab Audio Epic2 but (you guessed it) they have a great price. If you're looking for a set of excellent, cheap headphones for running, workouts, the gym, and everything in between - this product is for you. We recommend them because they offer brand new features (such as Bluetooth 4.1 and magnetic clips) yet will leave plenty of cash in your wallet. Last but not least, Phaiser offers a fantastic lifetime replacement guarantee against damage from sweat.
The JLab Audio Epic2 headphones use Bluetooth 4.0. This works very well and the connection is excellent, though we would have liked to see JLab include the newest version of Bluetooth (4.1) for better connectivity, data transfer, and to make the headphones more future proof. Either way, Bluetooth worked well in our tests.
The Phaiser BHS-730 wireless exercise headphones use the newest Bluetooth standard, version 4.1. This allows modern smartphones to intelligently manage the headphones battery, improves connectivity, and more. We really liked that Phaiser included a cutting-edge Bluetooth connection as it makes the product future-proof.
The JLab Audio Epic2 are water-resistant and sweat-proof. While you can't submerge them in water or use them for swimming, they hold up very well in wet environments and when you sweat a lot.
The Phaiser BHS-730 are also fully water-resistant and sweat-proof, just like the JLab headphones. But Phaiser takes it further with a new nano coating so that the product can survive drops into water.
The Epic2 workout earbuds passively block out ambient noise. Noise isolation works well, although not quite as good as the BHS-730.
The BHS-730 exercise headphones noise isolation works very well. The included memory foam tips reduce noise significantly.
JLab headphones work with both Apple and Android devices. The product includes a universal mic and track control remote, built into the cable which let's you change tracks, take calls, use Siri, change the volume, and more.
Phaiser's BHS-730 offers the same universal compatibility as JLab. The built-in remote works with all Apple and Android devices, letting you control all settings. Furthermore, on newer iOS and Android devices the headphones even show a live battery status.
The Epic2 feature an 8mm driver size. The headphones driver is the speaker that generates music and voice. The larger it is the fuller and richer everything sounds. An 8mm driver is a perfect size for in-ear exercise headphones, producing rich audio.
The BHS-730 also feature an 8mm driver. This is an ideal size for in-ear headphones, making the product both lightweight and producing powerful, rich audio. In short, Phaiser's cheap exercise headphones sound as good as JLab's premium product.
JLab uses an over the ear clip to secure the headphones. This works well for running, sports, and all other kinds of movements. The headphones are also very sturdy and shock-resistant, ensuring that you can listen to music without annoying skips in your tracks.
Phaiser takes a different approach than JLab, with patented winged earphone tips. The advantage of this design is that you can wear the cable both over the ear and under the ear. In both cases, the headphones fit very securely and produce shock-free audio.
We're talking about wireless headphones here, which means that you'll want to wear them around your neck occasionally while you're not listening to music. JLab unfortunately does not include a magnetic clip to snap them together securely around your neck. This only leaves your pockets, although the headphones do have cable management snaps which make that easy.
The BHS-730 have a magnetic clip, which we love. Once you use this feature you'll never want to be without. When you're done listening to your music you can simply snap both headphone ends together and safely carry them around your neck. This is very convenient and makes the headphones much easier to take with you, especially if you don't have pockets on your workout outfit.
JLab Audio Epic2 achieved an exceptional 11 hour battery life in our review. This will vary, depending on how the headphones are used but either way is enough even for multiple long workouts.
In our tests, we got about 7 hours of battery life out of the Phaiser BHS-730. This can of course vary based on your personal use, music volume, and other factors. In short, this is a great battery life.
The Epic2 have a built-in microphone so you can take calls and record audio if you need to. The microphone works well, reducing unwanted background noise such as wind significantly.
The BHS-730 also features an excellent microphone. Take calls and record audio, all while the microphone automatically reduced noise. Audio quality is excellent and voices sound very clear.
The Epic2 is charged with a universal USB to micro USB cord. This is a great choice, making the headphone easy to power anywhere in the world, for example from any laptop or USB power adapter.
Phaiser uses the same USB to micro USB cord standard. It's the perfect choice, allowing you to easily charge the headphones anywhere. Additionally, replacement cables will be very cheap.
The Epic2 headphones are lightweight, weighing only 15 grams.
The BHS-730 are incredibly lightweight, at only 9 grams.
JLab Audio offers a limited, one-year warranty for the Epic2. That's a standard length, though we feel that a premium product with a premium price deserves a longer warranty.
Phaiser offers a better warranty than JLab. You get a limited one-year warranty, plus lifetime replacements if your headphones ever get damaged by sweat. This is how it should be done!