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Chilli Air - Bone Conduction Headphones


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  • Allows users to hear surroundings whilst listening to music
  • More comfortable to wear than traditional headphones
  • Transmits sound through cheek bone not through ear drum
  • No impact on ear drum
  • Better sound for people with impaired hearing due to ear drum damage
  • In-line volume control
  • Charges via usb

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  • Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
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  • Item model number: 011087
  • ASIN: B005PK5JHE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 26 Sept. 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,475 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Chilli Technology introduces a range of headphones designed to allow cyclists, runners, skiers and pedestrians to retain situational awareness whilst listening to music. Using bone conduction technology the Chilli Air headphones do not cover the ears but sit just in front of the aural cavity allowing users to hear their surroundings.

Conventional headphones generate sound in the form of an air pressure wave travelling through the outer, middle and inner ear to the cochlea. This part of the ear receives the physical vibrations caused by the sound wave and translates them into electrical information the brain can recognise as distinct sounds.

With a growing number of road traffic accidents caused by protagonists distracted and cut off from external noises while listening to MP3 players, Chilli Technology has introduced a solution to aid road/ski slope safety.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marting on 23 July 2012
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Like the previous reviewer, I came across these on geekbeat and was interested in earphones that don't totally cut you off from what is going on around you. Like the other reviewers, I'd agree that the sound isn't as good as similar cost conventional earphones but that rather misses the point. If you want to listen to music and still be aware of what is going on, turn off the volume with a click and be able to hear everything without having to unplug yourself, then these are for you. If you want to be immersed in your music and cut off from the real world (and we've all seen people nearly being run over doing that!) then buy a good pair of Sennheiser's instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By valeriu on 12 Jun. 2012
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After first charge and depletion of the battery, either it doesn't work to be charged or it's broken the on/off switch.
Can't recomend the sound, or the confortable wareness; the control holder is very heavy.
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I can't ever go running in any other sort of headphones again! Thanks to the bone conduction technology I can hear my music over the noise of busy roads etc without having to turn the volume up so high that I risk damaging my hearing.

At the same time, I can still hear the noise of traffic, people, bike bells etc, so I feel a lot safer whilst running as I remain completely aware of my surroundings. You get an impressive running time from a single charge, I run about 4 to 5 times a week, up to 13 miles per session, and I only need to charge these about once every month or so, and the charging time through the USB adaptor is fast.

The only downside to these is they aren't terribly adjustable - if the headstrap and headphones were more adjustable (since everyone's fit would be slightly different) to keep them on just the right spot, then this would be a 5 star review easily, but these are highly recommended for anyone who wants to keep aware of their surroundings while still enjoying their music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hippiepig on 19 April 2012
Bought these headphones as I was worried abut running with ear phones in my ear and not being able to hear what was going on around me. Could hear music well and be aware of the environment around me. Major safety plus for women runners. Will be recommending to friends.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bigredsturge on 16 May 2012
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Oh dear, and I had such high hopes. I thought these might be useful, increasing my 'situational awareness' while running and listening to music. Unfortunately, I can't honestly recommend listening to any kind of music through these things.
In the flesh, they look and feel cheap as chips (like £5-£6 cheap). I've never worn behind-the-head headphones before, so I can't say whether other sets might sit neatly if you're unlucky enough to have to wear glasses; these won't, however. And the sound quality... well if you've only ever heard a cheap transistor radio, or used your out-of-the-box *Pod buds, these might be acceptable. For the rest of us however, not so much.
If you have a medical condition affecting the outer ear, or are obliged to wear ear protection regularly, then these might have a role in your life. Otherwise, don't bother.
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By Edd on 21 May 2012
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I can't add much that other reviewers haven't already said - they do work although sound quality is not top of the range. Given their unusual nature that's not surprising, but that downside is compensated for by the additional freedom to hear other things.
They're certainly comfortable (more so than the bone conduction headset I last used) and easy to use. As noted by DMC they are leaky however - at low volumes it's not too bad but at even intermediate volumes you should expect others to be able to hear what you're listening to.
These will never be your only pair of headphones, but for when you want to leave your ears unobstructed they're great.
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By Mark Hendry on 18 Mar. 2012
First heard of these like previous reviewer from GeekBeat.tv and after reading the review decided to buy a set. Overall very pleased with them and they actually work very well. Will mainly use them for running and cycling. Very comfortable to wear and unlike normal headphones your ears don't get sore if used for long periods as they sit outside the ear rather than in the ear. My only gripe is that I wish the headphones had an in-line track change but other than that pleased with them and would not hesitate to recommend to others.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By luce on 9 Oct. 2012
These worked absolutely brilliantly and I did everything I had wanted/expected for the first 2 weeks. Then they just stopped working - no good at all.
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