The Good: Sleek design and simple controls.
The Bad: Short range on Bluetooth connectivity, and higher vibrations (than normal).
The Sound Worthy: The design rivals the AfterShokz TREKZ Titanium, but the clarity is lacking.
Note: Be sure to check out our Top 10 Bone Conduction Headphones List here
After a reader got in touch with us about the Sain Sonic Wireless Bone Conduction Headset, we reached out to the company, and got the opportunity to review the product.
The headphones were tested during the following activities (paired to an iPhone 6):
- Listening to podcast and music inside
- Talking on the phone inside and outside
- Walking the dogs while listening to a podcast
When you first put on the Sain Sonic headphones they feel a little heavy around the ears. This is part of the price you pay when moving the technology from the cable to the actual headset: they get heavier.
Fortunately after about thirty minutes of walking around I didn’t even notice I was wearing them.
They also include an elastic band for a better fit during activities, which has become pretty standard.
The style is very sleek and modern. Similar to the Marsboy and AfterShokz, technology advancements are allowing bone conduction headphones to slim down quite a bit.
The controls for power on/off, charging and volume up/down can all be found just behind the right ear (see the picture below).
The phone answer/end call button is on the left conduction earphone.
Like most Bluetooth devices Sain Sonic uses a “pairing mode.” We tried pairing the device without “pairing mode” and it was a no go.
So, when you first pair the device, simply hold down on the power on button for additional six seconds and a voice will alert you to pairing mode. At this point you’ll be able to find the device on your smartphone (or whatever you are pairing to).
One of the most annoying things is a device that won’t pair easily, and we’re happy to say Sain Sonic is not one of those devices. Took us less than twenty seconds total.
While the Sain Sonic shined in almost every category, we felt they were a little below average in sound clarity. Even with the volume all the way turned up, the sound still felt soft.
This was strange, considering the vibrations (from the bone conduction) were in excess of other headphones we’ve tested. Usually as the vibrations increase, so does the sound. That didn’t seem to be the case here.
We mentioned recently that Marsboy was the first pair of bone conduction headphones to include ear plugs. This can actually be a pretty big deal for sound leakage, and we were happy to see ear plugs also included with the Sain Sonic.
With that said, note that ear plugs aren’t recommended in every environment. For example, I took them out when walking the dogs, because the ear plugs add a “noise isolation” type feature, which isn’t exactly what you want next to a busy road.
Also, if you happen to already wear hearing aids that fit in the ear (ITE), then you won’t need the ear plugs at all.
Overall the Sain Sonic style are a step in the right direction. The design and functionality are amazing, but they lacked just a little in terms of sound. They just seemed a little on the quiet side.
We’d still recommend taking this pair into consideration when choosing a pair of wireless bone conduction headphones.
Disclaimer: This product was provided free of charge for this review. We have not been paid to review this product and all opinions are ours and based on an actual product test.