When you think Bang & Olufsen, you think of beautiful design and spectacular sound quality.
While this may be true of speakers and traditional headphones, there is always a question mark over when these principles can truly carry over to a product that has to face the rigours of a more active user.
The runner, gym-goer and even walker have high demands these days. Comfort and quality of sound will always be high on the list, but more than ever the look of what they are wearing has to be on point.
With the E6 Motion earphone, Bang & Olufsen promise all this and a little bit more. They guarantee ‘consistent high sound performance in challenging environments’ with that signature style that gives a look that rivals just fail to offer.
Within the features, they boast materials that a made to last, authentic Bang & Olufsen sound, easy to manage controls, and five hours of playtime – with easy recharging on the go.
So how does this all stack up?
In the world of active earphones, there a few that can stack up. A sleek white exterior is embellished with classy control panels that exude style. The earphone, on first inspection, looks a little chunky compared to others, but again are beautifully styled. Whether being used in the gym, out running or more casual use, this is an earphone which is going to stand out.
When you put the E6 Motion in your ear, you realise that initial bulky conception gives way to a sumptuous fit. Recognising that not all ears come in the same shapes and sizes, the E6 comes with an excellent array of additional ear fins for the preferred fit. Oddly, my best fit was with two different fins but that highlights the benefits of flexibility when it comes to getting the right feel.
Manufacturers should all be able to deliver a good fit on a static person – but when movement is thrown in, that’s when we generally start to encounter problems. Putting them through their paces, I went through a variety of weightlifting exercises, and a range of cardio – from running and cycling to ski-erg and rower. Lots of movement, lots of opportunity for the annoyance of an ill fit. Initially there was some movement in the left ear, but with a fin replaced this was quickly abated. I did think there was going to be an issue with the placement of the left hand side control panel possibly leading to a pulling feeling, but the security of the fit meant this was unfounded.
There is a fine balance when using earphones between a level of volume that allows you to cut out distraction, and one that can potentially open you up to ear damage. The litmus test for me in this situation is how easily you can drown out background noise – especially the often dreadful tones of the gym’s playlist. This is when the E6 comes into its own. Even at relatively low volume, the noise cancelling is incredible, placing you inside a bubble filled with supreme sound quality. Even when listening to a podcast, my preferred listening during longer forms of cardio, the result is the same – a crystal-clear delivery of sound with zero background interference. Beautiful.
As for the battery life, it’s difficult to measure minute-by-minute but it felt as though there was even a little more than the billed five-hours of playtime. The innovative charging pack that simply clips on to the unit makes topping up quick and easy.
The Bang & Olufsen E6 Motion is available now, priced AED1300.
Are you competing in any fitness events in June?
Here’s our top three to get involved in!
DUBAI DESERT ROAD RUN
Friday, June 7
One of the most popular races in the UAE’s running calendar is back to offer athletes another chance to take part in the Dubai Desert Road Run.
The event will take place on June 7, marking the third time this year it has been held, following previous editions in February and April.
Since its first run back in February 2012, the Dubai Desert Road Run has steadily grown to hold races several times throughout the year, bringing together some of the best in the region’s running community.
From complete beginners and social runners to hardcore competitors, the community run appeals to everyone with a race that can be both challenging and fun.
Three distances are on offer, 10 kilometre, 5km and 3km races that will be run on private roads on a safe, traffic-free course. The race, held at The Sevens, will kick-off at the village area between Pitch 1 and Pitch 8 before concluding between the village area and Pitch 5.
MORE INFORMATION: Dubai Desert Road Run
JABAL AL AKHDAR TRAIL RUN
Friday, June 14
One of the toughest and most enjoyable races in the region, the Jabal Al Akhdar Trail Run, is set to return for another year and will take place in the stunning mountains of Oman on June 14.
The fully supported single-stage race, which features a 3km and 10km distance to entrants, will see you navigate through rocky terrain – with an elevation profile of approximately 2,200 metres in total – and over the spectacular mount passes of Jebel Al Akhdar.
This is a race not to be missed and based on the positive response from last year is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year.
MORE INFORMATION: Jabal Al Akhdar Trail Run
SUMMER SOLSTICE CRAZY BONKERS RIDE
Friday, June 21
Cyclists looking to keep up their training during the soaring summer months can ride up to 180 kilometres in one night on June 21.
Taking place at Al Qudra, the Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride is an endurance event but not a race. It is an opportunity to clock up kilometres in the middle of the summer, on what is close to the longest day/shortest night of the year.
The 86 kilometre track, consisting primarily of a 50 km loop, is a pedal power paradise located east out of Dubai, near Studio City and Arabian Ranches.
It starts from 9pm, meaning you’ll be cycling into the early hours of the morning and, whether you’re a first-time or experienced athlete, there are different distances to choose from.
Five categories will be offer from 180km, 160km, 100km, 52km or 38km distances.
MORE INFORMATION: Summer Solstice Crazy Bonkers Ride
Boxing often gets a bad rap for being a violent sport, but reducing the sport to just jabs and punches is barely even scratching the surface of the wealth of technique involved in it, which is what GymNation’s BOXiQ class focuses on.
Mastering the technique of the sport and helping amateur and professional boxers fight smart is the main ethos behind it.
Founder and head coach of BOXiQ, Joe Ackery, used his 14 years of experience in working with beginner, amateur and professional fighters alike to develop the training regime that focuses on enhancing both the brawn and brain of the fighter.
Besides the numerous boxing films I had seen as a child, I had no practical experience with boxing, so just the idea of a boxing session was enough to overwhelm me. But in my honest opinion, I couldn’t have had a better way of easing myself into this grueling sport.
The class was an hour long and started off with a warm-up by jumping a rope at a slow and brisk pace followed by some shadow boxing to get comfortable with and master the technique associated with the sport.
Following the warm-up, Ackery covered basic boxing combos and footwork drills to create angles and enhance agility. Once you learned the rhythm of it, you get to see a very different side of boxing which is more or less like dancing with someone, minus the romantic element.
The session is open for all levels and even if you are aspiring to break out in to the world of professional boxing, Ackery guarantees that the session will help you learn the rudiments of the sport and get you fight-ready in no time.
Don Chenuka and Kawtar Ahfid have been taking BOXiQ lessons with Ackery for a few months and had nothing but positive things to say about their experience.
“I have been coming to BOXiQ for about three months now and I really like this class because of Joe’s teaching style,” said Chenuka. “He is very patient with all of us and really takes time to help us learn the technique.”
On the other hand, Ahfid thinks the class stands out because of how beginner-friendly it is.
She said: “I love that the class focuses more on technique and body movements, which is why it is amazing for beginners and it really helps familiarise themselves and get their basics of boxing right.”
You can book yourself in for a BOXiQ session at GymNation, Al Quoz. An individual session is priced at Dh75, whereas you can also avail an unlimited class pass for Dh399 per month.
For more information on BOXiQ click here.