Not every pair of sports headphones have to be wireless, even in 2019. The Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT3s are normal, wired earphones, but they have a bunch of special features to make them gym-ready.
First, they’re IPX5 rated, meaning you can give them a quick rinse if they get a bit grotty, and they don’t mind some sweat. They also use flexible ear hooks designed to work their way over your ears. These make the Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT3 very secure.
To try to get rid of any cable annoyances while you work out, there’s a little junction box by the right earpiece to let you cut down on the amount of wire left flapping around. You probably will want to use the inbuilt shirt clip to avoid the noise of the cable bumping against your t-shirt making its way to your ears, though.
The one obvious missing feature is a remote control. You have to pull out your phone if you need to change volume or skip that dodgy track on your “pumping iron” playlist.
Sound quality is a little different to the sporty norm in that it tries to be clean and clear instead of super-bassy. There’s enough low-end to fill out the sound, but it’s the Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT3’s crisp treble that stands out in this crowd.
If you have to ramp up the volume to compete with a blaring gym sound system, it can start to sound a little grating. You do get a good sense of detail, though. This is a rare sport earphone for treble heads.
Non-wireless sport headphones for those who can live with less bass
Audio-Technica ATH-SPORT3 tech specs
Bluetooth: no • Battery life: not applicable • Mic: no • Remote: no • Sweat/water-resistant: water and sweat • Weight: 10g