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Whether you’ve made a vow to make 2019 your fittest year yet, or you’re pushing to beat your personal best, making the time to go for a run can be tricky, particularly when life gets busy.

Users of Xperia Ear Duo may already know that the wireless “open-ear” style earphones are the perfect running companion, offering a new listening experience while keeping you connected to the world around you. Simply hook the lightweight device around your ears and you’ll be able to pound the pavements as you enjoy your favourite playlist, make important calls or check out your schedule for the day.

But don’t just take our word for it. Endurance runner Susie Chan put the Ear Duo through its paces to test out all of the key features.

Xperia Ear Duo in its case
Endurance runner Susie Chan tested the Xperia Ear Duo

Susie wore the Ear Duo throughout her normal day-to-day life and took them out on one of her energy-sapping runs.

“I run six times a week, and with each run lasting between 45 minutes and three hours, it’s really important that I have a great pair of quality earphones,” Susie explains.

“The Dual Listening technology in the Ear Duo was great and particularly useful for outdoor runs. It was brilliant to be able to listen to music and still be able to hear the noise of the traffic to keep you safe, or listen to the morning birds.”

But how does this feature work exactly? The Spatial Acoustic Conductor allows the sound generated behind the ear by the unit’s driver to be transmitted directly into the ear. The design of the earphones includes a ring which, when inserted into your ear, opens up the canal to allow outside sounds to blend seamlessly with your music and notifications.

Xperia Ear Duo
The Xperia Ear Duo enables you to make calls, listen to your schedule, forecasts and music while being able to hear your surroundings

Furthermore, you won’t need to worry about going from a quiet park to a busy road. The Ear Duo’s clever technology will adjust the volume accordingly, so you can focus on pushing yourself through that final stretch!

“I was interested to see how the Dual Listening feature in the Ear Duo would work,” Susie said. “I was amazed to find that I could hear my surroundings, whether on a run listening to traffic or in a coffee shop listening to the murmur of customers. They are so versatile.”

Susie Chan wearing Xperia Ear Duo

Running such long distances can be tough when you’re weighed down by heavy clothing or technology. Thanks to its lightweight body and innovative structure developed for comfort, combined with the truly wireless design, you’ll barely notice that you’re wearing them! The Ear Duo also comes equipped with a ring supporter that’s made from soft materials and comes in three different sizes to fit your ears.

“I love how the Xperia Ear Duo fits and feels when I’m jogging. They hook around your ear and don’t move so you needn’t worry about them falling off and disrupting your flow,” Susie continues.

“I also couldn’t believe how quickly they synced up to my phone! Once charged, they connected within seconds.”

Whether you’re on Android or iOS, it’s simple to connect. Firstly, ensure you install the latest version of the Xperia Ear Duo app from Google Play™ or the App Store, and then tap to pair it. Make sure you don’t cover the proximity sensor with your finger as this will inhibit pairing!

The compact case comes with enough battery to charge the headset up to three times when you’re on the go. What’s more, fast charge gives you one hour of listening after just seven minutes of charging so you don’t need to worry about running out after you’ve hit the half way mark!

Susie Chan running with Xperia Ear Duo

Susie also tested out the Daily Assist. As a long-distance runner, it’s great to use the time to switch off from work emails or your always-on Whatsapp groups. For those days where you want to get a little bit more done, the AI baked into the Ear Duo allows you to easily check your notifications and respond accordingly. Whether you use the Google™ Assistant or Siri, the Ear Duo has been designed to work with all smartphones.

“It’s incredibly useful to be able to use the smart controls to manage your day,” Susie says. “I was able to send emails just by speaking and tapping the device. The touch controls are really sensitive so you don’t need to worry about pressing them really hard or repetitively to get them to register your touch. It’s all very simple indeed and a feature that I’ve not experienced in other headphones.”

Man wearing Xperia Ear Duo

Ear Duo’s advanced sensor allows you to answer or decline incoming calls by shaking or nodding your head, or skip through tracks until you find the song with the best beat. You can also control your music and volume by simply tapping and scrolling on the device.

So next time you hit the road, make the Ear Duo your running partner!