January 6th 2014 2:52 pm

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Good fitness gadget, poor earphones

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Many people won't wear wrist-based heart rate monitors for an extended period because they find it uncomfortable having something attached tightly to my arm. For those folks, heart rate monitor headphones sound like the perfect solution. LG's earphones aren't quite perfect, though. We found the wiring between the earbuds themselves and the Bluetooth unit a bit unwieldy -- the cords were prone to tangling every time I took them off. For headphones, they're not cheap either: $180 at Best Buy. There's really no other device like it, however. Intel's smart ears are just a concept for now, while other options are either gestating in crowdfunding or outright hoaxes. LG's headphones, which you can buy today, give surprisingly accurate heart rate readings. Particularly thanks to the capable app, we can recommend them to fitness types who can't do without music -- just be prepared for some underwhelming audio.

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8.0
Engadget Jul 29, 2014

LG's new earphones are an interesting way of recording and monitoring your heart rate without strapping something to your wrist. If you typically listen to music while exercising, it's an even better fit. At this price, however, the sound quality isn't quite good enough.

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Re/code Jun 16, 2014

So I can’t wholeheartedly recommend spending $180 on these earphones — yet. Both the hardware and mobile app could use some refining. But I do like the idea of earphones that measure heart rate, and I’m looking forward to improved versions.

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TechCrunch Jun 5, 2014

The $180 earphones are not worth their cost unless they’re going to be used exclusively for the heart rate tracking ability.

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8.0
TechHive Jun 2, 2014

With perfectly respectable audio quality and accurate heart rate data, LG introduces an entirely new product category into the wearables world.

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