In this guide, we’ll be reviewing the Shokz OpenComm Wireless Stereo Bone Conduction Headset.
We will tell you who will benefit most from having and using it. As well as give you our rating for it and tell you what other customers are saying about it. We will tell you about the major pros and cons of buying it and give you our verdict.
We will walk you through the features. And help you compare it to other popular and similar headphones and see what advantages and disadvantages it has as against other bone-conducting headphones.
Also tell you about other alternative headphones to it, if it does not offer you all you want from it.
And finally, we will recommend where to get the best deals for more savings.
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Shokz OpenComm – Who is it for?
- If you work from home (WFH) and have to be on a lot of one-on-one calls or conference calls (Zoom, Teams, Meets), all through the day and you need a Bluetooth headset that you can always be on the go with, which pairs up immediately with your smart device.
- If you are an online coach or fitness trainer looking for an open-ear headset with a clear microphone, to conduct simultaneous face-to-face classes and online tutoring.
- If you always avoid putting anything in or around your ears, because they can get hot quickly and gradually become very uncomfortable for you over long periods of time. Or maybe you have had an ear infection from the frequent use of wired or wireless earbuds.
- If you want a headphone that allows you to make active noise-canceling phone calls with almost crispy clear sound but also lets you be aware of what is going on around you. Or you don’t mind shutting yourself to the world with some quality earplugs to enjoy your phone call with your loved ones.
- If you want to be able to have hands-free private phone conversations while driving on the road and be able to see the road clearly without too often taking your hands off the steering wheel.
- If you have certain types of hearing loss (discuss with physician or E.N.T.) and have used a bone conduction headset before, this may be a no-brainer.
- If you’re on the hunt for a Bluetooth headset that gives you a longer-lasting battery life, which stays with you during the day and may only require some quick night charging, to start up to work another demanding day, the next morning.
- If you’re looking to get an open ear headset for someone with visual impairment so that they can be able to listen to things going on around them, and or hear voice prompts/commands for guidance as they move around. However, it may not offer a full range of options that they may desire e.g. it doesn’t offer a caller ID function to know who is calling by either their name or phone number unless their phone reads them out, they wouldn’t know who is calling.
You may be better off looking elsewhere, if;
- You are looking for the very best headphones money can buy. You are better off looking elsewhere, because of the drawbacks well known to bone conduction headsets such as a lean bass output, which most audiophiles dislike.
- You are always on the road, e.g. a road trucker and as most laws require fully hands-free communication, this does not let you communicate directly with Siri (iPhone and iOS users) via the headset. You’ll have to pick up your phone and say “Hey Siri” do this or do that. You may be better off using a single ear earbud, such as the Apple Earbuds, LG Tone Ultra, Plantronics, Bose Wireless Sport Open Earbuds, etc.
- You are looking for headphones suitable for audio mixing. As we would not recommend this for audio mixing; you should get your hands on proper Studio Headphones.
Who Should Not Buy Shokz OpenComm?
Those who will not benefit from using the Shokz OpenComm bone conduction headphone may include;
- People who suffer from Sensorineural deafness
- Anyone who wants a swimming bone conduction headphone
The Shokz OpenComm headset lets you keep communicating as long as you wish.
If you are looking for an open-ear bone-conducting headset that may fit into what we talked about above, then you should try out the OpenComm headphone with its boom mic.
As a bone conduction headset it works great, if you want the experience, do check it out.
Our Rating: 4.0/5
This is a premium bone-conducting headset that gives you all the features you need. Our rating is to cater to people who are looking to own an open-ear headphone, with an adjustable boom mic to make crispy clear phone calls. If this is what you want, then check it out.
Here are some of the main features most people have rated highly or poorly about the Shokz OpenComm:
Audio Quality & Clarity
The audio quality is of a much-improved quality. Though the bass is still not as great as you may want, compared to the AfterShokz Air this is much better. Thus, comparing it to the bass level for size the AfterShokz Air bone conduction headset makes a lot of sense.
For emphasis, any direct comparison to the Sennheiser HD600s, which is great for music, will not be fair to OpenComm. A good tradeoff for a headset you can comfortably wear all day.
There’s a way most people have recommended adjusting for the bass, is by using your earplugs and adjusting the EQ settings in the headset whenever you want to listen to bass-heavy music.
If you try out this pattern on the Air, you may get some improvement, but not as much as the OpenComm delivers. This is probably due to some improvement in the tech used in the OpenComm.
Though it is still not as great as what you’ll expect in a headphone amp connected to some studio-grade headphones.
This is where audiophiles draw their line and move on to other categories of wireless Bluetooth headsets.
This may not make it a top choice for listening to music 24/7 but is definitely worth considering if you are in a noisy environment that demands your being present and aware, and you want to listen to some music (like during game plays like poker, or other board games or card games).
Others have made mentioned of it works well for some forms of hearing loss, especially in situations where they were already using the more expensive Widex Bluetooth hearing aids.
As they were of the opinion they had a much-improved call hearing experience with the OpenComm compared to the Widex hearing aid.
In comparison to the Tayogo S2 bone conduction headset, the OpenComm takes the shine with much deeper bone conduction points and better treble sound, and also much fewer vibrations.
The voices you hear from callers are clear to your ears, as you should have no difficulty in hearing what they say.
Though some have noted hearing rather piercing voices over Zoom, Teams, and WebEx, this is more often when their callers are making use of poorer quality microphones.
The volume is very decent, much better than the Air and the Titanium which had way less volume.
Though, you can crank up the volume. But, when it gets too loud, you can begin to experience a weird vibratory sensation, which feels like some mild electric shock therapy against the cheekbone.
Sometimes, if you are playing games, any sudden rise in volume and bass may cause intense vibrations that can scare you to want to quickly remove them off your head.
Some complained about the very loud tone it makes, when you connect to it via Bluetooth or when you are adjusting the volume either up or down.
As some noted having some difficulty in adjusting the volume for different apps they use, as each change to the volume in one app affects the volume in all the other apps at the same time. Thus, it is an all-or-nothing global volume setting.
Others have noted issues with using the volume controller with a lot of apps on their pc. For instance, the headset volume control does not work or only goes between being very quiet or very loud.
Pairing and setup are relatively easy. It works well, even for Bluetooth multipoint pairing with 2 Bluetooth-enabled devices. Or for Bluetooth pairing with a Near field communication (NFC) enabled device.
With some good wireless range of coverage, you should be able to walk around from one room to another in a small flat apartment, without any noticeable lag timing with your smartphone or laptop.
Some have noticed delays in multipoint pairing connection, occurring frequently at startup. The headset connects automatically to their smartphone and requires manual reconnection to their laptop, after going to the Bluetooth devices section of the laptop and clicking on ‘Connect’.
However, it was said that they only usually experienced this when using multipoint pairing to connect between a laptop and a smart device, but does not happen when connected to two (2) smartphones or tablets.
The OpenComm headphone makes use of low-energy Bluetooth, which helps to achieve longer-lasting battery life. However, this creates a Bluetooth lag time seen more often after you stop listening to music for a while.
If you make use of a GPS app, Screen reader for voice prompts, you may notice delays or cutouts as it takes half a second delay for the headset to wake up and start responding again.
This may be worrying for GPS tracking voice-over prompts; you may miss the first part of words spoken by the GPS voice prompter, for instance, the statement ‘Broad Street 20 feet ahead’. You may hear “…..20 feet ahead” instead of the complete statement “Broad Street 20 feet ahead.”
A way to overcome this is to play low-volume background ambient music or a silent track (an audio file without any music on it), so that the wakeup Bluetooth connectivity lag can be avoided.
The AfterShokz Air can pair with two devices at the same time; however, the OpenComm may only work with one device at a time.
After the initial pairing of the two connected devices, you need to manually disconnect from one the active one and then connect to the other device.
You should not have any trouble pulling it off time and again; it just pays to be aware of it.
For comparison, you also get similar dual connectivity between the Tayogo S2 headset and 2 smart devices or a smartphone/tablet and a PC.
This should help to make your day more productive, as you can easily switch focus from one device to the other, as and when you need them.
Another challenge you may face is that you always have to pick up your phone, to talk to Siri for iPhone and Mac OS users. As it does not allow you to talk to Siri through the headphone.
This can be a little inconvenient for truck and other vehicle drivers, when on the road.
Use of single-ear Earbuds is advised or better still; ensure your phone is kept located close to your face, such as on the dashboard where your voice commands can easily be heard and picked up by your phone.
Some have complained about having connection problems with their headsets. This happens while they are on video conference calls on Zoom and or Teams.
The headset they noted is always dropping and reconnecting at intervals of 10 – 15 minutes during active use.
Also, one further clarified that when using his Microsoft Surface Pro 4, if he switches from listening to music or YouTube to connect to a video call, both Zoom and Teams will not accept the Bluetooth connection, this happens until he switches off the headset and later reconnects.
Another reviewer noted due to the nature of their work, they heavily rely on a lot of teleconferencing applications: Google Meet, MS Teams, Ring Central, and WebEx to name but a few. That while using the headset with a smartphone, there is no problem with connecting it to the teleconferencing apps.
The problem lies with using the headset to connect to the teleconferencing apps via a virtual phone or PC-based teleconferencing. As they would need to constantly be adjusting audio settings from “Shokz headphone” to “Shokz headset” between different apps to be able to fully participate in the call.
You get multifunction buttons that are easy to reach and identify. However, the buttons don’t work when actively connected to your PC. Shokz (formerly Aftershockz) clarifies they are not meant to be used for PCs.
For comparison, the Tayogo S2 also has multifunction buttons, though it has a dedicated power button, which the OpenComm does not. The most likely reason why may be seen in the size of both headsets. The absence of a dedicated power button on the OpenComm may account for its smaller size compared to the Tayogo. You may find out that when you try to switch off the headset, you unavoidably adjust the volume of the headset before it turns off.
You may or may not be concerned, this is just to make you aware of what to expect.
Some people really felt uncomfortable using the volume controller to put the headphone on mute. Due to its location behind the right ear at the base of the neckband, and having to simultaneously press both volume buttons to mute it. This may be rather challenging for some people with varying impairments predominantly visual.
Another reviewer noted that they had trouble holding down both volumes up and down buttons. If too long press on the buttons switches off the headset, then you’ll have to switch it on again and reconnect your device. If you discover a faulty unit such as this, promptly return this.
Other important things most reviewers had to say about it include;
They liked that it was dust, sweat, and moisture resistant, but wanted a fully waterproof headset. As another review who was an online fitness coach/trainer complained that his sweat must have gotten into his headset causing it to subsequently malfunction.
The absence of Android or iOS apps. The possibilities of additional control functions for the headset are not accessible. Also, this means you won’t get a firmware update to your headset, as any possible future software update to the device, will have to be done manually.
The sleek carry case, though nice looking was said to be in the larger size.
A few complained of the smell that comes with the unboxing of the product packaging, stating they felt uncomfortable with it for some days.
PROS AND CONS
- Great for long wear
- Awareness of your surroundings
- Magnetic fast charging
- Easy to clean and sanitize
- Battery reporting issue
- The audio quality is just decent, poor low-frequency sound
- Very noisy background can be overwhelming
From what we have discussed earlier about the main features you get with the Shokz OpenComm Headphone.
We’ll like to think you may prefer this headset for all it offers, from a simple open ear and lightweight design to a decent audio performance.
These have been the features most people have talked a lot about; giving you a headset that checks all the boxes for a good bone conduction headset.
You should be getting out-of-the-box ready-to-use waterproof headphones that fit well with your daily needs.
The volume controller of the headset cannot be adjusted when it is paired to your pc, save for using the settings on your computer apps like MS Teams or Zoom.
Shokz OpenComm Review
- Noise-Canceling Boom Mic
- Open-Ear Comfort
- 16 Hours of Talk Time
- Quick Charge
Noise-Canceling Boom Mic
The Noise-Canceling Boom Microphone blocks out background noise, allowing you to make clear calls in even very loud environments when you focus it near your mouth.
The left-sided non-detachable boom microphone can swivel up and down, this lets you adjust the angling of the mic to suit your taste and capture sounds just the way you want them.
Since the boom mic can be moved out of your way, you can use the headphone for exercising, workout, running, etc.
For people who are used to combining an open ear headset (like the AfterShokz Air) and a stationary microphone (e.g. a wired Blue Yeti microphone) or other wireless microphones, especially online coaches, fitness instructors, and trainers when having teaching or guidance sessions, the Shokz OpenComm brings the benefit of both technologies to bear in one headset.
This gives you more room to move around more easily without being rooted to a spot because your wired mic cannot conveniently be moved around.
This works well even for both online and person-to-person teaching, or for a hybrid model of teaching. If you have to rely on the use of a face mask (N95 respirator), the boom mic still delivers clear and consistent audio performance, when compared to a wired Blue Yeti microphone.
You won’t have to be rooted to your Office chair and table all day long, because you have to make and receive phone calls every day. Your hands get more free time to type and write, without having to always be holding your phone to make or receive phone calls every so often.
This should make working more tolerable, as you can now also move around more often, do short exercises (stretches) or take short walks in your office and still be connected on the phone.
Some reviewers were of the opinion that the boom mic was much clearer than what they got with their Airpods Pro.
Insisting that their callers were always impressed with the crystal clear voice they heard from their end.
Whenever they are driving on the road, their callers couldn’t hear fire trucks rolling by. However, when the car window is down they could hear the wind buffeting.
Others insisted that the volume on the boom mic of the headset unit they got was too low for them, as they have to speak at the top of their voice to be heard. They also pointed out that Siri does not work with OpenComm.
Another reviewer concluded that he felt that the OpenComm boom mic didn’t compare favorably well against the mic of the MacBook Air from varying distances while testing them on a series of conference calls.
While another pointed out that the headset may not be working perfectly well with Macs and PCs than any actual problems with the boom mic itself.
Other reviewers opined that the boom is shorter than they expected, compared to wired microphones with a 1-inch longer boom performed better for the noise canceling than the OpenComm. However, they concluded that OpenComm does perform creditably well against most background noise.
Compared to previous generations such as the AfterShokz Titanium and Air, this gives a much-improved microphone audio output quality.
In comparison to the Tayogo S2, the Shokz OpenComm boom mic does a much better job at filtering out background noise, than other bone conduction headphones using ambient microphones to pick out your voice.
Some complained about the method of having to press two buttons at a time to mute the mic. They insisted the process was too slow, and the loud double beep sound you hear when muting it was too loud. They would have preferred to have had a dedicated hardware mute button instead.
The OpenComm offers you premium audio through your cheekbone, ensuring you are connected and comfortable, whenever you are working or on the road, or in an industrial, or a business setting.
It was made with a very light full-Wraparound titanium frame and other soft materials, with no sharp or rough edges.
The OpenComm uses bone conduction to deliver audio into the inner ear, by sending vibratory waves through a transducer placed on your cheekbone and bypassing the outer ear opening.
Those who dislike have anything in or around their ears because their ears get hot and uncomfortable with headsets on them. More commonly in people who have suffered repeated ear infections from having wireless earbuds in them.
Similarly, as those who have some difficulty hearing, and find it rather hard to hear anyone with an earphone in their ears. The Shokz OpenComm presents as a more comfortable headset to wear for all-day usage.
For those who have sought to conquer their troubles with ear fatigue, from headphones overuse.
You can use them every day from about 9 am to about 6 pm almost every weekday, with the same result.
The OpenComm lets you keep your ears free of fatigue, nor does the boom mic get in your way of comfort, and you can now pay more attention to your environment as you work.
As some reviewers have stated they changed from using their Airpods Pro for teleconferencing apps like Teams/WebEx/Zoom to using the OpenComm instead, because of the discomfort of having the Airpods in the ear for long conference calls.
They get more or less the same audio quality with the OpenComm, without the ever-present ear discomfort. They sometimes walk around everywhere, forgetting they have it on their heads as it is so comfortable to wear.
For teachers who have to deal with tutoring pupils, both in the classroom and online (hybrid learning model) for students who can’t come to school for any reason.
They see it as a welcome addition to their tutoring kits, as they can readily monitor the pupils or students in the classroom and online without anything blocking their ears.
Parents of growing children, who prefer working from home, found using it as an alternative way to participate comfortably in lengthy online work meetings, and at the same time be able to pay attention to their kids at home.
With open ears, you get to hear your child calling for attention, or the sounds of someone knocking at your front door, or your not-so-loud doorbell.
You also don’t get to be in your own little bubble when others are all around you, and easily chime into their conversation when your attention is needed.
Some noted that they do feel dizzy, and nauseous and also experience seasickness, with them needing to lie down for a while to recover.
This happens once in a while when using the headset. It was said that quite a number of people do experience vertigo when they use bone conduction headphones.
However, this is quite a common experience amongst most headphones or earbuds users regardless of the brand or their underlying technology.
People with larger head sizes did complain of having headaches due to the firmness of the band, and the pressure applied to the temples, some minutes after using the headset.
Some people with smaller head sizes noted that headphones did not fit comfortably on the head, and moved around too often when they walked. And whenever they tried running with it, it does not sit well and may fall off.
Some noted that the neckband of the headset sticks too far out from their head. This gets in the way of their full hair when they let it down.
This also makes it rather uncomfortable to sit on a tall back chair, without the neckband digging into your neck or being displaced away from your head (cheekbone).
And others complained of not being able to wear a pullover hoody, a shirt with a collar, or a coat with a hat, alongside using the headset when they go outside.
Some reviewers opined that the Shokz OpenComm headset does not fit well under a beanie, as the beanie presses the headset in the temple, causing them some unwanted pain.
16-Hours of Talk Time & Quick Charge
The Shokz OpenComm battery gives you about 16 hours of talk time or around 8 hours of listening time on a single full charge lasting about an hour.
This should allow you to communicate all day long and remain connected from the comfort of your desk, your worksite, or on a long commute.
The Shokz OpenComm also uses a Quick Charge feature; by simply plugging the headset into its magnetic induction charger for around 5 minutes, you should get up to 2 hours of talk time.
The long battery life makes it a good fit for running a long shift of about 9 hours as a helpdesk agent.
The magnetic charger works well for quick charging and ensures the charging ports should last much longer.
There’s no need to worry about misplacing the cable if you are always making use of the headset at the same location.
If you do have to move around a lot or travel with the headset, it is advisable to get at least a spare charger, to protect your peace of mind just in case the charger gets missing.
Some reviewers were concerned about the length of the magnetic charging cable, being too short at around 24 inches.
This makes it more suitable for charging your headset with your laptop or PC than connecting it to a wall socket to charge.
You don’t get to know how much battery time is left on a charge, in durations of hours.
You can however determine the battery level by pressing the volume button when you turn on the headset and the headset is not currently in use (no music, no calls ongoing).
It tells you whether the battery is high, medium, or low. Quite a number of people said they would have preferred that it gave them, the battery level in percentages.
In comparing the battery life of the Shokz OpenComm to the Sennheiser Presence, a true beast of a wireless headset amongst wireless headsets, which delivers an excellent battery life, awesome wireless range of coverage, is very durable, and a classy sounding microphone. The OpenComm battery life did show a lot of promise lasting quite as long while rubbing shoulders with the Sennheiser Presence.
In comparison to the Tayogo S2, the Tayogo makes use of a micro USB charging port, as opposed to the proprietary magnetic charger of the OpenComm.
Overall, the open ear design makes this very comfortable to wear all day if needed, and lets you hear callers or listen to music without completely disconnecting from the world around you.
I love how comfortable these headsets are, as they do not go in my ears. They leave my ears to be free to listen to things going on around me.
I like that I can use this headset;
- when I go out jogging or working Outdoors and can hear cars and their warning horns
- I also like using them in the office and on the factory floor. So that I can hear the warning tones and sounds of equipment working around me
- I sometimes also use them to play sports while listening to instructions
- I also use them when I go dog walking outdoors while chatting on the phone or listening to my favorite podcasts
I found the sound quality on the headset to be adequate for my listening pleasure.
Of course, it’s not as good as what you can expect from regular headphones. But, the bass sound quality is good enough to go with.
I also like that the sound quality of the Noise-canceling mic is good. I tested it with some coffee shops’ noisy generators. I hardly hear the noise and they didn’t disturb my phone calls very much.
The battery life is also very decent and it uses fast charging. So I like that I can charge up my device very fast so that I can deploy it for use.
The headset also comes with a very nice hard case that helps to protect them from getting damaged.
I also like that I could sleep with the headsets, but I got my last one broken because I slept with it.
I find it very comfortable to use alongside my glasses. Although, I did hear some of my friends who use very big glasses frames say it does not sit well with their own glasses.
But it sits well with my light frame glasses.
The headset also comes with a magnetic charging cable which works well.
But, you wouldn’t want to lose the cable because it is proprietary, that it is unique to the headset. You may not be able to a replacement cable when you need it if it gets missing.
I also found the buttons to be very tiny. That my friends with huge fingers found it difficult to press the buttons.
You can also use the headphones with earplugs if you want to shut yourself out from the world around you. So that you can listen to music or podcast without outside interference.
It is also a good alternative as an open-ear headset for use at home especially when the kids are around. So that you can pay attention to all they’re doing around you.
To round up this is a great lightweight headset to have.
While I do like the headset, I found them not to be as great as the regular Poly (Plantronics) headsets.
- they’re quite innovative
- you also get to hear the environment
- your calls are pretty clear
- they’re very comfortable to wear
- they are very lightweight and I found them easy to forget whenever I put them on
- the sound quality is not bad
- and the battery life is very awesome way much longer than what you can expect on the Poly Voyager Legend
- I found the noise-canceling feature to be handy. But, not as exceptional or as great as what you find in the regular Poly headsets.
- I found that the proprietary charging cable was not very convenient to have and use. I would have preferred them to use the more common USB C cables. So that if I do misplace them, I can replace them without much delay.
- I also found the charging cable to be very short. Making it to be very uncomfortable to use especially when I’m sitting at my desk. I also have to bend down in an awkward position to charge the device which is not very comfortable for me. I often have frequent back pains from irregular movements such as that.
- They also did not include a wall adapter alongside the package. As such, if I don’t have a PC to work with I wouldn’t be able to charge the headphones wherever I am. If I’m at the airport I always have to pull out my laptop from my bag to charge the headphones. As I could plug them into the wall sockets available at the airport.
- I would have preferred having a dedicated mute button, such as you find in regular headphones.
- The sound quality is also lacking. As the quality of the bass is not enough for listening to my type of music. Though it is good enough for regular listening to podcasts and other audio files.
- I also found them rather uncomfortable to wear alongside my large frame Zeelool Vintage glasses.
All in all, I do not find many issues with using the headphones. I will want to see them address some of the issues that I raised in later versions of the headsets. Too bad, while I do know they are great to have and use, they are not good enough for me.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX
- OpenComm Stereo Bluetooth Headphones
- 1 Silicone Carrying Case
- 1 Magnetic Induction Charging Cable
- User Guide
When you open the box, you’ll find 1 OpenComm headset, 1 Silicone carrying case, 1 Magnetic charging cable, and accessory earplugs for use when you want to block out external sounds and focus on your audio listening pleasure.
Shokz OpenComm C102 Headphone Specifications
|Function||Water-resistant, Sweatproof, Song Switching|
|Language||English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean|
|Material||Full Titanium Alloy|
|Headphone Type||Bone Conduction, Around-Ear|
|Speaker Type||Bone Conduction Transducers|
|Microphone Type||DSP Noise-Canceling Boom Mic|
|Command Controls||Multifunction button, Volume button|
|Application||Sport, Running, Cycling, Pet Walking, Productivity, Office, Calls|
|Compatible with||Mobile phone, iPod, iPhone, PC, and Laptops|
|Bluetooth Dongle||Loop 100 (Only available with Shokz OpenComm UC)|
|Wireless Range 33 feet||33 feet|
|Compatible Profiles||A2DP, AVRCP, HSP, HFP|
|Sensitivity||96 ± 3dB|
|Microphone Type DSP Noise-Canceling Boom Mic||DSP Noise-Canceling Boom Mic|
|Microphone Sensitivity||-38dB ± 3dB|
|Battery Capacity(mAh)||Built-in 170mAh Li-ion Battery|
|Max. Charge Voltage||5.25V|
|Max. Output Power||0.6W|
|Charging Port||Magnetic Induction|
|Dimension and Weight|
|Package size (L x W x H)||16.89 x 13.49 x 6.86 cm / 6.65 x 5.31 x 2.7 inches|
|Package weight||0.3000 kg, 10 oz|
|Product size (L x W x H)||13.97 x 10.67 x 4.06 cm / 5.5 x 4.2 x 1.6 inches|
|Product weight||0.0330 kg, 1.164 oz|
How Do You Set up and Use The Shokz OpenComm C102 Headphone?
We are going to talk about how to best operate and use the Shokz OpenComm C102 headphone.
Below is a sketch diagram showing the various named parts of the headphone. These include:
- the LED indicator,
- the Noise-cancelling Boom Mic,
- the magnetic charging port,
- the volumes,
- and multifunction buttons.
When the battery on the headset is low, the headset will often glow red and you also hear a voice prompt “charge me”. You will need to make use of the magnetic charging cables and connect them to the headsets.
And also plugging the other end of the magnetic charging cable into the wall, by using a wall adaptor. Or by connecting it to the USB port of your laptop or personal computer.
Once you plug in the headset to the magnetic charging cable, the headset will power off. And the LED will glow red while charging and when charged full will glow blue.
- Switch On – Long press the volume up button which also serves as the power button until then LED starts to glow blue. then Audrey The voice prompter I will say welcome to Shokz.
- Switch off – Long press the volume up button which also serves as the power button. Until the LED indicator starts to blue red then Audrey the voice prompter I will say power off.
- Increase the Volume – press the volume up (+) button once at a time
- Decrease the Volume – press the volume down (-) button once at a time
- Mute the microphone – while you’re on the phone call,
- Mute on – Long-press both the volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons until Audrey will say “Mute on.”
- Mute off – Long-press both the volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons while your microphone is on mute. Wait until Audrey will say “Mute off.”
- Check Battery Status – Pressed together both the volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons, when the audio is on pause. Audrey the voice prompter will say “Battery high, Battery medium, Battery low, or Charge me.”
There are two EQ modes.
- The standard mode is good for listening with your ears kept open
- The ear plug mode is good for listening to audio with ear plugs in your ears. This helps you to isolate yourself from your noisy environment.
Switching EQ modes
To switch EQ modes you press together both the volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons while audio is playing. Wait until you hear a beep sound then Audrey the voice prompter will say “EQ changed.”
To change languages the headset has options for 4 languages built-in. This includes Chinese, English, Korean, and Japanese.
- Starting with your headset turned off
- Long-press the volume up (+) button until the voice prompter Audrey will say “pairing.” And the LED starts to flash red and blue together.
- Then press the multifunction button twice. then you will hear the corresponding language that the headset has switched to.
- When charging – glows red
- When charged full – glows blue
- When in a pairing state – glows red and blue together
How Do You Pair Shokz OpenComm Headphones?
- With the headset turned off.
- Long press the volume up button until the LED flashes red and blue together
- Open the Bluetooth settings on your smart device and turn on your Bluetooth. Search for and select OpenComm by Shokz. Then Audrey the voice prompter will say “Connected.”
- With your headset turned off, turn it on.
- Then turn on your NFC pairing feature on your smart device
- Then place the headset’s NFC logo near the NFC detection area of your smart device. Wait until you see the device showing up as paring completed.
- The LED on the headset with flash blue once that signifies pairing has finalized.
With multi-point pairing, you can pair two devices to the headset together.
- Starting with your headphones turned off.
- The long-press the volume up button until Audrey the voice prompter I will say “pairing.” Then you will notice the headset LED flashing blue and red together
- Then, long-press the multi-function button and the volume up (+) button together. Wait until you hear Audrey the voice prompter says “multipoint enabled”
- Open your first smart device’s Bluetooth settings and select OpenComm by Shokz. Then Audrey will say “Connected.”
- Then turn off your headphone
- Then long-press the volume up (+) button until Audrey the voice prompter would say “Pairing.” And the LED starts to flash both red and blue together.
- Then open the Bluetooth settings of your second smart device and select OpenComm by Shokz. You will hear Audrey the voice prompter say “Connected.”
- Turn off your headphones
- Turn on your headphones now your headset is now connected to both smart devices.
You can turn off the multi-point pairing
- Turn off your headphone
- Then long-press the volume up (+) button until you hear the voice prompter say “Pairing.” And you’ll see the LED flashing both red and blue together.
- Then, long-press the multi-function button and the volume up (+) button together. Wait until you hear Audrey the voice prompter say “multi-point disabled”
What device is the Shokz OpenComm Compatible with?
The Shokz OpenComm C102 headset with a boom mic is compatible with all iOS and Android devices. Such as smartphones, tablets, Mac and PC computers, and laptops.
Note that standard pairing may vary with your smart devices.
When you have trouble with the headset, you may need to troubleshoot the headset.
You can visit their website for top tips and advice, by visiting https://shokz.com/pages/faq.
Restore factory settings
Here’s how you can restore the headset to factory settings.
- Starting with the headphones turned off
- Long-press the volume up (+) button until the voice prompter Audrey will say pairing. And the LED light starts to flash red and blue together.
- Then long-press the multi-function, the volume up (+) and the volume down (-) buttons together. Wait until you hear beeping sounds and feel some vibrations
- Then turn off your headphone. Your headphone has now been reset and ready to pair with your device
How To Care For and Store the Shokz OpenComm Headphones
- Moisture Detect Alert – the headphones can detect liquid such as water rain or sweat. Such that if the headset is wet and plugged to charge the headset.
- The LED will flash red and blue together and you will hear a beep sound. As a result, you will need to remove the charging cables and clean up the headsets. Wait till it is completely dry before recharging them.
- It is best to store in a dry place when not in use by making use of the hard carrying case.
- You should keep them away from extremes of temperatures and chemicals. Such as direct sunlight, heat sources, flammable liquids, gases, etc.
- You should always ensure the charging port is dry before charging
- Clean the headsets with dry and soft clothes
- Remember to charge the headset, after storing it away for long periods at a time before using them again.
Shokz OpenComm User Manual
You can see and/or download a copy of the OpenComm user manual here.
Shokz OpenComm Warranty
The headphones come with a warranty that lasts for two (2) years.
|Shokz Opencomm||Vidonn F3 Pro||YouthWhisper Pro||Naenka Runner Caller||9Digital Lite with Boom Mic|
|Battery life||16 hours||8 hours||8 hours||9 hours||6.5 hours|
|Charging Time||1.5 hours||1.5 hours||2 hours||1.5 hours||2.5 Hours|
Shokz OpenComm Compared to Other Bone Conduction Headsets
We will compare the Shokz OpenComm with other bone-conduction headphones. To see where they look similar and also where they do differ from one another.
Compare With Other Bone Conduction Headphones
See the comparison of the Shokz OpenComm C102 headphones with the;
Shokz OpenComm Vs Shokz OpenComm UC
They are both very similar except the only difference exists with the Shokz OpenComm UC. Which comes with a loop 100 Bluetooth dongle.
With the loop 100 Bluetooth dongle, it becomes very useful for:
- When your computer does not have Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth dongle comes pre-paired with the OpenComm headset. Allowing for instant connectivity between your PC and the headset. It also allows you the opportunity of pairing many devices to the headset.
- You also get a stable Bluetooth connection between the headset and your PC. Allowing for seamless connection (Avoiding regular disconnections between the device and your PC). As well as improved audio output sound quality.
- You also get the benefits of possible future upgrades and firmware updates. Allowing you seamless integration between your headset and popular online communication software/programs. Such as Microsoft Teams and RingCentral. Shokz can deliver software patches that optimize the usage of video communication platforms. See the video guide here.
Shokz OpenComm C102 Vs AfterShokz OpenComm ASC100
The Shokz OpenComm C102 and the AfterShokz OpenComm ASC100 are the same. The only difference is the change in the name of the parent company from AfterShokz to Shokz.
Shokz OpenComm C102 Vs AfterShokz Aeropex AS800
The OpenComm comes with an adjustable boom mic, which helps to make much clearer calls. Compared to what you get with the AfterShokz Aeropex dual noise-canceling microphones, same as the AfterShokz Air.
Alongside the Bluetooth connection, OpenComm uses an NFC Function for faster pairing.
The battery life on the Shokz OpenComm is impressive. It will last you about 8 hours of music time and 16 hours of talk time and about 14 days on standby. Compared to 8 hours of playtime and about 10 days of standby time on the AfterShokz Aeropex.
They both do have magnetic USB chargers. You do get a quick charge option with the Shokz OpenComm which charge full in about an hour. The same is not applicable with the AfterShokz Aeropex which charge full in about 2 hours.
Shokz OpenComm comes with an IP rating of IP55 for water resistance. It weighs about 33 grams or 1.2 Oz. Compared to the IP rating of IP67 for waterproofing of the Aeropex, which weighs about 26 grams or 0.9 Oz.
The Shokz OpenComm is best themed toward Productivity and Communications. Unlike the AfterShokz Aeropex, which is great for Sports Enthusiasts.
Shokz OpenComm C102 Vs Shokz OpenRun S803
The Shokz OpenComm has an adjustable boom mic. That helps to focus on your voice enhancing your call quality. Compared to the Shokz OpenRun which uses dual noise-canceling mics.
They both depend on similar Bluetooth v5.1 technology for connectivity. But, the Shokz OpenComm also uses NFC technology for faster and seamless pairing.
They both use quick charging via their magnetic USB chargers. The Shokz OpenComm charges full in about 1 hour. And it lasts about 8 hours of playtime and 16 hours of talk time and a standby time of 14 days. Compared to the 1.5 hours of full charge time, 8 hours of playtime, and 10 days of standby.
The OpenComm has an IP55 rating for sweatproof and water resistance and weighs about 33 g or 1.2 Oz. Compared to the OpenRun which has an IP67 waterproofing rating (much unlike the Shokz OpenSwim with an IP68 waterproof rating) and weighs around 26 g or 0.9 Oz.
The Shokz OpenRun like the AfterShokz Aeropex is more designed for Sports Enthusiasts. While the Shokz OpenComm is more designed for communication and for productivity.
Shokz OpenComm C102 Vs Shokz OpenRun Pro S810
The Shokz OpenRun Pro is an upgrade over the Shokz OpenRun, they are very similar in design and function. But, the OpenComm has a distinct adjustable boom mic.
They both offer similar Bluetooth v5.1 connectivity technology. Though, the OpenComm utilizes NFC connectivity technology for seamless pairing.
They both offer fast charging and charge full in about 1 hour. But, the OpenComm offers about 8 hours of music playtime, 16 hours of talk time, and a standby period of 10 days. Compared to 10 hours of active playtime on the Shokz OpenRun Pro.
They are both rated IP55 for water resistance and sweatproof. Their weight comes in at 33g for the OpenComm and 29g for the Shokz OpenRun Pro.
The Shokz OpenRun Pro is good for Fitness Enthusiasts. Compared to the Productivity and Communication solutions offered by the Shokz OpenComm.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Shokz OpenMove S661
The Shokz OpenMove is an entry-level bone conduction headset. Designed for Active Sports Enthusiasts. Unlike the Shokz OpenComm designed for productivity and communication.
The Shokz OpenMove has one noise-canceling microphone. Compared to the adjustable DSP boom mic of the Shokz OpenComm for clearer phone calls.
They both offer similar Bluetooth 5.1 technology. Though, the OpenComm also utilizes NFC technology for faster and seamless pairing.
The OpenMove utilizes USB C for charging. It charges for 2 hours and lasts for 6 hours of active playtime and 10 days on standby. Compared to the OpenComm which utilizes fast charging via a magnetic USB charger. And charges full in 1 hour and last 8 hours of playtime 16 hours of talk time and 14 days on standby.
They are both rated IP55 for sweatproof and water resistance. While the Shokz OpenMove weighs about 29g or 1 oz, compared to the 33g or 1.2 oz of OpenComm.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Vidonn F3 Pro
The Vidonn F3 Pro Headset offers about 1.5 hours of full charging via micro-USB, 8 hours of talk time, and 7 Days on standby. Compared to the OpenComm which offers quick charging via Magnetic USB cable. And charges full in 1 hour, with 8 hours of playtime, 16 hours of talk time, and 10 days on standby.
The Vidonn F3 Pro utilizes Bluetooth 5.0 technology. Compared to the OpenComm with Bluetooth 5.1 and NFC technology for faster pairing.
Vidonn F3 Pro is IP65 for water-resistant and sweatproof and weighs 33 grams or 1.2 oz. Compared to the IP55 water-resistant and sweat-proof rating of the Shokz OpenComm and weighs 33 g or 1.2 oz.
They are bone conduction headphones with a boom microphone for making clear, hands-free calls. Making them perfect for online teaching, conferencing calls, communication, and productivity.
Shokz OpenComm Vs YouthWhisper Pro
The YouthWhisper Pro uses a micro USB charger and charges full in about 2 hours. It offers 8 hours of talk time, 6 hours of listening time, and a standby time of 20 days. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm, which uses magnetic charging. It delivers 1 hour of full charging, 8 hours of playtime, 16 hours of talk time, and 14 days of standby time.
The YouthWhisper Pro headset weighs in at 1.05 oz, compared to the OpenComm with a weight of about 33 g or 1.2 oz.
The YouthWhisperPro uses Bluetooth v5.0 technology for connectivity. Compared to the OpenComm which uses Bluetooth v5.1 along with NFC for seamless pairing.
They have adjustable boom microphones. This makes them work well with driving, cycling, working out, running, and hiking. Or for use during conference calls, or Skype chats. As well as for webinar presentations, call centers, online teaching or learning, etc.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Naenka Runner Caller
The Naenka Runner Caller uses a magnetic USB charger. It charges full in 2 hours and lasts for 9 hours of talk time and music listening time of 6 hours. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which also uses a magnetic USB charger. And charges full in 1 hour, with a talk time of 16 hours and 8 hours of music listening time.
The Runner Caller weighs about 35 g and is IPX6 rated for sweatproof and water resistance. Compared to the ip55 rating of the OpenComm for sweatproof and water resistance and weighs in at 33 grams or 1.2 Oz.
The Naenka Runner Caller uses Bluetooth 5.3 technology for connectivity. Compared to the OpenComm use of Bluetooth 5.1 for connectivity and NFC for fast pairing.
The adjustable boom mics are both good for use at home, or in the office for education and learning. You can also use them Outdoors for running, and hiking, or use them for conference calls and video calls.
Shokz OpenComm Vs 9Digital Lite with Boom Mic
9Digital Lite headphone with Boom Mic offers quick charging via micro USB. And charges full in about 2 hours and last about 8 hours for phone calls and 6.5 hours of music listening time. Compared to the OpenComm’s magnetic charging. And it charges full in an hour and last about 16 hours of talk time.
9Digital Lite headphone with boom mic uses Bluetooth 5.0 technology. Compared to the Bluetooth 5.1 of the OpenComm and NFC pairing for a seamless connection.
The 9Digital Lite headphone with Boom Mic weighs about 28 grams. And rated IP54 for water resistance and sweatproof. Compared to the OpenComm which weighs 33 g or 1.2 oz and is rated ip55 for water resistance and sweatproof.
|Over-The-Head||In-Ear Monaural||In-Ear Earbuds||On-Ear Monaural|
|Jabra Evolve2 65 UC||Poly Plantronics Voyager 5200||Apple AirPods Pro||BlueParrott B550-XT|
Other Alternatives to Bone Conduction Headsets
We will compare the Shokz OpenComm with other standard or regular headphones. To see where they look similar and also where they do differ from one another.
Compare With Other Regular Headphones
See the comparison of the Shokz OpenComm C102 headphones with the:
Shokz OpenComm Vs Jabra Evolve2 65 UC
The Shokz OpenComm is an open-ear headphone that is very comfortable and lightweight. And can offer some form of noise isolation by making use of earplugs. It offers active noise cancellation through the adjustable boom mic.
The Jabra Evolve2 65 UC is an over-the-ear headphone with padded on-ear headband. It offers noise isolation, but no active noise-canceling from its adjustable boom mic.
The OpenComm utilizes magnetic USB charging with a quick charging feature. This lets it charge full in 1 hour, to deliver 8 hours of music playing time and 16 hours of talk time.
Compared to the Jabra Evolve2 65 UC which also offers a quick charge feature and charges full in 1 and 1/2 hours. To deliver a music playing time of up to 37 hours and talk time of about 24 to 35 hours depending on usage.
They both utilize Bluetooth connections. But the OpenComm uses Bluetooth 5.1 connection and NFC for seamless pairing. Its wireless range operates close to a distance of about 10 meters.
While the Jabra Evolve2 65 UC relies on Bluetooth 5.0 connection. And operates at a distance of up to 30 meters. They both offer multi-point pairing to two (2) devices at a time
The OpenComm weighs in at around 33 grams or 1.2 oz, compared to the Evolve2 65 UC which weighs in at around 176.4 g or 6.22 oz
While both headsets are premium headphones. They differ on the level of comfort, they afford you. If you fancy wearing on-ear headphones all day long with minimal discomfort. You may choose to go with the Jabra Evolve2 65 UC.
As compared to those seeking to listen to and be aware of what’s going on around them. They will prefer to choose the OpenComm instead.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Poly Plantronics Voyager Focus B825 UC
Poly Plantronics Voyager Focus B825 UC is an on-ear headphone that is comfortable and easy to use. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm’s open-ear build that is lightweight and comfortable.
The Voyager Focus B285 weighs about 155g, compared to the Shokz OpenComm which weighs in at around 33 g.
The Voyager Focus B825 delivers up to 12 hours of talk time and 15 hours of listening time. It charges via in desktop charging stand.
The OpenComm uses a magnetic USB charger for a 1-hour fast full charge. And delivers up to 8 hours of listening time and 16 hours of call time.
Both headphones rely on Bluetooth connectivity. Though, the Voyager Focus B825 relies on Bluetooth v4.1 and a wireless range of about 30 meters. Compared to the v5.1 of the OpenComm with a wireless coverage range of around 10 meters.
The audio quality of the Poly Plantronics Voyager Focus B825 UC is on average a bit much better than the OpenComm. As well as the very similar Jabra Evolve 75 UC. While both headsets use active noise-canceling technology for maintaining clearer calls.
Both headsets are good for use by professionals who rely on using their PC or Mac. And for those who prefer or need to make frequent calls in very noisy environments. This is possible on account of the active noise-canceling technology they use.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Poly Plantronics Voyager 5200
While both headsets boast of being relatively comfortable and lightweight. The Poly Plantronics Voyager 5200 is a noise-canceling Bluetooth in-ear earpiece. Compared to the open-ear design of the Shokz OpenComm.
Shokz OpenComm lasts about 8 hours of playtime and 16 hours of talk time, on a single charge of 1 hour. Compared to the Plantronics Voyager 5200 with last about 7 hours on active usage.
They both use Bluetooth technology. Though, the Plantronics Voyager 5200 uses Bluetooth v5.0 with a wireless range of about 30 meters. Compared to the Bluetooth v5.1 of the Shokz OpenComm with a wireless range of around 10 meters. They both do offer multi-point pairing to two (2) devices at a time.
The Voyager 5200 weighs about 20 g or 0.71 oz and the Shokz OpenComm weighs about 33 g or 1.2 oz.
If you prefer in-ear headsets or ear pieces to bone conduction technology headphones. Choose the Poly Plantronics Voyager 5200 which offers very easy-to-use headphones. That is suitable for communication either for working 9 to 5 or at home.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Apple AirPods Max
The Apple AirPods Max is an active noise-canceling on-ear headphone with cushions. And lets you listen to your environment through a transparency mode. It uses an adaptive EQ for focused and consistent sound delivery.
The Apple AirPods Max uses 9 microphones for active noise-canceling and voice recognition. Compared to the adjustable boom mic of the Shokz OpenComm. Which also utilizes active noise-canceling to improve your call quality.
The Shokz OpenComm weighs 33 g or 1.2 oz, compared to the Apple AirPod Max which weighs 384 g or 13.6 oz.
The AirPods Max offers about 20 hours of listening time, playback time, and talk time for a full charge. You get a quick charge feature through its lightning connector charger. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm offers 8 hours of listening time and 16 hours of talk time. It also comes with a quick charge option through a magnetic USB charger.
The AirPods Max uses Bluetooth 5.0. Compared with the Shokz OpenComm which uses Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
You can connect the Shokz OpenComm with most gadgets. From your laptop to your desktop PC your smart devices and mobile phones. Compared to the Apple AirPods Max which is tailor-made for use with iPhone and iPad models.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Apple AirPods Pro
The Apple AirPods Pro is an active noise-canceling in-ear headphone. While letting you focus on what you want to listen to. It also has a transparency mode that lets you listen to music and also hear what goes on around you.
Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which is an open-ear headphone. It lets you keep your ears open to listening to ambient sounds as you listen to music together.
The Apple AirPods Pro uses dual beam-forming microphones for clearer calls. Compared to the dual noise-canceling mic used by the Shokz OpenComm for clearer calls.
The Apple AirPods Pro is sweat and water-resistance with an IPX4 rating. Compared to the IP55 rating of the Shokz OpenComm for sweat and water resistance.
The AirPods Pro headphones weigh 5.4 g or 0.19 oz with a charging case that weighs about 45.6 g or 1.61 oz. Compared to the OpenComm which weighs about 33 g or 1.2 oz.
The charging case of the AirPods Pro works with a MagSafe charger or lightning connector. And uses a quick charge feature to deliver about 4.5 to 5 hours of listening time with a single full charge. You also get an extra battery of about 24 and 18 hours of listening time and talk time with the charging case.
The OpenComm charges full with a quick charge feature in about 1 hour via a magnetic USB charger. And deliver about 8 hours of listening time and 16 hours of talk time.
The Apple AirPods Pro uses Bluetooth v5.0 compared to version 5.1 of the Shokz OpenComm headphone.
Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which is compatible with most devices that use Bluetooth.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Audio-Technica BPHS2 Stereo Headset
The Shokz OpenComm is for communications and productivity. The Audio-Technica BPHS2 Stereo Headset is for News and Sports broadcasting. They work well for live streaming and online educational content, such as tutorials. As well as for in-class teaching sessions.
The Audio-Technica BPHS2 uses a closed-back on-ear design. That is like the Audio-Technica ATH-M60x Professional Monitor headphones. Compared to the open-ear design of the Shokz OpenComm which keeps your ears open to listen to a sound around you.
The wired BPHS2 uses a detachable 3.0 m (9.8 inches) long cable with a 6-pin connector at the headset end for a TB6M jack connector. This works alongside a split 3-pin XLRM-type connector (microphone output).
And a 3.5 mm (1/8″) phone plug (headphone) output. Compared to the wireless Shokz OpenComm which relies on Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
The Shokz OpenComm weighs 33 g or 1.2 oz. And has a comfortable and lightweight titanium full wrap-around frame that is durable. Compared to the Audio-Technica BPHS2 which weighs 250 g or 8.8 Oz. And uses 45 mm, large-aperture drivers.
The drivers are made of rare-earth magnets and premium copper-clad aluminum voice coils. A metallic frame, with detachable and replaceable memory foam earPads and headbands. That helps for a longer-lasting high-fidelity headset and comfortable wear.
The Shokz OpenComm uses an adjustable DSP noise-canceling boom mic for clear calls. Compared to the Audio-Technica BPHS2 Stereo Headset which uses also uses a boom microphone.
The hypercardioid dynamic boom mic has an adjustable swivel with a flexible gooseneck. That you can wear on either side of your head. And helps to focus on your broadcasting voice, regardless of how loud the environment is. To reproduce your voice, sounding quite as natural while on a Broadcast or Live stream.
Shokz OpenComm Vs BlueParrott B550-XT
The Shokz OpenComm is an open-ear headset with an adjustable boom mic. That uses DSP noise-canceling for clear calls. And allows you to listen to music as well as sounds in your environment together.
The BlueParrott B550-XT is an over-the-head headphone with a flexible microphone. It is lightweight and very comfortable to use. And can be voice-activated and controlled.
The BlueParrott B550-XT offers you about 24 hours of active talk time and a standby time of 9 days. And charges full in 3.5 hours. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 with NFC technology for faster pairing, covering a range of around 300 feet or 100 m.
Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which charges fully in 1 hour. It offers an active talk time of about 16 hours and playtime of about 8 hours and 14 days of standby time. It uses Bluetooth v5.1 with NFC technology for faster pairing and covers a wireless range of about 33 feet or 10 m.
BlueParrott B550-XT uses a large ear cushion and padded headbands to improve comfort. It is a half-sided headphone and weighs about 165 g or 5.8 oz. Compared to the open-ear design of the Shokz OpenComm. And lightweight frame which weighs about 33 g or 1.2 oz for a comfortable experience.
The BlueParrott B550-XT is IP54 rated for sweat and water resistance. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm with an IP55 rating for sweat and water resistance.
Shokz OpenComm Vs OneOdio A30
The Shokz OpenComm is an open-ear headset with an adjustable boom mic. Using DSP noise-canceling to enhance a natural-sounding voice transmission. OneOdio A30 is an over-the-head headset with 90degree rotatable ear cuffs. It uses active noise isolation and Clear Voice Capture 8.0 technology for clearer calls.
The OneOdio A30 utilizes Bluetooth v5.0 and covers a range of about 10 m or 33 feet. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which uses Bluetooth v5.1 and covers a range of 10 m or 33 feet.
The OneOdio A30 charges through a USB C cable and charges full in about 2.5 hours. It lasts about 15 hours with active noise-canceling and Bluetooth turned on. And 25 hours with Bluetooth only and 45 hours with active noise cancellation only.
Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which uses a magnetic USB cable and charges full in about 1 hour. It lasts about 8 hours of active playtime and 16 hours of active talk time.
The OneOdio A30 weighs about 268g. It is comfortable on the head with moderate clamping force. In combination with very soft earpads for longer wear at a time. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm’s comfortable very slim Titanium frame. And its lightweight design weighs about 33 g.
While the OneOdio A30 has a pretty good design with good battery life and sound. It is a very affordable and simplistic wireless headphone with active noise-canceling.
It is not a premium headset, so audiophiles would need to look elsewhere. But, if you are looking for a simple wireless headset to use with active noise-canceling, it is a good choice.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Skullcandy Ink’d + In-Ear Earbuds
The Skullcandy Ink’d + In-Ear Earbuds are earbuds with an in-ear fitting that lets you listen to music. And has a microphone piece to make private and clear calls. Compared to the open-ear build of the Shokz OpenComm. With an adjustable DSP noise-canceling boom mic for much clearer calls.
The Skullcandy Ink’d + In-Ear Earbuds use Bluetooth 5.0 and covers a range of about 10 m. With a battery life that lasts about 8 hours, with a 2-hour charging time via a micro USB charging cable.
Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which uses Bluetooth 5.1 and covers a range of about 10 m. With a battery life of 16 hours of talk time, and 8 hours of audio playback time. From a full charge of about 1 hour through a magnetic charging cable.
The Skullcandy Ink’d + In-Ear Earbuds are lightweight and comfortable, weighing 24 grams. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which is very lightweight. And comfortable to wear over long periods of the day and weighs about 33 grams.
Shokz OpenComm Vs Bose Sport Open Earbuds
The Bose Sport Open Earbuds is an open-ear headphone that keeps your ears open. Allowing you to listen to music and hear your surroundings together. But, it is not a bone conduction headphone.
Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which is an open-ear wireless bone conduction headphone. That lets you listen to music at the same time and be aware of your surroundings.
The Bose Sport Open Earbuds are wireless and use ear hooks to stay in place. Regardless of how fast you move or exercise. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which uses a lightweight Titanium frame. To help it stay in place, in the groove between the ear and the head.
Each earbud of the Bose Sport Open Earbuds weighs about 13.9 grams or 0.49 oz and the case weighs about 68 grams. They are water-resistant with an IPX4 rating. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which weighs 33 g and is IP55 rated for water resistance.
The Bose Sport Open Earbuds offer fast charging and last about 8 hours for every full charge. It uses Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity. Compared to the Shokz OpenComm which also offers fast charging. And last 8 hours for listening to music and 16 hours for voice calls per full charge. It uses Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity.
The Bose Sport Open Earbuds work great for outdoor athletes. So that they can be aware of the environment as they train and exercise. It is also a good choice for frequent bike commuters as it takes up lesser space as compared to the JBL Clip 4. As well as for anyone who prefers to do without using a bone conduction headset.
Frequently Bought Together Complementary Products by Customers
Below are the most frequently bought together products, by most customers purchasing the OpenComm headphones depending on their various needs and wants.
|Bookcases||Bookcase Hutches||Desk Hutches||File Cabinets||Office Chairs|
|Drafting Tables||Foot Rest||Back Cushion||Seat Cushions||Chair Armrest Pad|
|Chair Mats||Door Stoppers||Furniture Partitions||Desktop PC||Back Massager|
For Home Business/Office
|Home Office Desk||Home Office Furniture Sets||Bookcases||Bookcases Hutches||Home Office Cabinet|
|Mobile Workstation Table||Home Office Chairs||Foot Rest||Back Massager||Shelf Floor Lamp|
|Automatic Pet Feeder||Small Pet Water Bottle||Pet Hair Dryer||Pet Foam Sofa Bed||Pet Grooming Hammock|
|Pet Hair Grooming Kit||Pet Nail Trimmer||Pet Poop Scooper||Pet Poop Bag and Dispenser||Pet Training & Walking Leash|
For Live Streaming/Streamers
For Trailer/Trucker Drivers
|Trucking Cap||Warm Work Gloves||High Visibility Reflective Vest||Work Shirts||Work Trousers/Pants|
|Waterproof Hard Toe Boots||Comfy Shoes||Driving Sunglasses||Work Shorts||Enhanced Visibility Reflective Coverall|
For Bath & Toilet Essentials
|Shower Flip Flops||Emergency Bathroom Container||Toilet Paper Bundle||Disinfectant Wipes||Portable Travel Toilet|
|Shampoo and Conditioner Set||Body Wash||Moisturizing Lotion for Dry Skin||Body Oil for Skincare||Shaving Cream & Gel Alternative|
For Personal Hygiene Supplies
|Personal Hygiene Supplies||Hair Dressing Comb||Hair Brush||Toothbrush and Toothpaste||Deodorant Sprays|
For Diagnostic, Monitoring & Repair Tools
|Digital Tire Pressure Gauge||Tire Monitor Systems||Truck Tire Inflator Kit||Tire Repair Kit||Pre-Trip Inspection Tool|
|Spark Tester||Electric Trailer Jack||Manual Truck Jack Stand||Heavy Duty Truck Engine Scanner||Drive Click Torque Wrench|
For Medical First Aid
|Medical First Aid Kit||Adhesive Bandages||Hot & Cold Compresses||Soft Tape Measure||First Aid Ointment|
For Mobile Cookware & Food Servings
For Road Safety & Direction
For Sound Sleep
|Air Mattress Bed & Pillow||Soft Lightweight Bed Sheet Set||Electric Blanket||Orthopedic Sleeping Knee and Leg Pillow||Sleeping Lumbar Support Pillow|
For Air Purification & Conditioning
|Truck Air Fresheners||Activated Bamboo Charcoal Air Purifying Bags||Portable Rechargeable Clip on Fan||Essential Oil Diffuser||Personal Mini Air Conditioner|
For Emergency Preparedness
|Emergency Kit||LED Flashlight||Extra Batteries||Compact Tool Set with Zipper Case||Duct Tape|
|Heavy Duty Jumper Cables||Heavy Duty Poly Tarp||Ratcheting Wrench Set||Automotive Replacement Fuses||Pliers Set with Pouch|
For Mobile Entertainment & Communication
For Cleaning & Sanitizing
For Comfort & Wellness
|Seat Cushion Pillow||Lumbar Support Pillow||Neck and Shoulder Massager||Back Massager||Leg (Foot & Calf) Massager|
For UV and Transport Protection
|Windshield Sunshades||Heavy Duty Poly Tarp||Truck Bed Liner Spray||Truck Bed Anti Slip Mat||Ratchet Tie Down Straps|
Frequently Asked Questions By Customers
Here are the most common frequently asked questions most people want answers to before they buy the Shokz OpenComm bone conduction headset.
Does Multipoint Bluetooth connect at the same time to more than one device? Because I need to answer calls all day coming into my phone and or computer or how does it work?
Yes, it can actually work with both your phone and your computer at the same time. You only need to set it up once. Then it will always connect to both your phone and your computer. So long as they are within range of a Bluetooth connection.
But, you will find that your phone takes precedence over your computer when it comes to a call. Such that when you do have a phone call on your phone, the PC pauses. Whatever you’re doing will have to stop or be muted until your call terminates or ends.
Is the boom mic removable?
No, the boom mic is not removable it is only adjustable at one position to rotate forward and backward.
Can this connect to a computer without Bluetooth?
No, it will only connect to any device that utilizes a Bluetooth connection. So if your PC has no Bluetooth, you will need to make use of the Bluetooth USB dongle or adaptor to connect to the headset. Or better still go for the Shokz OpenComm UC instead. Since it comes with its own reliable USB Bluetooth adaptor.
Can it connect to two devices at the same time?
Yes, it can connect to two devices at the same time. By using the multi-point pairing capabilities of the headphone. Though you can’t listen to music from the two devices at the same time. But when one music stops playing from one device, you can then play music from the other device.
You can see how to activate multi-point pairing above, click here.
If I make a call while cycling will the other side hear Wind/environment/background noise?
Yes, you can make calls while riding a motorbike or cycling. Yet your caller may still be able to hear some background noise, while your voice should be clear enough to hear. The noise-canceling boom DSP boom mic works well enough.
I need a new charger. Can I get new replacement magnetic USB chargers?
This doesn’t seem to work or connect to Microsoft teams – can I get a patch?
You should check the settings from within the Teams’ platform. To help you adjust for compatibility between your headsets and the platform.
How does it handle wind outdoors, during calls?
The noise-canceling DSP boom mic does well with the wind, especially during calls. So long as the wind is not blowing so loud your callers may not notice that you are making the calls outdoors.
But, you will notice that the headset will not be as loud as when you are indoors. As your ears are open, the noise from the wind may interfere with the quality of the call or audio you are listening to. So you may want to make use of some earbuds, to keep out the noise.
Would anyone recommend these for cycling? I want to be able to take phone calls while biking.
Yes, they are a good choice for cycling and taking calls as you ride.
Is there a smaller size available?
No, it only comes in one size.
How much distance in feet can the Bluetooth cover?
The Bluetooth range can go up to about 33 ft or 10 m in a straight line without any interruption. The range may shorten if there is an obstruction between both your device and the headsets.
Is the extended mic repairable in case of any damage?
The adjustable boom mic is not repairable when damaged. You will need to get a new pair of headsets if you need to make use of the adjustable boom mic for clearer calls.
Will these fit someone with a large head?
They may fit in with anyone with a head size of medium to large. As it has quite enough room at the back of the space between the head and the back band of the headset.
Do I need to download an app to connect to my phone?
No, you need not download any app to connect the headset to your phone or computer. It relies on Bluetooth technology for connectivity.
Can I replace the battery?
No, you cannot replace the battery when damaged. As the headset comes with an in-built battery, so you will need to replace the headset as a whole.
Can this connect to a PS4 or PS5?
Yes, it can connect to your PS4 and PS5 gaming console or media streaming device e.g. Fire Stick and Roku. Since they have Bluetooth capabilities, they will pair with the headset. Or you can make use of the USB Bluetooth dongle for pairing the headsets and your device.
Where are the Shokz Headphones made?
Made in China, for Shokz, US.
Can those around you hear the audio of your call or does this carry sound through the cheekbone?
No, those around you cannot hear the audio of your calls. With sounds sent via vibrations through your cheekbones. Yet, you can still experience some leakages. Though the person needs to be very close by to be able to hear what your caller is saying. Especially, your headset’s volume is very loud.
Can you use these in an office setting?
Yes, you can make use of them in the office, and they work fine too even for video streaming or at the gym.
The noise cancellation feature of the DSP boom mic works well. Such that when you were in a noisy place e.g. when you are at work with people very close by. Your caller may not be able to identify much of the noise in the background.
Does it allow me to speak well as a fitness instructor?
Yes, that allows you to speak as well as you can without unnecessary interruptions. Your students will hear you crystal clear, due to the noise-canceling feature of the boom mic.
Will this work with a cochlear implant?
Yes, they do. Those who use cochlear implants and other hearing aids reported so. They used the headphones for listening to music and work well alongside the implant. So go ahead and try it out for yourself.
Can you move the mic to the right side?
No, the boom mic has a tight fitting to the left side of the headset and is non-removable.
My old AfterShokz started beeping on mute with the recent Teams update. Does the new version of the headset beep if it is on mute?
Yes, the new open come beeps when it’s on mute. To mute, you need to hold down the volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons for two (2) seconds. Yet you should be aware that the headset will keep beeping twice every 5 seconds. And it can be very loud and can make your meetings very unpleasant.
You’ll be better off muting on your device instead. Though you will need to be close to your device either your phone or PC when you need to unmute.
Another way is to tilt away the boom mic by rotating it upwards. This will make you very inaudible when you speak. Others on the call may still hear some unintelligible noises from the background. Such as the cries of your baby or pet, especially when everywhere is very quiet.
When you use this with Microsoft Teams and click the mute button in the Teams’ desktop app. Will this headset beep every few seconds?
No, this only happens when you try to mute the headphone. While using the headset, when you use the mute button on the Teams’ platform, you should not hear the mute beeps.
Yet, some have noted hearing beeps when they used the mute function on the Teams’ platform.
What is the Shokz bookmark used for?
It’s more or less a big paperclip that you can use as a bookmark when you are reading a physical book.
Does this headset announce incoming phone call names and numbers?
No, it does not. That should be your voice assistant in action.
Is this headset good for trucking?
Yes, it is good for trucking as most truck drivers who have used it have commented that they liked it very much. They say sounds are very clear when they make calls without any background noise. Though some do note that their callers, do hear background noise as distant far away sounds.
When not on a call can you move the mic out of the way and use the Bluetooth headset for music, podcasts, etc only? Or must the mic be down to use the headset?
Yes, you can move the mic out of the way and use the headset as a music player. Or for listening to podcasts or whenever you want to eat since the boom mic is adjustable.
How far back can the boom mic pivot?
It can move as far back to become level with the back band.
Can you use these earphones with my Motorola Two-way radios that have Bluetooth?
Yes, you can use it with the Motorola Two-way radios that have Bluetooth.
Can my callers hear background noise if they call me?
They may be able to hear some background noise. Though the headset’s boom mic does a good job of canceling out more than 90% of background noise.
Such that your callers may find it difficult to know that you are in a noisy background. Or when your environment is very quiet and your child or pet is crying. But, depending on how windy your background is, your callers may find it hard to hear your voice.
Does this come with a USB dongle?
No, the standard Shokz OpenComm does not come with a Bluetooth USB dongle. Except you go for the Shokz OpenComm UC which comes with a Bluetooth USB dongle.
Or you may need to pick up a separate Bluetooth USB dongle, such as the Avantree DG80 which works well with it.
Does it vibrate when receiving calls?
No, it does not vibrate when receiving calls, but it does beep.
Can you side-sleep with these?
Yes, you can side sleep with this on, through the night or day. You do need to adjust upwards the Boom mic, so it will no longer be in the way when you go to sleep.
Since the control buttons are on the right side. It can be quite challenging to rest on the right side, such that the buttons are not by mistake pressed. So sleeping on the left side, with the headphone boom mic tilted away, will be the better option.
Will it be loud enough for a motorcycle?
Yes, it is loud enough for use on a motorcycle. But you may need to make use of some earplugs to block out the wind noise and to make the sound you hear clearer.
Has anyone used these to lead online exercise classes?
It works well for leading online classes.
When people do say it beeps when on mute is that audible to the people on the other line?
No, it is not loud enough that your callers or other participants on a conference call will be able to hear. But, it’s loud enough to make you uncomfortable, and sometimes miss out on words that they are saying. Though it is a few beeps every few seconds.
Will this work with Avaya Workplace, Avaya Agent for Desktop?
Yes, it does work well with Avaya Workplace, Avaya Agent For Desktop, Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco Jabber, and Microsoft Teams. It will work well with any VOIP calling platform. As long as they are compatible with Bluetooth connectivity.
Will this product work with Dragon Naturally Speaking? if so, how well?
Yes, it works with the Dragon Naturally Speaking software program for PC/smartphone. As well as for use with the PowerMic Mobile phone app for dictation. Even when you combine the PowerMic with Dragon Medical. The same goes for most other dictation software programs.
Can two of these connect to each other without any phone?
No, they cannot connect to one another without a device. You will need to pair each headphone with the same or different smartphones.
Does this work for the hearing impaired?
Yes, it does work for the hearing impaired as well. So long as you can hear the sounds of your teeth gritting against one another. Then bone conduction headphones should work for you.
Does this pair with the Avaya Series 9608G IP Deskphone?
No, it cannot pair with the Avaya Series 9608G IP Deskphone, because it has no Bluetooth.
It can pair up with the high-performing Avaya J179 IP Phone instead. As it has a Bluetooth connectivity option.
Do these work with Genesys Interaction Desktop SIP Softphone?
Yes, it can work with the Genesys SIP Softphone. But you may need to use the Shokz OpenComm UC for a more reliable connection.
Any problems with MS teams? The earlier AfterShokz version reportedly beeped while on mute.
It does beeps when you mute the headset when connected to a laptop. It should not beep when connected via your phone.
How is the noise canceling on the microphone work?
As concerns, your calls and callers, the noise canceling on the boom mic works well. There is little to no detectable background noise. Though that will depend on how windy or the noise levels in your background.
What is the IP rating for the Shokz OpenComm with the microphone?
It is IP55 rated for dust proofing, water resistance, and sweatproof.
Can you wear a hard hat with the OpenComm headphone? I’m wondering if the adjustment band on the hat will get in the way of the band in the back.
Yes, you can wear the headphone alongside a hard hat. The back adjustment band should not get in the way.
Are these sweat or water-resistant?
They offer both sweat and water resistance, with an IP55 rating, but are not suitable for swimming.
Where can I get a replacement charging cable?
Yes. You can do a keyword search for “Shokz magnetic USB cord” on Amazon or your favorite online retailer.
Is this headset good for truck drivers?
Yes, it is a good choice for on-the-road workers, such as truck drivers or trailer drivers.
Can you run with OpenComm?
Yes, you can run with the OpenComm headset. You will need to swivel the Boom mic upwards and out of the way so as not to interfere with your runs.
How do I connect to Shokz OpenComm?
By making use of the Bluetooth settings on your phone or smart device to pair with the Bluetooth on the headset.
Do Shokz headphones have a microphone?
Yes, they do. They all use some form of noise-canceling microphone. Though, the Shokz OpenComm utilizes a DSP boom microphone.
What are the ways you can mute the mic using the headset?
1. You can press together both volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons during a call
2. You can move away the boom mic, by sliding it upwards. Though it may still pick up on sounds, but not your full voice (as you may expect with other headphones with a boom mic).
Is there an app for Shokz?
Although there is a Shokz App, it is not intended for use with your Shokz OpenComm headphone.
Which Shokz is best for phone calls?
The Shokz OpenComm works great for making phone calls. If you are in the market for bone-conduction headphones with a Boom mic.
Can Shokz Opencomm connect to multiple devices?
Yes, you can pair and connect with many devices, usually two at a time via the multipoint pairing access. Although you won’t be able to listen to audio from both devices at the same time. But you can transition between both devices, one at a time.
Are these compatible with Xbox Series X?
Yes, they are compatible with the Xbox Series X.
Can you connect Shokz to Apple Watch?
Yes, you can connect them to your Apple Watch, using a Bluetooth connection. So that you can take it on a bike ride or for workouts. And not have to go along with your smartphone. Letting you feel free and light, and not have to carry around your heavy smartphone.
Can Shokz connect to the Apple iPad?
Yes, you can connect them to your Apple iPad via Bluetooth connection.
Do Shokz OpenComm work with Apple iPhone?
Is Shokz OpenComm compatible with Apple iPhone 13?
Yes, they are compatible with the Apple iPhone 13.
Do Shokz OpenComm work with Siri?
Yes, the Shokz OpenComm works with Siri letting you issue commands and take notes. From the comfort, of your quiet office or on the run or on a bike ride or on a hike, without having to break your stride.
How do you change the music on Shokz OpenComm?
By double tapping the multifunction button while the music is playing.
How do you answer the phone on Shokz?
Below are some simple commands you can remember when you need to:
Answer A Call: Tap on the multifunction button when you receive a call.
End A Call: Tap on the multifunction button while you are still on a call.
Reject A Call: Long-press the multifunction button for about 2 seconds, when you receive a call.
Why won’t my Shokz connect to Bluetooth?
When your Shokz OpenComm always fails to connect using Bluetooth. Then you may need to reset the headset.
To reset the headphone:
- You need to start with your headphone turned off and clear them from your device’s Bluetooth settings.
- Then go into pairing mode by long-pressing the volume up (+) button. Until you hear “pairing” and the LED starts to glow red and blue in an alternate fashion.
- Then all together, long press the multifunction, volume up (+), and volume down (-) buttons. Until you hear two beep sounds and your headphones vibrate.
- Then turn off your headset again. Your OpenComm is now reset and can now be re-paired to your smart device(s) or PC.
How do I know when my Shokz OpenComm is fully charged?
The LED indicator will change color from red to blue when the headphone is fully charged.
Are bone-conduction headphones good for conference calls?
Yes, bone-conduction headphones are useful for making conference calls. As most come with a microphone that can help you answer calls when you need to.
While you may find it hard to hear in a very noisy environment. As they do not make use of either passive or active noise cancellation due to the open-ear design. Some bone conduction headphones use voice boost technology to make your calls clear.
Does Shokz OpenComm work with laptops?
Yes, the Shokz OpenComm works with your laptop by connecting it via Bluetooth. Or by relying on the UC Bluetooth dongle for smoother wireless connections.
Can I use the Shokz headphones for gaming?
Yes, they work well for gaming. As you can also play games and listen to your environment at the same time, as you chat with someone or friends near you.
Can I wear my Shokz in the shower?
No, you cannot wear the Shokz OpenComm in the shower. This is because they are water resistant but not waterproof with an ip55 rating. As water will most definitely damage the headphones.
Most especially, when under fast running water such as you can experience in the shower. Though you may use them while bathing in your bathtub, so long as the water does not touch them.
How do I turn on Shokz OpenComm?
What does multipoint pairing mean?
Multipoint pairing using Bluetooth lets you pair two (2) different Bluetooth device sources. Such as your smart device (e.g. smartphone) and laptop to the Shokz OpenComm headphone, and at the same time too.
How do you unmute Shokz OpenComm?
To unmute the mic. Long-press both the volume up (+) and volume down (-) buttons together, while on a call with your mic muted. Until you hear “Mute Off”.
How long does Shokz OpenComm take to charge?
It takes one (1) hour to charge full the headset. A LED blue light glows when charged fully.
How do Shokz headphones work?
The Shokz headphones work through bone conduction. By use of small fingertip drivers to pass sounds as vibrations via your cheekbones. Sound waves go to the inner ear for hearing without having to pass sound through your eardrum.
Can you stream music from Spotify on the Shokz OpenComm?
Yes, you can stream music from Spotify through the Shokz OpenComm headphones.
What’s the difference between air-conduction and bone-conduction headphones?
With air conduction, sound moves through the air. And travels through the outer ear to the middle ear and then to the cochlea in the inner ear.
With bone conduction sound moves via vibrations through the bone. Sound travels via the bones of the skull and goes directly to the inner ear avoiding the eardrum.
You can also pick up useful accessories like hard protective casing, extra charging cords, etc.
We talked with you about the OpenComm headset that lets you listen to music, podcasts, and audiobooks.
And yet, simultaneously you can keep your ears open to hear things, happening around you.
And as such, you can avoid having ear infections from the use of earbuds. Similarly, you don’t have to be bothered with ear soreness, from the long use of a headset.
We rated it 4.0/5 based on customer feedback and reviews from around the web.
It is comfortable, easy to use, and with longer battery life. It does not sound as great as traditional headsets. It is ready to use out of the box.
We then compared it to other similar products. And we also told you about other conventional headphones.
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