Gear Review: Mu6 Ring Open ear Wireless Air Conduction Sports Headphone: Strangely Satisfying
The headphone industry (if that’s even its own thing) is so much more diverse than it used to be. Not only has it partially deviated from the use of traditional headphones—thanks to the introduction of products like the earbud—but even headphones themselves have become much more diverse than they used to be. And, of course, the industry is growing and evolving to this very day. We still see new and unique headphone products coming out rather frequently. And it’s one of these more unique products, the Mu6 Ring Open Ear Wireless Air Conduction Sports Headphone, that we’ll be taking a look at today!
Compared to other, more traditional types of wearable audio devices, ring headphones are somewhat of a novelty. As a result, they aren’t worn or sold as frequently as standard headphones, earbuds, and the like. Because of that, however, there’s still plenty of room for this specific headphone type to grow and evolve. And, more importantly, the Mu6 Ring has taken that next step in “headphone evolution.” Perhaps not perfectly, but progress is still progress—and the Mu6 ring is definitely heading in the right direction.
Given how uncommon ring headphones are, you might not know exactly how they work. And, even if you do, you might not be totally aware of how this particular pair works. In essence, ring headphones are designed to be a less intrusive and less bulky version of their traditional counterparts. Rather than setting them on top of your head, you sit them on the back of your head. Can they take some getting used to? Yes. But, when you do get used to them, it doesn’t really feel like you’re wearing anything.
The Mu6 Ring attempts to take things to the next level of comfort by giving partial control of the ring’s shape to the wearer themselves by allowing them to adjust the speakers on both ends. While this might seem like a small feature on the surface, it actually ends up being incredibly helpful. Not only does the ability to adjust the position of the speakers give you a better fit (this is especially important because the rest of the ring isn’t adjustable), but it also gives you greater control over audio intake.
The only real downside to the Mu6 Ring’s design is that it can take some time to get things to fit properly. As nice as it is to just put the thing on and head out the door, not knowing where to set the speakers on your head can cause it to pinch your ears or your temples which, while not exactly painful, is somewhat uncomfortable. Because these headphones are designed to partially rest behind your ears, there’s also the potential to run into some trouble if you’re wearing the Mu6 with other articles of clothing. While hats and masks ultimately didn’t pose much of a problem after some adjusting, wearing them with glasses can prove to be a bit cumbersome.
Now it’s time to answer what is perhaps the most important question regarding the Mu6 Ring—how does it sound? Before that, though, I’d like to point a few things out. It’s important to keep in mind that, while the Mu6 Ring is technically in the headphone realm, they don’t function as traditional headphones would. Instead, it would be fairer to compare them to earbuds in terms of sound quality. Keeping this in mind, I can honestly say that the Mu6 sounds pretty good. Though perhaps a bit lacking in terms of bass (which isn’t the worst thing ever for headphones like this), everything else sounds clear and crisp. Ring headphones do sound somewhat different than traditional headphones, and earbuds do the fact that they don’t actually go inside of or around your ears, but this is less an issue with this particular product and more so with rings in general.
Unfortunately, while the Mu6 Ring does perform nicely, it isn’t without its hiccups. Namely the fact that you can’t really wear it in a public area that is either very quiet or very noisy. Once again, because of its design, the Mu6 Ring suffers from noise leakage when listening to it at anything above half volume (and sometimes even lower than that). Fortunately, this isn’t anything too terrible as the noise leakage is relatively minimal, but if people close to you will definitely hear what you’re listening to if there’s little to no background noise going on. Conversely, the opposite is true as well—an area with too much background noise will make hearing what you’re attempting to listen to difficult (even after maxing out the volume).
The background noise issues do have the potential to create limitations on when and where you can use it. I think it’s important, however, to keep in mind what the Mu6 Ring is primarily designed for—working out. And, keeping that in mind, it’s a very nice product. As someone who’s taken my own Mu6 with me dozens of times during workouts, I can say that it does what it’s supposed to do very well. It’s unobtrusive, sounds nice, comes with a built-in microphone, and has an extremely impressive battery life. Because of this, it’s very easy to take it with you to places like the gym and is equally great when you’re doing things like going out on a walk or cleaning up around your house.
Ring headphones may not be as developed as their more-traditional counterparts, but the Mu6 Ring shows that they have plenty of promise. While, again, they did take some getting used to at first, I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed using them quite a bit for the most part. If you’re looking for an alternative to standard headphones and earbuds, the Mu6 might just be worth taking a look at.
Interested in picking up a pair of Mu6 Ring headphones for yourself? Feel free to head on over to their official website! And, while you’re at it, don’t forget to use the coupon code RING0505 at checkout to receive 5% off of your purchase!
Final Verdict: 3.5/5
Full disclosure: This review is based on a product sample provided by the manufacturer.