Updated on September 21, 2018, to include the frequency response table and the battery data.
If you're heading to the gym, you're probably looking for a couple of Bluetooth outbreaks. There are still some brave and resilient souls that I see walking around the gym with wired headphones, but most of the time I see a pair of Bluetooth. And although we have our repairs with Bluetooth, it is difficult not to recommend them for exercise. Not having to deal with wires is very convenient and Bluetooth headphones have become much cheaper and much better than years ago. Case in point: the new Creative Outlier One headphones. Will they be your new favorite headphones? Probably not. But at $ 29 you should probably get them anyway because the aileron alert: they're so good.
In the box, you get the headset, a soft carry case, micro USB charging, a cable clip, two additional sets of ear tips and a pair of silicone pads. Then you get the usual amount of paperwork, of course.
How is Creative Outlier One built?
Close your eyes and imagine a pair of Bluetooth headphones, that's what Outlier One headphones are like, and there's nothing wrong with that, since two headphones connected by a cable are a tried-and-true design, but do not expect to be impressed by their beauty. Although the Creative team made some quality choices when it comes to building and designing, they are certified by IPX4 making them completely resistant to sweat, which is obviously a must for training shoots, but they also added some design adjustments to take them from good to excellent.  Creative Outlier One: the handset in Adam's hand. ” width=”1024″ height=”576″ srcset=”https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-1024×576.jpg 1024w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-300×169.jpg 300w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-16×9.jpg 16w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-32×18.jpg 32w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-28×16.jpg 28w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-56×32.jpg 56w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-64×36.jpg 64w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-712×400.jpg 712w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-1000×563.jpg 1000w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-1200×675.jpg 1200w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-560×315.jpg 560w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-365×205.jpg 365w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-817×460.jpg 817w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-711×400.jpg 711w, https://www.soundguys.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Creative-Outlier-ONE6-418×235.jpg 418w” sizes=”(max-width: 1024px) 100vw, 1024px”/>
On the one hand, they borrow the same angled headphone design from the previous (but more expensive) Outlier headphones that tilt the sound directly into the ear. They also have a good flat cable that keeps them tangled when you put them in your pockets or in your sports bag. Continuing with the headphones, I also found that these are extremely comfortable. At first glance, they looked large and I was imagining having to put them in my ears uncomfortably, but it was not necessary. They fit comfortably, of course, but it was not painful at all and I was able to use them for hours without pain. This is probably due to the rubber pad they have on them, which can be replaced by a similar one with earmuffs if you have trouble keeping them in your ear.
What brings me to the only thing that I am not crazy about the construction of these headphones and the control module. It is understandable due to the battery life, which we will see later, but that does not make it less pleasant. It's a big piece of plastic hanging from the cable with cheap feel buttons, but on the bright side, I had no problem getting the headphones out. Although it is large, it is also surprisingly light, so running with them was no problem.
When it comes to exercise, the adjustment is extremely important to me, but a solid connection is even more important. Skipping music and dropouts are not a big problem for me in everyday life, but when I exercise each one causes a twinge of discomfort. Fortunately, I had no problem with the Outlier One headphones while wearing them. The omissions did not exist as long as it was within 10 to 15 years of complying with my source device, that I am always in the gym. Things get a little nervous once you pass the 25-foot mark but, again, if you're going to exercise you'll rarely be that far. But it is something to keep in mind if it is a problem for you.
Another thing that can bother you is the quality of the call. Although the calls sounded good to me, I received many complaints from others that it sounded "far away and echo". It's good enough to answer a quick phone call while you exercise, but you probably will not want to have a full conversation with these. When I returned to my phone, the person at the end said literally: "Wow, that's much better." Another good feature is that the controls are also all you could want from a pair of training headphones. You can toggle between tracks, pause music, answer and end phone calls, and control the volume with just a few different sets of clicks. Thanks to the large control module, the buttons are quite large, which means that, although they are not as high or as tactile as I would like, it is difficult to accidentally click on the wrong one.
Now, the control module is so big: the battery life. The creative affirmations will last about 9.5 hours and in our tests we obtained 9.4 hours of reproduction with a constant output of 75dB (SPL). One bad thing is that these are loaded through micro USB and in a future where everything should be USB Type-C is a bit annoying. But hey, that future is not here yet and it's not that expensive, so we'll give Creative a pass.
One area of these headphones with which I was quite surprised was the quality of the sound. For a couple of Bluetooth outbreaks these do a great job with sound isolation, which I think is in no way thanks to the second pair of rubber sleeves that can go into the handset. The bass, I think, is perfect for a pair of headphones that you will use while exercising. I say while I exercise because to listen casually this is too much for me.