Hey gang, Valkor here. Usually, while on my travels, I enjoy popping on some headphones and drowning out the world around me so I can make it to wherever I’m going with my sanity intact. Lately, there has been a surge in bone conduction headphones because they allow you to listen to what’s happening around you as you enjoy some tunes while you commute or work out. And the folks at Padmate have returned to the Val-cave with their latest headphones, the Padmate S30 Bone Conduction headphones, which may not be one of their best but is still worth the cost. Let’s check it out.
First off, I have to say that when I received my pair to review, I thought the box was empty–that’s how light the S30 headphones are. They’re so light that even when I'm in chill mode and have them hanging around my neck, I forget they're on me. Bone conducting headphones don’t settle in your ear like most headphones; Rather, they sit outside and rest more on your jawbone, sending sounds into your ears instead of blasting directly into them. This allows you to be aware of what’s happening in your surroundings, while keeping up with the latest news, or enjoying some tunes when you're out jogging, commuting, or enjoying a relaxing day outside.
Designwise, the S30 keeps it simple with a behind-the-neck style that rests the bone-conducting earphones at the front of your ears. There’s only one button that handles all the headphones controls–from powering up/pairing, answering calls and pause/play, which is found on a tab behind the ear. It’s awkward to reach that far back, but it works. Finally, just underneath where you find the power button, there’s a USB-C charge port. But once you’ve seen all the features and the design, what counts is how well the Padmate S30 sounds? And for that, I’ll leave it to the TOV Breakdown!
Padmate ha shad a couple of winners that have made their way through the cave. And while the S30 bone-conducting headphones aren’t the winningest of headphones, they still get the job done. The S30s aren’t for those looking for an immersive experience, but you can still enjoy all of your listening pleasures while being mindful of your surroundings. The sound quality that the headphone produces is pretty average, though it helps that when you play a track with a lot of bass, the headphones vibrate, which is a pleasant feeling and enhances the sound. And speaking of bass, the levels in the S30 hit the mark; I could start things off with a 50 Cent track to get things pumping while finishing with a Harry Connick Jr beat to mellow things out. And yet the S30 can handle either artist and everything in between with nary an issue. Finally, the S30 headphones are super light and very comfortable, which makes things pleasant when wearing them for long instances. Overall, I’m pleased with my first experience with the bone-conducting headphones that are the Padmate S30; they provide both comfort and quality sound in an affordable package.
While the sound comes out clear, it still sounds canny. Also, if it’s too loud, folks around you won’t appreciate the noise-even if it’s a beat, most are hip to it.
Since I’m more for the immersive experience that I get from a pair of headphones, I can see where the Padmate S30 Bone Conduction headphones can fit in. They work when you need to be aware of all that’s happening around you, which means joggers or late-night runners should invest for your safety and peace of mind. So, out of TOV 5 stars, I’m giving the Padmate S30 headphones a 3.5.