The humble headphones have gone from luxury to necessity as we become wrapped up in podcasts, stream more and more music, and even translate languages through them. Yet a design that blocks out the world can mean you don't hear important sounds in the environment around you. The Allegro Directional Audio Open-Ear Headphones ensure you get all your audio, while keeping the world around you tuned in.

Opening Up

Most headphones were designed when the goal was to block out the world around you, in an era where listening to music with crisp quality and fidelity meant owning a shelf of components. But while how we heard our audio changed, headphones largely remained built to deaden outside sounds.

As any runner or cyclist knows, though, there are times when you need to hear the outside world, both for safety and courtesy. Besides, it's not always comfortable to have plugs wedged in your ears, especially if sweat creeps in. The Allegro solves both problems using directional sound.

Sound Where You Want It

The Allegro uses tightly focused sound to give you a great audio experience while leaving your ears open. Weighing just 18 grams, they rest lightly on the ear and play into your ear canal, while leaving it open to allow other sounds in. The tightly focused sound also keeps disruption to others to a minimum, so you can use them at work or the library and respect quiet time rules.

The 160mAh battery gives you five hours of sound, while the carefully placed microphones make it easy to take calls and be heard no matter where you are. The entire unit is rated IPX5 waterproof, so it can stand up to sweat, rain, and other daily hazards, and simple controls make accessing voice assistants a snap.

Get the Allegro Directional Audio Open-Ear Headphones for $59.

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