It’s a common complaint amongst Peloton owners. When you’ve got a high-octane sweat-dripping workout on the screen you want the volume and sound quality to match the visuals. Sadly though, those in-built speakers are just not powerful enough to do that.
Sometimes the problem is that the speaker volumes are set too low. If that’s the case, then have a check first to see whether you can raise the levels sufficiently (I’ll explain how to do this at the end of the article).
If you’ve got the volume set as high as it will go then you need to look at what other options are available.
There are three main routes you can go down but, if you just want the quick answer without the in-depth reviews that I’ve carefully researched and loving crafted…here it is.
I won’t be offended because the important thing here is to get those tunes pumping.
Best alternatives to the Peloton in-built speakers
So, there are three options available to you if you’re not happy with the level of sound output and quality from the Peloton speakers. These are:
- The ones that Peloton suggest
- Best wireless over-ear headphones (under 200)
- Best wireless speaker for home gym
The ones that Peloton suggest
Take a look at the accessories available on the Peloton website and you’ll see these in-ear headphones. So, what are they like, and are they any good?
I have to say that I like having a pair of wired earbuds like these handy. Not being the most organized I find that my devices with rechargeable batteries are often running on empty and I have to rush to get them charged up. This applies to phones, laptops… and wireless headphones. Having a set of wired earbuds as a backup is very useful for when the inevitable happens and my headphone charge runs out midway through my workout.
We know the Sumpan earbuds work with Peloton bikes as they’re recommended by them. They also give out good enough sound quality for in-ear devices. Unfortunately, the Sumpan buds don’t seem to have a great reputation in terms of build quality with a number of buyers having issues with the plastic covers falling off. For this price, I’d expect a higher quality product.
In my opinion, you’d be better off investing in a set of wired earbuds with consistently good reviews, like these.
This set, from Vogek, are a fraction of the price of the Urbanears earbuds. They also get significantly better feedback from purchasers – “bottom line, totally worth it” as one said.
They have three different sizes of comfy eartips to ensure the perfect fit. Plus, a feature that I really like is the flat cord which avoids many of the tangling issues that you get with standard earbud wires.
These Vogek earbuds are an excellent backup option for when your main wireless sound provider is out of juice.
Best wireless over-ear headphones under 200
Whilst earbuds are a great backup, to get really immersive sound quality, you need to invest in a set of proper grown-up over-the-ear headphones like this fantastic set from Plantronics.
Wearing cheap ‘n’ nasty headphones can often feel like you’ve stuck your head inside a vice as your ears get crushed into two thin slivers of meat. In contrast, the Backbeat has pillow-soft ear cushions made out of memory foam. These give your ears a gentle cuddle as you use them and make your ears feel loved.
Over-the-ear headphone designs will always give much better sound quality than earbuds because of the shape of those ear cups. They keep unwanted sound out and keep all the sound you want in and focused on your eardrums.
One very useful feature of the BackBeat headphones for Peloton riders is that they’re sweatproof and water-resistant. They also have a breathable perforated headband and wipe-cleanable ear cushions. Because, as we know, Peloton equals copious quantities of sweat.
The most important thing (for me) is the battery life. Here are stats: 24 hours of music on a single full charge; 1 hour on a 15-minute charge. And, if it all goes wrong and you’ve forgotten to charge your headphones completely, then you can use the wired cord to plug yourself in.
These are a great set of headphones for using on your Peloton. Delivering great sound quality and battery life.
Best wireless speaker for home gym
If you’re not a fan of wearing your sound providers as you work out, then there’s another great option for you: a wireless speaker.
And who better to provide that speaker than world leader, Sonos.
The Sonos One delivers amazing sound quality which, whilst it won’t make your Peloton workout the slightest bit easier, will certainly make it more aurally enjoyable. This is the 2nd Generation version of the Sonos One and it now comes with Alexa built into it. That’s handy from our perspective because it means you can control it using voice commands – which is very useful if you’re mid-workout and it’s too quiet and on the other side of the room from you.
The speaker is a compact size at 4.72” x 4.72” x 6.34” and that means you always be able to find a suitable corner of your home gym area where you can keep it. It’s actually designed to be used anywhere in the house and is humidity-resistant. The designers had that in mind for use in the bathroom but I’m thinking it’ll also come in handy when humidity levels increase during a ride!
Take a look at the Amazon page and you’ll see that the Sonos One is available by itself or as a pair. For me, this is great, because it means that you can place each speaker on opposite sides of the room, with your Peloton in the middle, for a truly immersive sound experience.
Peloton bike volume control
How do I turn up the volume on my peloton?
Raise or lower the volume by touching the Volume Scroll Bar on-screen or pressing the volume keys directly. It’s also possible to change the media volume using the Settings screen. Press the Home button, then Menu. Touch Sound > Volume. When the Media Volume window shows, move the slider to the right to raise the volume level or over to the left for the opposite. Press OK and the window will close again.
Here’s the official how-to video from Peloton showing how it’s done
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