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When the weather warms up, you know what that means: It's time for runners to break from the cold and hit the trails again. There's no denying running’s populari​ty, either. According to a Timex survey, running is the No. 1 form of exercise in the U.S. So what would a satisfying workout session be without some propulsive tunes to get that heart rate up and legs pumping?

For many active individuals, their workout headphones can be a mixed bag, sacrificing sound quality for convenience and portability. But it doesn't have to be that way. You can get the best of both worlds in the right pair of sports headphones.

Don't compromise on sound quality

Whether you prefer to work out to Chance the Rapper, Taylor Swift, Metallica or The Replacements, you don't want to lose one iota of audio fidelity just because you’re exercising.

The Denon AH-C160W uses advanced digital signal processing to provide high-quality sound as you move through your workout. Designed with state-of-the-art 11.5m drivers, the AH-C160W ensures that every note rings true with absolute clarity whether you're running on a trail, pumping iron in a crowded gym or working out in a city park.

Comfort that lasts for the full workout

As important as sound quality is, don't overlook comfort when you choose a pair of headphones for exercising. After all, the last thing you want on a long run is to have your ears start to chafe right around mile nine.

Here's an in-ear headphone tip: Look for products that wrap the earbud in memory foam for maximum comfort. Silicon tips are also quite snug, so a pair of headphones that includes both is a great option.

We typically think of headphones as one-size-fits-all, but that's not really the case. Tight-fitting headphones can irritate your ears, while overly loose ones may not stay in place during strenuous activity. So, look for in-ear headphones that have earhooks in different sizes to match the right one for your body.

Durability for the long run

Good exercise headphones must be able to take a beating. That means not only being mechanically sound and built with high-quality materials, but also designed from the ground up with physical activity in mind.

For instance, the internal electronics of the AH-C160W have all been coated in special Nanofics technology to provide IPX5/7-class sweat resistance. Work out for as long as you like — these incredible sports headphones keep pace with you.

Denon's in-ear sports headphones strike the perfect balance of quality, comfort and durability. Find the pair that's right for you.