Seiko DM51 Digital Metronome Review

Mar 17, 2014   //   by Michael   //   Blog, Product Reviews, Reviews  //  No Comments  //  Affiliate Disclosure  

We review the latest update to the popular Seiko digital metronome range called the DM51. Like the previous model, the Seiko DM51 is a clip-on digital metronome that allows runners to improve their running form and technique.

Using gadgets like the Seiko DM51, runners can learn to develop a running form optimal for their own body and running goals. The Seiko DM51 has undergone a little facelift but has it lost anything from its predecessor?

SEIKO DM51 DIGITAL METRONOME

What is a Digital Metronome?

Before we review the Seiko DM51, let me explain what a digital metronome is: A digital metronome is a little device that provides runners with a repetitive auditory cues to match their running step rate (cadence) to, in order to improve their running form, technique and help reduce the risk of certain running related injuries.

Running with an increased cadence is a great way to improve running form and to maintaining an efficient cadence for a given pace. That’s where a digital metronome such as the Seiko DM51 can help.

Seiko DM51 Overview

Like the previous model, the Seiko DM51 Digital Metronome is compact and keeps the clip-on design to allow users to conveniently attach to practically anything. For example, runners can attach the clip-on metronome to their shorts, shoes, shirt or armband.

The Seiko DM51 features a high contrast LCD screen; tempo LED and adjustable metronome beat buttons that makes viewing and adjusting the device while running easy and convenient.

The Seiko DM51 provides loud and clear adjustable beats, which can be easily adjusted by the 4-level volume control. And with an adjustable tempo range of between 30-250 beats per minute, users can be sure to find a suitable tempo to run in sync with.

The DM51 is available in either silver or black colours and is priced from £14.99.

Positives

1. Clip-on design makes it quick and easy to clip onto clothing

2. The DM51 is more stylish and compact than the previous DM50 model

3. Easy to set up and use straight out of the box

4. Lightweight

5. Adjustable 4-level volume control

6. Battery life of up to 100 hours

7. Easier to replace the battery than the previous model but a little care is needed

8. The construction is reasonably tough and sturdy

9. Relatively inexpensive running accessory from approx. £14.99

10. Available in black or silver colour combinations

Negatives

1. No 3.5mm input for ear or headphones

2. Not water-resistant

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 37 (W) x 57 (H) x 34 (D) mm
  • Weight: Approx. 35g
  • Tempo range: 30 – 250 beats/min
  • Beat/rhythm: 0-7
  • Volume control: 4 levels
  • Power supply: Lithium battery (CR2032)
  • Battery life: Approx. up to 100 hours

What’s in the Box?

  • 1 x Seiko DM51 Digital Metronome
  • 1 x Lithium Battery
  • 1 x User Manual

Conclusion

The Seiko DM51 is a pretty nice facelift to the previous model but doesn’t contain any new features over the DM50. By learning to adopt the correct stride length and stride rate, runners can reduce the risk running related injuries, improve their running form and technique. For any new or existing runners that want to improve their running technique and reduce running related injuries, the Seiko DM51 is definitely recommended.

If you want to try running with a metronome, check out this useful resource page from RunningMetronome.org.

About The Author

Michael loves running and regularly writes for a number of blogs including RunningMetronome.org where he shares tips, information and reviews on everything related to running.

 

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