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If this will be your first time ordering from Banggood, you should know a few things.

ANALOG GOGGLES

Your goggles may be the single most important piece of FPV equipment you’ll buy. Quadcopters will come and go, but you’ll look through the same goggles every single flight. If you can’t see where you’re going, you can’t fly well. If the goggles are uncomfortable or hard to use, you won’t enjoy flying as much as you could.

This section focuses on analog, standard-definition goggles. Until recently these were the only choice for FPV. But recently, DJI released the first really viable digital high-definition FPV system. There’s a whole section of the Shopping List dedicated to DJI FPV gear. This section focuses on analog gear, which many pilots still prefer, mostly because the digital gear is more expensive.

If at all possible, it’s recommended to try on a set of goggles before you buy them. Especially if you have very narrow or wide-set eyes, some goggles may not work for you. If trying on goggles is not an option, buy from a vendor with a generous return policy. Some vendors will refuse to take back open-box items that are not defective.

CHEAPEST WORTH HAVING
EACHINE EV800D

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EACHINE EV800D FPV GOGGLES

Excellent features include an on-screen display that shows battery level, frequency, and signal strength; and a DVR so you can record your flights for later viewing. In addition, the front half of the EV800 splits off from the face-piece so that you can mount the screen on a tripod or use it hand-held if you like. Using the screen this way can be a big benefit when working on your copter, because you can work on your FPV system without having to put the goggles on your face. The EV800 also has a great push-button system for controlling the goggles.

Every goggle at this price point has some compromises. This goggle has the best balance of features, price, and not-too-many compromises. It’s not a great goggle, but it’s an okay goggle at a price you can stomach.

This goggle has been my “cheapest worth having” choice for almost as long as I have had this site. I keep watching to see if anything better has come out. I even keep an eye on other “best budget goggle” threads to see if other people have a new favorite! Eachine has a winner here, and so far, nobody has beat them at this game.

FXT VIPER V2 FPV GOGGLES

What makes the FXT Viper better than other box-style goggles? It’s mounted to a head-band, so it “floats” in front of your eyes instead of being squeezed up against your face. This makes it perfect for people who wear glasses, since you can keep your glasses on while you fly. Switching between FPV and line-of-sight is easy. You can even remove the silicone sun-shroud and maintain peripheral awareness while you fly. The FXT Viper also uses a mirror mechanism to increase the focal distance, so you don’t go cross-eyed from staring at a screen 6″ in front of your face like other box goggles.

None of this would matter if the FXT Viper wasn’t a great goggle. Good news: it’s a great goggle! Image quality and resolution are comparable to others in this price range. The user interface makes it easy to find the channel you’re looking for and switch to it quickly. RF performance is impressive. There’s a DVR. It’s even got an HDMI input so you can use it as an auxiliary display when you’re not flying FPV.

If you wear glasses and struggle to use other FPV box-style goggles, I highly recommend the FXT Viper. If you don’t wear glasses, a cheaper goggle like the Eachine EV800D (linked above) would probably make more sense. The Viper is quite good, but it’s hard to justify the price premium unless you really want the unique things it brings to the table.

LARGEST FOV AROUND $300
EACHINE EV200D

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EACHINE EV200D FPV GOGGLES

There are a few FPV goggles that are stupidly cheap and total garbage. There are several goggles that are really good and super expensive. And there are only a very few that manage to be somewhat-reasonably priced and still decent quality. The Eachine EV200D is one of these.

The screens on the EV200D are large, high-resolution, and bright. At a price of $300, it comes with not one, but two diversity modules, which work together to balance the signal from up to four antennas at once. It can also be ordered without modules, letting you use whichever 3rd party module you prefer (but only one of them at a time; quad-versity only works with the factory modules). The DVR on the EV200D is one of the best in any FPV goggle.

For me to recommend a goggle, it has to clear two hurdles. First, it has to be good enough in overall design and quality. Second, it has to be reliable enough that most people who buy it feel they got their money’s worth. The EV200D passes this test. The manufacturing quality and durability is not up to Fat Shark standards, and Eachine doesn’t even come close to matching Fat Shark’s after sale support. But you’ll save between $150 and $300 by buying the EV200D over a Fat Shark and a receiver module, and for many people, that’s a welcome trade.

If you have only $300 to spend on an FPV goggle, the EV200D is my recommendation.

The Attitude V6 continues Fat Shark’s battle for the $300-ish price point. Gone are the OLED screens of the Attitude V5, which means the image quality of the V6 is objectively worse. But it’s still as good as anything else at this price, and you get a lot in exchange. The 1280×960 resolution is highest in class. 39 degree field of view is decent, but 40-45 degrees would be more immersive. It supports HDMI input and is compatible with SharkByte HD FPV system, although the HDMI input only operates in 16:9 mode, which will be a deal-breaker for some.

One of the biggest reasons to buy Fat Shark is their legendary support. They have service centers in the USA, Europe, Asia, and Australia. If your goggles need service, they’ll either mail you the part or have you send them in for repair. Fat Shark also has some of the highest quality control of any goggle manufacturer, helping to ensure that you don’t need that warranty in the first place.

The problem with the Attitude V6 is that Fat Shark’s competition has gotten very stiff. The V6 comes with a built in receiver module, but the performance is only decent. Many people will spend another $100-$150 to get a top-tier receiver module like RapidFire or TBS Fusion. This brings the price of the goggles up around $450-$500 at which point you might prefer the Eachine EV300O or the Skyzone Sky04X, which have an excellent receiver module and OLED screens.

FATSHARK HDO FPV GOGGLES

The HDO2 is the best goggle Fat Shark has ever made. It’s got the highest resolution, 1280×960, of any Fatshark goggle to date. The OLED screen gives blacker blacks, better contrast, and richer colors. If you’ve noticed “screen door” effect on other goggles, the high-resolution screen of the HDO2 may be the answer for you.

The Field Of View (FOV) at 46° is close to the perfect balance between large, immersive size and edge-to-edge clarity. The HDO2 is also the first Fat Shark goggle to have built-in focus adjustment, from +2 to -6 diopter. This means you can get perfect focus without corrective lenses.

And yes, it’s got a power button. And no, you don’t have to plug in the balance plug to activate the fan.

TOP-TIER SCREENS, MID-TIER PRICE
SKYZONE SKY03O

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SKYZONE SKY03O FPV GOGGLES

Skyzone finally did it. They finally released a goggle that competes with–or even beats!–Fat Shark for image quality. The first time I put these goggles on, I was blown away by the bright, clear, and detailed image. Then Fat Shark released the HDO2 and the tables turned again. The Sky03O image is still amazing, but the HDO2 and Orqa image are just as good–maybe better.

But the Sky03O is still a contender. Because it costs a little more than $400, while the HDO2 costs $500 (and it doesn’t even come with a receiver module). This means that the Sky03O is still the best choice for someone who wants great image quality at a slightly friendlier price point than the HDO2 or the Orqa.

As good as the Sky03O are, the Fat Shark HDO2 or the Orqa are still my personal pick. How come? Because high-end FPV modules like ImmersionRC RapidFire still beat the Skyzone goggles for RF reception, and I will take better reception in exchange for a slightly worse looking screen.

What about the Eachine EV300O? It’s close in price to the Sky03O and has a larger field of view, as well as superior receiver module. The only down-side is that the EV300O is only sold in limited stores, but if you can get the EV300O, I think it easily beats the Sky03O as long as they’re priced close to the same.

LIKE THE SKY04X, BUT ABOUT $50 CHEAPER
EACHINE EV300o

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The Eachine EV300O is exactly the same goggle as the Skyzone Sky04X, except it has 1024×768 resolution instead of 1280×960, and 38° FOV instead of 46°. And it’s about $75 less expensive. The resolution difference doesn’t mean a lot, since either goggle has more resolution than our FPV systems need. The FOV difference is noticeable, but 38° is very usable, even if 46° is nicer. So basically, read the description of the Skyzone Sky04X and then decide if you’d rather save a few bucks or not.

Oops. There’s one more thing. Eachine gives very little dealer margin on their products. Which means the only place you can buy the EV300O is at Eachine’s own site or China-direct sites like Banggood. If you want to buy from a local reseller, the EV300O probably isn’t for you.

The going price of the Sky04X at the time of this writing is about $500. The EV300O can be had for about $425 from the Banggood U.S. warehouse. Banggood shows the EV300 as $499 in the China warehouse, which makes no sense, since that’s exactly what the Sky04X costs. So don’t pay $500 for the EV300O by accident!

This is the first time I’ve named a Skyzone goggle as “top of the line”, and the 04X absolutely deserves it. It has OLED screens. 1280×960 resolution (same as HDO2 and Orqa). Massive 46° field of view, for total immersion. Great optical quality. Adjustable focus from +6 to -6 diopter. In addition to these specs, it has impeccable build quality and (pay attention Fat Shark) an actual user interface of menus with menu options that is easy to navigate and configure!

Typically, you have to upgrade the receiver module in FPV goggles if you want the best performance. That’s still mostly true for the Sky04X, but the RapidMix module in the 04X is nearly as good as the top-tier RapidFire and Fusion. Personally, I would be okay using it. The Sky04X is about $500 at the time of this writing–same as the HDO2–but the HDO2 doesn’t come with a receiver module.

So the Sky04X is basically equal to the HDO2 in terms of image quality; better in terms of interface; nearly as good in terms of receiver module and range; and significantly less expensive. Honestly, I think the HDO2 is in trouble.

The initial release of the Sky04X had some rare issues with goggles locking up. Skyzone released an updated firmware to fix this. In addition, Skyzone is working to improve the performance of the RF module in some edge cases. You should flash the goggle and module to the latest firmware upon receipt. The Sky04X ships with a “sleep” function that turns the screens off after several minutes of inactivity. In some cases, this can cause the goggles to turn off while flying. This can be disabled in the goggle setup menu, and I recommend doing so.

TOP OF THE LINE
ORQA FPV.ONE

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ORQA FPV.ONE F[ GOGGLES

Orqa set out to make the “perfect” FPV goggle. The one that Fat Shark wouldn’t make. With giant 44 degree FOV, 1280×960 resolution, and big OLED panels for edge to edge clarity and gorgeous colors.

Then Fat Shark fired a shot directly across Orqa’s bow with the HDO2. The HDO2 has the same FOV, resolution, and screens. And it’s over $100 less than the Orqa. So the big question you have to ask is, what do you get if you buy the Orqa instead of the Fat Shark?

Orqa comes with a battery pack and a set of antennas; the HDO2 doesn’t. That makes up some of the price difference. But here’s the real reason you might choose the Orqas. Fat Shark’s philosophy has been that they release a goggle, and if you want a better goggle, you buy a new one a few years later. Orqa’s philosophy is to release the best screens possible today, and then add features via software updates going forward. The processor in the Orqa is ridiculously over-powered for what it’s being asked to do today, and that’s to leave room for things Orqa plans to add to the goggles in the future. Watch my full review of the Orqa for more details about things Orqa can do that Fat Shark can’t.

Other than price, the main reason some people would hesitate to buy the FPV.One is that Orqa is a new company with an un-proven track record of customer service and support. Fat Shark has service centers on four continents. Orqa’s HQ is in Croatia.

One more thing: by the time you are thinking about spending $500+ on a set of goggles, you have to be thinking about whether the DJI digital FPV system is right for you. Both the FPV.One and the HDO2 are ready for digital systems that might be invented in the future, but the DJI system is ready right now.

CORRECTIVE LENSES

Most people prefer Fatshark-style goggles to Box-style goggles. But what if you don’t have perfect vision? You can’t exactly wear glasses underneath your goggles! And contact lenses don’t work for everyone. Here’s the answer!

FOR SIMPLE PRESCRIPTIONS
FATSHARK DIOPTER SET

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FATSHARK DIOPTER SET

If you are simply near-sighted, then the Fatshark diopter inserts are perfect for you. They come in a single set, with strengths from -2 to -6 diopter (ask your optician if you’re not sure). They’re made of plastic, so the optical quality is “acceptable” but not “fantastic”, and they scratch easily if you’re not careful with them. But they’re pretty inexpensive and to be honest, I used my original set for more than a year before I upgraded to RHO-Lens.

These lenses are referred to as “Fatshark Diopter Set”, but they fit some other major makes of goggles including Skyzone.

FOR MORE COMPLEX PRESCRIPTIONS
OPTIK-FISCHER

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FATSHARK DIOPTER SET

If you’re very near-sighted (more than -6.0 diopter) or if you have any astigmatism or other abnormality, the standard FatShark diopters won’t work well for you.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just get your actual eyeglass prescription made into lens inserts? You can! Simply send your eyeglass prescription to Optik-Fischer and they’ll make a custom corrective insert made exactly for your eyes. If you have any questions about whether they can make your prescription, reach out to them and ask!

I have very bad eyesight (-6.75 diopter with astigmatism). I’ve used corrective lenses in my Fat Sharks since September, 2016 and I love them. Check out my review to see my reaction the first time I try them!

In the past, I have recommended RHO-Lens for this slot. RHO recently switched to shipping their lenses in a 3D-printed carrier which I find to be a little more fragile than I prefer. Optik-Fischer hand-bevels each lens, which I prefer.

FATSHARK RECEIVER MODULES

The Fatshark goggles on this page come with an empty receiver-module bay. The job of the receiver module is to pull the video signal out of the air and put it onto your screen(s). Fat Shark’s OLED receiver module has decent performance; aftermarket modules typically beat the Fat Shark in performance and have convenience features like in-goggle menus.

The modules below can be separated into two categories. Traditional Diversity modules like OwlRC have two receivers and the module switches between them depending on which one has the strongest signal. Advanced modules like RapidFire and True-D X add two main features: sync reconstruction and frame combining. Sync reconstruction prevents the image from rolling or tearing when it is weak. Frame combining means the image from the two antennas is “averaged out” rather than switching from one to the other. This prevents the white flashes that can happen when a diversity module switches between receivers.

CHEAPEST WORTH HAVING
EACHINE PRO58

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EACHINE PRO58 FATSHARK RECEIVER MODULE

When I first saw this module, I assumed it must be garbage. It’s HALF the price of the Realacc RX5808. But I’ve been using it for a few weeks now and I’m really impressed. The build quality is slightly worse than the Realacc (especially the screen) but put a good cover on it and you won’t notice the difference.

Here’s a link to a good cover for the module.

What makes this module so special is that it’s got a faster, more capable processor than most others. When you combine it with the Achilles Pro firmware, it unlocks features like Ultra-Search and RF Lap Timer.

So it’s cheaper and it has more features than the competition. What’s the catch?

The catch is, it doesn’t have a USB port to let you easily install the Achilles Pro firmware. You need a special adapter, and the electronics skills to hook it up to the module. If you’re looking for a budget module, and you’re not scared of getting your hands a little dirty, the Eachine Pro58 is the one you’ll buy.

Here’s a link to the ST Link adapter that you need to flash the module. And here are instructions for how to upload Achilles Pro firmware to the module.

MID-TIER PRICE AND PERFORMANCE
FOXEER WILDFIRE

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Finding a mid-priced receiver module was pretty difficult. There used to be a fair number of decent modules in the $50-$70 price range, but now it seems like there’s very little below $90. And that’s tricky because $90 is hardly “cheap” by most people’s standards. But that’s where we find ourselves. $30 for the cheapest module possible. $150 for the absolute best available. And a vast chasm in between.

Foxeer Wildfire sits squarely in the middle of that chasm. It’s got decent performance, but not quite at the level of an ultra-premium module like RapidFire. The menus and features are sparse (but hopefully will improve in future versions). It’s a bare-bones receiver module with better-than-average performance, at a slightly higher-than-average price point.

If you’re looking for improved FPV range and penetration, but you’re not quite ready to shell out $120+ for a premium module, the Foxeer Wildfire is the one you’ll buy.

RapidFire is fundamentally different from other RF modules in this test. It offers improved sensitivity and range compared to traditional modules. RapidFire has a special technology to prevent screen rolling and tearing when signal gets weak.

RapidFire has an OLED display on the outside, as well as an in-goggle on-screen display (OSD). However, the OSD doesn’t offer full access to all functions, so you’ll be taking your goggles off when you need to change settings or channels.

In blind testing, the RapidFire module beat every other module it went against, usually decisively. This includes the Iftron ClearView module, which is more than twice the price. If price, features, or usability are your concerns, you might consider another module. But if you care about range, penetration, and the ability to pick up a clear signal in challenging environments, RapidFire is the hands-down winner.

Early in its production run, RapidFire had compatibility issues with some cameras and flight controllers. This caused unpredictable and sudden loss of image. This issue has been fixed in the latest firmware.

When the TBS Fusion first released in 2019, people wondered whether RapidFire finally had a competitor as the hands-down best analog receiver module. In 2020, TBS released the V2 hardware update for Fusion, and the answer is finally: yes. In my head-to-head testing, the V2 hardware update of the TBS Fusion matches or beats RapidFire’s performance. And that’s saying a lot, since RapidFire has dominated this field without any meaningful challenge for several years.

TBS Fusion brings a lot to the table. It integrates with other TBS products like Unify video transmitters and Crossfire receivers in something called “TBS Cloud”. The devices all communicate together wirelessly and sync up. For example, when you change the video transmitter channel in the Unify, the Fusion module can automatically change the channel in the goggles to match. Telemetry data can be communicated directly to the goggle via Crossfire link, so you still see your on-screen display even when your video blacks out. Imagine flying a long-distance quad by instruments only after a video loss. TBS Cloud could make that possible!

Here’s the last thing you need to know about Fusion: it’s about $20-$30 cheaper than RapidFire.

Lower cost. More features. Too-close-to-call performance? What more do you need to know?

OMNIDIRECTONAL VIDEO ANTENNAS

There are three important things to know about video antennas. First, they come in left-handed (LHCP) and right-handed (RHCP) varieties, and you must put the same variety on your quadcopter and your goggles. Most pilots fly RHCP, and that’s what I recommend you start with too. There isn’t any performance difference, but having the same type as everyone else will let you watch them in your goggles.

Second, they come with different connectors: SMA and RP-SMA. Whatever kind of connector came on your video transmitter and your goggles, you have to buy the same kind on the antenna, or they won’t screw together. Don’t assume that the goggles and the vTX will have the same connector either.

Third, you should never power up your video transmitter without an antenna attached. This can damage or destroy the video transmitter.

FOXEER LOLLIPOP OMNIDIRECTONAL VIDEO ANTENNA

This antenna is durable, cheap, and it’s available in all major connectors: SMA, RP-SMA, MMCX, and UFL. It’s even available in different colors if you like to coordinate! Its RF performance isn’t up to the level of more expensive ones, but it’ll get the job done. At this price, you won’t feel shy about picking up some spares.

Rush has been known for making high-quality, mid-priced video transmitters. Now they’re taking that same philosophy to antennas. These aren’t the cheapest antennas you can buy, but the quality and consistency is way better than the “cheapest antennas you can buy”. There are a ton of varieties so make sure you get the right polarity (LH or RH — most FPV pilots use RH, but DJI uses LH by default) and connector (MMCX, UFL, SMA, or RPSMA). Not all varieties are available at all stores so if you can’t find what you want, shop around!

WHY PAY MORE?
XILO AXII

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At first glance, the Xilo Axii looks identical to the Lumenier Axii. But the Xilo Axii is half the price. So what’s the difference? Umm…. good question. If you want to know the truth, these are the ones I usually put on my own builds and they seem to do well for me. The main disadvantage of the Xilo Axii is that it’s only available at GetFPV, so international buyers would probably prefer the Rush or the Lollipop.

LUMENIER AXII 2 OMNIDIRECTONAL VIDEO ANTENNA

The Axii has everything you could ask for from an FPV antenna. It’s got an even coverage pattern so there are no surprise dead zones when you fly behind yourself or overhead. Its axial ratio is nearly perfect, which means it’s good at rejecting multipath and interference from reverse-polarized antennas. It’s not too big. It’s nearly indestructible. And it’s available in a variety of sizes and connectors, for any application.

When you buy the Axii, make sure you’re getting the right one. It comes in a standard length, with SMA or RP-SMA connector. It also comes with thin coaxial cable and U.FL or MMCX connector, for direct-connection to your vTX. Finally, it comes in “stubby” and “long distance” varieties. My personal favorite is the “stubby”. Placing the antenna very close to the quadcopter’s frame reduces range, but significantly increases durability. If you plan to use the UFL or MMCX version, make sure you’ve got a 3D printed mount to hold it, as the coax itself is too floppy to use for mounting (these are also sold at GetFPV). Finally, remember that you must have matching LH (left-hand) or RH (right-hand) antennas on your quad and goggles. Lumenier colors LH antennas white and RH antennas black to help you remember.

TOP OF THE LINE
VAS ION PRO

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I’ve been using this as my goggle omni antenna for the last few months, and it’s amazing. The most impressive spec is its near-perfect axial ratio, which means it’ll reject multipath distortion better. But the honest reason I like this antenna is knowing that it’s built by the techs over at Video Aerial Systems. When they say that they test every antenna before it ships, I believe them. So I feel confident that I haven’t accidentally gotten a bad antenna without knowing it.

Although this is an amazing goggle antenna, I don’t prefer to use it on my quads. The Ion design is a little too fragile for the kind of beating my quads take. But as a goggle antenna, I think it’s possibly the best omni you can get.

DIRECTIONAL VIDEO ANTENNAS

If your goggles have only one antenna connector, then you only need an omni antenna. If your goggles have two antenna connectors, then they support diversity and you need both an omni and a directional antenna.

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MENACE RC INVADER

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MENACE RC INVADER DIRECTIONAL VIDEO ANTENNA

Directional antennas are usually big, long, and bulky. Exactly the opposite of what you want hanging off of your goggles. A patch antenna is the answer. It’s directional, and it’s also small and light. But nothing comes for free: good patch antennas are expensive, and cheap ones aren’t usually good. The MenaceRC Invader is a decent patch antenna at a low price. If that’s what you’re looking for, this is the one you’ll buy.

TOP OF THE LINE
TRUE RC X-AIR

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TRUE RC X-AIR DIRECTIONAL VIDEO ANTENNA

Not only do I use this antenna on my personal goggles, it was the directional I chose for my Ultimate FPV Receiver Shootout. It’s got 10 dB of gain and a 120 degree beamwidth, which is perfect for providing enhanced coverage in front of you without being so narrow that you lose coverage every time you move your head.

TOP OF THE LINE
LUMENIER AXII PATCH

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LUMENIER AXII PATCH DIRECTIONAL VIDEO ANTENNA

This is a great patch antenna for head-worn goggles. Compared to the X-Air, the Axii has slightly lower gain. Lower is worse, right? That’s like saying a smaller shoe is better. The Axii has a wider coverage pattern that gives slightly less penetration directly in front, but more range to the sides. The X-Air has a more focused coverage pattern that gives more penetration in front and less to the sides. The big benefit of the Axii is that it’s smaller so it keeps your goggles less bulky.

CAN YOU KEEP YOUR HEAD UP?
LUMENIER AXII DUO PATCH

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The higher an antenna’s gain, the further you can fly. But high gain antennas usually have narrow coverage patterns that mean you lose signal if you move your head. The Lumenier Axii Duo solves this problem–sort of. Its beam pattern is wide in the side-to-side direction and narrower in the up-and-down direction. As long as you keep your head up, you’ll get a great signal. If you drop your head more than about 40 degrees, the signal will quickly get weaker. But for many people, this is a tradeoff worth making. After all, mom always said to stand up straight!