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The Ultimate Headphones Buying Guide

Headphones are one of the most popular gadgets that people use every day and it’s because of their size, convenience and the sound quality. There are lots of different types of headphones available today. First, you should pick your headphones based on how they fit on the ear, which can make all the difference in terms of their performance and how well they are going to work for you.

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And there are some other things speck-wise that you need to look for as well. Now, first thing first, let’s talk about the headphone types.

Types of Headphones
In ear

These are the tiny ear buds that you’re going to see people wearing sometimes. These headphones are much more discrete than plenty of others, which is why some people like them. These are the lightest headphones that you are going to find, which is one of their better qualities. You really can’t get better sound isolation than you can with these. The sound is being transmitted right into your ear canal. In ear headphones also tend to be much more portable than almost all others, which is related to their light weight.

On Ear

These headphones rest on the ear. They don’t go over the top of the ear: they just rest there. On ear headphones will allow you to hear more of the external sounds in the room. You’ll still be familiar with what is going on around you, which is something that a lot of people want in order to feel like they are more in control of their surroundings. You might also find these headphones more comfortable. The open cups are also going to make them more comfortable in particular. If nothing else, the on ear ones tend to be cheaper.

Over Ear

If you’ve owned headphones for a long time, yours are probably over ear headphones. These are headphones that cover the entire ear. Some people think that these are more fashionable than many of the others, and it is easier to decorate them. The sound isolation for these will often be better. You can also usually get really great sound quality levels with these. Good over ear headphones from prominent brands may be a little expensive, but there are plenty of cheap ones as well that sound just as great if not better.

Wired or Wireless

More and more headphones are wireless these days, and so you’re not going to have to deal with the cumbersome wires that might get in the way while you’re listening to anything. Wireless headphones are able to connect to phones very easily today using specialized symbols. You can get a strong system going with your wireless headphones and your phone which will allow everything to turn on according to a schedule.

Wired headphones are going to have a better connection. You really can’t get a sound level that is quite as good if it is going over the air. While it is possible to get wireless headphones that have a better connection and the quality of the connection that you get is going to vary, this is still a problem that you are going to have to deal with here and there. There can also be problems with interference from other devices and radio signals, and you are not going to have to worry about any of that with the wired headphones. As you travel across longer distances with your wireless headphones, this is going to be more and more of a problem.

Wireless headphones are unbeatable when it comes to their portability, however, and there is no way of getting around that. If you are going to be exercising with these, you are probably going to be better off with the wireless headphones compared to the wired headphones. Wired headphones are going to get in the way more often than not, and this is going to be a problem if you’re trying to bike or jog. Wireless and wired headphones both have their positives and negatives.

It should be noted that there are wireless and wired headphones in the in ear, over ear, and on ear categories. If you prefer any of these styles for whatever reason, you will be able to find wired or wireless versions of all of them, although some combinations might be more common than others.

Other Things to Look For
Comfort

Comfort is probably the most important quality in headphones at the end of the day. You’re not going to be able to enjoy the sound quality of headphones if they are too uncomfortable for you to wear on a regular basis.

Comfort is subjective. Some people think that the in ear headphones are the best, and these headphones will allow people to walk around with really light headphones. Other people find the on ear headphones to be the most comfortable. Ideally, you will be able to try them all first before you decide.

Sound Quality

The sound quality of headphones will always vary. Wired headphones will tend to have the better sound quality compared to the wireless ones, however. Over ear headphones are also the best in terms of sound quality. However, all of these headphones are going to vary in terms of sound quality within their own categories as well as between their own categories. You are going to find varying sound quality levels in nearly every category of headphones that you might like.

Price

Headphones will vary in price tremendously. Some of them are going to be less than 50 dollars and others will be around 200 dollars. Finding really cheap on ear headphones is going to be comparatively easy. It is possible to find some of them in the neighborhood of around ten dollars or so. Earbuds or in ear headphones have gotten very cheap as well. Many different factors are going to influence the price.

Wrapping up

No matter what you want, you should be able to find headphones that will come close to the mark. People vary in their headphone preferences. Some of them are going to be the sorts of headphones that will work really well for you and your purposes. Others will be better for other customers. All of them are going to have plenty of positive and negative qualities that you are going to have to keep in mind. Still, as long as you have an idea of what you want from your headphones and as long as you keep in mind your needs as a customer, you should end up choosing very wisely.

Jubin Mathai

Hi, I am Jubin Mathai a tech enthusiast, blogger, android developer and what not. People describe me as a workaholic and to an extent it's right. I love gadgets and hence I write for GadgetMiner. To know more about me follow me on the social media.

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