How to Choose the Right Headphones
With the supply that today’s electronics giants have prepared for us, the process of choosing an appliance or a gadget the technicalities of which remain a mystery to most can be a rather daunting process. Same goes for headphones – “I need them, but where do I even start?” you might be asking yourself. Here are a few tips that will put your mind to rest and hopefully guide you towards a successful purchase.
Visit a nearby electronics store
You’re not an addicted lover of music; you are in search of a new pair of headphones simply because you ripped off one of the buds from the earphones that came with your phone that you purchased 5 years ago. In that case, or in any case where a great variety and especially knowledgeable field expert’s consultation are not a must, try your local electronics store. Sure, the prices might be a tiny bit larger than what you would find on the internet, but you will save yourself the waiting time and you will most probably be able to test them there and find out whether they truly suit your needs. Plus, the people who work there will probably be able to provide minimal guidance, or perhaps will surprise you with extensive knowledge of what headphones or earphones suit your needs best.
Choose Your Priorities and Research
Are you a long-distance runner and need headphones or earphones that are very light, reliable, and never fall out of your ear? Are you a music addict who listens to songs full volume and wants to hear every single note? Are you a hitchhiker who does not have the possibility to charge the headphones often and cannot spend a lot of money on them? Depending on how you answered to those questions, here is what you might want to consider:
- Wireless vs regular. If you’re looking for headphones or earphones to complement your workouts, 99% of the time you will rejoice if you choose a solid pair of wireless headphones or earbuds. They will help your movements to be considerably freer and increase the quality of your workout. That being said, you need to have a good possibility to constantly charge them as few pairs last longer than 8 hours. Wireless ones also tend to be considerably more expensive. Thus, if your lifestyle does not entail constant access to electricity and if you are not looking to spend a lot of money on such a gadget, perhaps stick to the regular ones.
- Sound quality vs battery life. When speaking of wireless headphones, those two aspects do not need to be mutually exclusive, but as a rule of thumb, they usually are. For instance, Bose is known to be one of the leaders when it comes to outstanding sound quality. Bose SoundSport are not an exception. While you will feel ecstatic with them in your ears, their battery life is 5 hours tops – barely enough for a long bus ride. The regular headphones do not present these issues – you can usually get a pair with exceptional sound for cheaper than their wireless counterparts and on top of that you will never have to worry about charging them.
Your personality. If you are prone to loosing items and constantly forget where you put your keys or watch, wireless earbuds might not be the best choice for you. It takes no time and no effort to lose one of them, or even the whole tiny case, so make sure you are aware of their whereabouts at all times.