Headphones have been around for as long as we can remember, though they shrunk with the release of portable music players. Then, Apple came along with the iPod, which came bundled with sleek, white earbuds, prompting a surge in similar designs. Since then, it’s been realised that there is a place for both devices. There are pros and cons associated with both, though manufacturers are investing to overcome perceived shortfalls of their chosen design.
Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference, but here we go through some of the deciding factors when buying a new set of headphones or earphones, and highlight some of the best picks.
Typically, in-ear headphones are easier to carry around with you, but there is that dreaded moment when you pull them out of your pocket and spend minutes untangling them. The Sennheiser Momentum in-ear headphones rectify this with a tangle-free cable and a hard shell carry case for added peace of mind.
Over-ear headphones take up a little more room, but these Sony headphones are sturdy enough to look after themselves if put into a bag. Plus, the tangle-free cable means you don’t have to worry about it knotting up on itself.
If money was no object, you could buy any earphones or headphones you wanted. But it is. Earphones tend to be the more budget-friendly option. These Sennheiser Headphones, for example, won’t put much pressure on your bank balance, but still ensure that you can enjoy your favourite music.
If you are willing to splurge, there are plenty of headphones to choose from. We particularly like the wireless Beats by Dre Studio Headphones. They cost a pretty penny, but the audio experience is exceptional. Not to mention, they are also incredibly comfortable and stylish.
Many quarters would say that headphones tip the scales when it comes to sound quality. The Bose Quiet Comfort 25 headphones were designed to deliver a true to life sound with a whole lot of technology ticking away underneath. They also boast noise cancelling so you can enjoy your music no matter what’s happening around you.
Headphones also have Dr Dre in their corner, and he knows a thing or two about sound. The Solo2 offers updated and improved acoustics and hits those deep notes, as you might well expect. As well as that, the Beats by Dre range tends to be one of the more fashionable headsets, which is one reason why you see it so often in music videos and draped around the necks of celebrities.
Best for your ears:
When all is said and done, this may be the determining factor. Some people prefer earphones, and even within that there is a subsection of people who prefer buds that slot into your ears. And then there are others who feel more comfortable donning headphones that sit on top of their head. If you’re going to be investing in a device that you could use for hours a day for months to come, you should be completely comfortable wearing.