If you have ever looked at buying headphones, you will most likely know there are a whole range of designs you can pick from, and choosing the right one is a hard job. Here at EarbudsAddict we have summaries each variation of headphone, in one article, so you can make an inform decision of what to buy.
In-ear headphones are best suited towards mobile devices, as they are small and lightweight, so they can be transported easily with your mobile device. The usually connect with a 3.5 mm auxiliary cable direct to your device, and they vary in price a lot! You can pick some of them up for as little as a dollar, yet some are priced in the thousands.
There are various factors that go into the pricing: Sound quality, for example, some are multi-channel, whilst others are just one audio source; the brand of the headphone also makes a huge difference, and a company like Beats can charge much, much more than a small Chinese manufacturer; the material of the headphones also has a factor in price, and whilst some are made of premium materials like platinum and gold, others are made solely out of cheap plastic. The complications don’t end there, though, and there are many different types of in-ear headphones:
- Sporting in-ear headphones
These are designed with sports in mind, and they have various alterations over traditional in-ear headphones. Some of these have hooks that go around your ears, so that when you are running they do not come out. Others have earbuds shaped to hill the whole of your ear, for the same reason. A good example of sporting in-ear headphones would be the Jaybird X2 earbuds.
They are perfect for the sports enthusiast, and their unique shape makes them stand out from the crowd. They feature 6mm drivers and an eight-hour battery.
- Wireless in-ear headphones
These connect to your device via Bluetooth and can be used in many different ways. Some are more for sports, others are used in communications, and some are so small they can be kept secret from onlookers. Their battery sizes vary depending on their use, as does their size and they have a very varied use. One of our favorite wireless earbuds is the Power Beats 2, which we found to be great for sporting activities.
- Audiophile in-ear headphones
These headphones are the most expensive kind of in-ear earphones, and they are built especially for audiophiles. Essentially audiophiles are a hi-fi enthusiast, and they look for the very best sound quality possible. One of the best we have experienced at EarphoneAddicst is by far the Shure SE425s, which we found to be extraordinary for the rather low price, at least compared to other high-end earphones.
Overall there is a great range in in-ear headphones and their uses. Although picking the right one for you may seem daunting, it is relatively easy once you know what you will use it for.
- Lightning cable headphones
There have been many rumors circulating the internet that the next iPhone will lack the addition of an auxiliary port, meaning that headphones will have to connect via the lightning port. This has prompted manufacturers to develop headphones using the lightning connections instead of the usual. They are capable of drawing power from the device.
Over-ear as they are sometimes known, are a step up in comparison to in-ear. They are ideal for people who will be wearing them for long periods of time, as they have large pads that go around your ear, so your ear is barely under pressure. They can also accommodate much larger drivers, as they are physically bigger, which means you can experience louder and clearer sound. It is true that they are not as portable as in-ears, but if you have a bag they will certainly be worth the extra room.
Just like all other types of headphones, there is a large variety of these headphones and many have been designed with a different user in mind. Some of the main types of over-ear headphones are:
Unlike the in-ear headphones, none of these are aimed at sports. Wireless ones are great for all kinds of situations, for example, if you have your phone on charge and would like to listen to music from another place.
A good pair, however, does not come cheap and it can be hard to differentiate between the quality and simply brand popular items. By far our favorite wireless headphones are the Sennheiser Momentum 2.0’s
Noise cancelling headphones
These are by far our favorite type of headphones on the list and they are perfect for many types of people. They allow you to remove all of the background noise which is great for many reasons: If you are on a commute to work, or in a noisy place you can easily switch these on and listen to your music without any interruptions; people also love them as they help you to immerse yourself in your music, or whatever content you are consuming.
Some of these headphones are also wireless, so if you can find a pair that is both, you’re in luck. The addition of noise cancelling fully transforms your consuming experience, and until you try it.
These are just like conventional over-ear headphones, although they, as the name may suggest, have an open back design. This means that you can hear what is going on around you. This gives you a unique listening experience and it can remove the feeling of isolation that other types of headphones impose. These are best used in places where there is very little background noise, like a home office or quiet living room. We would suggest trying out both closed and opened back headphones before making a decision on which to buy, as it is really all personal preference with them.
Just like in-ear headphones, there is an extreme of the price scale, and some of these headphones are into the tens of thousands! Some of these headphones even have the amplifier inside of them, allowing them to process all of the audio themselves, resulting in a perfect sounding set of headphones. They are often created out of very high-quality materials, which further improves the listening experience and for the right person, these could be their best every purchase.
These headphones are the mix of the portability that in-ear headphones offer, and the quality and perfection that over-ear headphones bring to the table. They have a padded rim, just like over-ears, but they sit on top of your ear. This allows them to be smaller, and lighter. These are perfect for people who want the perfect mix between in-ear and over the ear.
Overall there are an overwhelming number of factors that will help you decide on which headphones to go for. We have drafted a list of things to consider:
- Price – Are they in your budget? Make sure you research the market fully and know what the best thing is to buy. It may be worthwhile to save up some more money and purchase a slightly more expensive pair of headphones that have much better quality, than rushing into things and buying a cheap pair that is not worth it.
- Usage-What will you be using them for? If you are a person who runs every day, and only occasionally listens to music over a long space of time, then some in-ear sporting headphones may be for you.
We hope you have found this article helpful in gaining more information about what sets headphones apart, and we trust that you will be able to make a more inform decision when picking up a new pair of headphones.