How to choose your next headphones

How to choose your next headphones

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Like other technology gadgets, there are so many different styles of headphones to choose from that it can be difficult to know what to look for. And the increasing advancement in technology means there are now a variety of options to suit individual needs. 

Maybe you need a decent pair of noise-cancelling headphones that will help drown out background noise for those all-important virtual meetings when working from home. Or perhaps you simply want to listen to your favourite music in high quality audio. Whatever your needs, our guide to choosing your next set of headphones has you covered. 

Wireless headphones 

Bluetooth wireless headphones generally offer the most reliability and they provide a convenient way to listen to music in a variety of situations. Many styles also offer automatic connection. You’ll need to charge them up, but most options feature a good few hours’ charge time, plus the charging case will extend the battery life. 

In-ear headphones

These are also known as ear buds as they fit snugly inside the ear opening. The tip is generally made from silicone and they’re one of the most compact types of headphones you can get. 

Ear buds are particularly suitable for working out and commuting or for when you need headphones that are small and easy to carry.

On-ear headphones

This style of headphone sits on the head with a band and cushions that fit on the ears, rather than over. They can be a good budget option and are ideal if you find ear buds fall out often or feel uncomfortable. 

Over-ear headphones

For ultimate sound quality, over-ear headphones offer a great choice, featuring powerful sound and an ideal fit. They also drown out most background noise.  

One aspect you might need to consider is the weight, as these headphones tend to be slightly heavier than other styles.  

The main factors to think about when choosing the best headphones for you are the size, comfort, whether you need water resistance, the sound quality you require and the main usage. 

You’ll also want to consider about your budget. Whilst it might be tempting to go for the cheaper option, particularly at a time when costs are continuing to rise, spending a bit more on a pair of quality headphones is well worth the investment in the long run, especially if you’re using them on a regular basis. 

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