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Headphone Finder 2021
How to find the perfect headphones for you
From the hardcore audiophile to someone who just want a pair of cheap, working headphones, this guide will cover all types of headphones out there, and how you can find the perfect ones for you.
Start by answering the questions on top of the page in our headphones finder. This will guide you to right ones that suits your needs.
Where will you be using the headphones?
Outside, at home, in front of your computer, or the TV – you should choose depending on where you will be using your headphones.
If you will connect them to your smartphone or tablet and bring them with you outside a lot, you need a pair of small and lightweight headphones which won’t be bothersome or look awkward in public. Like a pair of on-ear headphones instead of over-ear ones. We will go into more detail about those two variants later.
If you will be using your headphones inside however, you can choose a pair of bigger, more comfortable headphones because you won’t bother anyone, nor will anyone look at you strange. Over-ear types are perfect for this. Also, noise isolation or noise leakage is not so important when you’re at home.
What device will you connect the headphones to?
This plays a big role, because you often cannot connect a pair of bluetooth headphones to your stationary computer, unless you have some sore of bluetooth hardware installed.
Likewise, if you plan on connecting them to your TV and watch movies in your couch then a pair of wireless RF headphones is what you would want. No annoying cables to deal with. They can also last up to 20 hours on one charge, so no need to worry about having to pause your movie just to charge them.
When it comes to mobile devices, you have the ability to choose from wired or wireless connectivity. Bluetooth offers a wire-free experience, but of course you would need to charge them quite often. Most bluetooth headphones also comes with a cable you can use when battery is low. One thing to take care of is that the microphone might not work on many bluetooth headsets when connected with a cable.
PC users can choose between wireless RF or wired headsets. It’s up to personal preference. Wireless gives you the freedom of walking around your home with your headphones on without worrying about short wires. If you’re a gamer, wired ones might be the best option because they have zero sound delay. Even though newer wireless headsets have pretty low sound delay, it’s a spec to take notice off.
Over-ear or on-ear – what is the difference?
Both should be used on different occasions.One is lighter, and better to travel with, the other is more comfortable and can be noise isolating. Let’s go over some more of the pros and cons of these two popular headphone styles.
On-ear: Light, small, and easy to use on your daily commute or bring with you on holiday. These are the strong points of on-ear headphones, but that is not to say they lack in sound quality. In fact, you will find many quality on-ear headphones if you are willing to spend some extra money.
That weak points are that they let in alot of environmental noise which many people can find distracting. Others like to be more “connected” to the environment so they appreciate this style more. Which type are you?
Over-ear: These are usually the most comfortable ones. Even though comfort might a subjective term. These will cover all of your ear, and is suitable for people who will wear them for extended periods of time.
But comfort also come at a price. Over-ear headphones are bigger and heavier and have a larger headband. Not so suitable for travelling with, but excellent for home-usage.
Over-ear headphones are often flagship models but you will find many cheap ones if you don’t care about noise isolation.
In the end, depending on where you will use the headphones. At the comfort of your home or out and about, choose the style that will fit you.
Hopefully this short buying guide cleared up some questions you might have had. And if you’re still unsure which to buy, try the headphone finder at the top of the page for easy guidance.