This article will check out some popular headphones of 2020, and give you some tips on how to pick the right one.
What features do you need?
When purchasing a new pair of headphones, the following features should be important considerations:
- Active Noise Cancellation
- Bluetooth or wired?
- Battery life
- Sound Quality
- In-ear or over-ear
Over-ear or In-ear?
Depending on your main use-case for the headphones, this could be a critical factor. The main difference is going to be comfort, and noise reduction.
In-ear provide a lightweight solution for activities such as sport or sitting at your desk listening to music. The downside of these types of earphones is the abundance of outside noise that is audible. This might be a good thing if you are in a car, or running, and need situational awareness, but bad on a train and wanting to block out all the noise. There are noise-cancelling in-ear earphones available, but the level of noise reduction is not as great as the over-ear variants.
Over-ear are an optimal solution for scenarios where audio quality is preferred over weight and portability. The cushioning provides a comfortable fit around your ears whilst doing a secondary job of keeping external and background noise out as best as possible. The over-ear format is so good at blocking out external sounds, it should not be worn whilst driving a car, or running on roads where you may need the situational awareness of what is going on around you. Remember the bigger the cushions, the more comfortable and silencing the headphones will be.
Quality gauge: The simplest way to know the headphones you are buying are of high quality is the price. You are not going to get audiophile quality from a $20 pair of headphones. If you want the best audio quality, choose a more expensive brand.
Bluetooth or wired: Bluetooth offers the benefit of freedom by not being attached by cable to your devices. The only downside is you are going to need constant charging after 6-20 hours of usage (depending on the model). Wired gives flexibility of working with other devices that may not be Bluetooth compatible, and allows a quick swap-over between devices without messing around in pairing and repairing.