Bluetooth headphones and ear buds have been around for a while now. But with the plethora of choices available in an ever-growing marketplace, knowing which ones to buy can be perplexing. Knowledge is power, they say.. and to that point, being armed with the knowledge of what to consider when purchasing a product, is the power you need to help you make the right choice buying it!
With that said, here are our top tips for important things to consider when purchasing Bluetooth (a.k.a. wireless) headphones:
#1 - Choose the correct type you need:
People use Bluetooth headphones and ear buds for a whole range of different reasons. It could be they enjoy listening to their favorite tunes while working out, to podcasts while commuting to the office, or simply for the convenience of making phone calls. For some it will be their main source of listening to music for hours on end wherever they are.
With all the options available, it’s important to get the right headphones that suit the purpose you’re going to be using them for, as different sets have styles and functions that make them more suited to certain usage. The two main types most people are familiar with are the in-ear ear buds, and the on-ear or over-the-ear type with a headband
In-ear headphones or ‘ear buds’ are the most discreet option and easier to conceal. Often the cheaper type you can buy, they lack the immersive sound experience of over-the-ear headphones. They are however good for casual listening, making phone calls, outdoor activities and exercise, and there are models made especially for running and working-out that hook over the ear to prevent them falling out.
On-ear or over-the-ear headphones offer a richer audio experience in terms of better sound quality. There are a huge range to choose from and may offer features such as noise cancellation or open-back designs for professional sound quality. Over-the-ear and on-ear headphones are the type that make you stand out in public and are the best choice for music lovers.
To get a good idea of all the different types of headphones available, head over to Headphones Addict where they weigh up the pros and cons of each type.
#2 - Battery and Charging:
The battery life of different Bluetooth earphone sets can vary a lot, so it’s important that you choose a set that offers a playback time and standby time that suits your needs. A good battery time for ear buds is about 6-8 hours, and for over- and on-ear headphones it’s upwards of 20 hours. Many wireless ear bud-type earphones come with a charging case that allows several recharges of the earphones, before the case itself needs recharging. This allows you to charge the ear buds on-the-go and offers many hours of use.
#3 - Sound Quality
For the majority of people, and music lovers especially, sound quality is the overriding factor to consider when purchasing new earphones, be it wireless or not. This is where user reviews become a particularly important step before purchasing online. Price will play a big factor here, so consider what the purpose is you are buying Bluetooth earphones for; are they simply a replacement for the cheap wired ones that came with your device, are you mostly going to be using them to make calls, or are you a music aficionado who eschews anything but only the best audio quality on offer.
#4 - Comfort
Another important factor to consider when purchasing a new pair of headphones is the comfort level they offer. In particular, in-ear headphones can become uncomfortable when worn for long periods at a time, however manufacturers of good quality earphones have spent the time and effort to develop their earphones to be especially comfy – so choose carefully. Over-the-ear headphones are nicely padded and are usually comfortable, but check the band that runs over the head is also padded for maximum comfort.
#5 - Range
An often overlooked feature is range. For people listening on-the-go or those who are always in close proximity to their device, this needn’t be a consideration. But for those who like to listen to music while freely wandering around their home with their Bluetooth earphones paired with a computer as opposed to a portable device, range should be considered, as well as any signal obstacles like walls and floors.
#6 - Microphone
Last but by no means least, we have the microphone to contend with. This will be most important to those who intend to use their Bluetooth earphones for phone calls. Again, check user reviews to see what others have to say about call clarity, and if calls and verbal communication are going to be the main usage of your Bluetooth earphones, there are designated headsets for this purpose.
With all of the above points to consider, check out the two review guides over at Wirecutter for best wireless Bluetooth earbuds and headphones in 2021:
That’s it folks! Be sure to regularly visit us here at the Kovol Blog to check out our future articles and posts.
The Kovol Blog Team