What You Need To Know When Choosing Earphones

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Picking out comfortable earphones of good quality can be tricky. With the different models, types and specifications available to us today, it can be a bit overwhelming (especially when you aren’t that techy). Additionally, personal preferences and lifestyle factors also come into play when choosing earphones—which can be daunting, to say the least. 


In this post, we’re talking about the things you need to know and what you should look for before buying earphones. Choosing the right pair that checks all the boxes can spell the difference between wasted money and money well-spent, after all. 


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Types of Earphones


Wireless and Bluetooth
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Proton Wireless Earphones, P1,480


The convenience and portability of cord-free earphones are apparent: They let you move freely as you listen to your favorite tracks. Bluetooth 4.0 technology even works up to an impressive range of 30 feet. This type of earphones is perfect for those who need a rigid pair that can hold out while they’re running or working out. The tangle-free listening experience is also great for people who like watching on their devices while lying down or sitting back.


So when it comes down to it, the main upside of having wireless and Bluetooth earphones is the hands-free and tangle-free experience. Meanwhile, its primary drawback is that the interface between transmitter and earphones may cause sound quality to sometimes taper off, even if it’s within distance.


Also recommended: AUKEY Latitude Wireless Earbuds


Wired

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Boompods Bassline, P490


Dependability might just be the reason why wired earphones are still around despite the rising trend of wireless. They’re perfect to have for commuting, for long-haul flights and even for office use.


However, wired earphones can bring many disadvantages as well, such as the cord getting caught on things, having the connector pulled accidentally and the cable being tangle-prone. But when it comes down to it, wired earphones are incredibly reliable despite these things and they arguably have better audio quality. So if you don’t have any issues with the small inconveniences, this is definitely for you.


Also recommended: Beats urBeats3 Earphones


Earbuds

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Jabra Elite 65t, P8,771


Earbuds provide maximum portability when it comes to earphones—and the fit doesn’t hurt either. It sits snuggly into the ear and forms a seal that cancels out noise and helps isolate the sound. Earbuds are best for on-the-go people who can’t be bothered to deal with cables. So if you’re an active person, there are true wireless and quality earbuds that promise that secure fit.


Due to their form and size, earbuds have small drivers, so make sure to look into the specifications to see if the earbuds meet your needs. One of the hardest hurdles, after all, is finding the right fit. Additionally, you may experience a few hiccups in the Bluetooth connection.


Also recommended: Apple Airpods


Some considerations


Portability and comfort

When it comes to earphones, comfort should definitely be a priority. This accessory will stay with you for long periods, so you want to find one that won’t irritate you after 20 minutes of use. The last thing you want is to regret a purchase because one side doesn’t fit well. Also, if your lifestyle requires a pair that is easy to take out and keep, wireless earphones or earbuds are probably the better option to take.


Usage

When it comes to usage, there’s no doubt that wired earphones can last you hours on end (because usage really then depends on your device). Unlike cable earphones, earbuds and wireless or Bluetooth earphones only have limited playtimes and you need to keep tabs on its battery life to avoid getting a silent surprise.


Durability

You’re already shelling out some hard earned money, you might as well invest it on a quality pair that’s made to last. There are wired earphones out there that can last you a really long time if you take good care of them and there are those that snap no matter how careful you are—be careful. 


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Earphones come in all shapes, sizes and specifications, and each one serves a specific purpose. A good pair of earphones can take a beating from constant use and keep you company for a reasonable period of time.


So it might be best to consider what kind of job you’ll assign your earphones. Will you use them mostly for exercise or in the office? These things said, don’t fall under the impression that the perfect pair exists—you just need to shop around for the one that comes pretty close.



Words Adie Pieraz

Art Alex Lara

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