With the cost of quality headphones these days, you really ought to know what to look for when searching for that pair that will be perfect for you and your lifestyle. Thankfully, this need not be a difficult task.
Different Headphones for Different Lifestyles
The first question to ask yourself is what kind of life to you lead and when will you be wearing your headphones. If you are active and want to listen to music as you workout, you ought to at least consider getting a pair of wireless headphones that will “connect” to your music player or smartphone via Bluetooth. Wireless headphones do not get tangled up upon exercise equipment or swinging arms. Of course the negative to Bluetooth devices is that they do require batteries and can suffer from a loss of sound quality, usually indiscernible to most of us, when compared to wired headphones.
Other considerations active folks need to mull over are if they need to get in-ear, over-ear, on-ear, and/or noise-cancelling headphones. If you like to run and bike outside, you should not give a single thought to over-ear, on-ear, or any type of noise-cancelling headphones. After all, you need to be able to hear cars and people when you are out and about in public. However, if your workouts are done on a treadmill or in a gym, these safety precautions are not important.
Conversely, if you will do your headphone listening inside your home while, say, laying in bed, you can go all out and get full over-ear headphones with active noise cancelling technology. Generally speaking, these more robust headphones provide a much better sound quality than do in-ear or on-ear headphones.
Finally, no matter what type of headphone you are going for, you must make sure that it will work with your smartphone or music device. This is especially true if your prospective headphones have controls or an in-line microphone.