What Type of Headphones Should I Buy?

by Jeremiah on September 14, 2013

New technologies have completely revolutionised the way we listen to music and as such have increased its popularity immensely. It is now possible and very common to see people listening to music via headphones on the train, in the park and even in the library. If you want to take advantage of listening privately whilst being stood in a public place, then headphones are the most important accessory you could own. However headphones have evolved dramatically and there are now many different brands, styles, types and features and all of these can be more than a little confusing when thinking about which ones you should purchase. Brands such as House of Marley available at Superfi also offer wireless versions of their accessories such as cordless headphones.

Gone are the days when headphones consisted of two speakers, covered in a small layer of black foam and connected at each ear by a thin piece of metal which was shaped to fit over the top of a person’s head. While this style is still available they are now made with much more comfortable material such as soft plastic and heavily cushioned with foam covered in leather or similar.

They are now available in a variety of different sizes and colours and can be folded away neatly to fit securely in and handbag or pocket. A popular choice nowadays is earphones, as the name suggests these sit snugly at the entrance to the ear canal, they are small, light and discreet. They enable runners and other sports persons to listen to music while training as wires are easy to tuck away and they do not get in the way of any equipment or machinery that may be used.

Another popular choice for those who take part in sports or fitness is ear buds, these are similar to earphones but smaller still and actually sit inside the ear canal, they are smaller, more discreet and fit very securely which means they are much less likely to fall out that the other types. Each of these types is very popular and do have a lot of advantages however each also has at least one disadvantage. Headphones are great but can slip off easily and are also uncomfortable for some glasses wearers after a while of being in use, earphones are uncomfortable if you have small or misshapen ears and can fall out easily whereas ear buds can be equally uncomfortable and can also introduce infection into the ear if not kept clean.

When you have considered the type of accessory you want to buy you then need to decide if you want them wired or wireless. Cordless headphones available at Superfi are easy to store and more convenient for freedom of movement, however they can only be used on certain Bluetooth compatible devices and will need regular charging or battery changes.

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