Listen up! What kind of headphones should you get?

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In today’s technology-driven society, tech companies are constantly producing new and improved variations of popular items to meet consumers’ wants and needs.  CDs and cassettes have become things of the past, and they have been replaced by headphones over the past decade or two.  Recently, popular tech companies such as Beats and Apple have come up with new types of headphones, like Apple’s AirPods, which are the company’s first pair of wireless headphones.

I prefer wired headphones to wireless because wireless headphones can get lost easily because of their size”

— Kayla McElroy

The rise in new types of headphones begs the question, is it better to buy wired or wireless headphones?  There are many factors to consider when looking at the different sides, and each one prompts people to make their considerations accordingly based on their needs.

One of the most significant differences between wireless and wired headphones seems obvious.  Wireless headphones are Bluetooth-operated and don’t require connection to your phone to work.  Wired headphones, on the other hand, do require you to plug into your headphone jack in order to play the music, which makes them simpler.

Another difference between wired and wireless headphones is comfort.  According to multiple sites and surveys, wireless headphones tend to receive more favorable comfort reviews than wired.   The wired headphones’ cables could be troublesome when you have them in for a long time, as they could become uncomfortable.  Those who listen to music while exercising often find that their earbuds get tangled or fall out easily.

“I have tried both, but I much prefer wireless headphones to wired because they are easier to use when I work out,” said junior AJ Galassi.

The wire-free aspect of wireless headphones gives users added flexibility and comfort when running or going to the gym.  Price is also something worth taking into consideration.  Wireless headphones tend to be much more expensive than wired headphones, partially because manufacturers have to pay extra to add the extra technology needed to help the headphones function via Bluetooth.  On the Apple website, the wireless “AirPods” retail for a price of $159.00, whereas the wired “EarPods” retail for a price of only $29.00.

Depending on your, environment wireless headphones can experience audio interference, which can compromise the sound quality of your music. Interference can occur when you’re too far away from your device, but it can also be a result of other devices in your vicinity transmitting on the same wavelength.  Some higher- end wired headphones boast high definition sound, which provides better quality, but this feature has not yet been developed for wireless headphones.

I have tried both, but I much prefer wireless headphones to wired because they are easier to use when I work out”

— AJ Galassi

Most wireless headphones require some kind of removable battery or charging.  Wired headphones do not, so that they can be used almost indefinitely.  Looking at battery life is essential for anyone interested in buying wireless headphones.

While some may prefer the added flexibility the wireless AirPods offer, the steep change in price is something to consider when purchasing.  Another reason why some may choose one over the other is style.  Some may find the wireless headphones more fashionable, for example.

“I prefer wireless headphones because I really like the way the look and think they are very modern and cool,” said junior Adam Margolin.

Accessibility is another key factor to keep in mind.  In particular, some see wireless headphones as be easier to use because you don’t run the risk of getting them tangled, which makes them more portable and less bulky.  This is good for those who make frequent flights or spends many hours on the road, as it is one less thing to worry about carrying with you.  On the other hand, some may prefer wired headphones because they’re easier to keep track of.

“I prefer wired headphones to wireless because wireless headphones can get lost easily because of their size” says junior Kayla McElroy.

Wired headphones may be better for those who spend a majority of their time working at a desk or listening indoors, as well as those who are real audiophiles looking for the best quality.  If you are an athlete or spend a lot of time traveling, consider a wireless pair since it may better suit your needs.

With an abundance of headphones on the market today, there are a wide variety to choose from.  Each person’s needs are different when it comes to headphones, and it is important to figure out your preference in comfort, ease, style, and price to choose which type is best for you.