5 Mistakes Made When Buying Wireless Headphones
Considering switching to wireless headphones? It’s a great point: over the past few years, they’ve gotten better sounding, lasted longer, and had a number of extra features, all while becoming more affordable.
The choices are wider than ever. So much so that it’s easy to miss the model that would work best for you while you are working out or simply enjoying sports betting in Canada. So today we’re going to look at 5 common mistakes buyers make when choosing Bluetooth headphones to warn you against making them again.
Choosing the Wrong Form Factor or Uncomfortable Fit
Full-size or over-the-ear? In-ear or in-ear? Cordless or corded? Each type has its pros and cons, and in the end, your preferences and usage scenarios determine everything. For example, plug-in models are better suited for sports, as they have more protection against moisture and sweat than headphones with a headband. They also tend to be better held in the ears and allow greater freedom of movement (sports models often have additional attachments-fixators). On the other hand, if you don’t plan on physical activity in headphones and do not mind carrying a larger thing, a full-size model may be a more attractive choice for you.
Chasing the Brand
By the end of 2019, almost half of the TWS headphones sold worldwide were AirPods. By mid-2021, AirPods’ share dipped to 26.5% as more customers began to notice that alternatives existed. Nevertheless, the share of the closest competitors was about 9%, they were Samsung and Xiaomi. Many people simply buy the “native” headset “by default”.
The other side of the same coin: focusing only on well-known audio brands like Sennheiser, Sony, or Bose. Of course, their headphones are good and worthy of your attention, but they are also worthy of the models of less well-known companies, especially if you want to save some money. For example, TWS headphones from the brands 1MORE and Anker have been picking up awards from all the world’s press and electronics trade shows lately, offering tempting value for money.
We don’t mean to say that specs don’t matter and there’s no need to look at them. But we advise you to understand what you are chasing, and not just choose by the highest value or the length of the list of listed technologies. For example, don’t base your choice on the latest version of Bluetooth in the hope that it will affect the sound. Looked for headphones with a large selection of codecs? Make sure your smartphone supports them (for example, only SBC and AAC are available on the iPhone).
Of course, if you are not limited to the budget – you can choose from the top models with any set of features. In other cases, it’s worth thinking about what features and capabilities are really important to you and what can be neglected in favor of sound or comfort. If you don’t need extra features and are looking for simple and inexpensive TWS headphones with good sound, battery, and moisture protection, take a look at Skullcandy Jib TWS, available in a number of interesting colors.
Another example: some CTM Explore P2 price range headphones have support for the aptX codec or active noise cancellation. The Explore P2 only has basic SBC, but even with that, the headphones can outperform competitors with aptX. Plus, if you’ve had in-channel wired headphones before, you’ve probably noticed that their passive noise cancellation is usually much better than the full-size models. And the active noise canceling in inexpensive TWS often doesn’t make drastic changes – you won’t get the silence in silence that you get in the top-end models. Finally, another advantage of the Explore P2, which is not reflected in the specifications: it’s one of the most compact and comfortable TWS headphones.
Ignoring the Modestly Designed Models
Sometimes you can miss out on something really interesting in terms of content just by not catching a glimpse of the shell. For example, if you don’t know about Noble Audio, you might think that the Falcon ANC model is a business Bluetooth headset. Usually, the brand’s headphones have a more eye-catching or sophisticated design. But most importantly, the Falcon ANC is true to Noble Audio’s tradition of sound quality and has been given excellent in efficiency noise reduction.
The AKG K371BT doesn’t boast a flashy design either. But it’s a model that stands at the intersection of professional and consumer audio. If you gravitate toward neutral “studio” sound, take note – at home, you can listen on the wire indefinitely, and on the road via Bluetooth for up to 40 hours on a single charge.
Not Checking Headphone Sound and Headset Quality
This mistake may be the most obvious, but it’s the one that most often brings disappointment to your own choice. On the one hand, we all have physically different ears, on the other hand – different ideas about beauty and different requirements for sound quality. There is no substitute for personal experience. If you want to be 100% sure of your choice – listen to the headphones yourself. As for the headset, you can call a friend and ask him how he hears you or send yourself a voice message.