Headphones have become indispensable now that so many of us listen to music from our phones, tablets, and computers. If you’re using the inexpensive earbuds that came with your device, you might want to consider an upgrade to a model that can give a better listening experience.
With any headphones, comfort is crucial, so look for models that will let you adjust or customise the fit. And don’t forget aesthetics if buying headphones for girls!
If listening to music or videos on a crowded plane, consider headphones that can reduce ambient noise. The physical design of some headphones can help block outside noise. That’s true of closed, over-the-ear headphones, as well as in-ear-style earphones. Active noise-cancelling models use battery-powered electronic circuitry that can reduce extraneous noises to various degrees.
Headphones with active noise cancelling are the best choice if you want to block out the sounds of a commuter train, airplane, or other crowded setting.
The company that virtually invented the noise-cancelling headphone category more than a decade ago is Bose>>. And while it remains a leader in the category, it does have some worthy competition.
For the same price as the Bose Quiet-Comfort 15 >> ($300), for example, you could get the beats by Dr. Dre Beats Executive >> – and I haven’t met a girl that is not fond of Dr. Dre Beats headphones!
This model has excellent sound quality and above all it looks great!
Check out this wireless model:
Dr. Dre Beats Wireless On-Ear Headphone – available in more colours
Good to know:
Headbands. Adjustable headbands can provide a better fit on your head, while models with foldable and collapsible bands are easier to carry.
Earcups, earpads, and canal tips. Models that come with pivoting earcups or different-sized adapters, foam pads, or canal tips can help you achieve a proper, comfortable fit. Some earcups will fold flat for travel and storage.
Replaceable, removable earpads and canal tips. These can be replaced or washed, for easier maintenance.
Weight. Smaller, lighter headphones are generally more comfortable than bulkier models, but you might trade sound quality for comfort.
Cords. Compared with those that have a Y-exit cord, models with a single-exit cord reduce tangling. Also, some models come with asymmetrical cords, where one cord is longer than the other. This
may be useful if you want to place the cord around the back of your neck, or the audio player off to one side. Some models come with detachable cords you can remove or replace.