Things To Consider Before Buying Earbuds

by Dan

Looking for new earbuds is an important step in the process of enjoying your music. In this day and age, the perfect headphones means the most high-quality audio experience, combined with comfort. 

We all love the quality sound and audio to enjoy our conversations, music, and any other activities when listening to our earbuds. But we all don’t know what to consider before we buy a good pair of earbuds. Here is a complete list of things to consider before buying earbuds.

Wired vs. Wireless

Wireless Bluetooth earbuds are the latest tech trend, but are they right for you? Some people still prefer their earphones wired. 

Wires can be annoying to untangle and can get in the way during exercise. Wireless earbuds may be easier to misplace or drop on the street, however. If you choose a wireless, you’ll also have to worry about their battery life. 

Figure out if wired or wireless earbuds are for you before you dive deeper into different brands and features available.  

Hearing Safety

We are all well aware that earbuds sit closest to our eardrums. The closer something sits to our eardrums, the more likely it is to damage the small nerves that allow us to hear. Keep in mind your volume and how loud you play your headphones. The levels of volume can cause irreversible damage, so louder isn’t always better. 

Comfort

The safety level of volume is one thing to consider, but the way your headphones fit in your ears is another story. We all know that the Apple Air Pods have a stylish, well-known fit. However, if you’re going for an ear fit that is comfortable over all else, there are other comfortable fits as well. 

Sometimes it’s hard to gauge whether or not an earbud will fit. Reading reviews will give a good insight to whether or not the experience will be a good fit for your ears. Some earbuds come with multiple soft tips to best fit your ear canal. 

Impedance

Impedance is the measurement of the opposition provided by the circuit to the current that the voltage applied. The higher the impedance of your earbuds, there will be a lesser current that will flow. There should be a balanced impedance of the earbuds and the source to provide the best sound quality.

Sound Quality

What good can a pair of earbuds be if they can’t give you good sound quality? When choosing earbuds, the sound quality should never be taken for granted.

When it comes to sound quality, check out the drivers of the earbuds, as that will determine how well they work for listening to music, videos, or playing video games. As always, read reviews and see what other customers say about the sound quality before buying. 

Battery Life

Most wireless earbud manufacturers will quote a playing time of between three and five hours.

Once the power is used up, you must pop the earbuds back in their charging case to top up their charge by using power from a battery built into the charging case. The charging case has a battery that can typically hold a charge sufficient to top up the earbuds between three and four times before the charging case needs recharging itself.

Beware that some makers of wireless earbuds may quote the combined playing time of the three or four top-ups available from the charging case, instead of quoting the playing time for the earbuds themselves.

If you see a quoted figure of 12-15 hours playing time, that’s probably not for continuous listening on one charge. Ideally, you need to know how long you can listen to the earbuds before they need to go back in their case for a recharge.

Noise Cancelling

Some wireless earbuds offer a noise-canceling feature that can help reduce the drone of aircraft engines or the clickety-clack of a railway track, as well as other ambient sound.

Noise-canceling circuitry eats away at batteries, so bear in mind that you probably won’t get lengthy listening times, and the earpieces may be pretty chunky in order to accommodate the larger size batteries required by the circuitry.

Noise-canceling earbuds usually include a ‘Hear-Thru’ feature so that you can adjust the noise canceling to the level that’s comfortable or safe when, say, jogging or press a button to mute the music and hear what someone is saying without the need to remove the earbuds.

Volume

Not all earbuds have the same great volume quality. If you are at an audio shop, it is a good idea to check the quality of volume of each of the earbuds that you are willing to buy. While some earbuds do a great job at 50%, others don’t perform quite as well.

It’s good to check the wireless buds at their full capacity and see if you are pleased with that level of volume. Wired earbuds are great because then you can put them into an amplifier to increase the level of sound.

Frequency Response

Musicians and others who are music lovers typically enjoy music when they can hear all levels and layers of the music that they enjoy.

This also includes the deepest and lowest frequencies such as the bass. In order to hear the bass you have to think about the frequency response in the earbuds.

Frequency response is the range of frequency headphones can produce, where lower limit is the bass sound and upper limit is treble.

Most headphones support 20 Hz – 20000 Hz frequency response. If you like more bass, then opt for something that can support wider than the usual frequency response range.

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