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How to Choose the Right Headphones

How to Choose the Right Headphones

Headphones are an essential part of life for most people in today’s smartphone and tablet era, and for a lot of us, they’re the primary way we listen to different forms of entertainment.

Whether you exercise and use headphones to listen to your favorite music, or you’re a frequent traveler, and you use headphones on planes, they’re a great entertainment investment, particularly if you choose the right ones for you.

The following are some specifics to help you choose headphones.


To give yourself a starting point, read some headphone reviews. Reviews are one of the best ways to give yourself a short list of the products that might work best for you. You can read customer reviews, or professional, more in-depth reviews available on many tech sites.

Once you have a list narrowed down to a few options, you can go from there to choose the specifics you want.

Sweetened or Flat Frequency

One of the more technical things to consider when choosing headphones is whether you want sweetened or flat frequency. With sweetening, headphones are made in a way that allows the music to sound better, and most consumer headphones include this.

On the other hand, if you’re doing something requiring critical listening, you want a flat frequency response.


You might think there are two primary styles of headphones: earbud and options that wrap around the ear, but in reality, there are more specific options than that.

For example, there are open-air headphones with the back earpiece that’s open, closed or sealed earphones that seal the ear which are often used in the music and DJ industries, earbuds that are portable and lightweight, and noise-cancelling options that are great if you’re going to be listening on a train or airplane.

Sports headphones are good if you’re active, and many of them have features like being waterproof if you’re sweating, and you can find semi-open designs so if you’re running or biking outdoors you can hear things like traffic noise.

There are also wireless headphones, which are good if you want the most flexibility and versatility from your headphones.

A note about wireless headphones is the fact that they’re growing in popularity because the headphone jack has been removed from the iPhone 7.


If you plan to use your headphones, which let’s face it, you likely do, they need to be comfortable. You want a combination of great sound quality and comfort, so think about that when you’re making a choice.

This is really a matter of personal preference. For example, some people may like how barely there earbuds feel, while other people might think the sensation of having them in their ear is frustrating.

Smartphone Control

Some headphones offer the opportunity to control them from your smartphone. For example, you might be able to control things like playback and phone calls with one button, as well as volume control.

As a final note, think about durability. In the past headphones were often seen as disposable, but now they’re more of an investment, and you can get years of use out of them if you choose the right pair. You want to ensure they’re made well and come with a storage case to maximize your use.