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What to consider when buying headphones
Wired or wireless?
Wireless headphones are hard to beat for the freedom they allow. You don’t need to stay tethered to your phone or tablet, plus there’s no need to contend with knotted cables or frayed wires.
That said, wireless headphones usually cost more than wired and need to be charged. You could potentially deal with low-quality audio or drop-outs from interference from other Bluetooth devices.
In-ear, on-ear or over-ear?
Over-ear headphones usually produce the highest-quality sound, thanks to their larger, more-powerful components. Round ear cushions also block out ambient noise more effectively than other headphones. Not to mention, many people find them more comfortable than earbuds, which can pinch.
But earbuds are the lightest, most portable type of headphones, making them a popular choice. They don’t deliver the same level of sound quality or noise cancellation as other headphones, but they’re cheaper, less conspicuous and easier to cram into your pocket while out and about.
On-ear headphones are the middle ground: They don’t fully cover your ears, so they don’t block out background noise quite as well as an over-ear set. But their size allows for higher audio quality than a pair of earbuds. With foam padding, they also tend to be more comfortable than earbuds for extended playtime.
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