Should You Get Wireless or Wired Headphones?
By Supian Sharip
Submitted On October 2, 2021
When it comes to headphones, it is a matter of preference. There are pros and cons to each type of headphone. The choice is yours.
Wireless headphones: Pros: Wireless headphones allow for some extra movements while you’re wearing them. They also don’t restrict movement and some people find them more comfortable than wired headphones. Cons: They need batteries that can eventually run out and, if they were unsuccessful pairing with your device, you’ll need to go through the same pairing process again.
Wired headphones: Pros: They don’t require batteries and their wires don’t restrict movement. Cons: Wires can get in the way and they can be too short if you’re sitting multiple feet away from your device.
Picking the right headphones for you
I know that picking the right headphones can be challenging since it is so easy to find so many options. One question you might be asking yourself is whether to get wireless or wired. Wired headphones are typically cheaper than their wireless counterpart, but you lose some convenience with the wires. For example, it can be harder to use your phone while you’re wearing wired headphones if it’s in your pocket. Not only that, but if you’re listening to music on your bed, the wire will get in the way of your movement.
On the other hand, wireless headphones can be worn anywhere and not just on your head- for example, you can put them on your neck when you’re in a meeting. Another less obvious concern with wired headphones is their propensity to interrupt one’s concentration by accidentally interacting with objects at the edge of the ear, such as computer keyboards.
Factors to consider: Price
Wireless headphones can be expensive, but they are seeing more usage in the workplace. Many headphones also offer sound quality that is better than wired models, but there are drawbacks to both choices.
Wired headphones are typically cheaper than their wireless counterparts, but the user may be inconvenienced with the wire getting tangled or creating an additional object for an office worker to worry about.
Wireless headphones typically offer better sound quality, but the increased range means increased cost. Both sets of headphones offer pros and cons that need to be considered before purchase.
Factors to consider: Wireless range and battery
The debate of whether to have wireless or wired headphones never seems to end, but there are some significant differences that you should consider.
Wireless headphones would be more convenient as you can move around more activities without having to worry about making sure you’re staying near the device. Wireless headphones also have a much greater range, which can be very useful if you’re trying to listen to something like a TV without having to walk over to the TV to listen.
On the other hand, wired headphones will typically have much longer battery life. This is especially helpful for those who want to listen using an iPod or other music player.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to decide what type of headphones you want. There are advantages and disadvantages of each kind, and it is worth knowing what they are. Remember to base your decisions solely on your preferences.
Factors to consider: Comfort
The first thing to consider when choosing a wireless headphone is comfort. While it’s true that a wire dangling from the side of a pair of headphones can be a bit problematic, a wire can provide a bit of extra support. Wired headphones have the added benefit of being lighter and often have a more ergonomic shape. Choosing between wired and wireless headphones is a personal choice. What you’ll find most comfortable may vary from user to user and also depends on what you’ll will be using them for – do you want greater versatility if you plan to work out?
Factors to consider: Audio quality
Headphones are an important piece of technology for avid listeners. Whether someone is listening to their favourite podcast, audiobook, or music, headphones allow them to enjoy their favourite things without bothering other people.
Wired headphones are plugged into the device they are being played on, while wireless headphones connect to the device by either Bluetooth or Radio Frequency. Wired headphones tend to have better audio quality than wireless, but they are always limited by the length of the cord.
Wireless headphones can be more convenient because they limit the need to be near the device they are being played on. Audiophiles may be more inclined to prefer wired headphones because of their higher quality. Bluetooth and Radio Frequency tend to have poor audio quality, but both are becoming more reliable.
Factors to consider: Noise-cancelling
We all know that we’re living in a society that bombards us with noise. On the bus, at the office, and on the go, our ears are constantly assaulted. This is an issue as it can fatigue our ears and also interfere with our ability to focus on one thing. But now, with noise-cancelling headphones, we can use them as a shield from all those annoying, overstimulating sounds around us.
A major benefit of these headphones is that they eliminate the need for someone to put down what they’re doing and plug their earphones in. This is because noise-cancelling headphones keep their noise cancellation active even without a battery, and we can walk around without alerting people with our music playing. This means that they will cancel background noise perfectly, even with no batteries!
If you’re not a headphone aficionado, then the decision to buy wireless headphones can be a difficult one. Wireless headphones may be the right choice for you if you want to be more mobile and you like modern technology. They may not be the best choice for you if you like to listen to music or movies on your computer.