Choosing the best wireless earphones can be a difficult task, especially if you’re not sure what to look for. In this blog post, we’ll outline 25 tips that will help you choose the right earphones for your needs. Whether you’re looking for headphones that are stable and comfortable or ones that have excellent sound quality, we’ve got you covered! Keep reading for more information.
1) Quality of the materials
Wireless earphones are made of plastics, silicone, metal. The last two are fit for sports. They are not afraid of water and sweat. The only downside is that they are slippery, so it’s easy to drop them on the floor. If you work out in wet conditions, you should choose sports wireless earphones with rubberized housing.
2) The battery life
When buying wireless earphones, pay attention to how long the battery lasts. It also depends on music volume and microphonics (how sound is transferred through a wire). Generally speaking, models with a frequency of 2.4GHz last for 6-7 hours at 60-70% of max volume. If you use them at 20-30%, this time can be doubled.
Wireless earphones are your best pick if you like to listen to music when walking or running outdoors. Wireless earphones can cancel out the noise from outside and play your favorite music at a comfortable volume, even in noisy places, such as on public transport or near construction sites. But keep in mind that they cannot completely isolate you from the ambient sound around you. Cancelation of microphonics is achieved by placing additional microphones on an earphone during its manufacturing process.
4) Bluetooth range
It depends not only on the model but also your environment – whether it’s an office or home or outdoors? If you are using wireless headphones indoors, then the 8-12m range should be enough for you. Moreover, you’ll get better results without obstacles between your phone and headphones (metal surfaces act like echo chambers). So don’t forget to look at the specs before you buy.
5) Bluetooth version
The latest Bluetooth technology is 4.2, but the previous one – v4.1, still works perfectly fine. So if your budget doesn’t allow for buying a new phone or wireless earphones just yet, don’t worry! You’ll get quality sound without additional features that won’t be useful to you anyway.
6) Sound isolation
Noise isolation is an important feature that doesn’t affect price much but improves comfort significantly when wearing headphones with poor noise-canceling technologies. Suppose you’re going to listen to music in noisy environments such as public transport. In that case, it’s recommended to choose a model with good sound isolation so that ambient sounds don’t interfere with your experience. It’s up to 20 dB of isolation in regular earphones and up to 30 dB in sports wireless headphones.
7) Active noise cancellation (ANC)
Active Noise Cancellation is a feature that filters out low-frequency noises such as road or engine noise. ANC is very popular due to its triple benefit: increased battery life, increased volume, and sound quality. But it comes at a cost: ANC always brings some extra background hiss into the mix. This is the price you should pay for greater comfort while listening to music in noisy conditions.
8) The type of connection
There are three types of connections: Bluetooth (wireless), 3,5 mm (wired), and USB Type C (wired). The first two should be self-explanatory. The Type C connection is a USB standard that combines power, data transfer, and audio. It has become popular recently since it’s compatible with Android and iOS devices.
9) Charging method
There are two methods of charging earphones – wired or wireless charging. Wired chargers use a classic micro USB connector, while wireless ones typically have a dock for easy storage. You may think that there’s no difference between these two types of chargers, but you’re wrong! Wireless chargers usually offer more than twice the charging speed of their wired counterparts (2 hours on average). Note: wireless will be the dominant method of charging soon.
10) Price range
Wireless earphones are more expensive than regular wired headphones. You will be able to find fabulous wireless in-ear headphones for $50-$200, while decent wireless over-ear earphones can go for $100-$350. The most expensive models offer around 8 hours of battery life (ANC included). Still, you can find some good options like Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones at the price point of $250 if you consider battery life not that important.
The most critical factor when choosing your wireless in-ear headphone is comfort. Three criteria need to be met: wearing style (canal, open or closed), ear tips material (silicone or foam) weight. Branding also plays a role in an up-to-date fashion. Audiophile brands are not attractive to people under 35, while fashionistas tend to prefer popular brands like Skullcandy or Beats.
12) What’s included in the package?
Please get two pairs of ear tips (one set is usually made of foam). It would help if you tried them all until you found the perfect fit. Make sure earphones come with a USB cable for charging rather than any other cable. Sometimes manufacturers sell wireless headphones without chargers, which is annoying because it adds additional cost and decreases portability!
Choose the wireless earphones brand that offers up to two years warranty, especially if you want to use them for running. Some manufacturers offer a worldwide warranty which is a great plus.
14) Will they fit your phone?
You don’t want to buy wireless headphones and then find out they don’t match your smartphone! Note: not every model will fit every smartphone due to the different shapes of the headphone jack (micro USB vs. lightning connector). If you have an iPhone, make sure earphones come with 3-button remote and mic support. You shouldn’t buy Bluetooth earphones if you own an Android device.
15) How long do they last on a charge?
The most significant advantage of wireless headphones is that you don’t have to worry about getting tangled into wires. Unfortunately, their battery life isn’t as good as regular wired ones. Anything from 3 hours to 8 hours should be enough for commuting or working out.
16) Waterproof rating
If you’re looking for sports wireless earphones, you should pay attention to water protection standards (IPX4 means very good).
17) Bluetooth codecs
Bluetooth codecs are used for lossy compression of digital audio signals. The latest wireless headphones use SBC, AAC, and apt-X codecs. Older Bluetooth headphones might support SBC or AAC codecs only. There are five different types of Bluetooth generations that you should know about.
If you travel often, make sure your wireless earphones fit in one of the pockets (small size usually means they will). You can’t expect high comfort from slight wireless in-ear headphones!
20) Are they compatible with Windows/macOS/Android/iOS?
If you’re a gamer, make sure your wireless earphones are compatible with all major gaming platforms.
21) Volume controls and microphone quality
You will be able to control the volume level of your wireless in-ear headphone by using buttons on them or your phone/laptop. Wireless headphones usually have built-in microphones for calling. Make sure they work well without lagging too much!
22) Do they come with a case?
Wireless headphones usually don’t include cases, but some of them do! If you can find one, buy it to protect them from scratches and water damage.
Most wireless earbuds won’t offer any accessories except for some replacement ear tips. Some manufacturers will include an airplane adapter, carrying case, or other valuable things.
24) Are they comfortable?
Be careful when choosing your wireless in-ear headphone because many models aren’t ergonomically designed. They are either too big or have hard edges, which might be very painful for the ears! Before buying, try them on and be sure they are comfortable to wear.
Be careful when choosing a wireless headphone brand. Usually, the most popular and well-known brands offer high-quality products while others might rip you off.