It is estimated that global earphone and headphones will exceed $12 billion in 2020. This is coming on the backdrop of innovations in technology, cut edge products. Deciding between wired or wireless headphones is moderately challenging. This is because of the huge number of products in the market. Making the leap is based on personal style, functionality and purpose. Some earphones are ideal for exercise, jogging, driving, calls or office use.
Things to consider
Things to consider before making a choice between headphones/earphones are audio quality, wired or wireless, battery life. Others are price, cord or cordless, compatibility and technology. Others include comfort, fit, durability, portability.
- wired and wireless
- audio quality
- battery life
- price, cord
Before purchasing the device it is important to find out the compatibility. How compatible is the device to your computer, smartphone, television, sound system. Wired headphones are compatible to most devices so long as the device has a plugin port.
They generally achieve this through the use of 3.5 mm jack. Some devices require an adapter to connect the 3.5mm cable. On the other hand wireless devices pair through bluetooth or Wi-Fi technology. Any phone with basic bluetooth technology should accommodate wireless connectivity.
- wired connect to any device with 3,5 mm cable
- wireless connect with any device that has bluetooth
2. Durability and Battery life
Wired headphone don’t need batteries while a key feature in wireless is battery life. Some wired headphones are very durable and rugged same applies to quality wireless earphones.
Proximity of the headphones matters when comparing wireless with wired technology. Wireless headphones are superior to wired in this regard. Some wireless can connect over 30 feet while wired is restricted to the length of the cord. An average cord is 3 feet however long cords or extra cord is about 6 feet.
- wired – 6 feet
- wireless 30 feet
The price depends on the brand manufacturer, material used in the construction. Others are type of technology, functionality and features. Pricing is influenced by connectivity, style, latest technology. Wireless headphones range from $300 to $1 dollar. Wired headphones have a wider range from $20 to $4000. Quality wired headphones cost from $150 to $450.
Both type of devices can offer high definition audio sound. The major drawback with wireless technology is audio quality. Wireless connection is subject to interference from distant from smartphone, frequency interruption and environment. Wired ones have more stable connection.
Wireless headphones are easy to use and portable. Some come with carry case fast charging. They are perfect for home use, exercise, office and other activities. Wired are ideal for professionals in entertainment industry like radio presenters, DJs
Pros and Cons
Best sound quality, ideal for exercise, lightweight, long range connectivity. Others are no cables, good comfort, easy storage, effortless Bluetooth compatibility.
- quality, ideal for exercise
- long range connectivity
- no cables
- good comfort
- easy storage
- effortless Bluetooth compatibility
Interruption in sound from environmental noises, require battery.
Good sound quality, easy connection, no batteries.
- Good sound quality
- easy connection
- no batteries
Short connectivity, sometimes bulky
Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones
Bose SoundLink is powered by rechargeable lithium ion battery that delivers 15 hours playtime. Enjoy high definition clear calls and advanced microphone system. The around ear wireless headphones connect up to 30 feet. Easy switching is achieved between two smart devices with seamless audio syncs.
Current price $279, save $50 now purchase at $229-Here
Best-in –Class, Clear natural sound
Unsurpassable sound, clear calls, seamless switching, convenient controls, sleek protective case.
- Latest Bluetooth technology
- Clear natural sound
- Deep sound
- Light and comfortable
- Switch between two Bluetooth devices
- Advanced microphone system
- 15 hour playtime
- Up to 30 feet connectivity
What’s in the box?
In the box they have added a carry case, USB charger cable. Others are Backup audio cable the SoundLink wireless headphones.
What we like/Don’t Like
They phone microphone doesn’t function well outside, has synthetic looking leather. What we like stylish design, very comfortable, perfect fit, good mid’s, crunchy base, crisp sound.
Best Wired Wireless
Bose QuietComfort Wired Apple Headphones
There are many quality headphones from different manufacturers. One of the best wired ones is BoseComfort with acoustic noise cancelling technology. This Apple device is compatible with many iPod devices like IPod Nano, IPod touch 2 or iphone3Gs.
Enjoy almost perfect sound quality and deep bass presentation. It has around ear fit lightweight with inline mic/remote and QC 25 noise cancelling.
Headphone fit Over-ear, Price $129
Best-performing around-ear headphones from Bose
- 56- inch QC25 Inline mic/remote
- Deep sound
- Microphone cable
- Airline adapter
- Noise reduction
- Carry case
- AAA battery
Wired and wireless offer different benefits and options. The choice depends on lifestyle, desired function, and price. Either options are good based on personal choice and perception.