Looking for a new pair of headphones and overwhelmed by the flood of models of regular and Bluetooth and wireless headphones? I will give an overview of today’s models to help you pick the pair of headphones that is right for you. Headphones are available in many different styles. In terms of design, the smallest type headphones are in-ear headphones which are plugged into the ear, some of these have a bracket that wraps around the ear. These in-ear headphones are often bundled with iPods and other MP3 players and can easily be placed in a pocket. The next size up are lightweight headphones that sit on the ear and are connected by an elastic frame. This headpiece either sits on top of the head or wraps around the neck. These two types of headphones are typically the least expensive and you should consider them if you are on a budget. Some in-ear models are specially designed to absorb exterior noise.
If you are able to spend more, you could look at medium-end headphones which are larger than these very small type headphones. Each earpiece has an ear cushion that depending on the model either sits on top of your ears or wraps around your ears. Many people prefer the second type since there is no pressure on the ears. If you feel you would like to go with this type of headphones, you will then need to decide whether to go with an open, semi-open or closed design. An open design means that the audio can penetrate from the transducer to the outside and also cross-couple into the other earpiece. Some people think that an open design will sound light and more natural. A closed design on the other hand will not allow the audio to escape and also block exterior noise. Most of today’s headphones are so-called dynamic headphones. Dynamic refers to the type of transducer that is used. Another type are static headphones. Static headphones are fairly expensive and require special headphone amplifiers.
Another option to consider when choosing headphones are wireless headphones. Wireless headphones cut the headphone cord and afford total freedom of movement. One type of wireless headphones are Bluetooth headphones. These headphones can be used with cell phones and other Bluetooth-enabled devices. These headphones are typically fairly small but do not offer the same sort of audio quality as medium to high-end headphones.
Other wireless headphones include FM type models which normally work at 900 MHz and digital wireless headphones which work at 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz. FM type models are the least expensive option of wireless headphones. The main drawback of FM headphones is a noticeable hissing, audio distortion and fairly high susceptibility to interference which I caused by the transmission. Digital models will encode the audio into data prior to transmission which makes these models the best choice in terms of sound quality and robustness against interference. Models which use the less crowded 5.8 GHz frequency band offer the lowest amount of problems with radio-frequency interference from competing devices.