How to Choose the  Headphones Suited Specifically for you?

How to Choose the Headphones Suited Specifically for you?

July 06,2018


When it comes to reviewing tetchy things, a large amount of subjectivity is always involved. Especially with headphones. I’ve managed to dissect all these categories to make it more simple for you to understand.

If you’re going to pay for something,  it’s very important that you know you’re getting the best value for your money.

I know the majority of you won’t be the tech heads so I’ll try and keep this one complicated free. Just so you don’t keep looking up definitions in google.

Read through the headphone guide, and feel to take in all the advice I am sharing.


1.Choose the  Headphones Suited Specifically

Many people will ask, what is the difference between headphones and earphones? I use the term ‘headphones’ which is the generic term used for all the different types. however, there’s another broad term called ‘earphones’ which is used just as much.

Before you read this guide, you should already have a rough idea of which type of headphones you want.

Maybe you’re not too sure of which type you’re going to get yet.

Here is a general definition of both types of headphones:

a device consisting of a pair of earphones joined by a band placed over the head, for listening to audio signals such as music or speech

an electrical device is worn on the ear to receive radio or telephone communications or to listen to a radio, MP3 player, etc

2. Deciding on which type types of headphones

Also known as circumaural headphones. The term circumaural refers to how they literally go over the ears which is where it got its nickname from. These headphones come with ear pads that cover the whole ear. They are very suitable for home use due to their comfortable padding.

Being headphones they’re bulky by default, which also means they’re not very stylish. This may be quite depressing for any fashionistas reading.

3. Set a budget

Another important factor in any headphone guide is setting a budget. I even do this whenever I buy any piece of technology. This is a certain amount I refuse to go over.

Many of you set budgets on things like phone contracts or a new leasing programme. Use the same analogy when buying headphones. set yourself a maximum amount in order to restrict yourself from buying something you can’t afford.

Let’s make something clear. If you only have £20 to spend on new pair headphones, you’re somehow not going to get a pair of decent headphones for that amount of money.

If you’re looking for in-ear headphones, anything above £60 should be able to produce high-quality audio and satisfy your ears. Obviously, if your budget is higher then you’re going to get what you paid for.

For over-ear and on-ear headphones, your budget will have to increase if you want something of a high quality. This is because they produce clearer and better audio.

4. Consider special features

If you’re reading this headphone guide and you’re a daily commuter or you’re just always on the go,noise cancelling headphones are guaranteed to help bring peace and quite to your journey.

When ambient outside noise is being cut out, the advanced technology used is called Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). Firstly, built-in microphones pick up the noise that’s around you. The headphones then produce their own out-of-phase sound waves which destroy the unwanted noises.

If you’re looking to purchase a pair of high-quality headphones with this feature, it’s a hefty price. A budget from £250 and onwards should provide you with an excellent product.

Wireless is a good feature to consider when choosing the right headphones. The name is pretty self-explanatory. They don’t have wires and cables which allows you to live a tangle-free life.

Not only are they wireless, the majority of wireless headphones allow the user to do a few things. The user can playback music, pause and skip the music from the headphones.

Wireless headphones require battery power so you’ll have to charge them quite often. Either that or you’ll have to swap out the batteries once in a while, this may become quite annoying over time.

The sound quality is not as impressive on wireless headphones compared to other headphones which is one of the biggest drawbacks. So if you really like the idea that it’s wireless, then I guess you don’t count sound quality as a really high factor.

5. Sound

When it comes to choosing the best headphones, undoubtedly the most important factor would be the sound in any headphone guide. Without any sound, the headphones would be useless.

You should know by now headphones deliver a better quality sound than earphones. It all makes sense, it has bigger speakers, bigger drivers, so why won’t it produce a better sound. If you really value sound, I’d advice you to go with headphones.

Frequency response. This is the range of audio frequencies the headphones can reproduce. You and I have a frequency range of 20 – 20,000Hz, which is the same range most headphones have. If you listen to music with a lot of bass. Then you should go for headphones with a lower frequency. You may not hear the bass much but you’ll certainly feel it.

When it comes to sound performance in headphones, the driver plays a major part. Mainly because it’s the component that actually creates the sound. As a general rule, the bigger the driver, the better the sound quality, which is especially true for bass performance.

Headphones with a driver of 40mm or more is a very good bet. Whereas a driver with a size of 15mm and above would be ideal for a pair of earphones.


6. Evaluate the noise isolation

The most annoying thing is when you turn up the volume because your music is just getting drowned out by the noise of traffic. Noise isolation is the ability to attenuate unwanted noises.

Good quality sound isolation is beneficial as it can prevent you from buying noise cancelling headphones. Doing this can save you quite a bit of money.

In-ear headphones tend to be the best at blocking out noise due to the seal they provide in the ears. Earphones without earbuds can also be effective when isolating noise. But I’ve found that earbuds rest more comfortably in the ear so you’ll probably prefer them too.

On-ear headphones isolate noise better, which means the music actually sounds like it’s actually in your head. On-ear headphones also tend to produce a sound that’s distorted. Over-ear headphones don’t isolate noise as well, so people will be able to hear your music which is quite embarrassing if you ask me. However, over-ear headphones produce a more natural sound without sounding distorted.


7. Choose headphones that match your lifestyle

Music certainly motives me whenever I go the gym for a session. Lightweight headphones are definitely the best fit for working out. You want to make sure that the headphones don’t get it your way. Some earbuds feature different styles of clips in order to keep drivers in place. Some headphones use a band which rests on the back of the head, which allows for comfort and sturdiness.Headphones built for sports and fitness are usually made with water resistant features which protect the headphones against sweat which can damage them. This is also where the in-line remote comes in handy as you won’t want to be constantly changing the music. Instead, you can just use the in-line remote.


In order to choose the right headphones just make sure that you choose a very comfortable fit. Make sure that the sound quality is great and you’re satisfied with the amount of bass it has. Look at the specification of any headphones you’re interested in and use this headphone guide in order to make sure it’s right for you