Four Things You Should Know When Buying Wireless Headphones

Last Edited: August 20, 2016 | Published: August 20, 2016 by


Wireless headphones are great. You can listen to the music you love without having to worry about those pesky cables getting all tangled up. However, there are a few things you should know when you are shopping for a good pair of headphones. Let’s take a look at four of the biggest issues you should be aware of so you can make the right wireless headphone decision.

1. Type of Wireless

The first thing you need to look at is the type of wireless headphone you want to go with. There are three basic types:

  • Infra-red
  • Radio Frequency
  • Bluetooth

Infra-red isn’t made much anymore these days but you will see them out there. They require an uninterrupted line of sight in order to function. Radio frequency is much more powerful but requires a separate transmitter in order to function. Last, we have Bluetooth, which don’t require any type of transmitter.

Your best results will come with the ones that need a transmitter, but that doesn’t mean they are the most convenient as you will have a separate piece that you will have to carry with you in order for them to work. These are great for computers and any situation where you are stationary, but if you are moving around, Bluetooth just makes much more sense.

2. Sound Quality with Bluetooth

Bluetooth wasn’t originally designed to power audio. In fact, it was originally designed for devices that require very little data such as a mouse or a keyboard. You could use it for other purposes, but that was its main function. Now, Bluetooth has come a long way over the years, but there are still sacrifices that must be made on occasion.

Today, things are much better, but audio quality can still be an issue on Bluetooth headphones, especially those that are sold for the cheapest prices today. Even still, you will probably notice a big difference between high end headphones with a wire and even high end Bluetooth headphones. If quality is paramount, you may want to look elsewhere.

3. Battery Life

This one is very important. After all, you don’t want to be running down the road and your headphones die on you. Every headphone you look at will come with a battery rating. Some will last for hours on end while others will need charging more frequently. In some cases the better the overall quality of the headphones, then the worse the battery life, as these headphones are designed to push the best quality sound at the expense of the battery. I would recommend looking for one that will give you eight hours of playback or better.

4. Size and Form Factor

If you have ever shopped for headphones, you will be very familiar with these. There are three basic styles:

  • Over-ear
  • On-ear
  • In-ear

When you add the wireless technology to these, the headphones can get a little larger. That means that you have to not only take into account the exact type of style you want, but the overall size of them as well. You could find that they are simply too big for your tastes or the ear pieces could be too tight a fit leaving your ears sore after use. Examine the size and shape carefully before you make your purchase just to be safe.


As you can see, there are many factors you need to consider when making your purchase. Don’t worry, if you keep all of these in mind when you are shopping you will be able to find the best pair of headphones for yourself so you can enjoy your music wire free.

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