Bluetooth Headsets

Purchasing Bluetooth Headphones or Headset is all about that bass and treble. With headphone jacks being removed from smartphones, wireless headsets have become a requirement for taking hands-free calls. Whether for home, office, or exercise, there are plenty of options to keep you comfortably connected. 

A simple headset may be all that you want, and some models boast features like sweat-proofing, multi-connectivity, noise cancellation, and extraordinary audio. You will just have to determine your budget and desired features that will serve your needs.

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Shopbot's Official 2020 Buying Guide for Bluetooth Headphones & Headsets

 

Let's Look at Some Key Factors to Consider:

 

·         Type of headset

·         Sound Quality

·         Noise Cancelling

·         Comfort

·         Battery life

·         Connectivity and range

 

Types of headsets

 

·         Over-ear headphones have large foam cups that fit around your ear to isolate you from outside noise. They provide you with an expansive and fully immersive sound and are the best on the market when it comes to sound quality. Look for ones with open backs as this allows for even better sound. Another essential point; check if the headphones can fold up to make it easier to travel with if that’s what you need.

·         On-ear headphones are smaller and more manageable than their over-ear devices but still offer good sound quality. These headphones are closed-back and provide decent noise isolation if well fitted on the ear.

·         In-ear headphones are bullet-shaped and insert into the ear where they seal just outside the ear canal. They provide excellent passive noise isolation, but the ear tips must fit precisely right to get the best sound quality.

·         Earbuds comprise of two little earphones with no wirings. They often come with a charging case to avoid losing them and extend their usage as the offer as an additional power source.

 

Sound Quality

Sound quality is an entirely subjective thing as it depends on the music the listener prefers.

Most people like deep, strong bass, but others prefer a natural sound. Larger headphones can reproduce a more pleasing sound simply because they have larger speakers.

Bluetooth codecs have improved over the years so much that they can compete in quality to wired headsets. Of course, both your phone and your headphones must support the same formats. Be sure to research this before you buy it.

 

Noise Cancellation

On headphones, active noise cancellation uses one or more microphones to listen to the environment of the wearer and capture the steadiest sound frequency, the system then generates a ‘reverse' frequency by using algorithms - Fun fact noise-cancelling headphones where first used in helicopters. 

 

Comfort

Comfort is based on design and fit, and it is not a one size fits all approach with headsets. For instance, you will find several different sizes of ear tips and shapes that will fit more comfortably for you but won't suit another person. If you don't want to put something in your ear, go for an over-the-ear stereo headphone pair as this will provide more stability vs. in-ears.

 

Battery Life

We all want your headsets to last long, but this is not always easy. When looking at devices, the playtime is determined by battery size. Try going for the biggest battery you can get in the desired headset and check for additional battery stores such as a charging case often found with earbuds.  

 

Connectivity and Range

 

·         Wireless Range: The wireless range determines the connection range between devices. Most headsets have a range of 10 to 30 meters.

·         NFC: Near-Field connects your headset to your phone by simply tapping them together instead of manually pair them saving time.

·         Bluetooth: Most headsets are equipped with Bluetooth 4.0 or 5.0; this is perfectly adequate for headsets. With a new Bluetooth version that comes out, the connection is often faster and has a greater range.

 

Features & Terms

 

·         Passive noise isolation: This refers to the ability to block out sound passively by fitting well around, on, or in the ear.

·         Sensors: Headphones use a variety of built-in sensors, such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, biometric heart rate sensors, and optical touch sensors, which track your motions for exercise purposes.

·         Voice assistants: Some headphones have built-in digital assistants such as Siri, Alexa, Google Voice, or Bixby.

·         Sound amplification: Amplification technology can boost specific frequencies while reducing others.

·         Volume limiting: Limiting volume ensures that you do not harm your hearing with excessive volume.

·         Neckband earphones: leashed or tethered earphones are designed to sit on the back of your neck, connecting both earpieces by a cable or band.

·         Ear tips: In-ear headphones fit into your ear canal. They have removable silicone or memory foam ear tips, and some silicone tips are winged to improve fit and seal.

·         DAC: This stands for a digital-to-analog converter. This technology helps you hear by converting digital signals into audio playback. Smartphones and computers have built-in DACs and amplifiers.

·         HRA: This stands for Hi-Res Audio, which means they are capable of reproducing frequencies up to 40kHz, but this is not necessary as we can’t hear this frequency.

 

To wrap it up, you will just have to determine your budget and desired features, above all, just enjoy the music.

 

 

 

 

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