Last night Apple announced that the iPhone 7 would not, in fact, have a headphone jack. This means that picking out a good, reliable pair of Bluetooth headphones to suit your needs is going to be more important than ever. Here is the Geeknaut guide to making sure you make the right choice.
Know What You Want to Use Them For
There is a huge range of different types of headphone, all tailored to a variety of activities and that will impact on the product you should buy. Your criteria for finding the right Bluetooth headphones for jogging will be completely different from the specifications you look for when buying a set to use when relaxing on a plane. Once you’ve decided want you want from your headphones, you can really narrow down your search.
Set Your Price Range
As with any tech, Bluetooth headphone prices vary wildly. It’s important to set your limits before you start looking so you don’t get roped into spending more than you wanted to in the mistaken belief you are getting a bargain. There are so many options out there that are cheaper and better than the most expensive sets on the market.
You’re best looking out for earphones rather than headphones for running, but you probably know that already. A lot of the Bluetooth earphones designed for jogging come complete with a large receiver section on the connection cable. This WILL bounce around and annoy you as soon as you start to move, so you should take that into consideration when making your decision. You might end up sacrificing some of the battery life, but it’s definitely worth that compromise.
You have more flexibility when it comes to your choices for stationary gym work compared with the options for activities that require more mobility. Generally this means that you can go for something a little less expensive because the restraints aren’t as tight.
Volume is important when choosing Bluetooth headphones for the gym. If you buy a pair that is cheaply made and provides a thin, tinny sound, you will struggle to overpower the gym’s background music and ambient noise.
Over Ear Headphones
For over ear headphones you should look to spend that little bit more on a really good pair. The difference is immediately evident not only in the sound, but also in the build quality; something that is less marked between the various sets of earphones due to their size.
Top-of-the-Range Bluetooth Headphones
If you’re in the market for one of the top-of-the-range models, there are a couple of considerations to make. Most importantly, make sure you’re getting what you pay for. Just because something costs hundreds doesn’t mean it is actually worth it. For example, some brands will include a huge price bump simply for the honour of having their logo emblazoned on the side.
You should also seek out the added extras; find out whether the headphones fold, if they are noise cancelling and how long the battery lasts. When you are forking out a lot for a top quality pair of Bluetooth headphones, you need to make sure all your requirements are met.