Technology – Which headphones are right for me? – Knowledge

Cologne (dpa / tmn) – on the ear, in the ear, above the ear. Wireless or wired. With bracket, without bracket, possibly foldable. Headphones are available in all imaginable shapes, not to mention a variety of colors.

According to figures from industry association gfu, 15.5 million headphones were sold in 2021, which is an increase of 6.8% over the previous year. 60 percent of these are now wireless models, and the trend is on the rise. The right headphones mainly depend on the field of application.

True wireless headphones are especially popular right now. “This means completely wireless headphones that are two in-ear headphones that can easily be carried in your pocket when not in use,” says Christophe De Leeuw of Computer Bild. Most models have built-in microphones: they can also be used to make hands-free calls on smartphones.

Extra carriers are useful for sports

This can also work in sports, but with limitations. “Essentially, wireless headphones are ideally suited for sports of course, but many small ears fall out quickly during exercise because they’re only loose in the ear. And eventually when you sweat a lot, the model should be water-resistant,” advises Herbert Pessegs of the magazine Electronic “Hifi.de”. A good alternative are the sports models with additional ear mounts. However, many joggers also went for a run with lightweight headphones.

If you’ve been commuting for a long time, you can sense a general drawback of the small phone: the rather short battery life. “True wireless earbuds often have to be put back in their charging socket after four to five hours, while typical Bluetooth headphones last 20 to 40 hours on a single charge,” says de Loewe.

With headphones, the headphone cup rests on the ear. There are models with and without cables. Music lovers in particular still rely on classic cable models. “When it comes to perfect sound, there is no substitute for wired headphone models, because Bluetooth connectivity with current codecs always involves losses compared to classic CD fidelity,” says Jörg Dames of the online magazine Fairaudio.de.

Ear canal impression for better fit

The in-ear trend isn’t above the high-end either — albeit not wirelessly. “High-quality in-ear models are definitely on the rise,” says Dams. “Real feelings can be made individually fitted with an impression from a hearing aid.”

Some manufacturers now offer models that are suitable on demand. “The result is excellent wearing comfort, excellent bass reproduction and, depending on the concept, minimal outside noise,” says Dames. However, the spatial sound experience is less clear than on over-ear models, which are generally twice as high in headphones as in headphones.

Even without the highest audio requirements, cable headphones are still justified. “Headphones almost always work with the cable,” says Bisges. “It doesn’t matter how much power is left in the smartphone or in the charging socket. There’s no question whether the headphones will connect to the device.” Jack jacks are almost always suitable. At worst, you need a USB-C to socket adapter cable if the smartphone does not have a socket.

Almost all radios with bluetooth

Almost all wireless headphones use the Bluetooth standard. “But there are also some headphones designed specifically for TVs with a special radio standard, and a transmitter is also included in the delivery range,” Christophe de Leeuw explains.

While Bluetooth headphones were only able to connect to one device, more and more models with multiple pairs are now coming to the market. “These headphones can then store multiple devices such as smartphones, laptops, and TVs, saving the user from having to re-pair the headphones each time they are used,” says Bisges.

Suppressing disturbing ambient noise can also be a practical advantage if the wearer wants to hear as little of their surroundings as possible. “This usually works by means of the noise being generated,” Bisges explains. This function, also known as Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) can be turned on and off.

The average price of the headset is 80 euros

The price range of the headphones is large, from simple cable models of about 20 or 30 euros to high-end headphones for several hundred euros. According to gfu, consumers spent an average of 80 euros on headphones in 2021. Whether it is a universal model as much as possible is sufficient or whether several different models have been purchased is also and above all a matter of taste.

“There are very good headphones in all respects that are suitable for every conceivable purpose thanks to splash protection, small dimensions, long battery life and good sound and sound quality,” says Christophe de Leeuw. “But it might also make sense to use a true wireless model for portable use and large headphones for enjoying music at home.”

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