Headphones buying guide

 

This guide takes you through headphone types and technology: whether you listen to audiobooks on your commute or want to stay motivated with music as you work out, we'll help you find the right headphones for you

Choosing the right type

Wired or wireless?

Think about the kind of situations in which you'll mainly be using your new headphones: wired models are ideal for most situations, including working and home entertainment.

But for some situations, wireless headphones offer complete convenience, from avoiding tangles on the train to work or freeing your movement when you go for a run

 

In-ear headphones
On ear headphones
Over ear
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Around ear
Headsets

How does noise-cancelling technology work?

These models have microphones built into the headphones, which produce signals to reverse outside noises and so cancel it out.

They're especially good for travellers and commuters, as they cancel out ambient noise, for example on public transport and planes, allowing you to enjoy clear audio without having to turn the volume up too high

What headphones will suit you best?

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Sports headphones

There's a lot of innovation in sports headphones, to ensure you can stay motivated without being distracted by your headphones. Some features include:

- Wireless for freedom of movement

- Waterproof against rain and sweat for maximum performance

- LED lighting for safer running on roads at night

- Heartbeat monitor so you can track your workout intensity

- Technology that responds to the change moisture of your skin and      wicks away moisture

 

 

Gamers
Office workers
Children
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Specialist Features

Specialist Features

Noise-cancelling

These models have microphones built into the headphones, which produce signals to reverse outside noises and so cancel them out.

Noise reduction

Also known as sound isolating, or noise isolating, block sounds using a seal on the ear bud that is pressed against the ear

Wireless

Headphones that communicate with the source of audio through bluetooth, allowing you to use headphones without tangling wires

Bluetooth 

Close-range wireless connectivity, mainly between computers, mobile phones and other electronic devices

Fast charging

This feature allows wireless headphones to charge quickly, so you never have to do without your favourite playlist

High Resolution Audio

A high-end feature for true audiophiles, offering exceptional clarity, warm bass and absorbing treble. Works best with high-quality audio files

Surround Sound

Sound comes from all directions to give you a truly authentic listening experience

Microphone

A feature on headsets and earbuds that connect into smartphones, ideal for gaming communication and making phone calls

 

Care & Maintenance

Care & Maintenance

- Always read instructional manual or quick start guides before use

- Keep headphones dry and do not expose them to high temperatures

- Avoid damp contact with buttons, slots or plugs. For sports headphones please read manual

- Store your headphones in a clean, dust-free environment

- Use a dry cloth to clean your in-ear headphones regularly

- Replace damaged or worn ear adapters promptly

- Ear adapters can be removed and should be cleaned regularly for hygiene purposes

- Avoid extreme cable bending and be cautious when cleaning cable

- Use a soft cloth to clean your headphones - do not use cleaning products or solvents

- Replace damaged or worn ear adapters promptly

- Ear adapters can be removed and should be cleaned regularly for hygiene purposes

- Avoid extreme cable bending and be cautious when cleaning cable

- Use a soft cloth to clean your headphones - do not use cleaning products or solvents