What headphones should I buy?
Headphones come in all shapes and sizes – find a pair that suit your lifestyle with our guide…
When it comes to choosing a pair of headphones they need to be as personal to you as your taste in music. Whether you’re creating playlists for your weekend run or for your daily train ride to work, you’ll need the right headphones to suit your lifestyle and budget. What’s your story?
The train or bus commuter
In a nutshell: Noise-cancelling and in-ear headphones can reduce the sound of busy buses and trains, letting you disappear into your music
‘It’s been a stressful morning. Your train was late, the carriage is rammed and there are too many people talking loudly into smartphones and bashing on their keyboards. You need to zone out with your favourite tunes.’
- Noise-cancelling headphones: Noise-cancelling headphones such as Bose Quiet Comfort 35 work hard to block out the chat and traffic so you can focus on your music. Browse our noise-cancelling headphones
- In-ear headphones: Powerful headphones that won’t take up too much space in your bag. Premium models like Sennheiser Momentum offer excellent sound quality that’s accurate, loud and clear. Browse our in-ear headphones
Did you know? Bluetooth headphones stream music straight from your phone without the hassle of tangled wires – both in-ear and noise-cancelling models are available with Bluetooth.
The weekend runner
In a nutshell: Sports headphones will stay locked firmly in your ear to provide the soundtrack to a great workout, but that’s not all…
Designed to stay in place, sports headphones often either come with secure tips that conform to the shape of your ear, or ear hooks that sit firmly over the ear. Whichever you choose, sports headphones will keep the music coming whether you’re hitting the treadmill or heading through the park.
Huge advancements in sport headphone technology mean that headphones can do more than just play music. Many of todays headphones are also sweat resistant and water resistant, so they’ll go the distance with you when you’re out on your runs without succumbing to wear and tear. Some headphones even work with apps to track your heart rate, and feature a wireless design for even more freedom as you exercise. You won’t lose out on sound quality either, thanks to smart features that can deliver the best version of your workout playlist you’ll hear.
The home audiophile
In a nutshell: The best music collections deserve the best listening experience
‘Your record collection is your pride and joy. You’ve spent years building it up and you won’t compromise on your kit when you’re listening. You were sceptical about the quality of digital music… then you heard about high-resolution audio…’
Audiophiles need a pair of high-resolution audio headphones to listen to the cutting-edge audio formats that offer better than CD quality listening.
Hi-res audio files hold dramatically more information than regular formats, providing sounds that are richer and much smoother.
It’s known as ‘lossless’ audio, meaning that it keeps as much of the quality from the original recording session as possible, compared to other formats which compress the sound. Premium hi-res headphones, made by Sony and Audio Technica, also come with features such as noise-cancelling technology for the best listening experience around.
The DJ and music producer
In a nutshell: Over-ear headphones with good cushioning for long studio sessions
‘Music is your life, and you need a pair of headphones that will work as hard as you do. Whether you’re in a noisy club or in the recording studio, you don’t want to miss a single beat.’
Hard-working music pros need the deep bass and superior clarity that comes with over-ear headphones to give the most accurate sound. They provide a good seal with cushioned padding around the ear, helping to reduce the amount of excess noise coming from outside. This padding also makes the headphones extra comfortable – perfect for long hours spent listening during your sets and in the studio. Audio Technica are known for their studio headphones. As they’re also available in hi-res, these are the go-to choice if you’re after top-quality audio.
Many models are even designed specially with DJs and producers in mind, with rotating ear cups that mean you can listen to a track on one ear, while leaving the other ear free to listen out for sound cues.
Ready to find your perfect match? Explore the full range of headphones.