What headphones should I buy?
If you love your music, you need a pair of headphones that will suit your lifestyle to a T. Here’s our guide to the right ones for you…
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 commute to work, you’ll need the right headphones to suit your lifestyle and budget.
The Urban Warrior
In a nutshell: Noise-cancelling headphones reduce the noise of the busy world around us, allowing you to immerse yourself in the music
Block out the sounds of the world around you and lose yourself in the music with a pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Often ‘over-ear’ by design, they insulate your ear for minimal interruptions.
Many headphones are Bluetooth enabled so you can partner them with smart phones and similar devices – removing the hassle of tangled wires.
Bose’s QC35 II headphones sum up all that is great about noise-cancelling technology. They not only offer the legendary sound quality Bose is famous for, but you can adjust the level of noise cancellation you require.
Walking down a busy street? Then stay aware of the hazards around you by letting in a certain level of background noise. Stuck on the train? Then crank it up and shut out the world.
Bluetooth tech also means you can do more than listen to music through the QC35 II – like use built-in Google Assistant. Receive texts, ask questions and manage daily tasks using voice commands.
The DJ and music producer
In a nutshell: Over-ear headphones with good cushions and great sound clarity
Hard-working music pros need the deep bass and crisp 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.
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.
The Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are over-ear and feature Pure ANC. This optimises sound input so you’ll experience the full range of sound – from the deepest bass to the highest of pitches. It also pinpoints background noises and blocks them out, so you’ll never miss a beat.
The weekend runner
In a nutshell: Sports headphones will stay locked firmly in your ear to provide the soundtrack to a great workout
Designed to stay in place with special tips that wrap around your ear, sports headphones will keep the music coming whether you’re hitting the treadmill or heading through the park.
Many are also sweat and water resistant, so they’ll go the distance with you when you’re out on your runs without succumbing to wear and tear.
You won’t lose out on sound quality either, as many sports headphones come with smart features that can deliver the best quality version of your workout playlist.
The home audiophile
In a nutshell: Hi-res headphones for a super-high-quality listening experience
Audiophiles need a pair of high-resolution audio headphones, to listen to the best-quality audio formats without any distractions.
Hi-res audio files are able to hold a lot 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 also come with features such as noise-cancelling technology for the best listening experience around.