Earbuds or Headphones

How to Decide Whether to Buy Earbuds or Headphones

We have come down to a point in time where fortunately there are multiple options available now for users when it comes to listening to music wirelessly. There are earbuds and there are headphones being the most popular choices and with that, a lot of new users also get confused whether they should invest their money in the former or latter option. 

Reasons Why You Should Get Earbuds

They are portable & subtle

As obvious as it may sound if you are looking for a portable and lightweight product then we would suggest you to go with a pair of wireless earbuds. Earbuds come packed in pocket-friendly charging cases which don’t feel bigger than the box of mints inside pockets whereas, on the other hand, headphones take up a lot of space in your bag.

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It also offers extra ease upon wearing as without wires and only being inserted inside your ears, you can listen to music and podcasts for a long time and that too without feeling any weight on your head. 

Great Mix of Affordability & Performance

The best thing about truly wireless earbuds is that some of them cost less than the actual headphones and deliver a performance that is equal or above the heavier option. We have already seen great options in the form of AirPods Pro and also $199 Galaxy Buds Pro – both of which now have strong ANC and more advanced software-based features. 

Reasons Why You Should Buy Headphones

Premium Sound Quality & Noise Cancellation

There is no doubt in the fact that in case of the best and most immersive sound quality possible, you must spend your money on headphones – particularly the new wireless over-ear models. This is because they have larger drivers and can better envelop your ears with full, wide sounds through which you get to hear every element of your favorite track. The best part about premium headphones is that they also support high-res audio files and upscale the music experience to a level that the music starts to sound as if it is being played in front of you.

The smaller counterparts on the other hand remain limited because of small drivers and also in terms of noise cancellation as well. 

Longer Battery Life 

There is a simple philosophy that you have to keep in mind when going out to buy headphones; the bigger the device, the longer it will last in terms of battery. So, while the majority of wireless earbuds can offer you five to six hours of music on a single charge, the best headphones can last an entire day. 

For proof, we tested the Sony WF-1000XM3 earbuds which lasted for about six hours whereas the over-ear WH-1000XM4s let us listen to music for a good 30 hours period.

Although the earbuds’ charging cases bridge the gap by dragging the playing time to 10 to 20 hours with little charging breaks but still headphones are the real king in terms of continuous music playback.

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