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What will you use your headphones for?

Wireless headphones vs. wired headphones

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Wireless headphones and earphones

Also known as bluetooth headphones, they're portable and free of wires. They need to be charged from time to time, so check for battery life before you choose an option. Some wireless earphones connect to virtual assistants like Alexa, Google or Siri.

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Wired headphones and earphones

Wired headphones come with a cable and a headphone jack, so plug into your device to use them. As they are wired, there's no need to charge them. However, some recent mobile phones do not have a headphone port and can only connect through bluetooth, so check the device compatibility before you buy any headphones.

Which headphone fit would you prefer?

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In-ear headphones

In-ear headphones and earphones sit comfortably inside your ear, or in some cases clip onto your ear. They're small and light so you can wear them for a long time without feeling any heaviness.

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On-ear headphones

These sit on top of your ear with a strap that goes over the top of your head. Their flat ear pads let outside noise in, allowing you to be more aware of your surroundings. Choose wireless models for cable-free listening.

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Over-ear headphones

These are like the on-ear headphones, but they enclose the whole ear for an immersive audio experience. They're bulkier than other models due to their larger ear cups, which makes them less portable but super comfortable.

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