Finding the best pair of noise cancelling earbuds doesn’t have to be difficult. There are plenty of choices out there on the market today; it’s just a matter of knowing what exactly you are looking for. Different people buy them for different reasons so the best thing to do is determine what your specific needs are.
For example, take into consideration:
• What device will you be using yours for?
The most common use for these earphones would be for an iPod or other MP3 player, but it isn’t the only reason. Many people use them to plug into their laptop, portable DVD player, or other handheld devices.
• What is the most common reason for using your this type of technology?
Are you planning on being active and using yours while running on the treadmill? Or maybe yours will be more for sleeping to help drown out any other noises. Consider the main reason you will need these, and plan your decision around that.
• How seriously do you take reviews?
As you begin to look around for your pair, decide whether or not you want to take other people’s reviews into consideration as well. For example, if you find a pair you like but aren’t sure they will be good for sleeping, you could read the reviews. One of the best ways to get information about a product is to read consumer reviews. This is especially true if you can find reviews from people using theirs in the same manner you plan to.
• How much do you want to spend?
You can find these for as low or high a price as you want. Of course, with the price tag often comes quite a difference in the quality you get, but this doesn’t mean you have to break the bank just to get a good or even the best pair. However, keep in mind that the super low cost ones will probably be less likely to hold up long or may break. Also, the quality of sound you can expect from low grade versions will be far less than the superior sound quality you get with better ones.
Understanding the Difference
One thing you may notice is that there is also something called noise isolating earbuds. When you are browsing for what you want to buy, be sure you are aware of this. If you don’t read the description carefully, you may not end up with the version you actually want or intended to get. For starters, you should at least understand the basic concept:
• Earbuds, in general, are designed to fit snuggly into your ear and do not have a headpiece connecting them, like in older headphones. This tight fit alone helps to block out much of the disturbance around you that could interfere with what you are listening to.
So the main difference is that one kind tries to isolate sound, but these actually are designed to help do away with exterior sound bleeding in; although, this doesn’t mean that you won’t get any bleed through of external noises. Generally, these are the most effective for drowning out sounds that are steady and more of a low frequency, like that of a jet engine.
If you are someone who plans to use yours for sleeping, this can still help make it easier to block out noises. Nothing is 100%, but this is certainly a great approach to try. For those who are more active, your earbuds will probably be drowning out external noise such as you might find at a gym. Again, read your reviews so you can see which ones handle the desired task you want it for the best.
When you begin your online browsing, you’ll run into terms like “active noise control” or “background noise reduction” and other things that may not make sense at first. With a little research, you can make sense of it all and end up with the best pair that will work for you.
A few things you should know about or take into consideration are:
• Cord Length – There can be a variety of lengths to choose from, and you should keep this in mind. For example, if you like to run on a treadmill, make sure you have a cord long enough to keep you from getting tripped up or getting your MP3 player damaged. Also avoid getting a cord that is so long it ends up tangled or getting knotted up.
• Color – For some people, this is important. For that reason, many companies now offer a variety of crazy and fun colors. If you are trying to match them to your iPod or your favorite gym attire, then look around for the best color for what you want.
• Quality – Obviously you probably want the best quality possible within your budget. While you don’t want to spend too much on a product, you should invest in a pair that will work for you. If you have to spend a few extra dollars for the better sound quality and a durable pair that will last a long time, then it will be worth it in the long run.
• Size – Size is something to consider for a variety of reasons. The main reason you want to be careful about size is that you don’t want anything too large for your ear, but you also don’t want buds that are small enough to fall out while in use. Of course, portability is another factor. You don’t want a pair that is too bulky to transport around.
Keep in mind that this isn’t rocket science. Don’t rush into making a decision, and you will probably be happy with the pair of earbuds you buy.