Buying popular headphones: The rights and wrongs you should know

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There are just too many headphones out there in the market. Don’t believe us? Well, there are over-the-ear headphones, in-ear headphones, on-ear headphones, true wireless headphones, neckband headphones, open headphones, closed headphones. So yes, there are too many headphones and what this does is create a bit of confusion when you go out to buy a pair. Fret not, here we tell you the pros and cons of the different types of popular headphones that are available in the market.
True wireless headphones
Let’s start with the ‘hottest’ headphones in the market now. Every brand has an offering from Rs 1,500 to Rs 25,000. They are small, easy to carry, and are the epitome of portability.

What’s right?
One word: Convenience. No bulk and can easily fit in your pockets.
What’s wrong?
Connectivity issues in certain headphones. You might need an app with some of them to get the best out of it. The audio quality in low-end earbuds leaves much to be desired for. And of course, there’ the risk of losing them quite easily.
In-ear headphones
You get them dirt cheap and sometimes even free inside the box of your smartphone.

What’s right?
Cost-effective and remain one of the most popular types of headphones.
What’s wrong?
Wires. The tangling and untangling can be quite irksome. The sound quality is also not the best. Certainly not for audiophiles.
On-ear headphones
What’s right?
Better sound quality than in-ear headphones.

What’s wrong?
Bulky in size. In-ear headphones also have a tight fit when it comes to the earpads. They can’t be used for long hours at stretch and many do find them uncomfortable.
Over-the-ear headphones
A larger and more comfortable variant of on-ear headphones.

What’s right?
Superior audio quality. Features like active noise cancellation are really good.
What’s wrong?
Size. They are just too big and cumbersome to carry around. Also, a good pair of over-the-ear headphones with features like active noise cancellation cost a lot.
Neckband headphones
Technically they are called wireless headphones and connect with Bluetooth but the neckband has a wire attached to it.

What’s right?
For fitness enthusiasts, they are a good fit as they don’t fall off easily (like true wireless). Can be worn for hours without feeling fatigue.
What’s wrong?
The form factor isn’t the best looking and some people do find the idea of a neckband a bit annoying.

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