Ultimate Headphone Buying Guide 2020

The headphone is your best friend when you are sad, happy, or in any emotion. When it comes to headphones, there are lots of options, and those options are enough to confuse the buyer.

If you are searching for the perfect pair of headphone, then you are in the right place. Here in this article, we are going to tell you every term which helps you to select a pair of headphone for yourself.

In this comprehensive Headphone Buying Guide, you will get the information about different types of headphone, features to consider at the time of buying headphones and things you should remember.

Types of headphones

1. Earbud headphones

Earbud headphones

In-Ear Headphones are the widely used type of headphone, and they are portable and convenient to carry because of their small size. Earbud headphones come with lots of phone or MP3 players for free. Most of the people prefer to go with the Earbud there is various reason behind this, Portability is the widely preferred plus-point of those headphones.

When it comes to use, In-Ear Headphones are very convenient, the small earpieces is fixed on your outer ear or with some models you need to be inserted it into your ear canal, and sport buds comes with extensions or fins for a more tailor-made, secure fit.

  • Advantages of buying Earbud headphones

As we tell you before, In-Ear Headphones are famous because of their Portability. You can also carry them in your pocket. One of the primary reason behind this is their Noise Isolation; this type of headphones offers outstanding noise isolation because you are going to place them directly in your ear.

When it comes to exercise, Earbud headphones are always fabulous. If you are specially buying the headphone for the exercise or outdoor workout, then you should go with the specially developed headphone which comes with the extensions or fins for a more tailor-made.

  • The disadvantage of buying Earbud headphones

The sound quality of headphones is excellent, but some time with some low-end earbuds you will need to compromise. In-Ear Headphones are available form $5 to $300. You have to compromise the sound quality, particularly when it comes to cheap.

In earbuds, they are made with the tiny drivers in order to remain portable; the most significant drivers generally means better sound quality. Sometimes the wires of the headphone could be tangled, but you won’t face this problem if you go with the branded ones.

2. On-Ear Headphones

On-ear headphones

Bigger drivers generally means better sound quality. You will get significant drivers in On-ear headphones than the first one. These are also portable but not as convenient as earbuds. Unlike In-ear headphones, these don’t go into your actual ear canal rather they sit on top of your outer ears but don’t enclose it completely.You can place these headphones behind your head or over it based on the size, but the drivers are always placed right on your ear. Check Related Post : Studio Headphones

  • Advantages of buying On-Ear headphones

They are portable & lightweight but not as the first one, because of the significant drivers you will get better sound quality. If you are purchasing the wireless one, then in On-ear you will get the long battery life.

  • The disadvantage of buying On-Ear headphones

The On-ear headphones placed on your ear, not inside it, so they allow the outside sound to enter.

3. Over-Ear Headphones

Over-ear headphones

The Over-ear headphone is the elder brother of On-ear headphones. You will get better sound quality in it because of their quality and significant drivers. When it comes to portability, those headphones aren’t so portable because of their big size, but if you purchase the wireless one, then you can carry it on your neck.


  • Advantages of buying Over-ear headphones

You will get incredible comfort because the large ear cups will distribute the weight more evenly. You will also get the memory foam, leatherette, and velvet.

  • The disadvantage of buying Over-ear headphones

Big in size and not so portable to carry, Sometimes the weight of the headphones is also more.

4. Wireless headphones / Bluetooth headphones

Wireless/Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless headphones are most convenient headphones ever. You can buy all the type of headphones in a wireless format such as the in-the-ear, on-the-ear and over-ear. All three types of headphones are available with wireless technology.

  • Advantages of buying Wireless headphones

When it comes to wireless; the wireless headphones are very convenient to carry. They are very stylish and comfortable.

  • The disadvantage of buying Wireless headphone

If you purchase the cheapest one, you will get the audio delay some time. You also need to charge them after every 3 to 4 hours if you purchase the cheapest one.

5. True(Totally) wireless headphones

True wireless headphones is a wireless headphone but very small in size like the earbuds. Low cost, super comfortable, sweat-resistant are the advantages of buying wireless headphones. If you don’t know about them then for your information, Google Earbuds and Redmi Earbuds are the truly wireless headphones.

6. Noise-cancelling headphones

Noise-cancelling headphones mean the headphones which come with the active noise cancellation technology, that means at the time of enjoying the music, you will not hear the background noise. The headphones which have noise cancellation technology are especially the closed-back headphones.

7. Lightning or USB-C wired headphones

Nowadays lots of companies removing the 3.5 mm headphones jack from their headphones in order to use the wired headphones with the charging port the USB-C, so wired headphones are developed.

You will see those type of headphones with Samsung A70.

8. Sports headphones

Sport headphones are the type of headphones which come with specially made for the workout or sportsperson. Those type of headphones come with extensions or fins for more tailor-made, secure fit.

Features to Consider

  • Voice Assistant

In today’s world of technology, there are lots of voice assistants available such as Google Assistance & Siri (which is only for the apple).

Lots of cheap headphones are unable to connect and control those voice assistants. When it comes to the flagship, you will get the support of all the leading voice assistants.

That means you can activate and use those virtual assistants just by clicking the button on it or by the voice command.

At the time of purchasing the headphone just remember to check whether the headphone, you are buying is supported Voice Assistant or not.

  • Bone conduction

Bone conduction, as in the name, this is the type of headphone which rests directly on the user cheekbones, but the traditional headphones and earbuds are not like that.

Talking about this technology, the eardrum doesn’t vibrate in order to pass the information along to the cochleas. Bone conduction headphones work by vibrations, sound transmit here via cheekbone to your cochleas, which avoids hearing impairment compared to ordinary earphones.

What’s really great about this technology is that, unlike traditional headphones, they won’t block your surrounding sound more or less and helps you to stay alert to your surroundings, avoid danger and meanwhile enjoy music while you’re running or cycling.

These headphones have their advantages,

  • Increased Situational Awareness
  • More Comfortable Fit
  • A Unique Listening Experience

These are some advantages of Bone conduction. It depends on you whether to go with this technology or not.

  • Bio-metric

Bio-metric headphones come with a unique ability. It can measure heart rate. You will also get lots of health information with this pair of a headphone. If you are conscious about your health, then you should go with this type of headphone. Usually, those headphones aren’t so popular because some people say that the headphone won’t show the correct information and their price is also too high.

According to our research, we found that those headphones work perfectly but the price is high. If you are purchasing the low-end modern, then there is no guarantee of their accuracy. It totally depends upon you whether you go with this or not.

  • Volume Control

If the volume control is on the headphone, then you won’t need to touch your phone if the phone is in the pocket. When it comes to the wireless headphone, the volume control is always on the headphone but if you are purchasing the wired headphone, there is the less chance of getting the volume control on the headphone. Most of the on-ear headphone has the control on it, but if you are purchasing the in-ear wired headphones, you need to forget about the controls.

  • Sound Amplification

When it comes to headphones, the sound amplification always matters but only if you are thinking to purchase the low-end headphone. We assure you that if you go with the high-end headphone, you won’t face any problem with the amplification because all the flagship headphones have the great amplifications.

Talking about the wireless devices, you will face the problem in the low-end headphone when the battery is low; you feel the sound if the battery is below 15%. So, at the time of purchasing, do the proper research about the amplification of the particular headphones.

  • Noise Canceling

Noise-canceling is the feature which helps you to listen to the music clearly without increasing the volume too much with the help of its active noise cancellation technology.

We use headphone everywhere, in the crowded place, on a train, on a bus or even some people also use at the time of bike riding. It is essential to go with the headphone which comes with active noise cancellation technology. If you are going to purchase the flagship headphone, you don’t need to worry about it.

  • Water-resistant and waterproof

The headphone isn’t waterproof, but some of the high-end headphones are designed with water-resistant materials to keep out sweat and water. You won’t face any problem if you are using it for a long time in the rain or in the waterfalls.

The standard way to measure water-resistant or waterproof is the ‘IPX‘ rating, where X is a number ranges from 0–8, with 8 being the highest level of defence against water. IP ratings indicate the level to which the device is protected from solid particles and liquids in the form of drips, splashes, water jets or submerging in water.

  • Built-in microphone/control module

You don’t need to worry about this great feature because you will get the built-in microphone with almost all the headphones, but the quality of the microphone is depended upon the price & brand, mostly the microphone of the headphones is excellent.

Talking about the control module, you will have full controls on the headphones if you buy the wireless one. If you go with wired headphone then you mostly get only one button which is for picking up the call or to play or pause the music. If you go with the wired on-ear headphone, you can get the controls on it.

  • Sound Quality

The sound quality of the headphone is depended upon the drivers used it technically, but practically the quality depends upon the price, brand, and type of headphones.

If you are purchasing the wired headphone, you don’t need to worry about it much more, but if you are purchasing the wireless, we suggest you don’t go with the local brand and the cheap one because you will face lots of problem such as audio delay. Audio delay is a commonly encountered problem in cheap wireless headphones; when it comes to high-end headphones, you won’t face any problem.

  • Battery Life

It doesn’t make any sense to buy those headphones which you need to charge after every 4 to 5 hours of use, mostly you will face such problems in the cheap wireless headphones because of the quality of the battery.

According to use the average battery life of headphone when it comes to high end is the 10 to 20 hours of playtime. With some high-end wireless headphone, you will get the case to charge it as you see in the Google headphones and Redmi ear bugs.

  • Comfort and weight

Headphones are always lightweight but its weight doesn’t matter, some headphones can be too heavy.

Talking about comfort, currently, the headphones come with extra earbuds. If you aren’t comfortable with the headphone, you can even change the earbuds.

If you are purchasing the wireless headphone, you should check its padding and also read the customer reviews about the comfort. Those reviews are beneficial to know whether the headphone has any problem, they are comfortable or not?

Terms to know (Glossary)

  • Drivers Diameter

Drivers diameter is the width of the speaker which is in your headphones. The sound quality of headphone isn’t complete but depends upon the size of the drivers. The big driver is able to produce a broader range of frequencies and reproduce it evenly.

Usually, the size of the driver’s range from the 9-16 mm in-ear headphones, if you are into the EDM then you should go with the 14/15/16 mm, this size is perfect for you. If you are the acoustic lover and don’t like electronic music, you can go with the 14 mm.

  • Impedance

Talking about the impedance, the lower the impedance is always better; in general, the earphones offer the impedance ranging from 12 ohms to 35 ohms. It also depends on your phone. Nowadays you will get 12 ohms impedance on your phone, or you can also adjust according to your needs.

In some old model, the phone has 32 ohms of impedance. If you are using the wrong headphones with your device, then it may damage your phone over time. When you use the higher ohms earphone with fewer ohms device, it won’t damage the phone but it will just reduce the volume a bit. If you are using the fewer ohms earphone with more magnificent ohms device, you need to face the problem in your device.

At the time of buying the headphone first checks your phone impedance and then go with the best headphones for yourself. Remember one thing, the lower the impedance is always better.

  • Frequency Response

When it comes to frequency response, remember one thing, the more comprehensive the frequency response, the better it is. The human being is able to hear from 20 Hz to 20 kHz, which is statically correct. 20 Hz to 20kHz is the average range that person can listen to, but when you test it using the frequency generator app on the smartphone, you can overhear up to 12 Hz very faintly.

If you ever listen to the extreme bass frequencies in the song, then those frequencies are of 40 to 100 Hz but when it comes to harmonic go down up to 12 to 20 Hz. At the time of purchasing, remember on, the more full frequency range of the earphones, the better it is.

A lot of branded and flagship earphones will offer you 20 to 20 Khz of frequency, but most of the people are prefer to go with around 15 Hz to 20 kHz. When the frequency response flatter, you will get a better and natural sound. Just remember the frequency response must be a straight horizontal which is going to throughout the bandwidth.

  • Sensitivity

In general, the sensitivity of the headphones is around 100 dB/mW. Sensitivity ranges from 90 dB/mW to 115 dB/mW. It is better to stay around 105 dB/mW.

  • Magnet type

When it comes to the magnet, almost all the earphones are configured with the Neodymium Magnets inside. Those headphones are aptly sensitive and reproduce more authentic sound. So generally go with them.

  • Connector

In lots of condition, the headphones are with 3.5 mm headphone jack, but now it’s the time of C-type. In most of the smartphones, you won’t get the typical 3.5 mm jack so you can choose the connector according to your phone.

The connector is made with different materials. Some are steel, some are bronze, some are chrome, some are gold. You will get the gold connector in some flagship headphones. Gold connectors make better quality as they are better conductors. Gold, Chrome, Bronze, Stainless steel is the order from best to worst.

  • Type of Cable

There are two types of headphones cable, first one is Fat and the second one is Flat. Most of the headphones have fat one which is the circular one. Fat ones or Flat ones may also reproduce better sound as compared to Thin ones. But at the time of purchasing the headphones, remember to check whether the cable is tangled free or not. This is just extravagance stuff it will not affect the quality of the sound.

The shape of the connector is also mattered in some conditions. We recommend you to go with the L-shaped connector because there is a lesser chance of damage due to external force as compared to the straight connector.

Before buying any earphones, you must consider these aspects

  • The sound quality of the headphones.
  • If you are purchasing the wireless headphone, the range and battery life must be considered.
  • Check the build quality; You get the idea about this from the reviews.
  • If you are purchasing the wired headphone, the cable should be tangle-free. Very few brands provide tangle-free cable. Tangle-free cable increases the life of earphones.
  • Also, check whether the headphones have the in-built microphone or not.

you should check the above aspects also while purchasing the headphones.


After reading this guide, you will be able to select a perfect pair of headphone for yourself. If you still have any confusion, you can explore our blog. Here is you will get lots of article on Top 10 headphones in various category. We hope this guide is helpful to you. If this guide is useful for you in any manner, kindly share it on social media. Stay connected with us.


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