Should you consider wireless headphones for your smartphone

wireless-headphonesIn 2016, Apple came out with the latest version of the iPhone but without an audio jack. However, they also came out with the AirPod, which was a wireless headphone specifically designed for the iPhone. Since then, there have been several other cell phones which were designed to use wireless headphones.

Wireless headphones have been in existence for a long time. During the last few years, there were a lot more models coming out from different manufacturers. Samsung, Sony, Beats by Dr. Dre, and even Sennheiser had wireless headphones in the market. What turned things around was that Apple came along and made it relevant.

This seems to be a thing or a trend. Not only did Apple bring focus to wireless headphones, but they also captured a big chunk of the market, and were the number one seller of wireless headphones during Christmas.

There are several advantages to wireless. However, the main reason people buy them has nothing to do with these seems to have nothing to do with these advantages. Here are several reasons you should consider going wireless:

  • No more tangled wires. Few manufacturers have a built-in solution for tangled wires. The cables which run from the jack to the sound units can easily get tangled. Taking the wires out of the equation means that there would no longer be any tangles.
  • Convenience. With a wired headphone, the cable snakes from the cell phone to the ear units. Some designs have a single cable which splits to two as they get near the neck area. For headphones which have an overhead padding, or support which snakes behind the head, these sometimes sport a single cable all the way from the cell phone to the headphone. The thing is that that wire can be distracting. Cutting the wires offer less distraction for the user.
  • Damaged wires. Cell phone headphones have thin wires. These can easily get scratched and exposing the wires, or they can be cut altogether. Using these headphones put the wires in some form of danger. There are only two solutions for this, and one is to have thicker wires, about as thick as those used in sound studio quality headphones, or to have no wires at all.

 

These may seem like trivial reasons for doing away with the wires. The sound reproduction, however, is a matter of debate. With wireless headphones, all the electronics is in the headphones. Since most of the today’s wireless phones run on Bluetooth, there is also the problem of pairing the headphones. The sound quality for Bluetooth headphones is comparable to that of other Bluetooth speakers. They can be impeccable, or they can be rubbish, it all depends on the quality of the speakers and the phones.

The convenience of using a wireless headphone also includes other things besides the wire. Besides the varying range in quality of the sound reproduction and how hard it is to pair devices, there are other considerations. These all depend on the amount of circuitry inside the headphone units. These should allow good quality microphones as well as sound reproduction.

While some advertise their noise-cancelling technology, there are others that allow for hands-free control. Today’s wireless headphones are used primarily because of their ability to allow for total hands-free control. A phone call comes in, and the user should only need to tap the headphone once to accept the call and activate the microphone. In the future, a nod of the head might activate the mic and accept the phone call, but not today. Not yet, at least. Drivers would like that feature, even if driving and using the phone might be against the law.

In a way, wireless connectivity is already a foregone conclusion, with cars allowing for pairing with cell phones inside cars. There are some cars which allow up to two cell phones to be paired with the onboard communications and entertainment unit. It is only a matter of time when people would rather have wireless headphones rather than cabled headphones.

There has been a slew of companies which have nurtured the market for wireless cell phone headphones. One of these is Jabra, and they have been one of the most visible brands around. Of course, their units are placed in only one ear and provide only mono audio quality. All the other manufacturers create wireless headphones which can be used not only with phones but also with any other device which has Bluetooth.

There is nothing new with a wireless headphone. There is nothing wrong with it either. The time has come for such an idea. It is intelligent, cool and trendy. Some headphones look better than others. Although, as Apple has proven, it is not how good it looks, but how much would people want to have one for their own. Apple’s designs had a lot of criticisms when they came out. They looked like the same headphones but with the wires cut. You now end up with buds which have a small rod sticking down the bottom.

Apple had no choice but go with this design, because they needed the extra space or room for all the electronics required for a hands-free headphone. There is a lot of intelligence included inside the headphone. It has become the benchmark for every other headphone in the market today. At least space is justified, even if the design is a bit dorky.

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