If you lead an active lifestyle and want to use your headphones while running or working out, you’ll appreciate lightweight ear buds, clips or hooks that stay in place when you’re moving. These are also easy to carry when travelling.
If you want to use them while walking, full size headphones that cover your ears may be more comfortable, but keep in mind that you need to stay alert and still hear street sounds around you.
For working or studying in busy environments, or if you’re an avid gamer, full-sized noise-cancelling headphones can help block out distractions. These are also ideal if you’re an audio enthusiast, looking for the best possible sound quality.
Wireless headphones are very convenient, since there’s no cord to worry about. They are usually Bluetooth enabled, making them compatible with devices that also have Bluetooth. Some models have a removable cord.
Noise cancellation headphones are specially engineered to electronically block outside ambient noise. They’re handy for situations when you only want to hear what you’re listening to.
Hands-free headphones with a microphone are great to use with your portable phone, allowing you to easily take phone calls on the go or while multitasking.
Budget is a consideration when choosing headphones. Good sound quality is available at a reasonable price, but if you’re looking for the best sound quality available, premium headphones will make a big difference.