Technology – Which headphones are right for me? – Knowledge

Cologne (dpa / tmn) – in the ear, in the ear, above the ear. Wireless or wired. With brackets, without brackets, probably foldable. Headphones are available in all imaginable variants, not to mention the variety of colors.

According to figures from the gfu industry association, 15.5 million headphones were sold in 2021, which corresponds to an increase of 6.8 percent compared to a year ago. A 60 percent of them are now wireless models and the trend is growing. Which headphones are right depends mainly on the area of ​​application.

Real wireless headphones are especially popular at the moment. “It means completely wireless headphones in the form of two in-ear headphones that can be easily carried in the pocket when not in use,” says Christoph de Leuw of Computer Bild. Most models have built-in microphones: they can also be used for hands-free calls on smartphones.

Extra holders are useful for sports

This may work in sports as well, but with limitations. “Basically, cordless headphones are certainly ideally suited for sports, but many small ears also fall off quickly during sports because they are loose only in the ear. At the latest when you sweat a lot, the model should also be waterproof uji. ” advises Herbert Bisges from the online magazine “”. A good alternative are sports models with extra ear mounts. However, many runners went for jogging with light headband headphones.

If you are on the go for a long time, you may feel a general disadvantage of the mini handset: the rather short battery life. “True wireless ears often need to be plugged back in after four to five hours, while typical Bluetooth headset lasts 20 to 40 hours on a single charge,” says de Leuw.

With headband headphones, the headphone cup is placed in the ear. There are models with and without cable. Especially music lovers still rely on classic cable models. “When it comes to perfect sound, there is no alternative to wired headphone models, because a Bluetooth connection to current codecs always results in a loss compared to the classic CD resolution,” says Jörg Dames of the online magazine .

Ear canal impression for best fit

The trend in the ear does not even pass the high-end class – though not wavy. “High-quality ear models are definitely on the rise. The real weirdos can even have them individually with an impression from the hearing aid acoustics,” says Dames.

Some manufacturers now offer such custom tailored models. “The result is excellent comfort while dressing, excellent bass reproduction and, depending on the concept, less outside noise,” says Dames. However, the experience of spatial sound is less pronounced than with ear models, which is generally a weakness of the headphones compared to the speakers.

Even without the highest voice requirements, cable headphones are still justified. “Headphones almost always work with cables. It does not matter how much power is left on the smartphone or charging socket. And there is no uncertainty whether the headphones will be connected to the device,” says Bisges. Plug plugs fit almost always. In the worst case, you need an adapter cable from USB-C to the socket if the smartphone does not have a socket.

Almost all radios with Bluetooth

Almost all wireless headphones use the Bluetooth standard. “But there are also some headphones made specifically for TVs that work with a proprietary radio standard, and a transmitter is also included in the distribution area,” explains Christoph de Leuw.

While Bluetooth headsets could once only be connected to a single device, more and more multi-pair models are now coming to market. “These headphones can then store multiple devices such as smartphones, laptops and televisions, which saves the user from having to re-pair the headphones whenever they are used,” says Bisges.

Extinguishing the destructive noise of the environment can also be a practical feature if the user wants to hear as little as possible from his surroundings. “It usually works through an anti-noise that is generated,” Bisges explains. This feature, also known as Active Noise Canceling (ANC), can be turned on and off.

The average price of headphones is 80 euros

The price range for headphones is huge, ranging from simple cable models around 20 or 30 euros to high-end headphones for a few hundred euros. According to gfu, consumers have spent an average of 80 euros per headset in 2021. If a model as universal as possible is sufficient or if several different models are purchased it is also above all a matter of taste.

“There are very good versatile headphones that are suitable for all possible purposes thanks to water protection from splashing, small dimensions, long battery life and good sound and sound quality,” says Christoph de Leuw. “But it also makes sense to use a real wireless model for mobile use and large headphones to enjoy music at home.”

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