The right pair of hifi headphones drastically improves the sound quality of your listening experience. A good pair of quality headphones should have background noise cancellation, offer fantastic sound quality, and be portable. A great true wireless or wired headphone can produce an expensive hifi sound from your smartphone that you might have only thought was possible from an elaborate home stereo system.
If you’re ready to upgrade from your current model to a pair of hifi headphones, how do you know which are the best? We’re going to break down everything you need to know about choosing the right hifi headphones so you can be sure you get the right pair for you.
A good pair of hifi headphones can be a significant financial investment, so it’s important to take your time and make sure you’re getting a pair that suits your needs and your budget. Here are a few things to think about while you shop.
Where are you going to listen?
You might think that to get a true pair of hifi headphones with quality audio capabilities, you need a large over-the-ear pair, but that’s no longer true. There are a lot of different headphones available, from earbuds to a closed headphone over-ear model.
In-ear models are the best choice for portability. If you’re looking for something to wear on a run or while sitting on the bus on your way to work, in-ear models are the way to go. That said, you have to be careful about the kind that you choose. Don’t choose earbuds that sit inside your ears but don’t block the ear canal. These typically don’t fit correctly and won’t deliver a good audio experience. Look for something that seals the ear canal. Some of these types of earbuds are surprisingly effective at active noise cancellation.
On the other hand, if you want hifi headphones for watching movies on your laptop or listening to music while relaxing at home, an over-ear model will give you a better experience. There’s no point in prioritizing portability if you’re going to be listening to music in your living room. Over-ear headphones generally sound much better than earbuds and are a better option for at-home listening, pleasing any audiophile.
How much do you want to spend?
There are hifi headphones at a range of price points, and it helps to have an idea of how much you want to spend before you start to shop. In most cases, the more you pay for the headphones, the better they will sound, but this isn’t always the case. Always read the reviews and do your research before choosing a pair of hifi headphones. Even well-known studio headphones from top brands have duds every once in a while.
Don’t be discouraged when you see models outside of your price range. Some of the most expensive hifi headphones may cost thousands of dollars, and most people do not feel comfortable spending that much. There are affordable hifi headphones available that are bound to be a vast improvement over the simple wireless earbud you might be using now. Stretch your budget if you can, and treat yourself if you feel so inclined. But don’t get something that you can’t afford because you want the best of the best. The truth is that a lot of mid-range hifi headphones are stellar.
Do you need a professional level set of headphones?
When we say professional level, we mean studio headphones that are intended to be used by musicians or sound engineers, the people for whom hearing every sound as accurately and as clearly as possible is, well, a part of their job.
If you have the budget for it and are a passionate audiophile, these are some of the best hifi headphones available. That said, they are typically not designed to work with mobile devices, meaning that you won’t be able to take a call with them while you’re listening to music on your phone. Most do not come with inline controls or a mic, and on some of them, the headphone jack might be a different size. In that case, you’d need a headphone jack adapter to plug the headphones into your phone or computer.
Are they comfortable?
Comfort and fit are important. Your headphones might sound amazing, but if they’re uncomfortable to wear, you’re probably not going to wear them. A good pair of hifi headphones is comfortable enough to wear for long periods of time. Look for features like materials, padding, weight, and ventilation.
Don’t forget about customer service.
If you’re planning to spend a good chunk of money on a pair of hifi headphones, it’s important to make sure they are backed by good customer service. You should always look for something with a warranty. Ideally, choose a product with customer service that’s located in the U.S. If you have to return them for repairs or anything, you want to avoid having to return them overseas.
What sources are you planning to use?
As we mentioned, one of the best things about investing in a good set of hifi headphones is they can make any source sound incredible. Don’t feel that you have to run out and build a new home stereo system to go with your fancy new headphones. You don’t. Is this something you might want to do in the future? Sure. But see how your new headphones improve the sound of the system you currently have. You might be surprised.
Is it worth it to you?
So much of choosing the right pair of hifi headphones comes down to figuring out which is the right pair for you. Some audiophiles need to have the best of the best and are willing to shell out whatever it costs to get it. Other people just want something that sounds a little better than their earbuds or the mid-range headphones they’ve been using for years.
One big thing to remember is that you don’t have to invest thousands and thousands of dollars to get a decent pair of hifi headphones. They’re available in a wide range of prices, and any quality model is going to be infinitely better than an ordinary pair of headphones. Start by deciding how much you’re willing to spend, then go from there.
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