Wired vs. Wireless Headphones

Wired vs. Wireless Headphones
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    Wired headphones are the traditional pair of headphones we all know and love, however, does familiar mean good? On the other hand, wireless headphones are the new trendy headphones, but does that guarantee quality?

    Firstly, Wired Headphones.

    How Do They Work?

    Well, sound is just vibrations. Sound waves are formed due to vibrations that cause audible waves of pressure.

    That’s basically how headphones work as well. The electrical current is transferred through the wires of the headphone until reaching the part closest to (or in) the ear. There lies a magnet. When the current reaches the coil around the magnet, that causes vibrations. Those vibrations are sound waves that you can hear.

    If They’re so Old Fashioned Why Are They Still Used?

    • Audio Quality

    Wired headphones are known for their high audio quality. Because data is transferred through wires, there’s less chance of noise interfering with the data. ‘Noise’ here doesn’t mean sound noise; it means any other signals or environmental factors that can affect the sent data.

    • Wired Headphones Don’t Require Batteries

    When wired headphones are connected to a device, they allow electrical current to move through them. They don’t require a power source to work. Also, while we’re on the subject of power usage, wired headphones indirectly save your phone battery. Using Bluetooth for extended periods drains your phone or laptop batteries.

    • Budget-Friendly

    Wired headphones are generally cheaper than wireless headphones. However, that doesn’t apply to every single pair of headphones, that’s just a general idea.

    Their low price is because they don’t have batteries to store energy. Wired headphones don’t need electricity to work. Besides, they don’t use Bluetooth, which is a factor in the higher prices of wireless headphones.

    Is There Anything Wired Headphones Can’t Do?

    Unfortunately, yes.

    • The Cord Ties You

    The cord’s length has full control over how much you can move around while wearing your headphones. A short cord could stop you from even turning your head. A long cable can get tangled up. You just can’t win. However, that disadvantage can be overlooked if you don’t move much.

    • Prone To Damage

    Cords are weak. You twist them the wrong way once, and they stop working. It’s annoying. We’ve all been there. Besides, the cord could easily get caught into anything. Car keys, door handles, clothes, earrings, you name it.

    • Newer Smartphones Don’t Have Headphones Socket

    Some smartphones, especially newer ones, are basically forcing you into getting wireless headphones. 

    Secondly, Wireless Headphones.

    How Do They Work?

    One word. Bluetooth. Bluetooth allows data exchange over short distances using radio frequencies. Also, a battery to store energy.

    Your phone, laptop, or any device you’re using, sends the audio data over Bluetooth, and wireless headphones act as a receiver, much like how TVs and radios work.

    To Go or Not To Go…Wireless

    • Portability

    The most obvious advantage of wireless headphones. Bluetooth has developed dramatically through generations, and it now allows connectivity over longer distances than before, however, that distance is still limited.

    That limitation should not be an issue. You can get up, walk around and stretch while still wearing your headphones. Yes, please.

    • Compatibility

    Almost, if not all, devices allow Bluetooth connections. Unlike headphones’ socket that is now removed from newer smartphones. Bluetooth is simple, and it is everywhere.

    • You Don’t Have To Worry About The Cord

    Like we said, cords are weak. Wireless headphones can save you the hassle of having to be careful with the wire. They wouldn’t get tangled when you leave them alone for two seconds. Also, they are less prone to damage. Just be careful not to lose them, and they should last you a while.

    Newer = Better, Right?

    • Newer = More Expensive

    Wireless headphones have batteries, and they use Bluetooth, so it makes sense that they would cost more than wired headphones do. Sometimes that price difference is not worth it. If you can overlook the disadvantages of wired headphones, then it’s not worth spending that extra money on wireless headphones.

    • Another Device To Worry About Recharging

    As if we don’t suffer enough with having to recharge our phones, our laptops, our watches, now we also get to add headphones to the list. However, most wireless headphones can give you 10-20 hours of listening before needing to recharge; in addition, they can fully charge up in less than one hour. It’s still annoying.

    • You Can’t Expect The Same Audio Quality.

    Bluetooth is wireless, and cords are wires. You can’t expect them both to perform the same, at least at this point in how much technology we have. For a casual listener, the quality doesn’t matter that much, but it is still a disadvantage. 

    Now What?

    Now it depends on you and your personal preference. Are you willing to sacrifice portability for audio quality? Or perhaps you’re ready to pay a little more because you don’t like being tied up to a cord.

    You have to prioritize what you’re looking for when picking a pair of headphones, and after we’ve discussed how both headphones work, their advantages, and their disadvantages, by now, you should have a clear vision on which you are going to pick and why.

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