What headphones should I buy?
If you love your music, you need a pair of headphones that will suit your lifestyle to a T. Here’s our guide to the right ones for you…
13 Jul 2019
Whether you’re creating playlists for your weekend run or your daily commute, you’ll need the right headphones to suit your lifestyle and budget.
Here’s what we recommend…
For the urban warrior
In a nutshell: Noise-cancelling headphones block out the drones of the urban life, so you can lose yourself in the music.
Noise-cancelling headphones do exactly what they say – the insulating cushions around your ears and clever microphone systems block out almost all background noise, so all you hear is 100% high-quality audio.
Most of these headphones are Bluetooth enabled so you can pair them with your phone or other devices – removing the hassle of tangled wires.
The Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 go even further with voice assistant support for Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant.
Walking down a busy street and worried about the sound of traffic? These babies also offer 11 levels of noise cancellation, so just turn the dial down to keep an ear out for ambient noises.
City slickers will delight at Bose AR, too. It gives you information about local sights, augmented reality games to play, and even helps when it comes to exercise.
For the sports enthusiast
In a nutshell: Sports earphones stay firmly in your ear, giving you a great soundtrack to any workout – no matter how intense.
Like ordinary earphones, but with a special wrap-around hook, sports earphones are ideal whether you’re into running, weightlifting, cycling… or anything, really.
Most importantly, they’re sweat and water resistant, so they’ll go the distance with you when you’re really pushing yourself – and you won’t need to stop your workout if it starts to rain!
And with the Beats Powerbeats Pro earphones you won’t lose out on sound quality either, as they come with smart features that can deliver the best quality version of your workout playlist.
They even work with Siri on iOS. Just say “Hey Siri” and ask for your favourite playlist.
The DJ and music producer
In a nutshell: You need over-ear headphones with good cushions and great sound quality.
Not only do music industry pros and audiophiles need deep bass and crisp clarity, they need headphones that are comfortable enough to wear all day.
The Beats Studio3 Wireless headphones are over-ear and feature Pure ANC. This optimises sound input so you’ll experience the full range of sound – from the deepest bass to the highest pitch. It also pinpoints background noises and blocks them out, so you’ll never miss a beat.
They also come with a cushioned seal that not only stops outside noise getting in, but is comfortable on the ears – so comfortable, you may forget you’re wearing them.
And when you’re done with them, they fold away neatly into a chic carrying case.
Better yet, they are totally wireless. Plus, they’re compatible with Siri on iOS and can seamlessly switch between different channels via BlueTooth. You could go from mastering a beat, to watching a movie, to taking a call, all without batting an eyelid.
They may have been designed with DJs in mind, but this stylish pair of headphones will suit all sorts of listeners.
For the fashionistas
In a nutshell: All-in-one earphones and sunglasses? No, you’re not hearing things – your perfect summer accessory has arrived.
Picture yourself walking down the street, sunshine beaming, your favourite song playing in your ears, and a pair of cool sunglasses framing your face.
The Bose Frames are not only the ultimate summer fashion accessory, they create a ‘bubble’ of sound around your ear, connecting wirelessly with your phone to play your favourite choons.
They’re scratchproof, UV resistant and can even survive the odd splash of water, so you’ll have no trouble wearing them by the side of the pool.
The only question left is which style will suit you – will it be the squared frames of the Alto or the rounded Rondo?