May 6, 2020

What’s Better? Wired Vs Wireless Headphones

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Wired or Wireless Headphones.

If you are making the decision of buying a new pair of headphones, the first thing you need to assess is whether to go in for wired or wireless headphones. 

While both of them, come with their own set of benefits, primarily the decision boils down to your lifestyle. If, for example, your requirement of a headphone is to stream music at your computer, wired headphones fit your bill. But most of us tune in with our phones & IoTs, making wireless headphones the obvious choice. 

Here is a handy checklist of parameters to look out for in making your choice. We know what you are thinking, we come with a said bias, but we’re going to be as objective as we can! 

The Battle: Wired Vs Wireless Headphones

1. Audio Quality

The first parameter to look for is, of course, the audio quality. It is important to know that while wireless headphones support a bit rate of a maximum of 768 kbps, wired headphones can support as high as up to 2304 kbps, besides also minimizing the risk of interference that otherwise could affect sound quality.

Technically, therefore, most wireless headphones support much better quality sound and therefore are the headphones of choice for audiophiles such as DJs or musicians. However, it is equally important to know that most digital audio files have a bit rate of around 256 kbps, going up to as much as 520 kbps. Therefore with wireless headphones having advanced audio distribution profile, high sound quality is not an issue.

Round Winner: Its a tie! 

2. Portability and Comfort

While both wired and wireless audio devices are easy to carry, one of the most significant advantages that the cord-free variants have is that they enable you to listen to the audio even when the audio source is away from you. Wired headphones mean that the user is constricted by the range of the cord, which is typically around 10 feet. With Bluetooth headphones, on the other hand, you could enjoy a range of as much as 33 feet. It stands to reason also, that convenience is given with Bluetooth headphones, as you do not have the hassle of wrapping up cords or the risk of having them entangled. Neither do you have cords getting in your way, impairing movement as you jog or work out?

Round Winner: No doubts here, wireless headphones. 

Wired Vs Wireless Headphones
Wireless Headphones let you move

3. Battery Life

Clearly, with wired headphones there is no requirement of a battery to supply power. However, there is no reason to pick wired over wireless. For instance, our PLAYGO BH 70 headphones come packed with a 1000mAH battery, giving you 24hrs+ Battery life. With the best Bluetooth headphones, you require a power source with a typical charge time of 1-3 hours, which in turn offers you a talk time of up to 24 hours, depending on your usage. 

Round Winner: Wireless headphones with a huge battery pack!  

4. Compatibility

This is an extremely important aspect to check for. You want to ensure that the headphones are compatible with your audio devices. For many wired headphones, a 3.5 mm cable is what you need to connect to the device. Also, most smartphones & laptops starting from late 2019 have been losing their headphone jacks. Meaning, devices such as the iPhone 7 or Samsung S20, require a separate adapter to connect the cable to the smartphone. The worst part being you can’t charge your device and listen to music using your wired headphones. Such a bummer, right? Enter wireless headphones. You can connect them to any Bluetooth-enabled device. 

Round Winner: As we move to a more handsfree world, wireless headphones are the way to go! 

5. Cost-Effective 

The price of the wired or Bluetooth headphones depends on the features included in your headphone. If you are looking at just the basics, wired headphones tend to be more cost-effective. However, if you are looking for the best wireless headphones or Bluetooth earbuds, their prices are likely to be higher. If wireless headphones are out of your budget, wireless earphones offer the same convenience of cord-free music within your budget. 

Round Winner: Wired headphones or wireless earphones


Wired Vs Wireless Headphones: The Results

Wireless headphones do have a lot going for them right? And to be fair, it’s been a fair battle. In all honesty, the pros of your wireless headphones far outweigh the cons (if any). That’s the reason, we as a brand, have focused on creating the best wireless gear at affordable costs.  

Wired Vs Wireless Headphones
PLAYGO BH70, with High-Performance Hybrid ANC

Summing up the Wired Vs Wireless Headphones Battle

We all lead a fairly cord-free life. So, why be tied down with wires? Wireless Headphone just offer so much value for money. We aren’t just staying this because we are biased. We’ve actually done a lot of research on wireless tech to support our stand. So, ask yourself this question – Isn’t the comfort of handling no cords something you value? And, with that thought, we’ll leave you to it!

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