There are so many options available with Bluetooth headphones. It can be overwhelming. So, in this post I am going to tell you all, what I look for in my Bluetooth headphones, either in-ear or on/over ear.
Ok, back to what I look for, in no particular order…fit, sound quality, range, durability, multi-use ability. I will break each of these down quickly so that you can understand what I mean when I reference each of these in both my reviews of particular products, as well as any future posts.
Fit: This may seem self explanatory, but I think some clarification is necessary. I don’t want my headphones to feel heavy or bulky, but I also want to know that they are there, so they need the right type of weight. I want to make sure that they stay put without hurting. For in-ears that means some sort of wings, clips, or ability to sit in but not down my ear canal. For on/over ears, that means pressure, without being painful, as well as some sort of friction device on the connection band so that they don’t slide around. I don’t want to have to keep readjusting these and any bulky controls, a neckband, or dangling pieces or wires are a no-go for me.
Sound Quality: I am not an audiophile, but I do want to have quality sound. I want a balance between the Highs and Lows (Treble and Bass) without having to change all the audio settings on whatever device I am playing my music on. I want clear and simple sound coming from the headphones at all times, after all, that is what I bought them for. This extends beyond music to speaking as well. I often use these headphones to listen to podcasts, interviews, and hold phone conversations. Therefore, I need the voice quality to be as clear and simple as the music quality.
Range: I want Bluetooth headphones so that I don’t have wires dangling in my way and I don’t have to be tethered to my phone (or other device). So if there isn’t a decent range, I will not be happy. I don’t expect to run a mile or two away and still be connected, but I also don’t expect to walk from my kitchen to the bedroom just down the hall and lose connection.
Durability: Here is a little insight into my soul…I HATE waste. So, I don’t want to waste my money, no matter how much or how little, on headphones that won’t last. Durability to me is when the headphones can go through daily activities, driving, cooking, reading, working out, etc and last for several years. Yes, I said several years. I am not looking to replace these headphones every 6-12 months. I am expecting 24-36 months minimum.
Multi-Use Ability: This is a term of my own devising. What I mean is, I want these headphones to be equally as solid in the gym, as they are in my office. Provide quality sound and interaction when I am jamming out or when I am talking to my mom. I want them to be well rounded, to be able to do all the tasks I throw at them with the same level of quality.
There you have it, the qualifications I look for in my Bluetooth headphones. I know other folks out there have different qualifications, but these are mine, and since I am the “one guy” my qualifications are what matters here.
What are your thoughts? Do you have any other qualifications I should look for? What do you look for in a set of headphones? Let me know in the comments section below.