4 Things To Consider Before Buying Wireless Headphones
Wireless headphones offer more convenience and portability than their wired counterparts, especially for working out or commuting to and from work every day. However, going wireless with your next headphones is tricky - you don't want to sacrifice a wired connection for lower sound quality or a cheap build. Here are some things to look for to make sure that you get the perfect pair.
Sound quality
Obviously, the first thing that you're looking for when buying headphones is the sound quality. Typically, aptX codec is used for streaming stereo audio over the Bluetooth connection/pairing between a "source" device (e.g. your laptop) and a "sink" accessory (e.g. a Bluetooth stereo speaker, headset or headphones). Products bearing the CSR aptX logo are certified for working with each other. Bluetooth has multiple versions (4.0, 4.1, 4.2) and in order to reap the benefits of the latest version, both devices will have to be compatible with it.

Note that even the best wireless headphones can't be compared with high-end wired ones in terms of sound quality. Bluetooth compressed the audio signal so it can sent wirelessly to the device - this compression isn't necessary with a wired headset. However, only hardcore audiophiles will notice a difference. for the average music listener, the benefits of going wireless far outweigh the disadvantages.
Appearance and comfort
You want your headphones to not only sound good, but also look good and feel good on you. The latter is particularly important if you're going to listen to music for many hours every day. If you're working out, you'll want your headphones to sit firmly in your ears without worry of them falling out while you are moving.

There are three forms of headphones available: in-ear, on-ear, over-ear. In-ear headphones are fairly self-explanatory; the ear buds connected by a wire. They are small and go inside your ears.
On-ear headphones have a headband and cups that sit on top of your ears. Typically on-ear headphones can be more uncomfortable over very long periods of time, because they sit directly on your earlobes. However, this won't matter to you unless you tend to wear headphones for 4+ hours at a time.
Over-ear headphones are similar, but their cups are larger and sit around your ears, rather than directly on top of them. Over-ear headphones typically have more noise-cancelling properties than their on-ear or inner-ear counterparts, since they physically isolate the ear from outside sounds.

From left to right: in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear headphones.
Most headphones today come with a few buttons on one of the earpieces (or in the case of in-ear headphone, on the wire) to pause, play, skip songs, and increase/decrease the volume. Some devices come with a voice control option. When you're making your choice, you should consider how and where you're going to use your headphones and go for the model that offers you the functionality that you need. It can be quite useful to skip a song you don't like or increase the volume without having to reach for your phone every time. Usually you'll have to balance aesthetics with functionality, however, so you can have headphones that are smooth and shiny but have little to no button controls on them.
Battery capacity
After sound quality, this is likely the most important feature that will make or break your wireless headphones. Some headphones have a battery that will last for days of playback, and weeks on standby. Some headphones will have to be charged after only a few hours of use. A good choice is typically between 8-12 hours. If you're looking at on-or-over ear headphones, see if they have a 3.5mm jack (a standard headphone cable) so that they can continue to be used even after the battery dies.
Specialty Features
Do you want your headphones to be water- or sweat-proof, so that you can go running in the rain without worrying about them? Do you require your headphones to have a microphone and be usable as a hand-free headset, so that you can take phone calls on the go? Think about the special features that you need from day-to-day - a list of requirements will make it that much easier for you to find the perfect pair.
There is a wide range of wireless headphones on the market at every budget point. Remember to keep these things in mind - with a shopping list of features, it's much easier to narrow the list down to end up with a pair of headphones that you love.

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