What are earbuds?
Earbuds are tiny earpieces that are inserted into your ear canal to provide personal sound from devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops. They are portable headphones that can give you freedom from external noise. They can isolate you from what is going on around you.
There are two general styles: in-ear or sealed which actually fit into your ear canal, and traditional which nestle into your external ear hole.
What do earbuds cost?
A basic set of earbuds is usually given away free when you buy a device such as a phone or media player. These free giveaways aren’t always the best quality. If you want to trade up and buy your own earbuds separately, the prices can range from $5.99 up to $300.
What should I look for in a good set of earbuds?
It’s important to know what to look for in earbuds when you start to shop, because there are hundreds to choose from.
You can choose from many qualities and features including:
- sound clarity
- low-end strength
- tonal balance
- in-ear comfort
- bass quality
- phone connect-disconnect
- volume control
- ease of operation by feel
- secure fit
- crisp high tones
- light weight
- available remote control
- low or no sound distortion
…and so on.
Your decision depends on how you use your earbuds, what you are looking for, and what kind of music you listen to. Some earbud models are better for rock and roll and hip hop, while others provide crisp, clear sound for classical music lovers.
You may have to try out several models and brands to find what is best for you. It is a good idea to tell the sales rep how you intend to use the earbuds, and he or she can guide you to an appropriate pair.
How can I choose the earbuds that are right for me?
Ask your friends which ones they like, try them out at our retail stores, set your price range, check online ratings articles, and ask our team at Target PC about their favorites.
Should I get wired or wireless earbuds?
Earphones can connect either through a 3.5mm cable or wirelessly over Bluetooth, depending on the model.
Wired earphones are generally less expensive, and you don’t need to worry about keeping them charged.
Bluetooth earphones are more convenient because you don’t have to physically connect them to your device, but they need battery power to work. When they’re out of power, they’re out of commission until you charge them again.
Again, it depends what kind of music you listen to, whether you make phone calls while listening to music, whether you want to wear your earbuds at the gym or while running, and other factors. Those uses will determine whether you want wired or wireless earbuds.
So now you know what to look for in earbuds!
There are hundreds of different brands and price points for earbuds.
Have a sales associates can help you narrow your choice when you go in to the store. Just tell them how you intend to use your earbuds, what you want to pay, and what kind of music you listen to.