In the public, obviously, you want to use wireless headphones because you can’t be cranking your tunes to the rest of the world. In private, headphones are ideal in family situation where you want to watch TV or listen to the stereo, yet not disturb anyone else in the house. Here are a few tips on what to consider when you are out shopping.
Do you want your portable wireless headphones for your iPod/mp3 player, car DVD player, or for home use with your TV or stereo? It makes a difference. Be sure that the specific headphones that you’re looking at work with your existing equipment. For example, some headphones are made solely for the iPod, while others are made for other brands of MP3 players and don’t work with the iPod. Carefully read the product information whether you’re shopping online or in a bricks and mortar store. Depending upon your needs, there are some portable wireless headphones that will be compatible with multiple brands and types of devices, including even your cell phone with Bluetooth technology.
Generally speaking, the higher the cost, the higher quality sound you will be receiving. If you’re looking to really crank up the volume, ensure the MP3 player speaker has a built-in amplifier. Wattage is another consideration: generally speaking, more wattage equals a more powerful sound. Some MP3 player speakers today even have bass and treble controls to allow you to fine tune the sound.
There are significant differences in the comfort between behind-the-neck, versus over-the-ear, versus over-the-head headphones.
You will likely be using these predominantly on battery power, so ensure that you can use rechargeable batteries, and check the specifications on the wireless headphones on the estimated useful life for each charge. Some portable wireless headphones come with a charging cradle so that you don’t have to separately remove and charge your batteries.