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I know you love music. But one thing you love more than music is your earphones, and that’s obvious. And why not, they are the best friends for any audiophile. You take them to the gym, travel, workplace, and your bed. So, choosing your earphones doesn’t have to be complicated.
In this article, I will be comparing wired earphones, neckbands, and wireless earphones. The options you get even in these categories are huge so I will also be sharing some of my favorite earphones with you. So, if that is musical enough, let’s dive straight into the topic.
Wired VS Neckband VS TWS: What’s The Difference?
Broadly, I can categorize earphones into three categories. Wired, neckbands, and wireless, and the difference they have is prominent. So let’s check out how they differ from each other.
|Price for decent earphones||Under ₹500||Around ₹1500-₹2500||Above ₹4000|
|Range for using||According to the length of the wire||Around 10 meters||Around 10 meters|
|Sound Quality||Best among the three categories||Better than TWS, but not better than wired||Not as good as other categories.|
|Battery||No battery restrictions||Battery life of around 10-12hrs||Battery life of around 8-10hrs|
|Durability||Not much durable||Decent Durability||Extremely durable|
|Portability||Not very portable||Extremely portable||Extremely portable|
|Connection type||3.5mm jack||Bluetooth||Bluetooth|
|Connection issues||No issues||Occasional disconnections||Occasional disconnections|
|Comfortability||Not much comfortable to use||Decently comfortable to use||Most comfortable to use|
Pros And Cons In Each Type
While there are many advantages of each type, you must take a look at the disadvantages of using each kind of earphone. So, let’s check out what each type
|Extremely easy to use, just plug and play.||Limited range, according to the length of the wire.|
|No audio delay||Wired sometimes gets tangled|
|Much better mic quality||Not future-proof as most brands are removing the headphone jack from smartphones.|
|Lower in cost||It may be uncomfortable sometimes|
|More portable and easy to use on the go.||Require you to charge them beforehand|
|No worries about earphones falling off||More expensive for the same audio quality|
|Can use used with almost any device with a Bluetooth connection||Sometimes Bluetooth pairing can be a hassle|
|More range and easy to move around wearing these.||Battery life degrades over long-term usage|
|Most portable earphones, since they come with a case||More expensive than other categories of earphones|
|Gives you total freedom of movement||You may have to compromise on sound quality|
|Easy to pick up calls and attend||Less battery life than neckbands|
|Easy to switch between devices you’re connected to.||Can be fragile, not suitable for rugged usage|
Which Type Is Right For Your Kind?
As each one has its own advantages and disadvantages, selecting anyone can be a tedious task. And now that you know all about each kind, let’s find out which one suits your needs the best and where you can use a particular type.
|Wired Earphones||• Best suited for gaming|
• Good For users who don’t want to compromise on sound quality
• Looking for a budget-friendly option
• Looking for easy-to-use earphones with no complications.
|Neckbands||• Best suited for physical activities like jogging and cycling|
• Who wants more range to move around
• Who travel a lot and looking for portable options
• Looking for earphones with better battery life
|TWS||• Best suited for gymming and workouts|
• People who prioritize comfort over other things
• Who are looking for earphones with more range
• Looking for earphones that don’t look tacky and are stylish
Now that you know all about wired earphones, neckbands, and wireless ones, it’s easy for you to choose which one to go for according to your needs and priorities. I personally find neckbands as the perfect balanced ones among the three. And looking at how technology is progressing, wireless ones are definitely the future.