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WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU? Wired vs Wireless Headphones


Wireless headphones offer distinct advantages over their wired counterpart for some uses. However, depending on the type of wireless connection, its specifications, and its range, wireless headphones may not be ideal for all listeners.  So, which headphones would be best for you: Wired vs Wireless?

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What it is: Wireless headphones that can also be used wired.  But wired headphones that must be used with the audio cable.

Who should buy it: Audio quality is about the same wired or wireless. Most listeners that want the range and flexibility of wireless design, wireless headphones is better for them. , but latency may be an issue if you watch a lot of videos, if you use the headphones for latency-sensitive applications such as recording in a studio, gaming, and watching high frame rate content, wired headphones maybe better for you.

Sound quality: As you may have noticed, the differences between wired and wireless in terms of sound quality are very subtle. In most cases, the differences are so small that for most casual listeners, it wouldn't matter whether the headphones are used wirelessly or wired. Thanks to the improvements in Bluetooth technology, a lot more data can be streamed over the wireless connection, so the audio quality does not change much. 

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Latency: Latency has a bigger impact on your listening/viewing experience when comparing wired vs. wireless headphones. Since a wired connection doesn't have the additional steps of encoding, transmitting, and decoding data packets, they have a near lag-less audio playback when compared to Bluetooth headphones or speakers.

It's not much of an issue when you're just listening to audio or music. However, when watching videos or gaming, latency is a much greater concern. The audio you hear will be out of sync with the images you see if the latency is high enough, which can be a frustrating experience as the delay could ruin your viewing experience. To give you a better understanding of how latency will affect your listening and viewing experience

Range: Range is one of the advantages that wireless headphones have over wired ones. You can listen to your music or podcasts while your audio source is another room, which is not always the case for wired headphones. Some studio headphones come with much longer cables, but at most they reach up to 10-11 ft, which is still far shorter than the range of the worst performing Bluetooth headphones we've tested at 23ft.

Wireless headphones, wired headphones, Bluetooth headphones

Conclusion: The most noticeable differences between using your headphones wired or wireless are in latency and range. For just listening to music, latency won't be a major concern, but when watching videos or gaming, especially at high frame rates (60 fps), the delay between what you hear and what you see is significant enough to be bothersome. Also, if you have a fixed audio source that supports Bluetooth, wireless headphones give you a bit more freedom of movement thanks to their superior range.

So overall, unless you're using your headphones for gaming, recording, or anything that's susceptible to sync issues due to latency, there's no big difference between using them wired or wireless. However, if the range is a significant issue for you and you're not using your headphones to watch videos, then go wireless. 

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