Wireless Headphones Buying Guide

Sound quality, features, comfort, design and battery life. Choosing wireless headphones isn't easy, so here are some tips to help you get your bearings

It's easy to say wireless headphones. It's a little more complex to figure out which one to buy based on your needs. This kind of wireless headphones have a wide range of costs and features, and for a non-expert it may not be easy to find your way around.

The first step is the most trivial, but not the most obvious. Check the audio quality. Headphones, whether wired or wireless, are designed to play sounds, music and calls. That's why clear, quality audio is essential. The most "conservative" among users will tell you that wired headphones have a higher quality in this field than wireless ones. This is not totally untrue, but it is also not totally true. Before deciding which wireless headphones to buy you need to take into consideration some basic features. Depending on your needs you will be able to choose which wireless headphones to buy.

Audio Quality

Let's start with a premise. Most wireless headphones are equipped with aptX technology. And it must be said that Bluetooth transmission of audio is not made to guarantee the highest quality. Usually the audio quality for listening to music is decent in all wireless headphones, more complicated is the speech for calls, especially on devices designed for running or cycling. If we're not experienced users, it's possible that we won't notice a huge difference between a €40 wireless headset and a €200 one. If, on the other hand, we use the headset for work that requires perfect sound, then it makes sense to spend hundreds of euros to buy the most suitable device.

Comfort and size

Wireless headphones have a problem, they're often uncomfortable. Especially the cheaper ones. Many people buy them for physical activity and often during movements tend to fall out of the ears or create discomfort. For this reason, before buying a wireless headset it is essential to check its dimensions. There are three types of wireless headphones: in-ear, on-ear and over-ear. Understanding the difference between these different models is easy. In-ear are headphones that fit inside your ear. On-ear are the classic round headphones that rest on your ear but don't go into your ear canal. While over-ear are the larger headphones that wrap around the entire ear. Each model has its own use. For example, the over-ear are comfortable for listening to music but are very uncomfortable in the gym, because they make you sweat more and create a larger footprint than the small in-ear.


A very important aspect for wireless headphones are the controls. If we're used to changing songs, answering a call or increasing volume with a simple tap, it's important to choose a wireless headset that has these functions. By now, controls, thankfully, can be found on almost every model. Even the cheapest in-ear headphones. Spending a little more you can buy a model with touch sensors. While going towards the top of the range there are also wireless headphones that can perform actions with a simple voice command. Another key aspect is the compatibility of the headphones with other devices: in addition to the widespread Bluetooth headphones, others take advantage of NFC technology to connect, for example, to a smartphone.

Battery life

Let's move on now to a key aspect that varies according to our needs: battery life. If we use the headphones to listen to some music on the bus or train, the autonomy could be relative. More important if we use headphones while doing long excursions by bike or on foot. It must be said that some solutions, even economic ones, offer a good middle ground. For example, an autonomy ranging from 4 to 7 hours. Of course if we are interested in a duration of more than 10 hours we will have to look among the top of the range.


Last but not least, the price. As mentioned, there are different models of headphones with different functions, features and design. The first question to ask yourself after narrowing down your field of interest by analyzing the points listed above is: what use will you put the headphones to? It is useless to spend too much for a headset that we will never use 100% and at the same time it is counterproductive to spend little at the beginning and then not remain happy and have to make a second expenditure in the future.