10 mistakes when choosing on-ear headphones

Choosing the right earbuds is not an easy task. The catalog contains hundreds of visually identical copies. At first glance, most models differ only in the nameplate with the manufacturer’s name. In this article, we will look at the TOP 10 mistakes when searching for headphones.

Do not study the characteristics
Most people do not like to look at instructions, read agreements and contracts, moreover, many do not pay attention to the characteristics, choosing headphones simply by their appearance.

Sensitivity, impedance – impedance, frequency range and other parameters help determine the purpose of the headphones. Depending on the characteristics, you can choose a model with surround sound, for games, office work, listening to classical music, or take overhead “ears” with reinforced drums.

The source of the sound is of great importance. A smartphone, player or tablet will not be able to swing the headphone membrane with high resistance, the sound will be quiet. It is advisable to understand at least the basic parameters. There is no need to search for anything, there is already an article that destroys myths and dispels misconceptions.

Focus only on brand and price

We are used to trusting global brands. For example, in 99% of cases, Logitech headphones will be of high quality, but is that enough? Products from Applle, Samsung, Sony, all of them are designed for the average hearing aid and average user needs. If your ears can be put in the Paris Chamber of Weights and Measures, no problem. If they differ from the standard, you should take a closer look at the characteristics and other parameters.

Unpopular brands often use components from top manufacturers, collecting “ears” with a unique design and a lower price.

Despite this, in the world of on-ear headphones, their kings rule the show: Audio-Technica, Marshall, Shure, Beyerdynamic, Sennheiser. The brand is a reason to trust the build quality, the high price will help to understand that high-quality components were used, but both parameters still do not guarantee the correct choice in full.

Choose headphones by appearance
Not everything is gaming with a beautiful design. Many manufacturers make one design line to draw attention to their products in a highly competitive market. Bright, flashy colors are often found on cheap models. When you see a familiar logo, take a closer look at the options.

Gaming headphones are characterized not by war paint or even by luminous diodes, but by sound quality, the ability to create surround sound, lightness, and a convenient mounting system.

Take a look at the TOP 10 best ears of the past year. The more laconic and simpler the design, the better the quality and the more users like them. This does not mean at all that you have to choose the most dull ears, design is a factor of aesthetics, and headphones are bought for practice.

With regard to office and home copies, “designer ears” are more expensive or will be of inferior quality in comparison with monochromatic counterparts.

Do not define the purpose of use
Universal headphones are a myth. If you are a versatile person, you will need at least 2-3 pairs. First you need to determine why false ears are needed at all?

For podcasts, it is better to take lightweight, rechargeable, with Bluetooth 5.1 and a flexible arm.
For games – with 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, wired, with a microphone and the ability to adjust the mounting system horizontally and vertically.
Music – reinforcing, with a long flexible cable, ear pads and a headrest made of soft leather. Depending on the type of music you love, you should pay attention to the range of mid and high frequencies. It is impossible to enjoy classical or folk music on the ears with pumped bass.The sound quality of headphones for listening to podcasts does not really matter, they should be light and mobile, not interfere with walking, playing sports, or fumbling in bed.

Music ears are specially tuned for low, mid and high frequencies and are designed for sounds recorded for 2 channels. The process of recording music for games is different from the usual studio recording, so 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound in games with such headphones will be just a mediocre imitation.

The same cannot be said about gaming headphones, the main purpose of which is to transmit high-quality surround sound in both directions. But alas, in gaming ears, when listening to music, the sound of individual instruments can fall into a general cacophony, absorbed by the echo from the loudest instrument.

Do not test headphones liveWe are so accustomed to buying via the Internet that we forget that not everything can be “felt with our eyes”, something is worth hearing. The best and most accurate instrument for analyzing sound quality is your own hearing. If possible, it is necessary to test on the equipment on which you are going to constantly listen, at least take a phone or a player with the appropriate connector.

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Do not configure the player for headphones
Take two players or put any music application on your phone and compare the sound of one track in headphones. If the headphones are capable of delivering clear sound, the quality will be different in all cases. Each pair of headphones has its own factory calibration settings, the player has its own.

You can reset the player settings to standard and search for the best sound, or immediately load the genre of music you listen to most often into the equalizer: rap, rock, jazz, heavy metal, pop, etc.

Don’t look at the weight
Weight matters a lot for head-mounted objects. Even with good relief, the neck gradually becomes numb.

Manufacturers of high-quality headphones are trying to lighten the structure as much as possible and distribute the weight evenly, but this does little for those who are used to sitting in their ears for 3-4 hours in a row. Headphones weighing 100 grams can cause less discomfort than 70 grams, and yet, the extra 30 grams of stress on the spine will eventually make itself felt.

Ignore the quality of the wire

A broken or frayed wire often becomes the reason for replacing the entire structure, but its main part – emitters, membranes, sound guide remains intact. You can pin the wire using rough soldering and a roll of electrical tape, but this will be a temporary solution.

It is not worth buying ears with an armored cable, its weight will fall on the head, moreover, only on one side. Thick, heavy-duty braided wires rub against the corner of the table more often than smooth, round cables. It is worth choosing based on your own needs, the optimal wire diameter for on-ear headphones ranges between 1 and 2 mm, 3.5 mm and is more typical for a thick-braided cable.

Length is also not the last factor, make sure that the wire does not turn into a stretched string.

Do not pay attention to the plug type

Headphones with the 7.1 Real system differ from the usual ones in that they are equipped with seven diffusers and transmit real surround sound. Real ears are connected to a TV or audio card using four cables, there are modifications with a USB connection for PC. They cannot be connected to most players and phones, as well as models with a 6.3 Jack plug for audio systems and DJ consoles.


If the built-in sound card in a PC / laptop will not enjoy 7.1 Real, because it does not have its own DAC – a central audio processor, only Realtek codecs that create surround sound emulation. On the other hand, 5.1 or 7.1 headphones that simulate surround sound using codecs will sound good.

Choose on the advice of friends
There are no comrades for taste and color – the proverb truly says. The worst thing you can think of is to rely on the taste and advice of friends. Each of us has our own head, ears and other individual characteristics that affect the perception of the world. When shopping for headphones, it’s best to rely on structured data.