What you need to know before buying new headphones


Finding the best pair of headphones these days has become a daunting task – thanks to the huge number of new entrants in the market. Existing brands and well-known names including Audio-Technica and Sony are also regularly introducing their new models to stay relevant among the customers. The headphone market has also expanded with new form-factors and technologies. Similarly, the rapid development of smartphones – and the disappearance of the 3.5mm jack – have made truly wireless stereo (TWS) earbuds a market-leading category for a large number of youth.

To make things easier, in this week’s episode of the Orbital Gadgets 360 podcast, we talk about headphones and what best fits your particular budget and needs. Host Akhil Arora talks to Ali Pardiwala, our in-house audio expert and founder and CEO of Mumbai-based Headphone Zone Raghav Somani Which tells us about choosing the right headphones for you.

For those looking for a decent audio experience under Rs. 2,000, the market is full of TWS earbuds to go. Audio lovers, however, can also look at some wired options, including the KZ ZSN Pro X, which aims to deliver a compelling sound quality in their price segment.

Companies including Realme and Xiaomi (Redmi) as well as their Indian counterparts like Boult, Boat, and Noise also have their budget TWS earbuds starting around Rs. 2,000-2,500 which can be a choice for those who want to get a new form-factor without spending a few more thousands. Realme also has the Buds Q2 as its TWS earbuds with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC).

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However, it is important to note that most TWS earbuds do not have a battery that can last for years. In most cases, you only need to switch to a newer model a few months after using the last option.

Nevertheless, there are on-ear wireless headphones that will cost you Rs. Can be found after spending. 6,000-7,000. Brands including Jabra and JBL have their own wireless options in that segment that are worth a look if you don’t want to go with a Chinese or Indian brand.

If you don’t want to go with traditional headphones in the price segment under Rs. Companies including 10,000, JBL, Jabra and Sony have TWS earbuds for you to look at. Newcomers including Nothing are also in the market for ANC-enabled TWS earbuds to compete against established names.

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However, for those who have an iPhone or Mac, Apple has AirPods (2nd generation), AirPods (3rd generation), and AirPods Pro among its best TWS earbuds in various price segments.

Audiophile-focused brands like Audio-Technica, Beyerdynamic and AKG have some worthy options around Rs. 10,000 price segment which can be your choice. But it is worth noting here that you are unlikely to get a pleasant sound experience if you plan to use any of these options with your phone or PC. They are mostly meant to be used with sound cards, keyboards or guitar amplifiers.

Smartphone vendors including Oppo and Samsung are also selling their ANC-supported TWS earbuds for around Rs. 10,000 price bracket. These include the Oppo EncoX and Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro which you can get for your regular music listening.

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If your budget isn’t limited, there are models on the market including the Sony WH-1000XM4 and Bose 700 that are known to deliver high-quality audio experiences. Audiophiles also have options like the HiFiMan Sundara and Sennheiser HD650 full-size open-back headphones that are specifically designed to please you with their top-of-the-line audio output.

We also talk about the things you should keep in mind when looking for a new pair of headphones. Additionally, the discussion touches on the fact whether you need hi-res music to get a mesmerizing experience out of your headphones or your audio device must have a specific hardware feature to deliver a decent audio experience, Regardless of what audio file you have.

You can listen to all this and more by hitting the play button on the Spotify player embedded above.

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