Headphones Shopping Guide

HeadphonesRoad has headphones for your every need! Whether you're in need of motivating music while working out, noise canceling headphones while you're studying, immersing yourself in your gaming, or safe headphones for your kids, we have them all. With so many options to choose from, you may need multiple ones for different activities. We have headphones for each of your activities with a variety of features including Bluetooth technology, noise canceling, wired, wireless, professional audio and much more. Learn about the different types of headphones below. 


Headphone Types

Over-ear

Over-ear headphones are what most people think of when it comes to traditional full size headphones. These headphones rest around the ear. Sometimes you'll see over-ear headphones called circumaural, meaning "around- ear". Circumaural headphones have ear cups that encircle the ear and ear pads running on the edge of the ears. Since these headphones surround the space around the whole ear, they are ideal for people looking to reduce noise and improve sound quality. 

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Earbud

Earbuds are the headphones that we are used to getting with our smartphones and audio devices. While sound quality is not as good as some other headphone options, earbuds tend to be inexpensive and convenient due to their small size and lightweight. Earbuds are do not filter out external noise and are consider more "noise isolating" devices compared to "noise canceling" headphones. 

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Behind-the-neck

Behind-the-neck headphones put the wires of the headphones into a band behind-the-neck. Doing away with the twisted cords is a large benefit to these types of headphones. Having a neckband allows you keep your hair style undisturbed and also gives the option to wear a hat or helmet. Many people find these headphones appealing for working out or walking. 

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Over-the-head

Over-the-head headphones are appropriately named. These headphones rest on your head. The advantage to these headphones is that they tend to stay in place easier. Most people that dislike in-ear headphones because of comfort prefer the over-the-head option. The downside to these headphones is that since these do rest over-the-head, those with sensitivity on their top of the head should look into other options. 

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Under-the-chin

Under-the-chin headphones are popular for transcriptionists. They offer the ease of earbuds with the security of headphones. The under-the-chin band applies consistent inward pressure, keeping the earbuds firmly in place without the worrying of loosening or falling out over time. 

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Wireless vs. Wired

Wireless headphones

The obvious advantage to wireless headphones is the lack of cables getting tangled and the freedom to move easily without wires. Wireless headphones are ideal for sports and other outdoor activities because you have your music playing without wired attachment. Many wireless headphones use Bluetooth technology to transmit the sound wirelessly. You'll see most people use Bluetooth technology to sync their headphones easily with their audio or mobile devices.  

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Wired headphones

For prolonged use like gaming or office work, its recommended to use a wired headphone. Having a wired headphone allows uninterrupted use because there's no need to charge a battery. It also has the advantage of better sound quality. 

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Headphones for your Lifestyle

For Sports and Fitness

Headphones for sports and fitness activities have some clear must haves: comfort and control. There are many different options including in-ear and on-ear headphones that will allow the headphones to stay in place while you're moving. There's a wide range of fits and styles that you can choose from including ones that are strictly in-ear and others that encircle the ear. Depending on your needs there's sports and fitness headphones that are water resistant and others that can monitor heart rate. 

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For Kids 

Headphones designed specifically for kids are a must for long car rides and road trips. These types of headphones are designed for smaller head sizes and include must needed features like extra durability and volume control for safety. Kids headphones also come in a variety of colors and character options from Hello Kitty to Spiderman. 

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For Professional 

Professional headphones sometimes called "DJ headphones" provide a more luxurious approach for those that are using headphones constantly throughout a day. These headphones include better sound quality and also comfort features like extra padded ear cushions, noise canceling and ultra durability. 

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For Audiophiles

For those that are enthusiastic about high resolution sound quality there's a specific line of headphones just for you. These audiophile headphones are designed to deliver high-end comfort and luxury with an intense sound experience. These headphones deliver stereo speaker quality sound without disturbing your neighbors. 

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For Travel

Space is limited when you're traveling so you're probably looking for headphones that are portable and lightweight. Also, a good idea when traveling by plane, train or bus are noise canceling headphones, allowing you to stay focused on what you're listening to without all of the background noise. Some people even prefer wireless and Bluetooth headphones while traveling to keep themselves free of cables and wires. 

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For Work

Drowning out the workplace distractions can be difficult. Headphones wilth key features like noise cancellation help keep you focused, while blocking out the external noise and also keeping your music from being heard by your peers. 

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For Gaming

For gamers, there's a few essential features to take into consideration: a microphone, sound and comfort. For comfort and sound, most gaming headsets include over-ear headphones with a noise isolation feature. Something unique to gaming headsets are microphones, mic quality can make or break a great gaming experience. 

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Headphone Features to Note

Noise Canceling 

Noise canceling headphones are specially designed to keep external noise from entering your ears. The way it works is through tiny microphones that remove the external disturbances before you hear them. So instead of cranking up the volume and ruining your hearing, you can listen to your music or audio book at a normal level and still ignore outside sounds. 

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Bluetooth

For ultimate mobility, Bluetooth headphones are the way to go. Free of cords and wires you're able to move freely. As an added benefit, you're able to have your hands free from holding your device of choice. 

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