Much like trying to pick a car, a phone, or even your breakfast, it can be challenging to pick anything given all the choices you have available to you. The same can be said when it comes to picking headphones and earbuds. There are just so many in the market to choose from, and with so many coming in different shapes, sizes, features, and pricing, it can be challenging to identify the perfect headset that meets all your needs. 

That said, to help you choose the right headphone or earbuds for your needs, we want to talk about as many types of them available today and give you a rough idea of what they have to offer:

  1. Closed-Back Headphones

If you are looking for headphones with some of the best sound isolations out there, closed-back headphones are what you are looking for. These headphones offer a complete seal around your ear and have a casing on the back of the earpiece to block out the environment and prevent sound leaks. In addition, thanks to this design, the bass frequencies on closed-backs are much more apparent, perfect for bass heads.

  1. Semi Open-Back Headphones 

As the name implies, these headphones are semi-open, meaning that they're only partially closed. There is some sound leakage to be had here, but thanks to the more open design, it offers a realistic sound stage while still offering that bassy thump.

  1. Open-Back Headphones 

Open-backs are the best headphones when it comes to enjoying a sound stage that's as good as the real deal. Because sound can naturally escape the sides of the headset, it can be used to enjoy sounds from different directions. Unfortunately, the biggest downside to this type of headset is that sound inside can leak out, and sound outside can leak in. The bass on these headsets is also sometimes not as heavy as its closed counterparts, although it is fair to say that the bass is still quite present. 

  1. Earbuds 

If you are looking for the best solution for ultra-portable earpieces, earbuds are the way to go. They are generally designed to fit any ear, and many earbuds are designed for specific environments. For example, some can be used in the offices and offer noise-cancelling capabilities, while others are built to be rugged for gym use.

  1. Noise-Cancelling Earbuds and Headphones 

Speaking of noise-cancelling, many headphones and earbuds today come with noise-cancelling features. As the name implies, the technology helps to cancel out any noise from the outside. This helps to create an almost perfectly quiet environment where you hear nothing but the music you're listening to. 


There are plenty of other headphones out there, such as wireless headphones and earbuds, studio headphones, and more. Regardless, they're all built for different needs, and your job is to identify what exactly your needs are. Align these needs with what the headphone has to offer, along with what your budget allows, and you'll quickly end up with a headphone that delivers! That being said, if at all possible, we highly recommend that you give the headphones that interest you a try before buying them. Simply reading specs is one thing, but getting to wear them and hear them is another. This is much like test-driving a car, but instead of driving a vehicle, you're noting the experience of wearing the headphone to make that final purchase decision! 

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