For many people, quality headphones (while often quite expensive) are an absolute necessity. Whether commuting through the city, getting some work done at a coffee shop, or trying not to bother those you live with, having a good pair of headphones not only helps with productivity – it helps you keep your sanity.
Sure, you could just find some well-reviewed headphones with an affordable price tag and call it a day. But the funny thing about headphones is you don’t know what you’re missing until you’ve experienced a great pair.
In this guide we’ll go over how to tell if a pair of headphones provides great value for the money, how to save up some extra cash to spend on them and also how to make sure you’re not paying too much.
You really can’t shop for value until you understand what you’re trying to value. The best pair of headphones will fit your exact use case, be extremely comfortable, and will have excellent sound quality.
Your Use Case
You can’t choose a pair of headphones without first understanding what you’ll be using them for. If you’ll be using them for sports and outdoor activities, true-wireless earbuds are most likely the way to go. If you’re planning to use them on the go and would appreciate some better sound quality, bluetooth over ear headphones are a great option. If you’ll be mostly using them at your desk or while sitting down and working, you’re going to get the best sound quality and comfort from a pair of wired over ear headphones.
The exact features that make headphones comfortable will depend on the kind of headphones you’re settled on. The comfort level of earbuds really varies from person to person. One way to make earbuds comfortable is to get some aftermarket memory foam tips to replace the silicon ones that come with almost all earbuds. For many people this takes them from uncomfortable to incredibly comfortable.
On-ear headphones are generally to be avoided from a comfort point of view.
Most bluetooth over-ear headphones will be fairly comfortable but for longer listening sessions they can often get fairly hot, especially if the ear pads are made of leather (or plastic leather).
The most comfortable listening experience will generally be wired over-ear headphones (generally because these are designed for audiophiles and audio professionals who will be using them all day).
Finding headphones with great sound quality is generally a give and take with other features. Sound quality will generally be the worst for earbuds, will get better with bluetooth over-ear headphones, and will be best with wired over-ear headphones. Of course, there are pairs of bluetooth headphones with better sound quality than wired headphones (but they’ll generally cost you a pretty penny).
How To Pick?
Most people who care greatly about sound quality and want a pair of headphones that are fantastic for at-home use as well as when they’re working on the go will tend towards a pair of closed-back headphones (wireless if they’re for mostly on the go, wired if they’re for being mostly stationary).
Let’s get back to basics – here at MoneyMagpie, saving & earning extra cash is our bread and butter.
Now that you have a good idea of what makes headphones great we’ll explore different ways you can save up (or earn some extra cash) to put towards your headphones.
Sell Some Of Your Stuff
Everyone has extra stuff lying around. Sell some of your extra stuff to reduce clutter around your home and earn some extra money. You can sell your books, some extra tech devices you have lying around, and really anything else (you can sell basically anything on eBay).
Earn Some Extra Cash Online
We have some fantastic resources on how to earn some extra money sitting in front of your computer in your pyjamas. Our guide on how to make money online outlines all of the details but some of the different options include watching videos, reviewing things companies send you, doing freelance writing and more.
Taking Online Surveys
In addition to these other options, taking surveys is one of the best ways to make some quick pocket change – companies want your opinion and there are plenty of survey apps that pay to know what you think.
While you can’t make enough to live on from these survey apps, you’ll find that the amount of effort required to earn some extra money every week is well worth the benefit.
There are a few different techniques you can use to get great value for your headphone purchase.
Headphones are a somewhat personal product – they go on your head and even go in your ears (if you’re going with earbuds). This option might not be for everyone – personally I’d be perfectly fine getting used over-ear headphones but would likely shy away from getting used earbuds (gross!).
Ebay’s a great option for buying used headphones and, if you want to save even more money, you can check your local Craigstlist or Facebook Marketplace.
Renewed is a great way to save some money on your headphones. Renewed products (which can be searched for on sites like Amazon) are products that have been returned, fixed (if necessary), inspected manually and are now for resale.
These companies aren’t allowed to sell products that were defective as if they were new. Generally these renewed products will even come with an extra warranty to make you feel even more secure in your buying decision.
Buy The Right Headphones
Simply knowing which headphones are overpriced and which are great value (even if paying full price) is a huge win.
Many products by certain brands are greatly overpriced for their quality. Brands that generally punch above their weight class, so to speak, include Sennheiser, Sony and Beyer Dynamics.
There you have it – hope you’ve benefited from our guidance detailing how to pick good headphones, how to save up some extra money to spend on those headphones and where to look when buying headphones to get some extra value.
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