Headphones and headsets are popular music accessories. While a majority of individuals think the traditional wired headphone is what music lovers should go for and believe wired headphone are more capable of delivering audiophile grade audio quality, a lot many opine they are passé and that wireless headphones are more in vogue.
Agreed the non-wired ones cost more and are comparatively heavier on the pocket. To add to that, the user may experience disturbance while talking or listening to music due to the loss of signal from the source or the interference from other radio waves. But all said and done there are no two ways about the fact that a wireless headphone is more advantageous than its wired counterpart. The advantages include:
Wireless headphones are high on the convenience part especially when one is on the wheels or into something that requires the involvement of both the hands, e.g. cooking, chopping, cleaning, exercising, shopping, etc. They lend the user with the freedom of receiving calls even when he cannot take the phone/ the headset in his hands, and also do not restrict movement.
- Easy handling and safety
The absence of wires calls for easy handling and makes it a hassle free affair. No wires mean no tangles, no tripping, no coming in the way of the user. More so when the room is small or there is a pet/ child at home and you know the little bundle of mischief will not miss a chance if he gets something to chew on or accidentally strangle himself with. Wireless headsets are therefore safe and in more ways than one.
- Optimised power consumption
Contrary to what many people think, wireless headphones do not necessarily mean looking for a power supply every now and then. Not all wireless headsets suck up humungous amounts of battery or burn the battery of the mobile device that the non wired device is paired with. Many wireless headsets, like that of Sennheiser wireless headphones, are especially designed to use low power signals, minimise battery consumption and pave the way for optimised power consumption.
Wireless headphones are mainly divided into two separate categories. They are:
- Bluetooth and RF (radio frequency)
Bluetooth-enabled wireless headphones are preferred for outdoor activities as they are smaller in size and available in the form of discreet earpieces/ mini earphone devices. RF headphones on the other hand, are mostly used indoors as they have bigger capsules and come with a beefy transmitting station.
- RF headphones over Bluetooth devices
RF headphones work on a predisposed channel. They are therefore known to have less interruption and better audio quality than Bluetooth-enabled wireless headsets as the latter is often subject to interference from (Bluetooth) active devices in its vicinity.
- Multiple channelled wireless headphones
A number of RF headphones and Bluetooth headphones are equipped with more than one channel. This attribute can be used to alter the frequency of the waves that are sent as well as received. This may help bring down or totally remove a particular type of interference.