Why You Should Stick With Wired Earbuds

Why You Should Stick With Wired Earbuds

There’s no shortage of wireless headphones on the market, but are they always the smart move?

Despite the fact that certain smartphone brands seem fixated on doing away with the headphone jack, there’s still a compelling case to be made for why you should stick with wired earbuds, especially if you’re a Samsung user. The way we see it, there are four legitimate reasons why wired earbuds might be best.

No charging

Because most wired earbuds do not require a battery, there’s no charging necessary and, therefore, you’ll never run into a scenario where you need earbuds, but can’t use them because of battery issues. While this is an obvious point that’s likely attracting eye rolls by now, it’s definitely something that’s underappreciated when consumers go to purchase new earbuds.

No Bluetooth

When you need to make a call right now, wired earbuds are king. Allow me to explain. With wireless earbuds, you not only need to connect them to your phone before you can do anything, but also you need to ensure that you maintain an unimpeded Bluetooth connection, which can be more difficult than it sounds, particularly if you put your phone in your pocket. With wired earbuds, you’re dealing with a plug-and-play situation. Nothing could be simpler than that.

Why pay more?

Sure, there might be a million sub-par, extra-cheap wireless earbuds out there, but if you want to actually enjoy using them, you should expect to pay $50 USD minimum. Because wired earbuds are utilizing technologies that have been around for longer, often times you end up getting more for your money. Need I say more? Probably not, but I will.

Take the KLIM Fusion Earbuds, for example. They have an MSRP of under $20 USD and still provide high-quality audio and a supremely comfortable, secure fit. Again, if you’re looking for a wireless equivalent, you’re looking at upwards of $50 USD.

Comfort

This particular point applies only to the Fusion Earbuds, but I thought you’d find it interesting nonetheless. The vast majority of earbuds come only with silicone ear tips not only because they’re the cheap alternative, but also because they provide a decent seal to help with sound isolation.

With the Fusion Earbuds, you’re getting the next level in both comfort and sound isolation—enter memory foam ear tips. Remember back in the early 2000s when memory foam mattresses exploded onto the scene? Well, there’s a reason that people went gangbusters over the technology—it’s fantastic. So, while memory foam has largely remained an innovation reserved for your bedroom, it does indeed have other applications.

And that’s where the Fusion Earbuds come in. Each set of the Fusions comes with multiple sizes of memory foam ear tips, which truly are the pinnacle in terms of comfort and sound isolation. The memory foam tips remember—and mold perfectly to fit—the shape of your ear canal so you’re not making any sacrifices.

Better audio quality

Let’s face it, you most likely don’t own your music anymore. You use Spotify, Apple Music Pandora, Deezer, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, YouTube Music, or one of the myriad other streaming services out there. As such, if you’re using wireless earbuds, you’re making two streaming “jumps” meaning you’re first streaming music over Wi-Fi or LTE and then streaming it again via Bluetooth. The end result is an ultra-compressed file that doesn’t sound nearly as good as the original track. In fact, even if you start with a lossless file and then stream over Bluetooth, the music is being compressed.

 Think I’m making a mountain out of a molehill? The entire reason that Tidal exists is because Jay-Z and other artists wanted you to be able to listen to their music, as it was first recorded. They call this “High Fidelity Music” and it’s best listened to with wired earbuds.

 This blog post was written in partnership the folks from rizknows.com.

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