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How to choose your earphones or headphones

Buying a pair of headphones may seem simple at first glance, but with the wide variety of products available on the market, you'll find that it can be quite confusing.

The right pair of headphones for one person won't be the same for another. Depending on your budget, how you intend to use them and your personal preferences in terms of shape and sound, certain factors will be key in making your decision. This is why we have put together a short buying guide to help you make the right choice!

Choosing your headphones: How do you plan to use them?

This is perhaps the most important question to ask when it comes to choosing headphones: do you want comfortable headphones for listening to music while sitting on the couch, or do you need headphones that can be worn while playing sports? Either way, the criteria you'll be using will be completely different.

Headphones for public transport and noisy environments

If you plan to use your headphones on public transport, go for a set of over-ear headphones equipped with active noise reduction if your budget permits. This will help you listen to your music at a reasonable volume without being disturbed by ambient noise. Bluetooth connectivity is another plus, since wired headsets restrict your movements. Our favorite in this category is the Bose QuietComfort 35 II wireless headset, which works wonders in noisy environments. The SoundSport 700 series, also produced by Bose, is also an excellent choice if you want to keep ambient noise to a minimum.

For music lovers and audiophiles, sound quality is a top priority

If you value audio quality over functionality, choose headphones with a signature sound that matches your listening habits. Again, we recommend over-ear headphones, as these types of headphones generally offer enhanced sound quality and immersion.

Your choice will also depend on your musical preferences. Hip-hop fans will want to choose headphones with good bass. But if you're more into jazz and classical music, it's the opposite: headphones with too much bass won't allow you to fully enjoy the subtleties of bright instruments such as clarinet or violin.

If you want to take your music experience to new heights, get a headphone and DAC amplifier, such as the AudioQuest DragonFly or the Chord Mojo: when paired with your headphones, it will give you absolutely outstanding sound quality.

For sports enthusiasts, headphone functionality takes precedence

If you're looking for headphones for your sports training sessions, drop the wired headphones and opt for wireless in-ear headphones, which will give you maximum freedom of movement. Some pairs are designed for sports and feature a design that keeps them securely in place despite your body's movements. For added durability, you should also make sure your new earphones are sweat resistant.

If you are unsure, ask a sales advisor at your local electronics store to help you choose headphones designed for physical activity. Otherwise, we can readily recommend Bose Soundsport, which are ideal for all athletic needs and reasonably priced.

There's no better way to choose your earphones or headphones than in-store!

At Fillion Électronique, customer service is our specialty. Our knowledge and experience in electronics means that we understand your needs like no one else: come and visit us and try it out for yourself!

Just drop by the store or contact us to make sure you choose the perfect earphones for you. Either way, we'll be happy to guide you through your purchase.

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