When Is The Right Time To Upgrade Your Headphones?

You may be looking over at your pair of headphones as you read this article. Wondering to yourself…should I buy a new pair?

Whilst choosing your next pair of headphones is quite the challenge itself, determining when to get a new pair is also part of the process. Here are things you should look out for to help you decide if now is the right time to depart from your old headphones.

  • They are beginning to look old. Sure, performance is important, but for many users, old looking headphones is a big enough reason to get a new pair. You may notice the pleather/leather fading, chipped plastic components and just generally a faded color. If your headphones aren’t looking fresh anymore, and it’s bothering you, you might want to get a new pair.
  • You realise your current pair just doesn’t fit right. Sometimes you may discover that whatever headphones you have – in-ear, over-ear, earbud style or on-ear simply don’t fit properly. This is especially the case when you buy a product and it comes with headphones already (like phones for example). 

You may find your headphones are simply too tight, or too large for your ears. This can give you headaches as well as ear pain. Do your ears some justice and invest in a pair that feel comfortable. Your best bet is to go to a shop and try them on before you buy.

  • A headphone for a specific purpose. Once you start delving into the headphone world, you begin to realise there are specific headphones for specific purposes.

Studio headphones are great for professionals in the mixing and recording scene, clip on and waterproof headphones are fantastic for sportswear whilst gaming headsets are great for…well…gaming.

Decide what you want to do with your headphones (or the activity you mostly do with them) and then decide which style is most suited.

  • Sound quality. Maybe you tried a friend’s headphone or were shopping and came to the sudden realisation that some headphones just sound a whole lot better than others – including yours. With this in mind, you may decide that you want better quality sound and so a new set of cans is the way to go.

On a similar note, you may want to invest in headphones that accentuate a specific sound. For example, some headphones are neutral sounding whilst others add a lot of bass to the music.

  • Old Technology. If your current headphones are more than a couple of years old, they probably sport some older technology. Noise isolation and wireless connectivity are just some of the ever-improving technology in headphones and you may decide that now is the time to take advantage of it.

Sony’s WH-1000XM3 for example, uses active noise cancellation technology on top of their passive build to ensure all you hear is the sound coming from the headphones.

  • You just want a new pair. The truth is, sometimes you just want new headphones. Maybe you’ve had your old pair for a year or two and have got bored of them. Just like clothes, headphones can be an expression of your identity and can change when you change.

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