• Shokz Open Fit: all-rounders with some drawbacks

    Product test

    by Siri Schubert


Headphones have become an indispensable accessory for audio enthusiasts, commuters, and fitness aficionados alike. They are designed to deliver an immersive audio experience, allowing users to enjoy music, podcasts, and calls with privacy and portability. Earphones are a category of headphones that emphasize convenient use and compactness. Customers typically use these products while on-the-go, working out, or in environments where they desire a personal sound zone without disturbing others.

Subtypes of headphones cater to various preferences and use cases. True Wireless Headphones offer a completely cable-free experience, perfect for active lifestyles and those seeking hassle-free mobility. Bone Conduction Headphones provide an open-ear listening experience allowing users to stay aware of their surroundings; a favorite among outdoor runners and cyclists. Earbuds are compact and often offer a snug fit for casual listening. On the other hand, Bluetooth headphones eliminate the need for wires, tethering to devices seamlessly. TV headphones feature connectivity tailored for pairing with home entertainment systems, ensuring no lag between audio and visual content. Over-ear headphones envelop the ears with cushioned padding, which lends to superior comfort and sound isolation, while In-Ear Headphones offer a discreet and secure fit. Lastly, On-Ear Headphones sit on the earlobes and provide a balance of comfort and portability.

When shopping for headphones, important properties to consider include signal transmission, with wireless being a typical and popular feature for those seeking mobility. Noise suppression, particularly Active Noise Cancellation (ANC), is ideal for users who need to block out environmental noise. The audio connection is also a key feature; a jack 3.5mm (1x) allows for wired connectivity to a variety of devices. Finally, durability attributes like waterproofing are essential for users active in fitness or who are prone to use their headphones outdoors.

Top brands in the headphone market offer products that stand out for their quality and innovation. Apple's AirPods Pro (2nd Gen.) MagSafe USB-C is synonymous with cutting-edge True Wireless listening and active noise cancellation. Bose's Quiet Comfort Ultra boasts industry-leading noise suppression technology for a serene listening environment. Beats' Studio Pro delivers both high-quality sound and stylish aesthetics. Sony’s WH-1000XM4 is widely celebrated for its superb sound and advanced noise-canceling features. JBL's Tune Flex offers versatility and quality in a more accessible price range. Each of these brands has mastered the art of combining style, functionality, and audio fidelity to create products that appeal to a wide range of consumers.