I’m a bit bothered, my good old headphones that I wear to work out are starting to work poorly, the quality of their sound is getting bad. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise, I’ve been using them for way over a decade. I’m now searching for a replacement for working out.
I thought I’d look at bluetooth models, it must be SO much more convenient than the ones I’m with, with their wire getting in the way… But, damn, the market is a whole horrible confusing mess.
So, I thought, why not ask on Hentairules for generic advice, it makes sense, no?
… No, okay, it doesn’t make sense, but I don’t know where else to ask anyway
The reason I’m asking is that I’m, basically, lost.
There are multiple criteria to choose among, and I don’t really get which ones matter.
To make things worse, I keep my purse’s strings tight, I am not willing to spend more than 85 $ / 80 € on something I use in a noisy environment while I don’t focus that much on the music. So, there will be compromises on quality, I know it’s unavoidable.
The 1st thing I find puzzling, you’ll find headphones with a sort of semi-rigid plastic band going behind the head, from one ear/earphone to the other. Other headphones are just separate pieces to plug into both ears and you’re done. Would one or the other kind of headphones be better for working out, I’m not doing anything so intense than my good old wire headphones ever risked to fall out, after all. Also, band behind the head or not, which of the two options pulls the price up?
There’s also the matter of the time it can play music without needing to be recharged. I’ve seen Amazon reviews of headphones giving up after 20 minutes despite promising 4 hours of battery, this is madness, right?!?
Which brings me to another generic question, are there manufacturers to trust, manufacturers to distrust?
For a 85 $ / 80 € budget target I can’t expect high fidelity with all-day battery, of course, but I would like to be able to place my trust in the product to not betray me after two years of service.
Sorry those are generic questions like that, but maybe your replies could help me (and “dude, stick with wire headphones” answers are totally OK, it’s what I will do if I am not confident enough), so thank you ^^
An update: thank you so much for all the useful information! I’ve got lots of reading to do now, which is good.
If I may add a question: for those of you who recommend a model you use, could you tell if you’re also using it for running, and, then, if there is, or isn’t, a loss of sound with the phone held on an arm bracer while you run? Context: I’ve seen quite a few online comments pointing it as a flaw in other otherwise satisfactory models…