HEADPHONES & EARBUDS BUYING GUIDE
Posted July 12, 2016

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST HEADPHONES

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With sales growing dramatically for headphones over the past few years, now is the perfect time to invest in quality custom headphones to represent your brand. People are constantly streaming music on their portable devices and headphones give them the opportunity to listen to their music anywhere at any time.

While searching for the perfect headphones to gift or represent your brand, the first question to ask is who is the primary audience? If your intention is distributing headphones at a tradeshow, promotional earbuds may be the way to go due to affordability and portability. However, if you plan on gifting these to clients or employees, you may be looking for higher quality headphones from a reputable brand. We’ve put this guide together to help you find the right type of headphone to resonate with your audience, while also listing out the top brands and additional factors you’ll need to consider before purchasing.

TYPES OF CUSTOM HEADPHONES

We carry a wide selection of headphones, including a variety of fits and special features. We break down each one to help you determine which headphone fit is the perfect match for your audience, whether it’s over-the-ear, on-ear, or earbuds. It’s also important to consider if special features such as noise cancelling and wireless Bluetooth are important aspects for your headphones.

HEADPHONE FITS

OVER-THE-EAR HEADPHONES:

Over-the-ear headphones, also known as circumaural headphones, fit completely around the ears. They isolate outside sounds and noises, and are arguably the most comfortable type of headphones since they include cushioned ear cups. However, they can make your ears feel hot and are heavier than other headphone options.

ON-EAR HEADPHONES:

On-ear headphones, also known as supra-aural headphones, gently rest on the ear and are less bulky than over-the-ear headphones. Since they don’t cup over your entire ear, they’re very light and don’t make your ears feel as hot. However, keep in mind that with on-ear headphones, outside noises can be heard easier than with over-the-ear headphones.

EARBUDS:

Everyone keeps a pair of earbuds in their purse, backpack, or gym bag, making custom earbuds a widely popular promotional giveaway and product. They’re lightweight, portable, and are available at low price points. We also carry options that clip behind the ear, which are perfect for runners and athletes.

Over-the-Ear vs. On-Ear vs. Earbuds

Over-the-Ear Headphones On-Ear Headphones Earbuds
Pros:
  • Offer best sound quality due to sound isolation
  • Long lifespan
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Long lifespan
  • Most affordable
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Great for athletes, runners, & cyclists
Cons:
  • Bulky
  • Not the best option for traveling
  • Ears can get hot
  • Don’t block surrounding noises as well
  • Can put more pressure on the ear
  • Sound quality isn’t as high as headphones
  • Can disturb others in the surrounding environment

SPECIAL FEATURES FOR HEADPHONES

BLUETOOTH WIRELESS HEADPHONES:

Our Bluetooth wireless headphones are great for outdoor use and travel, since there are no wires to worry about! However, it’s recommended to look for headphones with longer playback times, so users won’t have to be concerned about frequent charging. The sound quality usually isn’t as strong as wired headphones due to possible connection issues, however wireless headphones are a very common and popular option due to their portability.

NOISE CANCELLING HEADPHONES:

Noise cancelling headphones are preferred by many, since they block out any type of outside noises. This works by producing a signal within the headphone to counter balance any outside noises and sounds. While these are very high quality headphones, they tend to be more expensive. This type of headphone works well in environments such as offices and studios, when the audience plans on intently focusing.

BRANDS

Since headphones tend to have long lifespans, purchasing a headphone from a well-known brand provides users with high quality technology for many years. If users know their headphones are from a reputable brand, they are more likely to trust them for everyday use. With options from electronic brands like Brookstone, iFidelity, and New Balance, you’ll be sure to find the perfect ones to fit your audience’s needs.

  1. Brookstone Headphones: Brookstone is known for its assortment of trusted electronics. We carry some of their top Bluetooth headphones!
  2. iFidelity Headphones: We carry a variety of options from this classic brand, including Bluetooth earbuds, over-the-ear headphones, and more.
  3. New Balance Headphones: Our New Balance headphones and earbuds are colorful and unique, bound to grab attention from others. Our New Balance ear buds are the perfect pair for runners or athletes, since they cup behind the ear.

ADDITIONAL HEADPHONES CONSIDERATIONS

  1. Price

    We understand that you have a budget for your custom headphones, and we’re here to help you get the best deal possible. We offer a variety of price options for our headphones, making it easy to find one that fits within your budgetary constraints. If you are on a tight budget, a great option to consider is our selection of affordable earbuds

    We want to help you find the perfect headphone for the perfect price, so if you have any questions, call our team at 800-554-0127 between 9AM and 8PM ET on Monday through Friday.

  2. Unique Headphones:

    We carry a variety of unique headphones with special features to help your brand stand out among the rest!

    1. Foldable Headphoness: These headphones fold up for easy storage and portability. They’re a great option for travel and those who like to take their headphones on the go!
    2. Retractable Earbuds: Perfect for avoiding those pesky tangles and knots, giving these earbuds a longer shelf life. Their small size also allows them to fit easily in pockets and bags.
    3. Neckband: Our Bluetooth neckband features built in speakers, allowing you to listen to music or answer and make calls. This hands-free speaker comes in handy for those who travel for work or have long morning commutes.
  3. Free 24-Hour Rush:

    If you need your headphones in a hurry, we offer a variety of custom headphones with free 24-hour rush processing production Our team guarantees that your headphones will be made with care and are available right on time. If you’d like to learn more about how our 24-hour rush production works, contact our team at 800-554-0127 between 9AM and 8PM ET on Monday through Friday.

  4. Multi-Color Imprint:

    We do provide full color imprinting on a few of our headphones, and we offer free virtual proofs! If you have any questions related to our imprint options, we’re available at 800-554-0127 between 9AM and 8PM ET on Monday through Friday.

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