Headphones vs Earphones/Earbuds

Discussion in 'Video Games and Technology' started by ComicGuy89, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. ComicGuy89

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    Discuss! Which do you music aficionados prefer? What are the pros and cons of each?
     
  2. Bumblebee028

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    Pros:
    Headphones:
    -Decent Sound Quality depending on headphones
    -Less Expensive
    -Usually Comes With MP3

    Headbuds:
    -Great Sound Quality

    Cons:
    Headphones:
    -If you don't wanna hear anyone else, it's not practical

    Headbuds:
    -Lose the Buds, you're Screwed
    -Kinda Expensive for the best models (Cheapest models are 9.99)
    -Only some brands have REALLY good sound quality

    Both: Wires break after a while, leaving dead headphones (Moreso on Headbuds)

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    Earbuds:

    + Great if you don't want to deal with large headphones
    + Perfect for simple useage when listening to an MP3 while jogging or something
    - quality can be a crapshoot (A pair of Skullcandy earbuds I got for christmas broke three months later when the right earbud died. I bought a cheap pair of white sony earbuds, about a 1/3rd of the price of the Skullcandy buds, and the Sony buds have not broken yet even though they've gone through more abuse)
    -sometimes have trouble sticking in your ears (one of my main problems)

    Headphones
    + Better overall sound quality
    + Don't rely on sticking in your ears to stay on (and tend to be more comfortable, too!)
    + don't break as easily
    -bulkyness tends to get in the way if you're trying to do something active (like jogging)
    - hair can get caught in the moving headband sometimes
    - drowning out sound quality can be a little TOO good at times...
     
  4. Haloid1177

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    Headphones easily. I never go anywhere without my Bose headphones.
     
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    Buds are far worse for your ears, I only use them when I absolutely have to. As someone who already has hearing problems (long story short, nothing to do with headphones or earbuds) I don't want to make the problem worse.
     
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    Earphones. Tried buds - while the sound quality was fantastic I was worried about the long-term effects so I switched back to 'phones. Always found headphones impractical.
     
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    Headphones. For some reason I find earbuds annoying to wear.

    I don't like those big over the ear headphones either though. My favorite are the ones that go behind your head rather than on top.
     
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    Buds. Phones were always to bulky for me
     
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    Both. Seriously, If someone gave a choice between beats or buds, I'd let them pick not caring if it was buds or beats.
     
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    i go for comfort. earbuds. less cumbersome to store.
     
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    Headphones. They're comfortable and easy to wear. Plus I love the sound quality.
    I rarley listen when I'm outside the house so I really have no use for buds.
     
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    Headphones. Bought a digital headphone set from Sylvania at Big Lots for $8.00

    Gorgeous sound, terrific for gaming and music, plus has rubber coated foam pads for comfort. Damn fine set.
     
  13. ComicGuy89

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    So I just got my first pair of headphones, the over the head type. I'll see how they work when I get them, it's my first pair ever.

    Perhaps I can weigh in on this discussion after that. :)