Marco did his headphone
review earlier this
year. This post is about headphones, but it isn’t a review. It’s just a
post about what I look for in the different kinds of headphones I own.
I have owned so many headphones, of different brands, types and shapes
over the years that I don’t have any idea about how many. But I did end
up with a system about six years ago, that have worked very well.
My current system consists of two different headphones; one expensive
pair, and one “disposable” pair. The thing I mean by disposable is that
it is a pair of headphones that I use every day, and just buy something
new when they break. While the nice pair have always been something
where I would repair them, if they break.
The two headphones have two different purposes as well. The nice one is
what I use while flying, taking the bus, working at home or the office;
in other words, they are something I use for longer periods. While the
disposable is the thing I walk around with outside.
I almost forgot. The reason I decided to have two pairs is related to
two different reason. The first is that I have never found any pair of
headphones that can take the combination of being used every day for
many hours, and all the rain where I live.
I wanted something good enough to use for when I was walking outside,
but I also wanted something more comfortable to use at home, inside and
My current go to disposable option is the
EarPods. They are good enough; comfortable, lasts for a reasonable
amount of time; and have a handy remote and microphone. They aren’t the
cheapest. But you get a lot of value for $29.
I have used my current nice pair of headphones for a very long time. I
think I bought them in June 2011. It is the Bose QuietComfort 15. They
were expensive. The current price on Amazon in $299. Bose headphones
aren’t the best, if you just look at the sound quality. These are the
reasons I went for them in 2011
Excellent active noise reduction. Very useful in offices and while
You can replace the cushions or the cable yourself, without any
I think they are very comfortable.
First of all, buy the QC25, if you are going to buy them today. It’s the
Secondly. The second point in my list is very important to me. I’m not
going to buy any expensive set of headphones where I can’t do simple
things like replacing cushions or cables without a service manual. I
have done both, once, and it took less than a minute to replace each.
And they are the two things that often break.
If you are like me, a person that listen to music, audio books or
podcasts all the time, consider to have two different pairs of
headphones. Especially if you have some of my problems. I guess I could
have used the Bose set all the time, without it breaking. But I think
it’s cheaper to buy a couple of EarPods per year, than to replace
cushions and cables a lot on my QC15.
Some people are always looking for the one perfect thing. I always start
to see if one thing is the correct, when I have problems finding that
magical one thing. This is how I ended up with two headphones, instead
of just one. There was a time when I had three.