Shopping for Wireless Headphones

Types of Wireless Headphones

With so many varieties of headphone designs, you're sure to find the ideal option for your needs. Over-ear headphones, sometimes called around-ear or full-size, feature cushioned earcups that enclose the ears. Considered by many people to offer the best sound quality, most over-ear headphones feature passive noise reduction, which isolates the user from outside sound. On-ear headphones are similar in design to over-ear, though the cushions sit on the outer ear. On-ear headphones usually deliver good sound quality, but with less bass response than over-ear headphones.

In-ear headphones fit snugly inside each ear canal and most fitness headphones are designed with an in-ear fit. For a secure fit, most in-ear headphones come with foam or rubber tips in several sizes. Earbuds feature small drivers that rest on the ridge of your outer ear. This affordable option usually delivers lesser fidelity and isolation than other types of headphones. Best Buy also offers a variety of Bluetooth headsets so you can easily talk on the phone while you're on the go.

Why Choose Bluetooth Headphones

Wireless headphones offer freedom of movement that is ideal for sports and any time you're moving around a lot. Instead of a wire connecting to your device, wireless technology connects the headphones to your music player, giving you freer movement and fewer tangles. Most wireless earphones use Bluetooth technology to digitally encode audio and wirelessly transmit sound over short distances. Most new iPod and MP3 players have built-in Bluetooth functionality. It's also easy to synch your device to a Bluetooth headphone, so you can relax and watch shows on your iPod, tablet or Kindle Fire without adjusting your posture to a wire that's connecting your device and BT headphones. For even greater freedom of movement, true wireless headphones come in pairs of separate wireless units — one for each ear — which means no tangles whatsoever. Apple offers a true wireless option called AirPods™ that work with many iPhone® models, including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which don't include 3.5mm headphone ports.

Get the Most from Your Wireless Headphones

Best Buy offers a variety of headphone cases to protect your headphones when you aren't wearing them. You'll also find options that charge your headphones while in the case. If you're considering gifting wireless headphones to people, add iTunes gift cards so they can start listening to their favorite music and programs right away.