That’s a complicated question. It all depends on how, where and to what you’re listening. USA takes a look at the situation.
As smartphones and tablets have risen to prominence, single-purpose gadgets like point-and-shoot cameras, camcorders, GPS navigators andeven printers have all lost relevance. There’s just no need to have a half-dozen gizmos when one will do the job.
But through all this disruption, there’s one gadget that has enjoyed a steady rise in demand: headphones.
It can seem like headphone shoppers have limitless choices in audio ear wear, but it mostly boils down to one big question: Do you want in-ears, or over-ears?
In-ears are the most popular style of headphones today, a trend that can be traced back to the original, iconic white Apple earbuds that shipped with iPods and iPhones for the better part of a decade. But over-ear (or circumaural) headphones are making a well-deserved comeback, thanks in large part to fashion-first brands such as Beats by Dr. Dre.
So is there a right choice? It depends on what you’re looking for.
Me? Earbuds for jogging and exercise, in-ear ‘phones for airplanes, over-ear headphones for studio work and serious listening.