Whether we’re working up a sweat in the gym, on the bus commuting into work or relaxing poolside on holiday, many of us rely on our earphones to bring us music to make the experience a whole lot more enjoyable.
Of course, it’s not all about music. We can plug in (or sync) our headphones to our smartphone or tablet to listen to our favourite podcasts, watch the latest binge-worthy series, or drown out the background noise in a busy cafe or office. In fact, most people will agree that they simply couldn’t live without this nifty gadget.
But, just like any gadget, earphones have a shelf life. If yours are on their way out and you’ve decided to treat yourself to a new pair, there are seemingly-endless options on the market. How do you know which ones are right for you?
To help, we’ve put together this handy guide on some of the best earphones of 2019. But before we get to that, you want to make sure the device you’re using with your earphones is protected against unforeseen events with phone insurance.
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Best earphones for your mobile phone
Sony WF-1000XM3 (Cheapest current price – £219)
Top of What Hi-Fi?’s list of best wireless earbuds for 2019 are the Sony WF-1000XM3s. Hailed ‘the best true wireless earbuds you can buy,’ they get top marks for their crisp sound, noise-cancelling capabilities, battery life and comfortable fit.
Specifically, the upgraded 2019 earbuds feature a Bluetooth chip which has resulted in sharper music synchronisation, plus a new noise-cancelling processor that claims to offer a 40% improvement on the previous model.
Some people might be put off by the lack of volume controls, and with a price tag of over £200 they certainly aren’t cheap. But if you’re after the best of the best, these earphones are a sound option.
Cambridge Audio Melomani 1 (Cheapest current price – £119.95)
If shoddy battery life is a huge bugbear of yours, you can’t do much better than the Melomani 1s from Cambridge Audio.
Battery life can reach an impressive nine hours, jumping to a whopping 45 hours with the charging case. They’re almost £100 cheaper than Sony’s earphones, so might suit you best if you’re on a bit of a budget.
The earphones boast a slick design but, depending on your ears, fitting them can prove a little tricky. Once they’re in, though, they deliver exceptionally detailed sound.
1More Triple Driver in-ear headphone (Cheapest current price – £74.99)
After using the Triple Drivers for several weeks, TechRadar reviewers claim they were ‘blown away’ by how much value the earphones offered. At £74.99, they are, indeed, an absolute steal.
TechRadar rates the top-notch sound quality of the Triple Drivers, along with their superb build and design and unmatched value.
If you want a little more luxury from your earphones, you can always upgrade to the 1MORE Quad Drivers – they’re double the price, but still great value.
The only downside is the plastic remote, which doesn’t match the quality of the slick and superb sounding earphones.
Skullcandy Smokin’ Buds 2 (Cheapest current price – £28.95)
Your search for great value earphones stops here! If you’re on a tight budget, less than £30 will get you these Skullcandy earphones.
You’re not going to get the type of sound quality offered by the higher spec alternatives, but the sound is still very good. Plus, you get around seven hours of battery on a single charge, which isn’t to be sniffed at.
Optoma NuForce BE Sport4 (Cheapest current price – £68.95)
If you’re looking for earphones to provide the soundtrack to your workouts, these are a solid choice.
Specially designed for use in the gym (or on the track), they’re great at isolating sound in noisy environments.
This also makes them great for seeking solace in noisy urban surroundings – but they’re equally as good for home listening.
These earbuds look great – made from a glossy, black metal, with splashes of lime green to add a bit of character.
They also come with different fittings, so that you can tailor the earbuds to suit your ears perfectly.
Beats X (Cheapest current price – £79.99)
The Beats X earphones deliver a level of bass some listeners will be happy with, and others will think is too much. So, if you like your music with added ‘boom,’ these might be the earphones for you!
A big plus with these earbuds is their ‘quick charge’ feature, allowing you to give them juice in just five minutes. Enough time to pack your gym bag and get your trainers on!
Quick tips for looking after your earphones
When you’ve purchased your perfect earphones, you need to take care of them just like with any other gadget. Here are some tips:
- Clean them regularly using a slightly damp cloth or towel.
- Use a toothpick to clear wax or dust from the inner earbud.
- Unplug your earphones from your smartphone after using them to save accidentally pulling the jack out and damaging the cable.
- Always store your earbuds in their protective case, rolling them up before placing them inside.
- Unplug the earphones using the plug, not by pulling the cable.
- Don’t put the volume to max – this can blow the earphones, not to mention cause damage to your ears!
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