Earphones - Wireless vs. wired?

For context, I am starting a new job in REPE in Midtown, but have been working for a smaller shop for the last few years where fashion was not as important. I am in the process of buying a new pair of earphones. Do you think it is a fashion faux pas to wear wired headphones in this day and age?

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Jan 26, 2019 - 12:32pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have AirPods (ya I'm rich), but frankly it does feel a bit douchey to wear them since they're basically a meme right now. The sound quality is good, but not as good given its price. I definitely enjoy being wireless and can't see myself going back to wired, so I'd just look through these reviews if I were you.


Jan 27, 2019 - 4:32am
NB574, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I am thinking about picking up a pair of these bad boys.


I really only listen to music while I walk and these will be perfect for me.

Jan 28, 2019 - 12:17am
2and20, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I have PowerBeats 3 mostly for working out, but yeah man if you have an iPhone 7 or up go for wireless. At least the way you can charge your phone + listen to music at the same time. AirPods are cool, I've had them two years or so, basically since they came out, but I use PB3 way more.

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Jan 29, 2019 - 12:42am
DBisntaBB, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I will second that PowerBeats are king. 1) they are wireless to avoid cords. 2) Cheaper than Airpods. 3) Better for active utility as they don't fall out (working out, skiing, basketball, running, etc.) 4) better quality than Airpods IMO. 5) Harder to lose as you can leave them around your neck with the connecting cord. 6) Durable - had mine for ~3 years so far, no issue with battery or sound quality yet.

Jan 28, 2019 - 6:37am
CATBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Once you go wireless, you don't go back. Allows you to jack one off without having to deal with wires getting in the way.

I'd recommend the Jabra elite 65t. Great sound, no connection issues, decent battery and they don't stick out too much so you can avoid looking like a complete tool (to some extent).

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Jan 30, 2019 - 7:54am
CATBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Calm down church boy

"A guy gets on the MTA here in L.A. and dies. Think anybody'll notice?" - Vincent
Jan 28, 2019 - 6:05pm
davidgreams, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Well sturdy in a different sense. They are physically well built (I haven't owned DT770, but I have 990), but the cables would break the same. The longest lasting headphones I've owned are Audio-Technica ATH-T500, they have a similar cable to 990s, and are very well built.

Wireless headphones can of course snap or you can damage them by dropping them etc, but that's not my concern. It's the cable itself.

I could have headphones made out of diamond but they could still break in the cable.

Jan 28, 2019 - 7:38pm
FitnessandFinance, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When skiing wired, otherwise wireless

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Jan 28, 2019 - 8:16pm
hedgehog9, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Wireless Bose Quiet Comfort II is amazing, especially for quietly grinding out work and jamming out with no distractions. Be warned though, people will sneak up on you pretty easily

Jan 28, 2019 - 10:28pm
WardrobeEssentialist, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've been using Bose QuietComfort models for years, and they offer the best combination of comfort and noise cancellation. If you're looking for something you can use while working out, consider Bose QuietControl wireless earbuds. Not quite as comfortable as QuietComfort, but noise cancellations is excellent and they can handle sweat. https://www.amazon.com/Bose-Quietcontrol-Wireless-Headphones-Cancelling/dp/B01HETFQA8/

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Jan 29, 2019 - 2:38am
Ruhm, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Most people in my office have these (QC 35, owning a pair myself) and they are really good. The leather is not as durable as it could be but assuming you aren't going mountain biking with them they should hold decently.

Feb 1, 2019 - 6:08pm
Pan European Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Same imo + Bose sound sport for the gym (i don't want to sweat in my daily headphones). They are discounted atm at £49 currently in the UK I guess it must be the same in ths US. Really good sound quality and great fit.

Jan 28, 2019 - 9:49pm
LeveragedTiger, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Shure SE215.

Unbeatable sound quality for the price. You can also swap between wired and wireless by unplugging the drivers and connecting them to a wired/wireless input cord (IE, buy wired version, have to buy the wireless cord as an adapter). This comes in handy when you're traveling and you need a headphone jack to watch TV on a plane, or they tell you no Bluetooth on a flight.




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Jan 28, 2019 - 11:23pm
Dr. Rahma Dikhinmahas, what's your opinion? Comment below:

i use bose qc20 for everything. one pair at my desk, another in my bag. the noise cancelling is better than anything else and I'll put up with a wire for that.

Jan 29, 2019 - 9:51am
SundanceKid77, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Airpods, Beats, Bose, pretty much all good daily earbuds, I've had them all. BUT, some dude in my office let me try his Sennheiser IE800s earbuds......nothing nothing nothing touches these. I couldn't believe the sound coming out of these tiny little things (wired) but then he told me the price haha ($999). At first I wasn't sure why someone would buy these but if you listen to music or earbuds all day and want the best, these will do it.


Jan 29, 2019 - 10:58am
LeveredOnTheWeekend, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Go wireless and have a pair of average (apple) wired earbuds around for when the other ones need a charge.

Not too high, not too low

Jan 29, 2019 - 11:04am
Strats, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I like my airpods because the wired iPhone headphones got me through college so I'm really used to that quality/feel in my ear. Wireless is king, exactly what everyone else has said.

Does anyone else hate those fucking wireless headphones with that stupid little wrap around neck thing where the earpiece runs from? So many people have these and they just remind me of the kids I hated in college.

Jan 29, 2019 - 2:03pm
Dr. Rahma Dikhinmahas, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Are you talking about just the cord that goes behind the head (like in the Bose Soundsport wireless) or the big collar thing that is part of the Bose QC 30? If the latter . . yeah I don't get why anyone would want that. Seems to defeat the purpose of wireless, replacing a little wire with a bulky peice of plastic that doesn't even fit in your pocket.

Jan 30, 2019 - 10:04am
Strats, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yes - the plastic collar thing irks me like nothing else. So many people had them back in college and I can't believe I still see them relatively often in the workplace.

Are you a Bose fan?

Jan 30, 2019 - 5:20pm
Edifice, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Not a faux pas to wear wired. That said, I agree with many here that wireless will improve your quality of life.

I have this for all phone calls (noise cancelling and microphone are exceptional):


And this for music (gym + subway). Sound and fit are great, but mic is bad for calls:


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Feb 1, 2019 - 3:39pm
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