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
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Jan 26, 2019

Airpods or you're poor

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Jan 26, 2019

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.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_r_p_72_1?fst...

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Jan 27, 2019

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

https://www.bose.com/en_us/products/wearables/bose...
I really only listen to music while I walk and these will be perfect for me.

Feb 1, 2019

what if it's not sunny....

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Feb 2, 2019

I'll look like D-bag.

Jan 27, 2019

Assuming you have an iPhone 7th gen or higher go wireless/Bluetooth. The doodad thing gets in the way and it is faulty after a little use.

Jan 27, 2019

Stick with the wireless vapes

Jan 28, 2019

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

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

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 29, 2019

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Jan 30, 2019

Calm down church boy

Jan 30, 2019

Wow a Jewish-Aetheist on Wall Street. Who would have guessed.

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Feb 5, 2019

Jabra 65t is the best!

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Jan 28, 2019

Wired cuz you don't have to charge them and they tend to sound better for the price.

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Jan 28, 2019

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

Unless you are buying incredibly fantastic sound quality (Bose had a noise cancelling wired version that were sick), then honestly I don't know why you wouldn't want the convenience of having wireless earbuds when there are a lot of options from ~$50-$200

Jan 28, 2019

When skiing wired, otherwise wireless

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Jan 28, 2019

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

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Jan 28, 2019

This. Everyone in my office has these below the Director level.

Jan 28, 2019

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-...

Jan 29, 2019

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

Same imo + Bose sound sport for the gym (i don't want to sweat in my daily headphones). They are discounted atm at PS49 currently in the UK I guess it must be the same in ths US. Really good sound quality and great fit.

Jan 28, 2019

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.

http://www.shure.com/americas/products/earphones/s...
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http://www.shure.com/americas/products/accessories...

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Jan 28, 2019

airpods for day to day use/gym, bose qc35 for travel

Jan 28, 2019

just got the Bang & Olufsen E8s, best headphones I have ever had. Look clean af too.

Jan 28, 2019

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

Airpods for gym and short conference calls (or use one ear bud at a time for longer calls)
Apple standard headphones for longer conference calls
Bose QC35 for travel.

Jan 29, 2019

You should def do wireless, I am a beats guy myself. Just be sure not to drop your phone or have a great case. My wired headphones have saved me from many broken/cracked screens.

Happy Trails and hope you find a good deal!

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Jan 29, 2019

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.

https://en-us.sennheiser.com/in-ear-headphones-ear...

Jan 29, 2019

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

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.

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Jan 29, 2019

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.

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Jan 30, 2019

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

Yeah pretty much a Bose fan. I understand the drawbacks . . pricey and apparently not the "highest quality" sound according to audiophiles. But they are the only brand I've tried that delivers legit noise cancellation. I use the QC20's (earbuds) basically all the time, and also have a pair of QC35's (the big over-the-ear ones) which I put over the QC20's when shit gets really loud like on a plane with a crying baby.

Jan 30, 2019

I always wanted the over-ear Bose but never went in. I'll try out the QC20s and maybe pick up the 35s later.

Jan 31, 2019

If you're traveling a lot, spend the extra $100 and get the 35s: more comfortable for a long flight. If you're planning to wear them primarily in the office and would prefer not to look like this guy, get the 20s

Jan 29, 2019

Airpods are some of the cheapest wireless buds you can buy. IDK why this whole "rich people wear airpods" thing came about, probably Apple trying their hand at guerrilla marketing.

Jan 30, 2019

Ironically all the people I know with airpods are primarily people who have no business spending anywhere near that much on headphones. Pretty typical consumer pattern I suppose.

Jan 29, 2019

Is this a serious concern? People frowning on wired vs wireless o.O?

Jan 30, 2019

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):

https://www.plantronics.com/us/en/product/voyager-...
And this for music (gym + subway). Sound and fit are great, but mic is bad for calls:

https://www.jabra.com/sports-headphones/jabra-spor...

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