If you walk into a modern electronics store looking for earbuds, you will quickly discover that there is a huge range of price, quality and style. Some are $9.99, some are $30, and some are $100. Some have fabric that goes over the bud and easily tears. Some have the rubber plug that some people find uncomfortable. Some brag about noise reduction. Some sound tinny. Some come with a microphone attached.
Decisions, decisions. People have multiple devices and purposes in listening to audio. They can listen to music, audio or video stream of a sporting event, an audio version of a book, newspaper, magazine on an mp3 player, their smart phone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. In the classroom, earbuds are a necessity for online learning and standardized testing. People are jogging or working out while listening to music. Clarity has become a priority with the proliferation of voice activation features.
All of these potential listening activities are driving the need for good quality earbuds. A global industry analysis for the earphone/headphone market for 2014-20 was undertaken by Future Market Insights. It notes, “The technological advances in headphones have led to the minimization of the weight of the headphone. Additionally, sophisticated noise cancellation features in earphones and headphones have been aiding in the rising popularity of these devices. Major technological developments in wireless such as Wi-Fi, Infrared (IR), SKAA and Bluetooth are expected to continue driving the growth of earphone and headphones market.”
In addition, the study classified the headphone and earphone market as wireless speakers, wireless headphones, and microphones. The headphones can be further categorized into in-ear buds, gaming headphones, over-ear headphones, wireless headphones, and clip-on headphones.
So, with all of the choices available, do you really need the most expensive earbuds/headphones to get quality sound? In an opinion piece on ndtv.com, Ali Pardiwala takes issue with “snob audiophiles” who believe they can detect the slightest sound and the more expensive the product, the better. “What I find most annoying about these militant audiophiles is their choice of music. They seek out new music based on the quality of the recording – as opposed to how good the song is… I’ve had emotional reactions and fallen in love with tracks using budget headphones that aren’t quite as accomplished or capable as big name brands, but still had the right tuning to achieve something that I could enjoy… There are plenty of audio products out there that have varying sonic signatures, and you’re sure to find one that suits you and your listening preferences. But the important thing is to learn to enjoy your music, without worrying about whether you can hear individual (and pointless) details.”
The choice ultimately comes down to taste, preferences and requirements. The answer may be disposable earbuds – TT-1SP. Suppose, you’re going on a trip and don’t want to drag heavy headphones with you. It’s a short airplane flight. You can use inexpensive disposable, but high quality earbuds. If you like them, you can keep them. If you break them or lose them, you haven’t spent a lot of money.
Encore Data Products has a great selection of disposable earbuds including those where the earpieces rest on the outer ear or inserted into the ear canal, and with or without ear pads. They are ideal for Common Core school standardized testing, learning labs, libraries, hotels, spas, gyms, schools, airlines, touring companies and more. The popular disposable earbuds, TT-1SP, has stereo sound and a slim straight plug that fits most iPad, laptop and phone cases. You can use the foam ear pads or not. The small 1/8” 3.5 mm adapter works with tablets, computers, iPods and other media players. The retail price is $4.99, but the Encore price is $1.49. This ear bud has great bulk pricing, with an order of 50-99 costing only $1.19 each. That could outfit a few classrooms. Other disposable earbuds are also on sale for as low as $1.49. They are cheaper in bulk with a 7-piece variety pack on sale for $12.99. Contact us for more information.