There’s no shortage of wireless headphones on the market, but are they always the smart move?
Why pay more?
Better audio quality
Let’s face it, you most likely don’t own your music anymore. You use Spotify, Apple Music Pandora, Deezer, Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Google Play Music, YouTube Music, or one of the myriad other streaming services out there. As such, if you’re using wireless earbuds, you’re making two streaming “jumps” meaning you’re first streaming music over Wi-Fi or LTE and then streaming it again via Bluetooth. The end result is an ultra-compressed file that doesn’t sound nearly as good as the original track. In fact, even if you start with a lossless file and then stream over Bluetooth, the music is being compressed.
Think I’m making a mountain out of a molehill? The entire reason that Tidal exists is because Jay-Z and other artists wanted you to be able to listen to their music, as it was first recorded. They call this “High Fidelity Music” and it’s best listened to with wired earbuds.
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