I remember walking from my old office at Good Housekeeping magazine in January a few years ago, it was snowing slightly, but I had my head down, listening to an audio book, when bam…
I thought I’d been hit in the head with a snowball.
I hadn’t, it turned out I’d had a minor electric shock from my headphones.
But is it worth spending more money on a set of headphones, or just replace them every time they start shocking you?
I’ve tried a lot of headphones over the years, mostly because I break them or lose them and for that reason, I’ve mostly bought the cheapest pair available. However, there is nothing more annoying than heading out for a run and realising a mile in that one of the ears doesn’t work, or it starts raining and I start getting electric shocks.
- Sound quality
When listening to your marathon playlist, an audiobook or podcast, you want the sound to be crisp and clear, not fluctuating between tracks.
I think I must have strange shaped ears, earphones always fall out. Luckily the Avanca headphones almost mould to your ear once their in, and don’t fall out even in heavy rain or during very sweaty workouts.
- Life span
How long does your average pair of headphones last? If you’re spending £30+ on them, then you want them to last you a good long time. However, just how many pairs of £10 I’ve broken or lost, I do not know. They tend to only last me a few months each. I’m definitely taking more care of the more expensive, techy pairs.
We’re also talking battery life here, when you’re out running for 3+ hours or longer, the last thing you want to happen is for your headphones to cut out. The Avanca headphones last 6+ hours after charging, meaning that as long as you turn them off between uses they’ll last you at least 3ish runs!
- Ease of use
Not all fancy headphones are very easy to use – a few have literally baffled me to the point where I can’t even get any music to play out of them and have had to give them to someone more technologically advanced than me. I want something that can be pulled out of your handbag or gym bag, connected somehow to your phone/mp3 and it works.
I have multiple pairs of cheap headphones that I will continue to use for my commutes etc, they never run out of battery but the wires do get tangled (luckily my new 75+ minute commute gives a lot of time for detangling). For my long runs when I don’t want to have to get tangled in a cord, and want music/sound that will take my mind away from the pain of tempo or long runs, I’m using the Avanca Pink S1 headphones. Charging them like I charge my watch and phone before I head out, it’s just another thing to add to the to do list. However, I did have to get Tom to show me how to use the bluetooth action.
Using the code TRBLOVE1 will get you a 20% discount on a pair of Avanca headphones from Amazon until 30th Sept.
Do you buy lots of cheap headphones or look after one pair of expensive ones?