How to Choose the Best Wireless Headphones in Nigeria
They are known as in-ear, which are embedded within the auditory pinna. Design, battery life and other details to consider before buying.
The path to fame of True Wireless Stereo (TWS) headphones is leveraged by the progressive disappearance of the jackport of mobile phones, the feeling of well-being caused by the lack of cables and the acoustic insulation of their earplugs. There are four key aspects to choosing the right in-ear model.
For those who do sports, those who prefer not to take their cell phones out of their bags or those who talk a lot on the phone and need their hands free.
Currently, more than 73% of consumers, which include Nigerians and the rest of the world prefer a wireless headset to avoid being tied to cables, according to research by processor manufacturer Qualcomm, among 5,000 participants.
Convenience adds to battery life as the second most important factor in purchasing these rechargeable devices.
As a guide, the four key aspects to not fail in the choice of TWS headphones in Nigeria are: ergonomics and design, connection and range, autonomy and noise cancellation.
The Top Four Considerations To Enable You Choose The Best Wireless Headphones In Nigeria
1. Ergonomics and design
As in-ears are embedded within the ear, it is essential that they achieve good support and that they are comfortable for both those who adopt them for indoor use and for those who go jogging.
As not all people have the same fold in the skin, these TWS have interchangeable pads with different thicknesses to guarantee support and complete insulation from the outside.
An excellent option to consider with this characteristics is the AirPods Pro.
This wireless headphone contain a chip made of silicon, called the H1 chip, located in each earbud and responsible for wireless communications, as well as the device that relays the audio. With Active Noise Cancellation. It costs $250, which is about #90,000 in Nigeria Naira.
As for the design, there are two lines. Apple’s AirPods type models, which come with a pin protruding from the earpiece. Others, like Samsung’s Galaxy Buds Live, are flush with the ear.
The recommendation is to test them before making a decision, to see which one is the best fit.
Despite being pressed under pressure, by not having a frame that contains them, until one gets used to it, it seems that they are always on the verge of falling.
Thus, some models such as the Sony WF-SP800N that come with loops that are attached to the ear.
Ideal for training, thanks to their IP55 certification, they not only resist water and sweat, but also dust and sand. They achieve 18 hours of playback: 9 in the headset and another 9 in the box. With active noise cancellation, this headphone is worth #99,000 in the Nigerian market.
For those looking for a running model, it is important that they are able to resist sweat, dust and water. In this sense, the Sony WF-SP800N also has a three-dimensional curved support to improve grip.
2. Connection and reach
In single-piece Bluetooth (BT) headsets, the signal is received through both conduits simultaneously. Whereas TWS designates one channel as the main receiver and the other becomes the adjunct.
This ingenious system often presents complications when establishing the connection between the parties. While in some models the wireless signal from the phone to the headset is almost immediate, others suffer a delay.
A good example of headphone within this category is the Galaxy Buds Live. With a 12mm speaker and a bass duct. They have three microphones – two external and one internal – and a voice capture unit, with Active Noise cancellation, costing nothing more than #59,000.
One of the common problems is incompatibility in the wireless communication protocol. In other words, the BT version of the device or the headphones is so old that it causes a delay. The minimum BT step should be 4.2, which is from 2014.
The 5.1 generation of BT, has greater range and speed, maintains low power consumption, high security with encryption and faster pairing. High-end teams will start using Bluetooth LE Audio in 2021.
BT devices, depending on their transmission power and coverage, are classified into four classes.
Thus, those of class 1, which are the most powerful, have a range of 100 meters (as long as there is no interference) and a power of 100 megawatts (MW). Those of class 2 are 20 meters, those of 3 are one meter and those of 4 half a meter.
One of the peculiarities of the TWS is that they are divided into two parts: the set of headphones and a case that serves as a charger. This magnetic opening piece, which doubles as a case, includes a USB charging port and an LED light to monitor the power level.
Being wireless, these headphones depend on the energy that the battery pumps. In this sense, the smallest will have less space to store cargo. On average, a two-hour charge would allow between 3 and 6 hours of listening, a figure that could vary depending on use and volume.
Some have a fast charge mode. To take advantage of it, the case will have to be attached only to an outlet. When you plug the headphones into the receiver, the power supply is activated and when you remove them, it automatically cuts off.
An example of an headphone that characterizes this feature is the True Wireless Stereo Earphones. This device has an autonomy of 4 hours and 12 hours in the case.
With voice control to give orders to the mobile. With IPX4 certification that prevents moisture caused by rain or sweat from interrupting the music, you’ll be surprised that such a beaut cost less than #15,000.
4. Noise Cancellation
So that outside noise from transport, the hum of the gym or the office printer does not filter through the headset, it is essential that the device has an Active Noise Canceling (ANC) system.
This technology is applied both in the headband-shaped models, the new True Wireless Stereo and also, the gaming equipment. The downside is that it almost doubles the value of the equipment.
The secret of acoustic insulation is in the capture of sound waves through one or more microphones integrated into the structure of the device. The purpose is to generate an opposite wave so that the sum of both produces a much more attenuated wave and therefore is not annoying.
This technology is based on the wave interference theory. It is the result of creating within the hearing aids a artificial and inverted sound shock that, added to the original wave (external ambient noise), results in the total or partial cancellation of the external noise wave.
Each manufacturer develops its own technologies and not all are equally effective, so it is interesting to have a reference.
To reduce costs, some manufacturers resort to the so-called passive noise cancellation, which is reduced by blocking outside sound by means of acoustic isolators.