Mini-Battle Royale (with Cheese): Headphones

I fooled around and fell in love… with a lot of different headphones.

Joshua Beck


I’ve compared the AirPods and the BeatsX headphones, and I’ve compared the AirPods and the AirPods Pro. But these aren’t the only head phones I own, or use.

Over the last year, I really became hooked on bluetooth headphones. Sure, the wired EarPods that came with my iPhone are sufficient, however, they are still wired, and since they now come with a Lightning connector instead of the 3.5mm headphone jack, that means they only work with my Apple products (and, to note, not even with all Apple products).

Since I recently settled on a Surface laptop as my daily computer, I don’t get the luxury of using one pair of bluetooth buds to sync with all of my devices, either. No magic pairing of my AirPods with my computer and my phone/tablet/watch. And since I’m working from home, I end up using a variety of headphones depending on my needs throughout the day (read: how loud or quiet my household is), and a wired pair rarely- if ever- feels like the right fit.

This Battle Royale is going to play out a little differently, however. I’m not going to pick two pairs of headphones and battle them to the death. No, instead, I’m going to talk a little about each pair of headphones that I use, why I use them, what I like and don’t like, and about the headphones that I tried and took back along my journey to wireless listening bliss.

Because this won’t be a typical Battle Royale, there probably won’t be a traditional winner; in the end, I’ll simply crown the headset that I tend to gravitate towards personally.

So… I guess… fight? -ish?

**I do want to preface this article with a note: I’m no audiophile. I love music, but I’m not a perfectionist when it comes to my headphones. I’m usually more concerned with my usage needs- such as blocking out surround noise while I’m working, or needing to be able to hear my surroundings- rather than clarity. That doesn’t mean I do not appreciate headphones that make the music come alive, but that’s not going to be my major focus with this Battle. Sorry if that bums you out.

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