March 18, 2021

TECH RECS: Headphone Recommendations

Great headphones are more affordable than ever; a wonderful boon in a household with two or more “zoomers” at once. We’ve narrowed the field for you to two questions: 1) in-ear or over-ear, and 2) wired or wireless.

  1. In-Ear Wired: This type is easiest to travel with: they fold up small and there’s nothing to charge. They’re also the least expensive of our categories. Go with the Sony XB50AP (~$30). They come in red, blue, and black. Color seems frivolous, but also makes it easy to tell which ones are yours.
  2. In-Ear Wireless: Go with the Jabra Elite Active 75t ($150). These Bluetooth earbuds offer noise cancellation, 24-hour battery life, and are waterproof and sweatproof in case you lose an earbud in your coffee cup.
  3. Over-Ear Wired: Get something in Poly’s Blackwire 3300 Series (starting $50). They are durable and easy to use. The only major choice is deciding whether to get the USB-A or USB-C model. Newer computers are likely to have USB-C and, if you’re a Mac user, you only have USB-C on new machines.
  4. Over-Ear Wireless: There are lots of great choices here. They sky and your budget are the only limits. Bose makes great noise-cancelling models that get top marks from Consumer Reports. The QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones II ($300) and Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 ($330) tied for the top score in Consumer Reports.
  5. Bonus for Apple People: If you’re all-in on Apple, including Macs for work, then getting something in Apple’s AirPods line might make sense. Pairing with your Apple products is easier than Bluetooth and that pairing syncs across your iCloud account. Pair AirPods with your iPhone and they’re automatically available on your iPad and Mac. Wireless in-ear versions ($160 to $250) and over-ear versions ($550) are available.


Tech Recs

With the sheer number of products available, it can be time-consuming to choose technology products for your home or office.

As a feature of the CBA's Practice Management Center, we'll be providing monthly "Tech Recs," or technology recommendations, straight from the experts at Affinity Consulting. This month we're reviewing headphones.