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Our readers told us whether they prefer headphones or earbuds, wired or wireless

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What you need to know

  • More of our readers prefer wireless headphones.
  • Wireless earbuds came in second place with 30% of votes.
  • Wired earbuds were a distant fourth, behind wired headphones.

Over the weekend, we asked if our readers preferred headphones or earbuds and whether they go wired or wireless. The question was sparked by an article from The Wall Street Journal about how all the "cool kids" have been spotted rocking wired earbuds. The report highlighted potential reasons for this during a time when wireless is all the rage, from pricing, to warding off unwanted conversations, to the "I'm too cool to keep up with tech" attitude.

Interestingly, our poll shows that our readers are much less interested in wired earbuds, with less than 10% of the votes. Wireless reigned supreme with more than half of the votes between headphones and earbuds, leaning largely towards the former.

Headphones Or Earbuds Poll Response

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For many of the comments, readers seem to switch between different types depending on what they're doing, with headphones like the Sony WH-1000XM4 or Bose QC35 II as a popular option when indoors and earbuds more popular when outdoors:

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Of course, not everyone prefers wireless due to audio quality, but for others, it's all about the convenience of carrying them around, especially with the best wireless earbuds. Plus, you have the added benefit of not having to mess around with tangled wires and shorts.

If you're in the market for excellent wireless headphones, you can score $100 off with Sony WH-1000XM4 Black Friday deals , which are among some of the best Black Friday headphone deals you'll find right now.

Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

1 Comment
  • Missed the poll, but it's wired for me. There's a FEW situation where I will use wireless, but it's wired the rest of the time. That might change when I finally change phones, as Samsungs are too weak to drive my favorite openbacks. The Wall Street and other articles are correct about wired being trendy, which I'm sure is problematic for companies pushing more expensive wireless versions.