Hi guys, happy to find this sub it seems like the most helpful & non-judgmental for advice, thank you guys for doin this. Ok im no Reddit-Pro so please let me know if i need to edit/add anything. Im totally overwhelmed by sifting thru posts from all the headphones subs so im just gonna start fresh here using your PA template.
🎧 To sum up my needs- i wear headphones 24hrs a day, no exaggeration i need them to get thru the day & fall asleep at night. Been thru some shit this year (like everyone im sure) so i listen to podcasts, youtube etc… to quiet my mind, music too sometimes, but im just not that picky about fancy sound quality as long as i can understand what im listening too- Its more about durable reliability. Not worried about supreme noise cancellation either as i usually just have one bud in while keepin the other ear open for work.
My last few pairs were utterly destroyed from such heavy use (like, ducttape was involved lol) & batteries barely lasting 30min, so you’d think i need top-shelf $$ quality, but another effect of 24/7 use (& just me bein kinda dysfunctional) is im apt to lose them ALL the time (heck i lose at least one bud in my own bed every morning, once i lost one while taking off a sweatshirt & i never found it!) Just makes it terrifying to invest in a pricey set 😬
I currently have an Aukey true wireless pair with one half missing, & an older Anker connected pair (bluetooth but 2sides connected) thats in the ducttape stage… as i said i need headphones to survive right now so its definitely time to upgrade im just totally overwhelmed by the options so thanks for any advice.
————————————— 1 BUDGET- up to $50USD, preferably thru Amazon so i can use the Prime easy ship & returns. Ive been using $20-$30 ones (Aukey) that were fine at first but couldnt stand up to constant use. Had a $100 Bose pair that was amazing but with such constant use im VERY prone to losing one (or both) buds & its pretty depressing the more they cost. Feels like $50USD is a decent compromise, but id be willing to go up a bit (still under $100) for something perfect & just pray ill get lucky keeping em.
————————————— 2 SOURCE: USA standard outlets & normal USB chargers? got a sony pair with some kinda non-standard USB & was a real pain in the arse
————————————— 3 USE: 24/7 hard use, i squish em when sleeping & drop em when awake so ya durability is an issue- especially concerned with battery longevity & reliable connection u dont hafta constantly reset. I switch between an iphone (day) & ipad (night) so its great if doin that isnt a huge headache.
I usually use one bud at a time so i can still deal with work/life w/other ear, so must be able to function independently (easily) & preferably not have a ‘master’ or only one side mic-ed etc… as i do answer calls with them too.
Im mostly listening to youtube/podcasts so not picky about supreme sound quality/bass etc as long as the voices are clear. My cheaper pairs have been just fine for that but not calls- i can hear them fine, they cant understand me (muffled wind tunnel effect). So i guess i need to upgrade a bit to improve that, but reviews ALL claim “crystal clear calls” from $30 to $300 so its hard to know what really works ⁉️
————————————— 4 TONE: dont really care, usually only using one bud at a time anyways
————————————— 5 GENRE: mostly podcasts, audiobooks etc so im kind of in a minority of ‘audiophiles’- most reviews are exclusively about music quality.
————————————— 6 GEAR: Ive had good luck with all sorts of Anker products in the past & was leaning towards them for ‘mid-range’ reliable options, but theres SO many comparable options- both other brands like Boltune and within all the Anker options i just dont know what to do.
I guess im not worried about tonal balance etc but i really would like to be able to have better phone calls. Was lookin at the $50 Anker Soundcore Life P2 buds, says “4 mics” for excellent call quality, but they ALL claim that!
I had a $150 Bose SoundSport pair that had great call quality, connectivity, battery life etc and a ‘locator’ function we thought would solve my dumb spaciness problem (worked with my Tile app i have on all my other stuff) but if u use them all the time its most likely the battery is run down when one disappears & then the fancy tracking doesnt do squat. Id love to have location feature like airpods that worked, but im afraid it just wont help (honestly the last 2 buds were lost at home while i was using them & still lost 6mo later!) Still its certainly a “plus” if available 🤷♀️
————————————— 7 SUM UP: So… Willing to go up to $100USD for perfection, but feel like maybe id be better off getting 2 pairs in the $30-50 range to alternate thru day & night (& maybe easier to just have separate pairs for iphone & ipad?). Losing them (constantly) is a big concern in price, & i dont need fancy music sound quality for podcasts, but i really would like to have decent phone calls w/family again. Tracking feature like airpods would certainly be a plus but rarely avail. in budget options, at least as far as ive been able to find)
Most often using one bud at a time to alternate charging they must function well independently, & battery longevity is a big deal with 24/7 use- not just good at first but hopefully staying good (for at least a year, i know this kinda heavy use will wear out any electronics but hopefully not in a matter of weeks like the cheapest knockoff brands?).
Did i even mention type preference? (like buds/wired etc?) I know the bluetooth wireless but ‘wired together behind yer head’ pairs make it easier not to lose vs the individual tiny buds, but honestly just constantly irritates me since i only use one side- so one side always either tangled in my hair or slipping down shirt & pulling out the other side! argh…
————————————- Clearly my biggest issue is just bein a spacey flake about losing them, i know no amount of tech can fix that lol, just hoping for help to make the best choice/investment- even if i have to repeat it more often than more functional people 🙄 If i could find the perfect option at least itd be less stressful to keep replacing- could just have a constant ‘sale’ watch set on Amazon for any time great deals pop up on the one perfect pair?
Thank you guys for making this sub- feel like i dont fit in with all the “serious audiophiles” to ask elsewhere, but i seriously rely on headphones to stay sane & probably use them 10x as much as the average music lover, just need something i can depend on to take all that use (& afford to keep replacing when the inevitable happens) 🎧