Did you know that on average we each listen to more than 4.5 hours of music a day? Chances are that right now you’re listening to music too. But what’s the best way to maximise your listening experience – and what’s the cost? This month, Ashley from Hughes Electrical gave us the highs and lows on all the options available so you can get back to tapping your feet or singing along without worrying about a gaping hole in your pocket.
One of the most popular ways to listen to music is through a pair of headphones. Whether it’s a fancy new wireless pair or the freebies you got with your phone, there’s no doubting that the convenience of earphones, combined with their good sound quality, makes them a great choice for everyday life. On-ear headphones typically provide a better sound whereas in-ear earbuds are a bit less bulky and similarly, wired headphones have a higher sound quality but lose some of the convenience that comes from being wireless.
Bluetooth speakers are another great way to easily listen to music. Starting around £20, they provide a great option for playing music out and about when you’re in a group and usually last around 6hrs when charged. As is to be expected, as the price increases so does the sound and build quality with a top-of-the-range speaker from Bose costing around £100.
Hi-fi systems are another alternative, especially for those who like to listen in one room as they trade portability for better hardware and bigger speakers allowing for a very impressive sound. Though more expensive, they provide a mix of traditional features like physical CD players alongside more modern internet/streaming services, which can all be integrated into one sleek box unit.
Blending both the Bluetooth speaker and hi-fi systems are the SONOS home speakers. At the upper-end of the price range (£399), these offer an unrivalled sound with the portability factor too! The software customisation options where each user can set up their own ‘sound profile’ and lasting support for updates from SONOS ensures the speaker will remain up to date for years to come.
That sounds like music to my ears!