Wired or wireless: What type of headphones/earphones are you using? (poll results)

Wired or wireless: What type of headphones/earphones are you using? (poll results)
During the years, we've learned that when the rumor mill churns, we ought to listen. Separating the wishful thinking from actually valid intel is no easy task, of course, but with experience it becomes easier and easier to distinguish the gold from the mud. That's not always the case, though. Case in point: the recently resurrected rumor claiming that Apple is at least considering ditching the 3.5mm audio jack with the iPhone 7. Supposedly, wireless earphones and headphones, or ones adopting Apple's proprietary Lightning port, will take over in such an event.

This got us thinking about the consequences, as where Apple goes, accessory manufacturers follow. So how many of you would such a switch impact? Well, the results of our poll asking you to self-identify your type of headphones or earphones are now in, and so we have at least some indication of the scale.

Over 1,600 of our readers took part in the survey, and the vast majority of them (just under 60%) say they use wired, 3.5mm headphones. A distant second, the wireless segment accounted for just ~16%, while ~12% say that they cycle between wired and wireless (but mostly use wired), while ~10% claim they do the same, but mostly rely on their wireless pair. Only 9 people, or 0.56%, say they have headphones with a Lightning port. 

Wired or wireless: What type of headphones/earphones are you using?

Wireless
15.7%
3.5mm
59.47%
Lightning port
0.56%
I mix & match (but mostly wireless)
10.3%
I mix & match (but mostly wired)
12.1%
I don't use headphones or earphones
1.86%

In other words, a move away from the 3.5mm jack will have a pretty sizable impact, with many users having to either invest into new headphones that will be compatible with the iPhone 7, or get some sort of adapter to make their old pair work. If this rumor proves true come September, we just hope tangible, user-facing benefits will offset the costs that will be passed onto consumers in terms of both money and convenience.

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12 Comments

1. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Wired in terms of sound/music quality is way batter. The fact that you don't have to charge it every now and then is a plus as well.

11. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Wireless in terms of brain damage from bluetooth signals. Plus some of them get hot enough u might burn your ears. Blame it on my mixtape tho

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If you want high quality audio Wired accessory is the way to go.

3. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Jaybird BlueBuds X as the main headphones, Philips Surround sound as backup...

4. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Not really a surprising poll result was it? :)

5. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Wired, the only way to go if you want quality sound.

6. Saioofi

Posts: 347; Member since: May 23, 2014

the beats studio wireless sounds better than 50% of the headphones out there tbh

8. ToastedBacon21

Posts: 47; Member since: Oct 18, 2015

You really dunno anything about music, do you??

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

sorry, I'm not taking my Note 5 in the gym. I really work out, not just walk around in cute clothes. Not to mention I don't want to be bothered. I have a tiny Sansa MP3 player and wired ear buds.

9. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I use B&O H8 on ear headphones which can do wireless or wired. Great sound, noise cancelling and beautiful looking.

10. oister85 unregistered

The headphones by Beats Studio wireless are nice I really can't tell the difference between wire and wireless on those headphones.

12. FrenchGuy

Posts: 134; Member since: Dec 12, 2014

Wired connexion everytime unless you don't care about sound quality, which it's not my case. Just buy one Audio technica ath m50x ( which provides the best quality for its price) and you will never appreciate a wireless headphone ever !

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