Types of headphones
The first step to picking the best headphones is figuring out which type you find most comfortable. Umart stocks all headphone and headset types, including over-ear headphones, on-ear headphones and in-ear (earbuds) headphones.
Over-ear headphones and headsets sit around your ears and offer passive noise-cancelling (some brands also offer active noise-cancelling). Spend as little as under $30 at Umart for a wired gaming headset or splash out hundreds on a pair of wireless headphones, like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro.
On-ear headphones and headsets sit on the ears, rather than over or inside. Umart has dozens of on-ear headsets and headphones, including kids headphones, which are mostly built for handsfree communication or personal use.
In-ear headphones (or earbuds) sit inside your ears and, by design, offer passive noise cancelling (some brands add active in-ear noise cancelling). Umart stocks wired in-ear headphones from bargain prices through to fully featured wireless in-ear headphones.
Headphones buying guide
With the form factor figured out, the next step is to choose what you want to use headphones for. Umart sells headphones and headsets for a range of uses, from the biggest headphones brands like Beats, Sony and Apple.
You can save money by opting for wired headphones, either with a 3.5mm or USB cable for use with a computer. Alternatively, invest more in wireless headphones, including Bluetooth headphones and gaming headsets, which use 2.4GHz wireless for ultra-responsive audio.
Headphones for work and play
Umart has a range of headphones and headsets to cover all key use-cases. Buy headphones for personal use, including high-quality music playback, and for gaming (PC and console headsets). Alternatively, buy a headset that’s built for work or headphones with professional-grade audio playback for studio use.
The best noise-cancelling headphones are those with active noise cancelling, though using passive noise cancelling can help preserve the battery life of wireless headphones. Over-ear and in-ear headphones tend to offer better passive noise cancelling and are less likely to leak audio.
Headphones and headset FAQs
Umart has punchy answers for some of the most pressing questions relating to headphones and headsets.
Which headphones are the best?
The best headphones are the ones that match your comfort preferences for on-ear, over-ear or in-ear. From there, it’s a choice between use-case (including headsets for work or play) and whether you want wired or wireless headphones.
What are the different types of headphones?
The main difference between headphones is wired vs wireless, then on-ear, over-ear, or in-ear fit. Stereo headphones are common these days (compared to mono), and gamers should consider surround-sound headphones for a competitive edge.
What’s the difference between headphones and headsets?
The main difference between headphones and headsets is that headsets tend to have an attached microphone for voice communication. That said, certain brands still refer to headsets as headphones.
Are wired headphones better than wireless headphones?
Wired headphones have zero latency, don’t need power and have the potential for higher-quality audio. Wireless headphones free you from wire snags (including the arms of a gaming chair), can usually connect to multiple devices, and are more convenient.
Which brand is best for headphones?
Competition is tight between headphones and headset brands, which is why Umart has plenty of options from the best manufacturers. For some examples, Apple offers headphones that have great compatibility with Macs, iPhones and iPads. Sony headphones have big sound and long-lasting wireless. And SteelSeries sells gaming headsets built for a competitive advantage.
What are the best headsets to buy?
The best headsets are the ones that meet your comfort and connectivity needs. Factor in what you want to use the headset for, then aim for a balance of audio output for your ears, and microphone audio input for those you’re speaking to.