What to Look for When Buying Headphones for Your Office
Choosing the right headphones for your office can be more difficult than you might imagine, bringing with it a whole host of considerations that wouldn’t be a factor if you just needed something for yourself when listening to chart music on the train.
Choosing the right headphones for your office can be more difficult than you might imagine, bringing with it a whole host of considerations that wouldn’t be a factor if you just needed something for yourself when listening to chart music on the train. From failing to block out the background noise of a busy office to leaving workers in crippling pain just two hours into the workday, there are so many things that can go wrong. Headphones are rarely a one-size-fits-all item and this is even more true in the office.
Where one type might suit a person who needs them to create an illusion of personal space so they can concentrate, they can be totally unsuitable for someone who wants to make crystal clear client calls. To help prevent you making a frustrating mistake we’ve created a definitive guide to buying office headphones. That, at least, should be music to your ears.
Meeting Your Needs
The first thing to think about when buying headphones for the office is their primary role. If you are planning for employees to use them to block out background noise, you’ll have very different requirements to an office that wants a model which helps employees make hands-free calls or listen to computer audio. Choosing the right pair for your office’s needs is just as important as choosing a pair that is well reviewed and recommended, as what works for another office might be totally unsuitable for you.
Sound quality is one of the most important factors to consider when you’re choosing headphones. When you pay for a more expensive pair of headphones, it is usually better sound quality that you’re paying extra for. If you’re not clued up, it can be hard to know what to look (and listen) for when you’re judging the sound quality of your headphones.
A good way to work out the quality of sound a set of headphones is to look at the frequency response specifications. They will look something like this: 15 – 28,000Hz. You want the first number to be as low as possible, as that refers to the deepest bass frequency the headphones can produce. The second should be as high as possible, as it refers to the highest frequencies and indicates how clear the headphones will sound.
Choosing a wearing style for your office headphones will depend on what your employees are likely to be using them for. A double headphone is perfect for shutting out distracting background noise so people can focus on specific tasks or client calls. If collaboration or multitasking is required, however, a single headset can be a great way to take client calls whilst still being able to engage with the team if needed.
If you want your office headphones to make it easier for people to focus on individual tasks, noise cancelling or isolating headphones are a great investment. Although people often use the terms interchangeably, noise isolating and noise cancelling headphones work differently, with different degrees of success. Noise isolating headphones work by creating a strong seal between the ear and the headphone, physically blocking outside noise. This type of headphone is good for blocking out high-frequency noise such as people talking.
Noise cancelling headphones, however, have complicated technology designed to actively cancel out the sound waves from ambient noise, a technique called destructive interference. These headphones work to block out noise, even when the headphones aren’t being used to play music or take a call. Deciding which type your office needs will depend on the levels of ambient noise in the office.
When you’re deciding on which headphones to buy for your office it can be easy to get excited by all the features and forget to check that they’re compatible with your existing equipment. From making sure your kit has the right ports and connections to making sure your software is compatible with your new headphones, there are a few things to take into consideration to ensure that you can get up and running as soon as possible.
It is also worth considering how your headphones connect to your equipment, whether they are corded or use Bluetooth. If your workers are likely to miss calls when they’re away from their desk, it might be preferable to choose a Bluetooth headset that can move around the office with them.
User comfort is a key concern for office headphones, especially if you are expecting your employees to wear them throughout the entire day. Think about whether your business makes it more likely that they will be taking headphones on and off, using them during part of the day, or wearing them all day. In this latter case, you’ll need light headphones with long lasting comfort and fit as a priority. As well as comfort, you should think about how the headphones fit in relation to any specific uniform or hairstyling rules the company has. If you want your team to wear a headset and a hat you need to make sure they are compatible.
Warranty and Support
Finally, once you’ve chosen which headphones you think will best suit your office, be sure to check for warranty and ongoing support. Headphones that are used for work often have to work hard and you want a model that doesn’t have to be constantly replaced under the pressure. A good warranty will ensure that you get the most out of your new headphones, covering the cost of repairs and replacements in the first year or so. Purchasing your headphones from a company that provides ongoing support can also be useful, so you can be sure that any issues you have with them will be quickly resolved.
If you want more choice to help you find the perfect headset for your office, why not check out Go2telecom’s full range of headphones for every budget over on our homepage?