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How to buy the right headphones

Headphones are kind of like relationships: we all have them, we can scarcely imagine our lives without them, and yet no one ever bothers to train us how to select them. It’s that last bit that often leads us to suboptimal outcomes, and it’s the problem I’m here to help you solve. Welcome to The Verge’s headphone buying guide.

Step one: Decide what you want

Simple, right? Not even close. The typical scenario for anyone looking to buy a new piece of technology is that you’ll want to optimize everything. If it’s a laptop, you’ll be seeking dozens of cores, an exabyte of storage, week-long battery life, featherlight weight, and an impulse-purchase price. The first thing to do is disabuse yourself of the illusion that you can have everything.

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