Music on your mobile: Using an audio headset

Audio headsets don’t get talked about much, but for many mobile users, they are an essential accessory on a daily basis. The truth of the matter is that audio headsets come in all shapes and sizes – and with a wide range of performance.

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These sort of earpieces are often uncomfortable.


If you are going to have something plugged into your ears for any significant period of time, it better be comfortable. As such, the first thing I look for in an audio headset when opening a phone package for the first time is the shape of the earpiece. Bulky, bogus earpieces are an immediate turn-off. They are uncomfortable in the ear. Also, single-earpiece (or monaural) headsets are out of the question for listening to music. Stereo (or double-earpiece) is the way to go. Soft-tip in-ear designs are the most comfortable and convenient.

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Soft-tip in-ear designs are much more comfortable

Weight is another factor. The heavier the earpieces, the more uncomfortable you will find them.

Audio Quality

Next up for me is the actual audio quality. Don’t be fooled by looks. Some of those nice looking headsets have terrible sound reproduction. I tried out one recently and the music sounded like it was being played in a tin can. Horrible. Good audio reproduction means a good depth of bass and treble. You should be able to hear every instrument playing in the background. Everyone. The audio experience should be similar to what you get from a good home theatre.


This is not an essential, I know, but some users find it important to be able to at least control the volume of playing music from the headset. Some other headsets include the ability to pause, resume, start, stop and skip music too.

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3rd Party Headsets?

I do not remember ever purchasing third party headsets. I have almost always been blessed to have at least one good one from a phone pack. Usually, once I have a good one, I just keep it for use across the different devices that come my way. However, there are many third party headsets out there that you can pick from. That way, you can guarantee the quality of your audio experience.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

7 thoughts on “Music on your mobile: Using an audio headset

  • May 5, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I wonder why those round and uncomfortable earpieces come shipped to us Africans. I’ve always loved the soft rubber tip types cos if truth be told, an average African has smaller ears than the average white dude.

    • May 5, 2014 at 7:58 am

      Are they always? I have owned several phones with the soft rubber tips. My observation is that the round types mostly ship with budget devices (I have never seen a mid to top tier device with those), though some budget devices come with soft tip types.

  • May 5, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    I currently need a headset badly but its hard to find genuine high quality headset around. maybe its not hard, maybe am the one that doesnt know where to go lol…but have resorted to using this common 200naira headset. the problem is it barely lasts two weeks.

  • May 5, 2014 at 9:48 pm

    trust me Mr Mo I’m willing to invest in higher quality if I’m guaranteed it’s original and not one of the numerous fakes. The 200naira one provides very decent doing for its price but only lasts a couple of weeks and stops working

  • May 7, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Got mine for 2k. Been using it for over 3 months, fantastic sound.

    I’ve never liked first party earphones shipped on a phone’s packaging

  • May 12, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I have found the Apple earpods great for mobile audio…well recommended!

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