iPad Accessories: Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, Earphones, and Headsets - dummies

iPad Accessories: Bluetooth Stereo Headphones, Earphones, and Headsets

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

The idea is that with Bluetooth stereo headphones/earphones/headsets, you can listen to music wirelessly up to 33 feet away from your iPad. If this sounds good to you, we suggest that you look for reviews of such products on the web before you decide which one to buy. A search of Amazon for stereo Bluetooth headset brought up over 300 items, with prices starting as low as $15.

Headphones or earphones are the things you use to listen to music. A headset adds a microphone so that you can use it for voice chatting, recording voice notes, FaceTime video chatting, and (in the case of the iPhone or Internet VoIP services such as Skype) for phone calls. So headphones and earphones are for listening, and headsets are for both talking and listening.

Now you may be wondering whether earphones and headphones are the same. Headphones have a band across the top (or back) of your head, and the listening apparatus is big and covers the outside of your ears. Think of the big fat things you see covering a radio disk jockey’s ears. Earphones (sometimes referred to as earbuds), on the other hand, are smaller, fit entirely in your ear, and have no band across the top or back of your head.