Headphones are made in a range of different audio reproduction quality capabilities. Headsets designed for telephone use typically cannot reproduce sound with the high fidelity of expensive units designed for music listening by audiophiles.
Headphones that use cables typically have either a 1/4 inch (6.35mm) or 1/8 inch (3.5mm) phone jack for plugging the headphones into the audio source. Some new stereo earbuds are completely wireless, using Bluetooth connectivity between the 2 speakers and with the smartphone. The coming iPhone 7 is said to be without Jack. As of 2015, most
headphones are amplified by a headphone amplifier, either an integrated amplifier (e.g., in an iPod) or a standalone unit. In the 2010s, headphones are used by people in everyday life to listen to audio material such as recorded music, podcasts, or radio shows. Headphones are also used by people in various professional contexts,
such as audio engineers mixing sound for live concerts or sound recordings and DJs, who use headphones to cue up the next song they will play without the audience hearing, aircraft pilots and call center employees. The latter two types of employees use headphones with an integrated microphone.