Headphones: Choosing the right headphone – How I nailed it?

Pro Tip: If a $50 pair of headphones sounds the same as a $1000 pair of headphones, go for the cheaper pair. Some headphone brands overprice their headphones because they look cool or are popular. Here’s the one that I felt is the best Value for Money product and I own it.

Headphones are great if you enjoy putting them around your neck while you’re walking from one place to another, or if you just carry your headphones that way. Behind-the-neck headphones are exactly that as well, headphones with a connecting band that goes behind the neck instead of over the top of the head. To get the best out of your headphones, you should match the impedance of the headphones to the audio equipment you are using. If a $50 pair of headphones sounds the same as a $1000 pair of headphones, go for the cheaper pair. Some headphone brands overprice their headphones because they look cool or are popular.


Beats Headphone

Decide between Ear bud and Over-Ear Headphones: 

The higher-quality earbuds, like from Sennheiser or Ultimate Ears, usually come with little cases to put your earbuds in when you’re not using them, so they won’t get ruined or dirty at the bottom of your bag. If you keep a very small purse and want to keep your iPod Nano and earbuds together in it, or you’re a guy with limited pocket space, earbuds are probably a better choice.

 

Earbud headphones

Cheaper earbuds often run into problems like falling out of ears, hurting ears, or simply making dents in them from the cheap plastic. With higher prices (but still low-end in terms of quality) ranging from $25-50, you’ll get more comfortable ‘buds, and they are well-worth the money you spend.

DJ Style Headphone

The DJ-style headphones take up a ridiculous amount of space if you don’t carry around a larger bag. DJ-style headphones are just that. Huge, bulky, awesome-looking headphones that are reminiscent of what you ‘d see someone named Double D mix his jams with.

Water resistant headphones

Behind-the-neck headphones are exactly that as well, headphones with a connecting band that goes behind the neck instead of over the top of the head. If you’re a girl (or guy) with long hair, and you hate headphones that press your hair down or dislike headphones that irritate your ear piercings, this type would be a good choice. Remember that you get what you pay for.

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Generally, more expensive headphones are made with higher quality materials and better engineering, improving the sound quality. $30 headphones will sound good, but not as good as $60 ones. $9.99 bargain bin earbuds or headphones may last, at longest, a year, and will not sound great to begin with. Forget those cheaply made headphones or earbuds that came with your MP3 player. With the right pair of headphones, you can experience music on a whole other level.

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Whether you’re listening at home or on the go, consider investing in a high quality pair of headphones (or buds) for maximum enjoyment. Investigate the frequency range. A wider frequency range means you can hear more from the music; large ranges such 10 Hz to 25,000 Hz will often be recommended – anything within that range will be fine. Notice the sound curve, frequency response curve, sound signature, whatever you want to call it. Beats headphones tend to be very bass boosted, yet the bass is commonly described as muddy and boomy with no precision.

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Typically, most headphones under $100 will have a U curve – meaning the mid-range is cut out. Flat response headphones don’t favor any range, meaning you’ll hear every layer of the music equally. Decide between earbuds or headphones. You are the person who is going to be using these headphones day in day out. If a $50 pair of headphones sounds the same as a $1000 pair of headphones, go for the cheaper pair.

The only thing to remember is the overall build quality of the headphones – are they going to last as long? Evaluate the headphones’ sound isolation. There’s also the fact that if you’re rather deaf, enjoy turning your music up loud, and/or use it to drown out background noise and the headphones are very open, you’ll end up giving everyone around you something to gossip about.

Type of Headphones

Earbuds and in-ear earphones tend to be better at sound isolation, due to the seal they provide in your ear; and the same with (huge) DJ-style headphones that create a little sealed environment around the ear. When buying over-the-ear stereo earphones, notice if they are open-backed or closed-backed. Open earphones tend to sound more natural and not distorted, but people will hear your music and you’ll hear the environment around you. Closed headphones isolate noise better and sound more like the music is in your head, not in the environment.

Having around $200 in cash handy and going to a store with a 30-day return policy will make the electronics store your unwilling friend while you learn what types of earphones you really want. Out of courtesy, however, always clean the wax out of your ears before trying on any headphones or earbuds! Even if you’re the frequent traveler type, noise-canceling, 90% of the time, just isn’t worth the money. Some of your music might get canceled out as well, forcing you to turn up the volume.

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A cheap way to cancel background noise might also be to just put over-ear hearing protectors (from the hardware store) over earbuds to cancel out most ambient noise. On the other hand, if you’re not overly fussy, you may find lower priced noise-cancelling earbuds or earphones have considerable benefit for reducing background noise in airplanes, cars or public transportation. Panasonic (just one brand of many) makes an acceptable noise-cancelling earbud for just $50.

Tips Wireless earphones might be temptingly convenient, but you can get background hissing and/or dynamic range compression that flattens the sound to some extent, and you’re likely to run into interference from other devices. If you decide to get wireless headphones, though, look for digital models with maximum hertz and multiple channels so you can switch to another frequency if you encounter interference. If you listen to mp3s below 192 kbps regularly, high quality headphones will be a waste of money as you’re trying to listen to detail that isn’t there.

Extension cord for headphone

If you’re always using your mp3 player in a pocket up near your chest, you won’t need a 10-foot cord. If you like to listen to music from your stereo using earphones you won’t want a 2-foot cord. Generally, having it a bit too long is better than having to buy an extender. If you get good quality Earphone, you don’t have to get an extended warranty. Some headphone brands, such as Skullcandy, give out lifetime warranties for their products. Once you buy quality Earphone, you’ll find that you can’t go back to your old $20 Earphone. You’ll be disappointed by the sound and feel.

Be careful with earbuds. Some break or snap very easily and if you go for the cheaper ones, they lose their sound after about a year. Some earphone brands overprice their Earphone because they look cool or are popular. The sound on these headphones can be terrible. When you first put your Earphone on don’t forget to turn the volume down. One of the biggest challenges is to find right headphones for gym use. Earphone are just too bulky and awkward; most earbuds do not do much to cancel outside music.

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Some stores will let you try Earphone on, but only online research and real life users will let you know about earbuds. Noise-canceling headphones do block out background noise, but they also reduce audio quality. Noise-canceling headsets may not sound as good as other Earphone in most listening environments. Look for the impedance of the Earphone. To get the best out of your Earphone, you should match the impedance of the headphones to the audio equipment you are using. In reality if you don’t this usually means that you will need to turn up the volume slightly compared to a matched pair of headphones.

Feel free to contact me if you need further help in choosing the right headphone.