QUICK TIPS FOR CHOOSING HEADPHONES FOR THAT PERFECT SOUND
Perfect Headphones Get You That Flawless Sound
Headphones are an essential part of any music lover’s equipment. They provide the opportunity to enjoy your music without disturbing others, or being disturbed by the noise of others. But, to achieve this it is necessary to invest in the right headphones for your needs. When you purchase headphones you generally get the quality you pay for. Cheap headphones often mean poor quality, crackly sound, and easily broken wires. Whether you are looking for headphones for jogging, listening to music or watching your favorite shows follow these effect, but simple tips to get the perfect headphones that provide that perfect sound.
Start by Evaluating the Sound Isolation
One of the reasons for choosing to wear headphones is not having to have the volume too loud. Increasing the volume of your music too much when wearing headphones risks your eardrums becoming damaged. This is why sound isolation is important. Sound isolation cuts out background noise, allowing you to focus on the sounds you want to hear and safeguarding your long term hearing at the same time. Headphones with decent sound isolation can also help increase the battery life of your portable devices as you are not continually adjusting the volume on the device. In terms of isolating sound, here are the three different categories of headphones.
Ear buds – when you purchase ear buds that fit well they produce a seal when placed inside the ear. The seal stops sound from flowing into the ear from the outside. As well as being a good fit, ear buds need to be made from pliable material for this to work effectively. Care needs to be taken when wearing ear buds as the closeness of the sound to the ear drum is known to cause damage to your hearing with continual use.
Over-the-ear headphones with Closed Backs – to get the same benefits as you get with ear buds, but with less risk you should consider closed back over the ear headphones. They provide a similar seal and very little, if any, sound can pass through the closed plastic backs. They are ideal in public spaces as the closed backs stop sound escaping from the headphones as well. If you choose this type of headphones you do need to be aware that the plastic casing can cause reverberation. This occurs when the sound waves bounce against the plastic casing. While the change in the sound you hear can be an annoyance, it is actually benefit those who enjoy a heavier bass sound.
Over-the-ear headphones with Open Backs – these headphones do let more sound into the headphones, and from the headphones into the surrounding area. The benefit of this is that there is less distortion because of the lack of plastic casing. The sound of music heard through this type of headphones tends to be more natural. Another benefit of these headphones is that they are generally more comfortable to wear over extended periods of time.
The quality of sound isolation present in a set of headphones can be tested quite easily. Wear the headphones, without music playing, in an area that contains background noise. The less external noise that you can hear, the better the superiority of the sound isolation.
Frequency Range Considerations
Frequency range is a sign of the amount of music that can be heard, in relation to the layers of sound. If you are serious about your music, then the recommended frequency range is generally 10Hz to 25,000 Hz. When looking at the frequency range of any set of headphones you should also be aware of the sound, or frequency response, curve. The curve indicates which musical elements will be more apparent to your hearing. If you are looking for a sound that emphasizes bass, then you want the lower frequency end of the range to be high on the curve. Where there is a U shaped curve, the mid-range sound is cut out. If you prefer headphones that do not emphasize any specific range, you need headphones that provide a flat response.
Understand the Importance of Impedance
Impedance is normally associated with speakers and amps, but it is just as important when it comes to headphones. Impedance is measured in ohms and relates to the rating of the amp, or audio equipment, and the speakers used to listen to the sounds. If the ratings are incompatible, then damage can occur to your amp, or other audio equipment. It will also affect the quality of the tone of the sound you are listening to. The impedance rating of your headphones needs to be the same as that of the audio equipment being used in order to achieve optimal sound quality.
The Connection Type That Is Right for You
Advances in technology means that there is more than one way to connect audio equipment to your headphones. The traditional method of connection is the use of a jack. It is now possible to purchase wireless headphones and those that are Bluetooth enabled. Both wireless headphones and those that are Bluetooth enabled provide benefits to the user that are not found with traditional wired headphones. They give you the freedom to move around and to be a greater distance from where your audio gear is located. If you prefer the more traditional connection using a set of wired headphones and a jack, you need to check the superiority of the jack. You also need to consider the quality of the lead, as well as the join between the jack and the lead. A flimsy lead or join means that the wire will break, costing you more time and money over the long term.
Be Comfortable and Stylish
Being comfortable and happy with the style of your headphones is important, particularly if using headphones frequently. There are two main varieties of over the ear style headphones. The first variety lay across the crown of the head; the second sit behind the neck. Closed back headphones, and those with larger ear pieces tend to sit across the head. They are great for comfort when sat or stood still listening to music. However, for more active pursuits like jogging, you may find that lighter, smaller headphones that lay at the back of the neck are more suitable, provide better comfort, and bounce off less easily.
Consider Your Needs
Buying the right headphones is about knowing what you need and what you want the headphones to achieve for you. Think carefully about where they will be used, and how often. Do you need then to be portable? Or are they to use primarily in the home? Also consider the environment, and level of background noise that is generally present where you will be using your headphones. Aside from technical considerations, various other decisions you make about the headphones you buy will be based on your personal preference.