I like listening to music, and this can happen anywhere. But it is also a form of noise pollution to be walking around with your phone or any other gadget and disturbing the peace of the people surrounding you. In view of this, headphones become a very handy and suitable gadget for us if we are in the habit of listening to things that interest us.
Since they are very essential, I will take you through some few steps on how to choose the best since you already need them. To help you out, this is an infographic. Make sure to scroll down the infographic to know other details.
STEPS TO FOLLOW
1: Earphones or Headphones
Before purchasing this gadget, you need to be specific on what you are trying to accommodate. Some people don’t want to create a buzz on the kind of headphones they have, hence they opt for earphones. It’s because they’re lightweight and portable. Headphones are a bit bigger and tend to occupy more space. Whereas the earphones offer portability, that’s why their sound quality cannot be compared to the headphones.
2: Sound Evaluation
This is with regards to their ability to block the incoming noise from outside and keeping the music one is listening to. If you have to turn your headphones’ volume up in order to block sounds from outside, that does not qualify as a good pair of headphones.
4: Evaluation of the frequency range
This is in reference especially to music, the experience that one gets from using the headphones. For instance, the frequency range should be wide in order for you to hear more from the music. A ‘U’ curve frequency means a cut out mid-range making one unable to analyze the music layers. It is, therefore, advisable for one to check the frequency range of different headphones and get the feel that is tailored to your needs.
5: Noise Canceling and Noise Blocking
Noise blocking offers headphones that block the noise from the outside. This means that the headphones have a seal in the form of sponge to keep music in and noise out. Noise canceling headphones, on the other hand, are more expensive and may not be worth the money since they may also force you to turn the volume up.
6: Try them out
The best way to really know what suits you is to test the said headphones and check out whether they work for you. This will ensure that you check out on the fit, are they comfortable enough for your ears, do they actually isolate the sound from outside and all the things that you require from them. It is also important to sometimes read the reviews on that particular product just to see what people, who have bought and used them, think of them. This could help you in making a better decision and avoid any surprises. You could find out that they stop functioning normally after a few days and break down. This will save you some money.
The amount of power required to drive a pair of headphones needs to be put into consideration. This would mean that if the headphones are of low impedance, they will require less power which in turn means they are easier to use even with devices that have weaker amplification systems. They are however more prone to blowouts if they are subjected to an extreme level of amplification. The high impedance headphones behave the exact opposite of their counterparts. This should, therefore, be a factor to be considered and the devices one plans to use with the headphones.
The list given above is my top things on what to check for when you are choosing a pair of headphones. Of course, the list could go on with many more steps, but these are the basic steps for me to achieve comfort and durability. There are more other complicated steps for people obsessed with getting the right frequency response from these gadgets and those who are in search for the wireless headphones. While these are more advanced options, you could still go on to search and find them, but they will require you to dig deeper into your pockets to get the extra experience and comfort. There’s a wide range of products out there, so I recommend that you take your time before you settle on a pair. Test them out and judge, after all, you will be the one using them. What features do you look for when buying headphones? Do you have your own tips on buying, testing or even maintenance? Share them with us in the comments section and be sure to keep it here for more hacks too.
There’s a wide range of products out there, so I recommend that you take your time before you settle on a pair. Test them out and judge, after all, you will be the one using them. What features do you look for when buying headphones? Do you have your own tips on buying, testing or even maintenance? Share them with us in the comments section and be sure to keep it here for more hacks too.
This is a guest contribution by Lisa,a tech blogger who usually tests different gadgets and review them on her list site.