Whether you love listening to music with your headphones or you use headphones for work, you'll want to choose the right ones. There are several factors that go into making the most out of your headphones both before buying them and after.
Noise Canceling or Not
As you search for the perfect headphones, you'll probably see some that boast that they cancel all noise. Don't worry too much about getting these headphones unless you plan on spending a lot of time in places with tons of noise, like on an airplane. Most headphones will be able to cancel out the regular noise around you for a fraction of the cost of noise canceling ones. Also, be aware that most noise canceling headphones require a battery and will not function if the battery is dead.
Open or Closed
Choosing Open back or Closed Back style depends on your application. Open Headphones are called "open" because they do not create a sealed ("closed") chamber around the ear. Open headphones allow you to hear more of the sounds around you (and also allow people to hear more of what you are listening to) and usually have holes or venting to allow for sound to pass around the driver. Open back headphones are used more for casual listening or in applications where you need to hear what is going on around you.
Closed headphones create a sealed chamber around each ear. Air cannot (easily) escape from this chamber, and so vibration is transferred better from the speaker to your eardrum, while external sounds are damped out. This allows closed headphones to provide better isolation, higher efficiency, and significantly better bass reproduction. Closed headphones are more widely used in broadcast and recording, where you do not want to be distracted by any sounds around you.
Choosing the Right Frequency
If you want the very best sound quality from your headphones, you'll want to investigate the frequency levels a certain pair can handle before you buy them. Instead of choosing headphones that can handle high decibels, choose headphones that can handle high frequencies. A wider range of frequencies means that your headphones can more accurately recreate the sounds of the music. The very best headphones, if you can afford them, range from 10 Hz to 25,000 Hz.
The Right Cord
This may come as a surprise, but the cord type and length on your headphones can actually make a significant difference. A shorter cord means less cord to short out. It also means that it is less likely to get caught and tangled on things. A longer cord will allow more freedom of movement and a longer distance from the device they are connected to. Headphones usually come with either coiled or straight cables. You will have to determine which you prefer. There are a lot of headphones now with user replaceable cables. This allows you to easily replace a damaged cable yourself.
Sound vs. Comfort
Everyone wants a great sounding pair of headphones, but one of the things you want to consider, especially if you are wearing them for long periods of time, is overall comfort. Do they feel heavy? Do they press too hard on your head or ears? Do they cover the whole ear, or just rest on the ear? Remember, these issues can change your experience drastically.
Take Care of Your Headphones
Once you've found the perfect headphones for you, you'll need to take proper care of them if you want them to deliver the best sound quality for a long time. If you're a music addict, you'll probably have your headphones on most of the day, which means they can encounter a lot of wear and tear before you take them off again.
Make sure you keep them clean and store them correctly. To clean your headphones, dampen a microfiber cloth with a mild disinfectant and run them along all surfaces of the device. When you put them away, wind the cord loosely rather than tightly. The cord is made up of very small wires that can break easily with too much force, so loosely winding them is the way to go.
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