Admit it or not, but we are buying new headphones quite often because either we make the wrong choice while buying or sometimes they get defected. Earphones can be a one-time investment if you put in a handful of efforts while buying them, especially with their hefty price tags.
Knowledge the lingo and specifications of a headphone are important if you want to get worth of your investment. This post will help you find the headphones right for you. Let’s start with understanding a different kind of headphones available in the market-
Popularly known as Ear-buds, In-ear earphones are of two kinds
- Sit in the peripherals of ear cavities
Such headphones can cause pain if they put too much pressure on the ear folding or they are too big for your ear cavity. But these headphones are perfect if you wear then while commuting, as they don’t block outside noise too much, so you can be aware of your surroundings.
- Get stuffed into the ear canals
This pair of headphones can also be uncomfortable if they are too small or big and doesn’t fit you right. However, there are ear-bud tips available you can use to get the right fit. The only con is they reduce the outside too much, making a person ignorant of the surroundings.
You might know them as headphones because of the headbands. They come in both heavy- and light-weight versions. Both have padding to comfort your ear, and to cancel the outside noise. Lightweight ones are easier to carry.
If you are most likely to use your earphones with a portable device, Wireless earphones are a perfect choice to make. Even when you use them while exercising, they are perfect. In a nutshell—they are an ideal choice when mobility is involved. The only con these headphones are they produce poor-quality sound when your portable device is kept away. You have to be near them for better sound.
Features to Check
As you now know what kinds of headphones are available in the market, it’s time to take a look at a couple of features you would want to consider when buying them. Features as —
This feature is present in noise cancellation headphones particularly. Often confused with normal headphones, Noise Cancellation headphones create a physical seal around your ears to keep the noise out. They are perfect for audiophiles or podcasts.
Measured in dB/mW, Sensitivity means the amount of sound the earphones product for every milliwatt of the electrical signal received. Sensitivity is directly proportional to the sound. So, better the sensitivity, higher the sound!
For Wireless headphones, this feature is paramount. Frequency response means the range of frequency covered by headphones. Check in the ‘specification area’ to find the ones with the higher range. For examples, Audio-Technical SPORT2BK offers 15-24k Hz frequency range which is lesser than Sony MD-RXB50AP that covers 4-24k Hz. It indicates that Sony MD-RXB50AP cover a larger range.
All that you learned so far is good-to-know information; you don’t want to buy a pair of headphones without testing them. You don’t know how well they actually cancel sound, or how will they fit. Here are a handful of tops to know the nitty-gritty of each pair you see online:
Read Reviews Posted by Other Users
In order to find headphones that are right for you, read reviews posted by someone who has bought them. It also helps to know what issues you should look at for any pair and to narrow your search down to a few models. There are many professional, authentic websites you can use to read the genuine reviews.
Check Durability and Warranty
Our new research to buy headphones started because the old ones somehow get destroyed. When you buy online or from a local store, look how durable each pair of headphones feel. Look at the price and the warranty. Most of the good headphones come with the warranty of a year or two.
The most prominent feature; how the headphones sound. Go to websites or download apps that allow you to play a song at certain frequencies described on the headphones. Test them, and make sure the sound matches their descriptions.
Buying a pair of headphone depends on the situation you want to use them. Different situations demand different earphones. So what kind of earphones do you prefer and how do you use them? Let us know in the comments!