I like music and I can listen to it at any place and at any time. As a writer and student, I normally stumble upon audio pieces that interest me. Music, however, can be a source of noise pollution because you’re walking around with a phone (playing music) disrupting people’s peace and subjecting them to the music that you’re listening. In such kinds of situations, headphones are very suitable and handy for you and me if we like enjoying music or video clips with sounds. Because of their importance, I would like to take you through several steps of selecting the best and most suitable earphones.
Here are some of the steps you need to follow.
Step 1: Decide between headphones and earphones
Prior to buying this gadget, you have to be sure of what your needs are and what can most suitably satisfy them. There are individuals who are not keen on attracting attention by walking around with headphones because of their big size and their space consumption thus they can opt for earphones. Earphones are more portable but their quality in sound is inferior to that of headphones. They are also more uncomfortable to plug into the ears compared to headphones that are just pulled over the head and into the ears. They are many sites around the internet to know more about earphones.
Step 2: You get what you pay for
There are many cheap headphones and earphones in the market. While it is beneficial for you to land a cheap deal, it is important for you to keep in mind that quality, long lasting and headphones with standard sound quality come at a relatively expensive cost. Cheap earbuds and headphones usually give sound quality that irritates the ears. To be on the safe side, it is better for us to go for brands that are reputable in quality.
Others may be cheaper but with similar qualities as their costly counterparts. At the end of this all, the lifespan of these accessories must be considered and you must decide whether to go for the cheap ones and replace them every now and then or part with a substantial amount for durable ones that will serve you for a longer period of time.
Step 3: Assessment of sound
Here, we look at the headphones capability to obstruct noise from outside and at the same time allow you to continue listening to your audios. If, whenever, there is noise from outside you are forced to increase the volume on your headphones, they then do not pass the quality test.
Step 4: Analysis of the frequency range
This is especially in relation to music and the experience that you derive from using headphones. As such, the range in frequency should wide so as to allow you to hear more from the music. For instance, A U curve frequency means a cut out mid-range making it impossible for you to assess the music layers. Therefore, it is advisable for you to evaluate frequency ranges of various headphones and acquire the one that satisfies your requirements.
Step 5: Noise blocking and noise canceling
Noise blocking provides headphones that obstruct incoming noise. The headphones usually have a seal to keep noise out and music in. On the other hand, noise canceling headphones are more costly and may turn out not to be worth it because you may be compelled to turn the volume up and you may end up canceling your audios.
Step 6: Test them
The most suitable method of knowing what best suits you is to try out the headphones. You will be able to check out the fit, whether they are comfortable for your ears and if they really block incoming noise and all that you need from the earphones. Sometimes, it is important for you to read reviews on that specific product to see previous buyer’s opinions on it. This could be of much help in your decision making.
Step 7: Impedance
It is important to put into consideration the amount of power needed to drive a pair of headphones. The meaning of this is that if a pair of headphones has low impedance, less power will be needed and they will be easier to use even with devices with weak amplification systems. However, they are more susceptible to blowouts should they be put under levels of extreme amplification. High impedance headphones are exactly opposite in behavior of low impedance ones. Hence this is an important factor to consider and the devices one intends to use with the headphones.