Wireless or Bluetooth headphones are a good option for situations where dangling cables would be an inconvenience, when running for example. Wireless headphones might even be the preferred option for when sat a desk where there is already a multitude of cables connected to your computer. Wireless and Bluetooth headphones enable you to connect to your device wirelessly. Quite often, with Bluetooth enabled headphones, you’ll have the ability to make and receive calls when connected.
Wireless technology helps to replicate the audio experience without compromising on the quality. Wireless headphones are battery powered and require recharging. Most wireless technology (apart from Bluetooth) can have up to 100 metres range from the base unit.
Things to consider when shopping for wireless headphones:
1) Do they need to be suitable for the gym or running? If so, take a look at these.
2) Do you want over-ear headphones for maximum comfort? Shop here.
3) Do they need to be bluetooth enabled? See here.
Noise-cancelling headphones can either be passive or active noise-cancelling, and are used to dismiss the din of the outside world. Using noise cancelling headphones rather than increasing the volume means you are protecting your ears and avoiding the risk of damaging your headphone speakers. Investing in a pair of noise-canceling headphones means you can enjoy your audio at much lower volumes.
Passive noise-cancelling: this is also known as noise isolation and it works by blocking some back ground noise by either using an in-ear wearing style or by using a good closed-back on-ear or over-ear headphone. Closed-back headphones block out some noise by forming a good seal over your ears to prevent the noise getting in. It is not as effective as active noise-cancelling, but does not require power.
Active noise cancelling: this involves the use of microphones on the earcups to measure outside noise and adjust the signal to cancel it out. It's an effective technology, but it depends on power for the noise-cancelling circuitry to work. This technology neutralizes outside noise so it does not interfere with your favourite tracks.Shop noise-cancelling headphones
In-ear headphones, or earphones, fit in the ear canal and form a seal inside your ear. This means that they passively isolate outside noise (unless they are active noise-cancelling earphones) and pipe sound directly into your ears. They're much smaller and lighter than headphones, since they don't need to fit on or over your ears and don't require any outside support, although some around-ear loops or around-head bands, for example running headphones. View these here. Others may have flexible fins to keep them securely in place in the ear.
They are small enough to fit in just about any pocket, and they shorten the distance between you and the sound more than any other headphone design. In order to sound really great, however, they need to have a snug fit. Different sizes of ear adapters do the trick, just as well-designed hooks do, by securing the earbud in your ear. High-quality in-ear headphones are the perfect choice when travelling or for the gym.
Caring for your earphones:
Whichever model you choose, make sure to use the included pouch or carrying case in order to preserve the longevity of your earphones. Balling them up, putting them in a bag or your pocket, and then untangling them each time you want to use them will wear the earphones out prematurely. Another tip is to ensure that you keep the spare earbuds that often come with in-ear headphones, as you are likely to need to replace them at some stage. The spare earbuds tend to be different sizes, so you can find the size that fits your ear the best.Shop in-ear headphones
On-ear headphones are also known as supra-aural headphones. On-ear headphones are designed to cover the ears similar to the circumaural (over-ear) headphones. The difference lies in the degree to which they cover the ears. On-ear headphones sheathe the surface of the outer ear, but don’t seal them in the way circumaural ones do. This leaves supra-aural headphones more prone to noise leakage from the background. However, their lightweight and comfortable design makes them more accessible than circumaural headphones.
Over-ear headphones are designed with circular or ellipsoid-shaped ear pads that cover the ears completely. Also known as circumaural headphones, the over-ear design helps create a protected space around the whole ear which helps to block out background noise. This feature, combined with active noise-cancelling, provides the best level of external sound blocking.
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Sports headphones need to be durable, impervious to sweat and they need to fit well so that they stay securely in place whilst the wearer is exercising. Ideally, you want to barely notice you are wearing headphones whilst working out. For this reason, most sports specific headphones will either be a headband, around ear, or in-ear headphones.
A headband connects the two earphones with a band around the back of the head. This aids stability of the earphones in the ears. Around ear headphones are also designed for extra stability with plastic loops that cup the tops of the ear. In-ear headphones are designed to fit securely in the ear canal, but are the least stable during physical activity.
Things to consider when buying sports headphones:
1) Do they need to be waterproof?
2) Would you prefer a headband, around ear or in-ear headphones?
3) Ease of iPod/phone control.
Sound is a key element in both professional and home gaming and investing in the right headset is a must when it comes to taking your game to the next level. Understanding how sound enriches and affects gameplay is an important starting point in your selection process, as is platform compatibility, headset fit, comfort and communicative clarity.
Things to consider when buying gaming headphones:
1) Microphone monitoring – this lets you hear your own voice in the headset to avoid shouting.
2) Separate volume controls – on some gaming headsets you will be able to set your gaming and chat volumes at different levels.
3) Platform compatibility – ensure the headset is compatible with your device, whether it is Xbox, PlayStation or PC for example.
DJ headphones can also be referred to as ‘Pro headphones’, as they are also used for mixing sound, precision listening and in recording studios. When considering purchasing a set of DJ headphones, it is important to understand the benefits of the open or closed back styles, which refers to how the ear cups allow the wearer to interact with the environment outside of the headphone.
Closed-back: The “closed back” refers to the solid enclosure around the driver that “closes” it off from the outside world. The design completely isolates your sound—the music you’re listening to won’t bleed out, and outside noise won’t bleed in. This type of headphone excels when tracking instruments in the studio, mixing live sound, as monitors for musicians on stage, and for DJ setups or any other situation where you want to keep the sound just in your ears.
Open-back: Open-back headphones feature vented enclosures, giving you a more natural and spacious listening experience. Unwanted reflections in the cup are minimized, and the sound stage is very open and clean, replicating a live sound experience. Open-back headphones are ideal for studio mixing, mastering and precision listening.Shop DJ Headphones
The Headphones Buying Guide is here to help inform your headphones purchasing decision. Whether you are looking for the perfect running headphones, portable earphones or bluetooth headphones, the Headphones Buying Guide can help.
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