Don't Buy Headphones Without Reading This First!
So you've gone out and bought yourself a brand new gadget to use to listen to your music. Your IPod, Phone, Walkman, mobile phone, home theatre
system, whatever looks so shinny and new and you're happy loading on all that music, looking forward to blocking out the world on the way to work.
After the first listen you realise the headphones that came with the devise are truly biblically horrible.
Now if you want to make all that money you shelled out worthwhile you're going to have to wade through the myriad of choices of headphones out
there. The following should help you make sense of your choices and lead you to audio bliss.
Knowing how you plan to use your headphones (home theatre, music or gaming) and the listening environment (around the house or out and about)
will help to greatly narrow down the options to investigate.
Below is a quick outline of the four dominant headphone types available today.
Ear bud headphones or in-ear headphones, are usually given away with purchase of most music devices, these â€˜free' pieces are usually poor
quality. Quality ear bud headphones can have sonic reproduction rivalling the chunkiest of headphones.
Ear bud headphones fit the outer ear and are generally not held in place by clips and do not have a headband of any kind. Some models are now
available that fit inside the ear canal.
PROS - Super compact and ultra light, the most portable of any design, can provide moderate to superb isolation from external noise.
CONS - Sound quality in particular bass response is usually not to the standard of larger headsets, possible discomfort after extended use, putting
something into the ear canal can be uncomfortable for some people; two cables increase chance of wire tangling.
Sports Headphones can moon light under many names, some of these include; Fashion; vertical; behind-the-neck; clip-on; neckband; Walkman-style
or portable headphones.
These designs most commonly consist of an ear bud type design with a method of keeping the