Thursday, April 06, 2006
Fit: This may seem like common sense, but fit can make a bigger difference than you think in terms of sound quality. Earbud head phones fit in the ear canal but, because they dont enclose the entire ear, other sounds can interfere with what youre listening to. As a result, earbud users tend to turn up the volume, which can damage the ears! Earbuds also tend to be rather uncomfortable. This type of headphone comes with the very popular iPod.
As an alternative to earbuds, try an enclosed model of headphone, with padding. This type of headphone offers better sound because it usually contains whats called a dynamic transducer, for maximum audio. Other options besides earbuds include headsets that fit tightly on the head or wrap around the head, DJ-style.
Canalphones are another alternative. These are designed to fit comfortably inside the ear canal and provide better sound, with more isolation and good bass. Canalphones are believed to be more effective and safer than other types of headphones, because they eliminate a great deal of external noise. This means that you dont have to turn the music up extremely high in order to hear it, which reduces the possibility of hearing loss. The bottom line: try to find headphones that block out external noises, so that you wont have to turn up the volume.
A noise cancellation feature is commonly available on enclosed headphones. You can use this feature if you hear hissing or experience external noise that lessens your listening experience. To take advantage of this feature, all you have to do is flip a switch. This will decrease background noise, so all you hear is what you want to hear.
Wireless headphones are a great option for people on the go, who dont want to be bothered with lots of external equipment. Keep in mind that wireless headphones often have a small broadcasting range. Look for a model that offers a good range, so that you can take full of advantage of the wireless factor.