How to Choose the Best Headphones for You?

Choosing good quality headphones can be difficult if you do not know what you're looking for. Often when someone is in the market for headphones, their only qualification is sound quality...
SHANGHAI - May 10, 2013 - PRLog -- Headphones are very personal things and usually finding the right pair boils down to three things: fit, price and sweet smooth sounds. With so many different headphones on the market, how do you decide which ones are right for you?  If you're looking to get beyond the iPod earbuds and invest in a nice pair of headphones for yourself, here's how to pick out the perfect set for you.

1.Wearing Type
There are 4 basic types of headphones - sealed, open, canal phones and earbuds. The style that is right for you is largely a matter of what you intent to do with them and how much money you have to spend.

The sealed headphones are those heavy clunky headphones that you think of when you picture studio musicians and stereo sets from the '70's. These are great if you want to isolate out any exterior noises. Not only will they not let outside noise in, they will keep whatever you are playing from getting out, so if you are using them at work and want to crank the tunes without bothering your officemate, then these might be a good choice.

The open-air headsets are lighter and will deliver better sound quality but won't block out outside noise. They also will emit some noise and may be bothersome to anyone sitting close to you. They are quite comfortable, however but aren't as sturdy as the sealed headsets and may break more easily.

Earbuds are really tiny headphones that fit right inside your outer ear and are held in place with clips or a band. They are very light but if you are particular about your sound quality these may not be the best headphones for you or you may have to take some time to find a set that is the perfect fit for your outer ear.

Canal headphones are the smallest of the 4 types of headphones and fit right into your ear canal staying in place without the aid of any bands or clips. They seal off your ears so no extraneous sound can get in and therefore they provide excellent sound quality.

A.Noise Cancellation: Noise cancelling headphones sample the noise around you and play an inverted version of that sound in your ears, cancelling out the noise around you. The upside is that they're extremely effective, but they tend to be pretty expensive, so that's something to keep in mind when considering noise cancelling headphones. You'll need some batteries for these types of headphones, and while they come in both ear pad and full size models, you'll probably want to go full size for the best noise cancellation.

B.Noise Isolation
Often confused with noise cancelling headphones, noise isolation headphones block outside noise by creating a physical seal in or around your ears to keep music in and ambient noise out. They aren't necessarily as effective as noise cancelling headphones, but they don't require batteries and you can find decent models for much cheaper.

Wireless headphones are pretty self-explanatory: they don't have wires, letting you roam the world cable-free. Most wireless headphones these days are Bluetooth, and often will let you not only listen to music wirelessly, but even play, pause, or skip music right from the headphones. The problem with wireless headphones is that you have to recharge them or swap out batteries often, and sound quality is rarely as good as wired headphones. If you have other wireless devices in your house, like cordless phones, they can also experience interference. They come in both home versions with big base stations, and portable versions with small dongles. They have their time and place, of course, like when you're exercising and don't want to get tangled up in your own wires.

3. Comfort
There are many different types of headphones to choose from in terms of look and feel. It's always important to choose a headphone that is comfortable on your head. Meaning, the headphone itself fits right inside your ear, transmitting the sound directly to your ear canal. Whichever you decide to purchase, "over the head" headphone or "canal bud" headphone, make sure that they are comfortable for you.

In the end, it comes down to what feels the best in/on your ears. Even if they don't have the best sound, if they fit your needs and they're comfortable, then you're good to go. Just remember for a few extra bucks, you could be hearing a great deal more!

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