Headphones Buying Guide
Headphones 101: How to buy the right headphones
Types of Headphones
Headphones Buying Tips:
- Sound quality isn’t only dictated by your headphones; the standard of your device also plays a part
- Headphones with wider frequency ranges provide better sound quality — a range of 10Hz to 25,000Hz is recommended
- Noise cancelling headphones tend to be the most expensive but offer the most immersive audio experience
Ideal for running or working out, these headphones completely eliminate those annoying wires that get in your way at the gym. Also known as Bluetooth headphones, they use active noise cancellation to effectively block out the rest of the world, allowing you to concentrate fully on your music, podcast, or audiobook. Wireless headphones are available in over-ear, on-ear and in-ear styles.
Noise Cancelling +
These headphones use soundproofing technology that completely eliminates ambient noise, making them a good choice for your noisy morning commute or trip to a loud shopping centre. Noise cancelling headphones come in all types, from earbud to full size. They usually have wireless technology built in, and you can expect on-ear navigation, volume controls and a travel case.
Headphone Controls +
Most headphones will come with a remote built in to the ear piece or wire. These typically include track selection, volume control and the ability to answer phone calls if you’re using your smart phone.
Varying Cords +
Certain headphones will come with two types of cords in the box; one thin, straight cord with a microphone that’s perfect for your mp3 player or smart phone; and another coiled cord that’s designed to deliver high sound quality when listening through your home hi-fi.
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Headphones Maintenance Tips:
- Remove headphones from your device or stereo by firmly pulling the plug, not yanking the cord
- Do not wrap your headphones around your device
- Store headphones in a dry pouch or bag when not in use
- Keep food and liquids away from your headphones
- Clean your headphones periodically with a slightly dampened cloth or Q-tip to avoid earwax build up
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