High End Headphones – Everything You Need To Know

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Sometimes, we want the best sounds we can get, because we deserve them. And indeed, there is nothing better than jamming to your favorite song in HD sound. That is why diligent sound companies have created high end headphones – so you can enjoy your music the way it is meant to be enjoyed and the way the artist intended for you to enjoy it. To that respect, we have prepared for you a short guide on how to find yourself the best possible headphones and what to pay attention to when selecting the right headphones. So, let’s begin!

What are the benefits of High End Headphones?

Sound quality, portability, flexibility and durability. Since the product costs this much, it ought to encompass these attributes in order to be a truly top-notch item. A pricey set of headphones must provide outstanding sound quality, much better than average headphones; otherwise, it’s not worth the price tag.

Also, such headphones are to be extra durable, and flexible, so they can be utilized in many situations. In addition, a good set of headphones ought to be more portable than standard ones, because customer convenience is a true showcase of the high price.

What do you need the headphones for?

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This is a question only you can answer, but we can provide some useful advice here as well. Most of us use headphones while commuting, to make the trip to work more bearable. Many of us like to have something motivational to listen to while running or working out (because many of us need such a thing, honestly).

To this end, it might be a good option to go with either in-ear or on-ear headphones, due to their portability and light weight. In addition, some of the best on-ear phones are biometric – they will help keep track on your heart rate and other vital signs, so they make a very good choice for fitness-minded customers.

On the other hand, if you like peace and quiet in your working environment, or if you spend a lot of time in the airplane, you might want to go with a good pair of noise-cancelling over-ear headphones, as they will block any annoying sounds coming from chatter, or people going about, or jet engines, etc. However, be sure about one thing – even the best noise-cancelling ‘phones cannot block sharp sounds, such as doors slamming, or jet engines roaring, but will do their best to mitigate all these effects.

Lastly, if you are an audiophile that likes their sound crispy clear and the tones well defined, you might opt for a set of over-ear headphones with passive noise-cancelling, as active noise-cancelling can harm the quality of the sound due to its emitter. Headphones with passive noise-cancelling will secure your ear from outside sounds, but will not impede on the sound quality, so you will be able to hear the tones perfectly.

Also, you might want to go with headphones that offer higher than normal frequency range (5Hz to 3.3 MHz) because they will provide that extra kick in the quality department, and will offer lower bass frequency, so you will not just hear that heavy bass, but really feel it.

Either way, the choice is up to you. Take a good look at the product specifications, and make sure that the item you’ve picked suits your needs exactly, because if you’re buying and expensive product, you had better gotten your money’s worth.

To sum up, here’s a list of what headphones are good for:

  • Earbuds are great for fitness-minded people, or those who enjoy spending time outside because of their small size and small weight.
  • On-ear headphones are also great for people who enjoy outdoor activities, but you may run into trouble using them when running and working out, or using them when in crowded places when you want to keep your music for yourself.
  • Over-ear headphones do a great job canceling out noise and offer amazing sound quality, so they are best used in those conjunctions – for people constantly flying, for people sensitive to loud sounds, for people working in places where loud sounds can be heard, for people who need to hear precise notes, and, finally, for gaming.

Cons:

  • Earbuds can be uncomfortable after prolonged use.
  • On-ear headphones leak sound on occasions.
  • Over-ear headphones are bulky and are not best suited for outdoor use due to safety reasons (see safety section.)

Types of headphones

Before we go any further, we must first consider what types of headphones exist. This is important because not all of the headphones will fit all situations, so you need to get to know the product before you make your purchase. Some of these products have special features that can come in handy, or lack thereof can cause you to be dissatisfied with the product. All in all, it is important to know what you are buying in order to get the best out of a product. So, let’s take a look at some of the types

In-ear headphones

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In-ear headphones, or earbuds, are the smallest and lightest type of earphones. It is most likely that you are already in possession of such headphones, if any, as they come with any portable audio player. These headphones are placed directly in your ear cavity in order to play sound as close and directly as possible into your ear canal.

In-ear headphones come in various shapes and sizes to accommodate anyone and are considered the cheapest of the bunch. However, do not be fooled – the costliest of these are on the par with the best set of Beats by Dre headphones out there. Also, the important note here is that these ‘phones come in two subtypes. One type of these goes into the ear in order to close off the ear canal and thus preserve as much sound from dissipating.

They rely on their ergonomic shape to stay inside the ear. The other type is what you might call it “true” in-ear headphones, because they go directly into the ear canal and lodge themselves there (so to speak), and deliver the audio directly inside. The downside of this type of headphones is that they can be quite uncomfortable after prolonged use, and the shape may not be right for your ear, and thus they will keep falling out. On the other hand, these are extremely light and portable, so they can be transported and used anywhere from the confines of your pocket.

To sum up, here’s a short list:

  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Not encumbering and easily stored.
  • Great for use while outside

Cons:

  • Can tangle in.
  • Less durable.
  • Can be uncomfortable when worn too long.

On-ear headphones

on-ear-headphoneOn-ear headphones are heavier than in-ear ones, but are still quite portable, as most of them can be folded to some extent. The main characteristic of this type of ‘phones is that they go over the ear, a.k.a. they have a pair foam pads that cover your ear. In addition, they have a piece, either made of plastic and metal, that connects the pads and goes over of around the head.

There are those also which are not connected, but they have a solid piece that goes around your ear and thus secure themselves in place. The best part about these earphones it that the padding offers more comfort when used for a longer period of time, but the downside is that they will allow for some of the audio output to escape into your surroundings, so they might not be the best option if you consider music a private experience.

Needless to say, some of the best and most expensive ones will make a good attempt at mitigating this problem. To sum up, here’s a short list:

Pros:

  • Lightweight and portable, just like the earbuds.
  • Comfortable to wear, much more so than the earbuds.
  • Often foldable.

Cons:

  • Since they don’t encase the ear, they can leak sound into your surrounding area.

Over-ear headphones

over-ear high end headphonesOver-ear headphones are the biggest and heaviest of the bunch – they have a solid construction connecting a pair of very big pads that surround the whole ear. They are not as portable, but there are still models that can fold and be packed. These are the most expensive type of earphones, but they will offer the best sound quality and are the sturdiest.

Also, these ‘phones have the best frequency of the three types, something they are specially designed to do in order to satisfy the most hardcore audiophiles. In addition, the pads that surround the ear are the best in terms of audio isolation, so very little to none of the sound will ooze into your immediate surroundings, and very little environmental sounds will seep into your ear. To sum it up, such ‘phones will:

  • Do greatly when you want to block loud, distracting sounds.
  • Still provide great sound quality.
  • Do a great job if you just want to mitigate loud sounds without listening to music.

But there are some cons:

  • Will not help with loud, high-pitched sounds.
  • Can damage the sound quality (though not greatly), so audiophiles may not like them as much.

A few special features

Secondary headphone jacks

Some earphones feature secondary jacks so more than one set can be plugged into one item. This allows for multiple persons to listen to the same track at the same time. This is a good option for those who want to share their experience with others or for those in the music industry where several people need to examine one piece of music.

Foldable headphones

Foldable headphones are in high regard by many of people who want the best possible sound quality mixed with decent portability. This is why some manufacturers of on-ear and over-ear headphones produce items that have movable and rotatable pads and foldable constructions in order for the customer to be able to pack them better.

Noise-cancelling headphones

Many of the best products have this feature. This feature is often found in over-ear and in-ear headphones (though the on-ear ‘phones can sport this feature too), which allows them to block the noise coming from the outside and thus improve the quality of the sound, or remove unnecessary distractions when doing something important.

Find out Top 7 Noise Cancelling Earbuds of 2016

There are two types of noise-cancelling headphones

  • passive  and
  • active.

Passive noise-cancelling is achieved through headphones that have a very tight fit in or around your ear, and through thick pads.

Active noise-cancelling is achieved through a special sound emitter installed within the ‘phones that plays a sound of opposite frequency to cancel out the sound coming from the outside. To sum it up in a short list, such ‘phones will:

  • Do greatly when you want to block loud, distracting sounds.
  • Still provide great sound quality.
  • Do a great job if you just want to mitigate loud sounds without listening to music.

But there are some cons:

  • Will not help with loud, high-pitched sounds.
  • Can damage the sound quality (though not greatly), so audiophiles may not like them as much.

Wireless Headphones

Of course, if you’re in the market for some high-end headphones, why not go wireless? Most of the top models have the option of wireless technology in installed in them so that you can listen to your music while away from your computer or media player.

Also, when talking about earbuds, going wireless can be an even better option, as these will not tangle in your pocket or anything. In addition, you can buy yourself a pair of true wireless earbuds – earbuds that aren’t connected by any wires, not even among themselves; they are separate entities, both with their own Bluetooth emitters.

Here’s a list of  10 Best Wireless Headphones For TV

Some pros and cons:

  • Will not tangle, no cables.
  • You won’t have to operate the media player directly.

Con:

  • They are, sometimes, prone to critical malfunctions.

Some security concerns

Though this type of product is more or less safe to use, there are some hazards that appear when using them. This is mainly directed toward noise-cancelling headphones. This is because their inherent property is to block out noise, and thus you will not be as safe when outside on the street because you might not hear the traffic incoming. The other hazards that arise from not being able to hear properly, so if you’re walking about with these ‘phones on, please do be extra careful.

Conclusion

In the end, the choice is truly yours, as we have said many times. But, any high end headphone you go for is an investment, so it is best to seek some advice before making such an investment. The product you’re about to buy costs a hefty sum of money, so make sure you’re well familiarized with what the product is about, and make sure you spend some time looking over the specs of the product. As long as you do that, you will certainly be left with a fine product that will serve you well and faithfully for years to come.