Audiophiles cannot compromise with the sound quality by any means- and that’s what I go by. So when I recently purchased a new Android tablet, the headphone that came with the device wasn’t able to please my ears.
I set out to buy a good old headphone which is most comfortable according to me and doesn’t irritate you like earphones. In the process of buying I discovered it’s not so easy to buy a headphone keeping all the considerations in mind.
So I thought of creating this handy guide which will help you determine the best sounding headphones.
The Top Tips to Helping You Get the Right Headphones
You need to know what you need to get the right fit for you. To make the job easier, here are the steps that you need to follow.
1. Decide what you Want
You can buy different types of headphones with their own pros and cons. You can go for Supra-aural or on-ear headphones which are compact but compromise a bit on sound quality and sound isolation. But they are lightweight and portable.
The over-ear or Circumaural headphones are bulky but they are more comfortable and provide better acoustics than all other types.
Here is the other thing – you need to decide the type of sound you are looking for. Bose headphones, for instance, may sound great to your ears but to an audiophile, it may not be as great. It’s simple, the reason – Bose headphones make the audio look better than it actually is. As an audiophile, you wouldn’t want to have that enhanced version and would rather want to hear the true chors, just like as it was sung by the singer.
Knowing what and how you are going to use the headphones – whether to listen to music on travel just to appreicate the beauty of it all will help you make the right choice.
You can also go for Bluetooth headphones with dedicated playing controls located on the headset.
2. You get What you Pay For
It’s true that you headphones with good sound quality will be priced higher in the range of $100. You can get loud sound from a cheap pair of headphone but it will lack in sound quality.
That being said, if a cheap headphone sounds the same as an expensive headphone, it is better to go for the former one!
We wouldn’t suggest that you buy a $1000 plus headphone, but if you are looking for some quality, a $50 headphone can never equal to that of a $300 headphone. Sure, it could beat an $80 one, if you choose it right, and that is what you really need to focus on.
3. Check for Noise Isolation
Many people confuse noise isolation and noise cancellation but both are different features.
Noise isolation is a physical process of blocking outside noise so that you can enjoy your music in peace. You may have a thick padding on your headphone which blocks the ambient noise outside and keeps the music in.
An open end headphone will also allow some sound to leak out. So if you want to keep everything sealed, you should pick a closed-back headphone with better sound insulation.
Again, decide whether you really do need noise isolation – if you would rather want to be aware of what is happening around you, you don’t need this.
4. You need to Pay Extra for Noise Cancellation
Noise canceling is a technical feature which analyzes the surrounding sound and sends an inverted version of the sound inside the headphone. This contributes in cancelling the surrounding sound.
You have to pay a bit higher price for a pair of good sound canceling headphones. But it’s a compromise and the feature even brings down the sound of the song you are playing making you reach for high volumes.
You will need batteries for sound canceling headphones and it’s best to go for the full size versions for best results.
5. Consider the Portability
Big and bulky headphones come with the best sound but they are not convenient to carry around. SO if you are ready to compromise on sound quality a bit, then going for on-ear headphones will save much space in your bag.
If you don’t like the hassle of wires, then going Bluetooth is the best option. You will need to pay more and recharge the batteries while having the advantage of playback controls on the headset.
6. Check the Frequency
It’s always better to go for a wide frequency range as you can hear all the instruments and layers effectively. Headphones with wide ranges like 10 Hz to 25,000 Hz is the best option though you can stick to any range in between.
Different frequency ranges also produce different results- for example, you will have more bass if the low end frequencies come higher in the sound graph.
7. Test your Headphones
Now comes the time to put on your headphone and test it out. Listen carefully how it sounds and if all layers of the music is audible.
Play songs of different genres so that you can check out the performance for different instruments and styles and go for the one you like!
Get your Headphone!
I follow the same guideline every time I buy a headphone and hope it works for you too! If you have any comments or suggestions, please leave it in the comments. Let us know if you like the guide!