Earphones and headphones have become a necessary accessory that you can use with a multitude of devices. Buying a set of earphones or headphones can be quite confusing with a large number of options on the market. From tiny earbuds that fit into your ear to the larger headphones, and with a wide variety of prices in between, there are all sorts available. There are canal phones, on-ear headphones, in-ear headphones and over the ear headphone models, which are all different in looks and nature.
Choosing the right headphones
Before setting off to buy a pair of headphones, understanding the differences between the varieties is the first step. The next step is deciding how much you want to spend. Prices range from just a few Euros to sky-high prices for professional sets. Then you have to determine if you need wireless earphones, or if phones with as wire will do. The headphones have to be comfortable for you and in-sync with the latest styles. Let’s take a closer look at the different types of headphones on the market so you will be able to make a better and more informed decision and fully understand the intrinsic differences between them.
1 – On-Ear Headphones
On-ear headphones are trendy due to their lightweight material and compact nature. They are somewhat similar to over-ear phones, provide superior bass quality and come in varying strengths.
2 – Over-Ear Headphones
With Over-Ear- headphones, the music pieces encircle your ear snuggly reaching your circumaural ears, and they generally fit within the entire place. They offer supreme comfort and come in a variety of original designs and styles. They provide high-quality sound, and you can choose from wired or wireless phones that also feature Bluetooth capability and a lot more.
3 – In-Ear Headphones
Also referred to inter-aural headphones or earphones, they are placed right in your ear, block out exterior noise, and provide exceptional sound quality. The acute noise isolation creates clearer and superior sound quality, and they are supremely comfortable. They can be placed into the ear canal and come with foam or rubber ear tips, and available shaped like a lock.
4 – Earbuds
Earbuds are marginally different from in-ear headphones, as they face the ear can always rather than resting against it. This allows exterior noise to penetrate from the outside world with minimum noise cancellation. These sets typically include volume control, and you can clip the cord to your clothes.
5 – Other Factors to Consider: Impedance & Driver Size
Besides the type of headphones, you will need to consider the impedance, especially if you intend to listen to a lot of music. Headphones typically have a 25-ohm impedance which delivers low power to the eardrum. Weaker impedance provides poor sound quality due to the low-quality amplification. Higher-quality music pieces should have a 35 to 70-ohm range, and if you want the best sound quality, you should go for the highest impedance can range of 250 ohms. The driver size is another aspect to look into as it can affect the sound quality considerably. The actual size of the diaphragm will affect the sound quality you get with your device. Tiny drivers cannot be expected to provide excellent quality bass sounds. So, if you want high-quality music, make sure the diameter is within the 30 – 53 mm range. Average quality sound is produced by phones with diameters of between 8.8 – 12.5 mm.