Many individuals today are Addicted to Audio headphones. While there are many models to choose from, your intended use will significantly help narrow your choices. Of course, for all, sound quality is essential; but big bass is a must where others prefer open full-range reproduction that emphasizes overall accuracy. Other variables include isolation, comfort, weight, portability, and fit, which will be discussed in this article.
Fit, convenience, and comfort.
Comfort is critical. Any headphone will feel fine momentarily worn, but many become uncomfortable when worn for long periods. Before settling on comfort, wear your headphones for 20 minutes at least. When choosing closed-back, circumaural headphones, the bigger the ear cups are, the better. Weight is a factor in long-term comfort, with lighter headphones being more comfortable in most situations. The super-light lightweight headphones with foam pads are suitable for long listening times. The headband affects comfort as well. Earbuds dispense absolutely with the band, so in that respect, they are more relaxed. You want it to be flexible, whatever the sort of headband. The rotating cup, especially on over-the-ear phones, is another function for improving comfort.
Portability is not typically a problem; get the lightweight portables designed for this function for listening during physical activity. The heavier closed-back circumaural are usually used for conventional stationary studio work. Laptop computers and compact interfaces have made on-location recording more common these days, however. Closed-back, sealed-cup headphones that are bulkier are needed for this application. Fold-up designs are more compact and cover in-transit headphones. If they are to fly, it’s smart to have some form of case for your recording headphones.
You want the span of your headphones to last long. Sadly, durability also equates to a heavier weight. Light headphones can be more quickly settled on or snapped in half. You have to be careful with them and when they are not on your head, place them in a safe case. If they are fold-ups, look for robustness in the hinges.
Make sure that the cable for your case is long enough. If possible, however, avoid an unusually long cable because it can have a detrimental effect on sound quality by decreasing volume and adding noise, as well as becoming more easily tangled. It is possible that a higher quality pair of headphones would have a shielded cable that minimizes noise. If you purchase headphones with a too-short cable, you can always add an extension, but be sure to get a headphone extension cable of the same quality as the cable. Instead of two shorter ones, you can also add the length you like, as multiple connections will degrade the signal for a single cable.
Although specific specs can be useful, items such as frequency response numbers can be misleading. Listening objectively and deliberately is no alternative. In identifying the correct model, it is also essential to consider how you want to use your new headphones.