Useful Tips

HOW TO CHOOSE HEADPHONES - what good headphones are best for music

The perception of sound is a purely personal matter, so there are no perfect headphones. The ears only pick up sound waves, but the brain processes them and builds a sound picture. And he does it as best he can. A person perceives the width of the panorama, its detailing and frequency characteristics depending on the time that he has devoted to “communicating” with high-quality sound.

How the brain processes information is determined by the complexity of its neural circuits. It grows with learning. Therefore, musicians and those who listen to music a lot perceive sounds deeper.

Our tests have shown that the sound of one headphone model will be different for everyone: some listeners appreciate the bass or semitones, while others miss them. Moreover, many of the nuances of perception cannot be expressed in words at all. Engineers do not bother and, as a rule, tune the device for average gear, regardless of the type of headphones.

How to choose headphones?

  • Fashionable and creative headphones were developed not only by engineers, but also by marketers. Therefore, the sophisticated logo and rich decoration of these models took much more effort and money than the sound quality. These headphones are dominated by the sound of bass and drums. And all the rest is no longer important. The main thing is to hoot ... -)).
  • Bass (full-sized) provide full sound: bass and treble are heard. Most importantly, these headphones add new sound details that you never knew existed before. For the amateur music lover, this is a good option, but far from the last step on the path to perfection.

  • DJs and studios aren't just good headphones. They allow you to hear the smallest details of the soundtrack during recording or sound mixing. In them, the musical picture is as detailed as possible: not only the parties of the musicians are heard, but also what instruments they play, what effects they use. These headphones have everything a professional needs to work and a music lover to enjoy. But this is not the limit.
  • Hi-Fi class - for gourmets. The main thing in such models is the unique design of the drivers, which give out perfect sound quality. He not only subtle, he is also especially beautiful. The realism of the sound is such that it seems as if the music is not from a recording, but is playing right in the room. These headphones are usually used to listen to the phonogram of the highest quality.

What are the headphones

Liners, or "tablets"

They fit comfortably in the ears, but often fall out of them.

"Pros":

  • they are cheap;
  • suitable for those who are used to being on the alert and listening to music "half-heartedly", controlling sounds from the outside.

"Minus":

  • poor sounding due to poor contact with the ear canal.

Often the cable breaks with wired headphones due to an irregular plug. It can be straight or L-shaped. If you often listen to music from your smartphone and carry it in a deep pocket, choose headphones with a straight plug. The L-shape is ideal for tight pockets.

In-ear, or "plugs"

They cut out external noise well, but it is inconvenient to wear if the size and shape of the ear cushions does not fit.

  • Silicone tips are elastic, practically wear-free. But they can press a little at first.
  • The foam ear cushions easily adapt to the size of the ear canal, however, they quickly deteriorate.

"Pros":

  • superbly convey bass;
  • be able to listen to music in noisy places;
  • in stores there is a large selection of vacuum ear pads of different sizes, shapes and materials. For any ears -))).

"Minus":

  • the membrane is located closer to the eardrum than the “pills”, so a loud sound is more detrimental to hearing.

The older we get, the worse we hear.Studies have found that only children can perceive the frequency of 20,000 Hz, which manufacturers are proud of. 30-year-olds are capable of picking up a range from 16 Hz to 18,000 Hz. By the age of 60, hearing deteriorates noticeably, in men it is stronger than in women. This is partly because men are more likely to work in noisy environments and are less receptive to loud sounds that are more comfortable for women.

On-ear headphones

They give out better sound than small ones. Comfortable to wear for a long time.

"A plus":

  • do not distort the sound, give out deep bass;
  • lightweight stereo headset and reliable sound insulation. You will be able to listen to music without disturbing others. Or chat online without being distracted by external noises.

"Minus":

  • it is uncomfortable to work out in the gym in massive headphones.

The way a person perceives sounds is influenced by everything that a sound wave collides with on its way. First of all, it is the shape of the ears. It is as unique as a fingerprint. The folds of the auricle introduce small frequency distortions into the sound, which are used by headphone manufacturers to create a sense of surround sound.

Bone earmuffs (conduct sound through the bones of the skull)

In bone conduction, sound waves are decoded and transformed into vibrations. The sound travels through the bone directly to the inner ear (for the hearing impaired and for athletes, this is what they need!). You will be able to simultaneously listen to music and control extraneous noises without “turning off” the world around you.

"Pros":

  • you can keep in touch with two devices at the same time;
  • reduce external interference and improve the quality of voice transmission during a telephone conversation;
  • synchronized with Bluetooth devices within a radius of ten meters.

"Minus":

  • people around you hear the sound of your headset.

The shape of the ear canal determines how many reflections of the sound wave will reach the eardrum. And what components of the sound will fade away. By causing the eardrum to vibrate, sound waves act on the receptors in the inner ear. The slightest difference in the displacement of the eardrum significantly affects the perception of loudness and frequency. Therefore, the sound of headphones may seem loud to some, and muffled to others.

Do not rely on someone else's opinion on which headphones to choose, test them and look for the ones that you like.

Note: "Which headphones are better - open or closed"

Watch the video why people hear differently and are there perfect headphones

Filmed by Plazma.TV