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Noise Cancelling and Noise Isolating Headphones
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Image Credit: Audio-Technica, Creative Commons There are many scenarios in which the outside noise can interfere with music listening experience, even when headphones are being used. One doesn’t have to leave home in order to experience the damaging effects of the surrounding noises to a music listening session, as there is plenty of sound that can come from the outside and seep behind the headphones. But the rise of mobile music devices and application has put an emphasis on the...

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What Makes Good Headphones Sound Bad
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While headphones can surely be considered to be the crowning piece of any audio gear set-up, all the other parts have an equally – if not even more – important role to play in sound reproduction. The typical setup consists of a device like a CD player, a smartphone, a tablet or a record player, a preamp and an amp, depending on whether either is included in the reproduction device, and the headphones, and each of them affects the...

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How to Audition Headphones
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Auditioning headphones or speakers is a time honored tradition found not only among audiophiles. Auditioning is used instead or in addition to looking at the specs of the headphones for many reasons – the specs might be inaccurate or insufficient in explaining the quality of sound, the headphones might have a sound signature that can be determined only by listening, and there’s also the fact that the same headphone can sound differently to different people. Auditioning headphones is an...

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Earphones and Headphones – What Is the Difference?
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Image Credit: Marcus Jeffrey, Creative Commons Portability is one of the major influences on the development of modern sound technology. From the first headphones, which were used with stationary sound reproduction devices, through the lighter models which were introduced along with the first mobile reproduction devices, we’ve seen headphones transform from clunky, heavy pieces of hardware to light and small sophisticated pieces of modern technology that can fit in our ear. And today, people want to listen to the music...

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How Should Quality Earphones Sound Like
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Image Credit: photosteve101, Creative Commons The chase for the best sound quality has been the driving force behind the high-quality audio equipment industry. Manufacturers are racing in implementing innovations that will make their products produce better quality of sound, and some of them, like Schultz, are going a very long way to stay ahead of the competition. Others are trying a different approach – to make their high-quality gear more affordable, as to widen their potential consumer base. Patents are...

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Frequency Range of Headphones Explained
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The usual frequency range of headphones, at least as it is declared on the packaging of headphones, includes frequencies from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz, which is what an average human can hear. Some headphone manufacturers claim their headphones have an even larger range, like from 5 Hz to 30,000 Hz, even though the lowest and the highest frequencies might not be audible. Frequency range, or frequency response, is one the characteristics that are sometimes used to determine the...

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Importance of Critical Listening
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In the field where quality of sound is of critical importance, people get educated in the art and craft of critical listening. When quality is in question, simply hearing sound does not suffice – one is required to know what to listen for, what to look for in a sound, and how to differentiate between the characteristics of the sound. Interestingly enough, critical listening is not a tool headphone manufacturers would be required to use in order to determine...

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Bluetooth vs. Wi-Fi – Which is better for Sound Systems
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Image Credit: FutUndBeidl, Creative Commons The world is doing away with the cables. There are ways to transmit electricity wirelessly, although the technology for it still needs to become more efficient. We have mobile phones that allow us to be on the grid all the time without having to plug into a phone plug or modem. They are also mobile because their batteries only need to be recharged via cable every few days. In the world of audio, the major...

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How to Describe Sound
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It is a common practice, especially within the audiophile community, to do plenty of research before buying audio products like players, preamps and amps. Rightfully so, because these products can cost a pretty penny, and a lot of their appeal comes from personal preference, so they should be tested before they are bought. Earphones and speakers, although not necessarily the most expensive part of a sound rig, might be the hardest part of the rig to choose, and this...

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Headphones and Speakers – The Difference in Sound Quality
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Every search for the perfect listening experience eventually comes to the point when the question that needs answering is – headphones or speakers? It is a thing of personal preference, of course, and there’s not a consensus in the audiophile community that one is intrinsically better than the other. There is plenty of debate about the merits of each one of them, which might sound a bit unnecessary to an average consumer who thinks the main difference is in...

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