How Headphones Affect Music Quality | December, 2019

Headphones impact music quality in so many different ways from the perception of tonal clarity to noise cancellation. There are multiple types of musical headphone that come with unique advantages and features. While in ear headphones are perfect for enjoying music on the move, Bluetooth headphones take mobility to a new height by eliminating the cords. The material of the ear pad ensures good quality music. Sound quality makes a difference and with advanced technologies, distinct sounds become clearly and make the experience of listening to the music all the more enjoyable. Check out these amazing headphone sets whether it comes to comfort, durability, mobility easy maintenance and hearing protection.

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OPPO PM-3 Closed-Back Planar Magnetic Headphones

This OPPO PM-3 Closed back planar magnetic headphone has excellent sound quality thanks to its planar magnetic drivers. Additionally, there’s a 1.2m portable cable for iPhone with mic and controls included. The headphone is closed back for exceptional noise isolation and guaranteed privacy. There’s high sensitivity, lightweight and a comfortable fit, apart from the elegant sleep...Read More

This OPPO PM-3 Closed back planar magnetic headphone has excellent sound quality thanks to its planar magnetic drivers. Additionally, there’s a 1.2m portable cable for iPhone with mic and controls included. The headphone is closed back for exceptional noise isolation and guaranteed privacy. There’s high sensitivity, lightweight and a comfortable fit, apart from the elegant sleep body and marvelous engineering. Sleek PM-3 offers the best headphones for those who listen to music all the time on the go. The flagship headphones come with the choice of listening through an amplifier or high quality 2 channel speaker system.

Pros:

High sensitivity, light weight and comfy fit.

Excellent sound quality from planar magnetic drivers

Cons:

Weight distribution on the headband is poor

Brand: OPPO
Model#: PM-3
Weight: 11.4 ounces
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Monitor Headphones

Audio Technica ATH M50x is a headphone unlike any other. This pair is perfect for professional studios, and has been praised by top audio engineers and reviewers for its outstanding sonic performance. The proprietary 45 mm large aperture drivers of this headphone come equipped with rare earth magnets and copper clad aluminum wire voice coils. Exceptional...Read More

Audio Technica ATH M50x is a headphone unlike any other. This pair is perfect for professional studios, and has been praised by top audio engineers and reviewers for its outstanding sonic performance. The proprietary 45 mm large aperture drivers of this headphone come equipped with rare earth magnets and copper clad aluminum wire voice coils. Exceptional clarity is felt through extended frequency range with deep bass and sound quality that never misses its mark. Through its circumaural design contours, it offers excellent sound isolation in loud environments. Easy ear monitoring is possible through 90-degree swivel ear cups and a professional grade ear pad and headband with a detachable cable deliver quality.

Pros:

Sonic performance and copper based aluminum wire voice coils

Circumaural design for catching the sound in a loud environment

Cons:

Do not have wireless receiver

Brand: Audio Technica
Model#: 50xslappa
Weight: 2.1 pounds
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AudioMX V4.1 Bluetooth Stereo Headphones

AudioMX V4.1 offers cutting edge solutions with aptX and high resolution audio capability. It carves out even the finest details and offers everything from surround sound to powerful bass to enhance your aural experience. Rivaling top brands in the market for its unquestionably superior sound quality, this amazing headphone comes with silky soft glossy protein leather...Read More

AudioMX V4.1 offers cutting edge solutions with aptX and high resolution audio capability. It carves out even the finest details and offers everything from surround sound to powerful bass to enhance your aural experience. Rivaling top brands in the market for its unquestionably superior sound quality, this amazing headphone comes with silky soft glossy protein leather ear cups. Additionally the swivel joints adapt to the head and provide a seamless fit for most sizes. Lightweight comfort and Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 offers a superior listening experience. Superior power consumption, energy efficiency and 23 hours of continuous play time make this the headphone for music-lovers. A built-in HD microphone and DSP noise reduction for crystal-clear sounds, and a sleek body with aircraft grade aluminum alloy and a genuine leather wrapped headband are some of the other reasons to buy this stunning headphone.

Pros:

Superior Hi-Fi Sound

Wireless Bluetooth 4.1 version

Cons:

No superior tonal sound characteristic of wooden headphones

Brand: AudioMx
Model#: AX-05C
Weight: 9.6 ounces
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Sennheiser HD 4.50 Bluetooth Wireless Headphones

Bluetooth 4.0 Sennheiser wireless headphones have aptX technologies to deliver amazing sound quality. NoiseGard active noise cancellation lowers the ambient sounds and lets you enjoy everything from a simple phone call to your favorite album in peace. The intuitive ear cup mounted controls make it easy to make calls and integrate with microphones. With up to...Read More

Bluetooth 4.0 Sennheiser wireless headphones have aptX technologies to deliver amazing sound quality. NoiseGard active noise cancellation lowers the ambient sounds and lets you enjoy everything from a simple phone call to your favorite album in peace. The intuitive ear cup mounted controls make it easy to make calls and integrate with microphones. With up to 19 hours of battery life with Bluetooth and NoiseGard activated and supplied with battery free listening through a connecting cable, it also has a 2 year warranty.

Pros:

Bluetooth 4.0 and aptX technologies

Noise guard active noise cancellation

Cons:

Comes in a pouch, not a hard case

Brand: Sennheiser
Model#: HD 4.50 BT NC
Weight: 7.8 ounces
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Tate & Bauer Newest Technology Premium Hybrid Electrostatz Headphones

The first premier hybrid electrostatic headphones at budget price. Tate and Bauer offer these amazing headphones with premium 40mm hybrid electrostatz driver generating crystal clear sounds and amazing treble and bass. Enjoy vibrant, natural and ultra dynamic music and even choose the option of hard wired in a studio or wireless for a run. The real...Read More

The first premier hybrid electrostatic headphones at budget price. Tate and Bauer offer these amazing headphones with premium 40mm hybrid electrostatz driver generating crystal clear sounds and amazing treble and bass. Enjoy vibrant, natural and ultra dynamic music and even choose the option of hard wired in a studio or wireless for a run. The real wood offers the most beautiful sounds. This headphone too comes in unmatched quality with ultra thin light films and no magnets producing zero distortion of sound. Additionally, the headphone generates vocals up to 45 thousand hertz. The over the ear design has pressure relieving cushions for extended listening sessions.

Pros:

Real wood for ultra light body and clean sounds

Premium 40mm hybrid electrostatz driver

Cons:

No headphone case

Brand: Tate & Bauer
Model#: 4330973377
Weight: 3 pounds
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OneOdio Adapter-free Closed Back Over-Ear DJ Stereo Monitor Headphones

OneOdio adapter free headphones offer superb sound quality and supreme comfort with a large 50 millimeter speaker unit and neodymium magnets providing Hi-Fi level sounds. So, you can access powerful bass, crisp high tones and clear vocal. The padded ear cushions are designed to prevent noise and increase comfort. Get the adjustability and stretchability to find...Read More

OneOdio adapter free headphones offer superb sound quality and supreme comfort with a large 50 millimeter speaker unit and neodymium magnets providing Hi-Fi level sounds. So, you can access powerful bass, crisp high tones and clear vocal. The padded ear cushions are designed to prevent noise and increase comfort. Get the adjustability and stretchability to find the desired angle you seek. The 9.8 foot cord reaches from the TV or stereo for easy movement. This headphone brand has instant connectivity with iPod, iPad, iPhone and Android to name just a few.

Pros:

No need for an adapter

Superior sound quality

Cons:

No volume control, plastic built

Brand: Oneodio US
Model#: 4330345924
Weight: 10.6 ounces
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Hiearcool L1 Active Noise Canceling Bluetooth Headphones

This noise cancellation headphone has a comfortable design. The 90-degree swiveling ear cups and retractable headband design provides soft and top quality memory protein ear pads for comfort all day long. It lowers surrounding noise for travel, work and anywhere in between by switching on the active noise reduction mode. This excellent audio performance yielding headphone...Read More

This noise cancellation headphone has a comfortable design. The 90-degree swiveling ear cups and retractable headband design provides soft and top quality memory protein ear pads for comfort all day long. It lowers surrounding noise for travel, work and anywhere in between by switching on the active noise reduction mode. This excellent audio performance yielding headphone has 40mm large aperture drivers extending the frequency range to deliver the bass and treble with excellent high fidelity. Switching between wired mode and Bluetooth can work wonders. The Bluetooth version 4.1 is in place. It offers connection distance of around 10 meters. Music playing time is around 12 hours and ANC working time offers 8 hours of playing time.

Pros:

Comfortable design, and excellent audio performance

Active noise reduction

Cons:

Volume limiter to protect hearing not there

Brand: Hieracool
Model#: 4330346121
Weight: 1 pounds
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Monoprice Monolith M1060 Planar Headphones

The Monolith headphone has an open back style, linear symmetry magnets and neodymium magnets as well as 106mm driver size. The Monoprice Monolith M1060 planar headphones are the perfect way to experience the music collection. The 106mm planar technology provides a sonic boost and offers a detailed aural landscape. With splendid imaging, lower distortion and balanced...Read More

The Monolith headphone has an open back style, linear symmetry magnets and neodymium magnets as well as 106mm driver size. The Monoprice Monolith M1060 planar headphones are the perfect way to experience the music collection. The 106mm planar technology provides a sonic boost and offers a detailed aural landscape. With splendid imaging, lower distortion and balanced sound, this headphone is the perfect choice for the discerning audiophile. The large ear pads are made of faux leather and padded for extra comfort. This product has a 5 year warranty apart from solid design and excellent quality control standards.

Pros:

Linear symmetry magnets

Planar magnetic transducer

Cons:

Does leak sound

Brand: Monoprice
Model#: 116050
Weight: 4.1 pounds
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SIVGA Wood Open Back Wired Over Ear Stereo Headphones

This unibody solid wood open backed wire over ear stereo headphones has a 50mm dynamic driver with five diaphragms and an amazing design to provide great sound quality. The acoustic membrane impacts quality and is 25% larger than regular headphones at 50mm creating the perfect bass sounds. This headphone pair is simple to wear and offers...Read More

This unibody solid wood open backed wire over ear stereo headphones has a 50mm dynamic driver with five diaphragms and an amazing design to provide great sound quality. The acoustic membrane impacts quality and is 25% larger than regular headphones at 50mm creating the perfect bass sounds. This headphone pair is simple to wear and offers ease of movement, rotating left, right 360 degrees and up and down 180 degrees as well. The left or right ear can be free for adjusting rotation. Protein leather ear pads and interchangeable cables aside, the wood body provides excellent tonal sounds with mellow music pouring in to your ears. The snug fit offers the perfect comfort.

Pros:

Affordable

Wood provides excellent tonal balance

Cons:

No RGB lighting in the headset

Brand: SIVGA
Model#: 4330346157
Weight: 11.7 ounces
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Bose QuietComfort 35 Wireless Headphones, Noise Cancelling

These Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones boost sound quality and make music sound great. The volume optimized EQ protects audio performance at just about any volume. Easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing along with voice prompts and wireless convenience is a major bonus. This headphone set offers a 20-hour battery life for every single charge. This lasts...Read More

These Bose QuietComfort 35 wireless headphones boost sound quality and make music sound great. The volume optimized EQ protects audio performance at just about any volume. Easy Bluetooth and NFC pairing along with voice prompts and wireless convenience is a major bonus. This headphone set offers a 20-hour battery life for every single charge. This lasts for up to 40 hours in wired mode. Noise rejecting dual microphone system also makes the sound clear in noisy or windy settings. The QC35 is also the first headphone to integrate Google Assistant for iOS and Android devices. Enjoy the sense of control over your music and issue instant commands.

Pros:

Active noise cancellation

Dedicated button for Google Assistance

Cons:

Battery not replaceable

Brand: Bose Corporation
Model#: 789564-0010
Weight: 8.3 ounces
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Open backed headphones vs closed back

Closed back headphones isolate the external ambient noise to varying degrees. With big ear cups, they deliver easier noise isolation as opposed to smaller sized models. They also minimize music leakage from the earpiece, unlike open back headphones. Additionally, open headphones do not block the additional noise and cause audio leakage from the earpiece. But open backed models are perfect for airy, spacious or clear sounds as against closed counterparts. Open headphones are the right choice of you need to stay alert and aware of the surroundings. Closed back headphones are perfect for causal listening, commuting, office work, recording or mixing audio and their drawback is venting heat around your ears. For critical listening, top quality audio files and at home listening, nothing beats a good pair of open back headphones. But if noise cancellation or listening in noisy surroundings like a plane or an office is your aim, stick to close back headphones.

Wired and Wireless Headphones: Which is Better?

Wired headphones as opposed to wireless offer their own set of pitfalls and advantages. If you are looking for headphones to stream music or work out, the deciding factor regarding which is better can be based on your lifestyle. If you want to avoid the hassle of dealing with cords, and are comfortable with wireless headphones, this can make the selection process easy. When it comes to audio quality, wireless headphones are generally not as good as wired ones. A lot depends on the budget. Wireless headphones are also constrained by battery life. But wired headphones are not portable to the extent wireless ones are. Compatibility is something both wired and wireless headphones score on. Wireless pairs are more expensive than wired ones. However, technology has also advanced to the point where audio quality of wired headphones can be replicated. Utilizing the 2.4 GHz Bluetooth can make HD quality lesser than wired headphone though. Impact of Bluetooth compressed audio can often be a harsh and distorted digital sounds.

Headphones Versus Earbuds: Which Is Better?

Headphones were a rage in the 70s. But when the earbuds debuted in 2001, the audiophiles would not have imagined that the humble headphone would displace earbuds in many ways. Headphones cover the ear but don’t seal it or fully enclose it depending on the model. Either which way, they offer better bass and are wonderful for blocking noise such as traffic or the roar of a plane. Earbuds have the advantage of being lightweight and portable. Headphones also tend to mess up the hair and interfere with ear clips, glasses or earrings. Less expensive than headphones, they are less bulky and more portable. But what the earbud makes up for in external factors, it comprises severely on sound quality. If music or sound quality is your preference, regardless of the portability or weight factor, headphones are the way to go.

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