We showed you the first steps to take when buying headphones in a previous posts, where we discussed a bit about the various brands, models, and aspects to look for when dealing with a new headphone purchase. However, we did not directly mention a lot of the core features you’re likely to find in today’s stereo headphones.
As such, we feel we owe you yet another incredible headphone shopping guide. And if you have as much fun reading these as we do writing them, we hardly feel sorry about the whole thing.
So without further introductions, here’s a look at a few of the common phrases and features you’re likely to see when shopping for a new set of cans.
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This sounds complex, and generally speaking we suppose the engineering behind this technology is, but the actual benefit of owning a noise-canceling pair of headphones is simple. When purchasing a set with this listed as a benefit, you’re buying a technology that actively seeks to block out ambient noise.
The way this is accomplished is through the creation of so called “anti-noise” or something similar to white noise you ear can use as a base. Obviously, this requires power, and as such most noise-canceling headphones also need an additional power source to operate. Be aware, as well, that some of these models can not play music without said energy. If that sounds like a drag, instead consider the option listed below.
Rather than using technology to create a mask for the ambient noise, these headphones instead work off the seal the buds create with your ear. The whole idea is that a truly rock-solid seal will block out all background noise just as effectively—or potentially even better—than a noise-canceling set of headphones.
On the whole, this is a good way to avoid spending more on engineering, though you may not like such a snug fit with your headphones. Also, these models tend to be in-ear sets, which we know from experience some consumers absolutely despise.
With these models, you’re essentially limiting yourself to home use, as the cans come sans wires, and are tacked to a central point, even if you aren’t. This isn’t a bad thing, though, and wireless headphones can be a great addition to your home theater.
As there’s no need to fuss with complicated wires, one could easily recline on the couch in seclusion, free of other distractions. That being said, these headphones don’t typically produce the same level of sound quality as cabled sets, creating a bit of a cut corner for the true audiophile.
Though we wish Dolby would jump into the headphone market, any set of cans that comes with their name attached is about as good. These headphones use a custom Dolby synthesizer that produces surround sound-style listening. If you’re into watching movies with headphones, there’s no experience quite like a solid set of Dolby-studded headphones to do it with.