Hellows and welcome to my segment on headphones. Now, some might be all squidy and think they know what a good pair of headphones is. Well, that is not the case more often than not. The most recent release of Dr. Dre Beats has spurred me into action… Prrow!
Seriously??? *Hiss Grrowr Scratch!*
Okay, so when buying headphones, first think: “Hey, what am I going to be doing while these are wedged into my ears or strapped to my head?” If you’re going to be running or bouncing around, over-the-ear headphones, though better, may not be the way to go. They have many wraparound sets that work great for that kind of thing and would make a suitable alternative.
So now that you know what style of headphones you are going to be looking at, the next important thing is price. Not everyone can drop a couple hundred or more on a set of headphones (and those peoples have my deepest condolences.)
And now we get to the specs. You really want to make sure you’re getting the biggest bang for your buck, so pay close attention to these. Typical specs are: Frequency Response, Impedance, Sound Pressure Level (SPL), THD (Total Harmonic Distortion) and Cable length. “What do these all mean?” you may ask yourself. Well, it’s actually kinda simple:
Frequency Response is simply the range of frequency that the drivers (the speakers inside the headphones) responds to. Now, most people cannot hear below 20 Hz or above 20 Khz. The first number is the lowest frequency which is where your bass notes are. It’s worth noting that below 20 Hz you might not hear but you can feel it; so if you like bass make sure they dip below 20 Hz. The second number is the highest frequency they will respond to. This is where your high notes are. Some people claim to be able to hear above the normal range, so if you fancy yourself an audiophile, make sure you’re not limiting yourself.
Next up: Impedance. Honestly, don’t fret too much about it. The effect it has on your average consumer is negligible.
The all-important SPL: This is your volume maximum. If you want it loud, pay special attention to this number and how it is measured.
Lastly, Harmonic Distortion. If you’re going on the ultra-cheap-gots-no-monies end of things, then you might wanna double check this; but if you’re willing to shell out a little more cash than what’s at the Buck Store, you shouldn’t have to worry.
There are many brand names out there and it’s easy to get lost in the array of cool designs but the cool thing is, in most headphones the plastic on them is kinda porous so it is easy to paint yourself so color is more or less irrelevant.
Low Activity (not jogging) in no particular order:
Sennheiser 515: These have been my babies for many years. They have been slung over my purse everywhere I have gone, kept my ears warm during the harshest of Canadian winters and have drowned out my wife on a few needed occasions.
Only the best for my minou musics!
Sony XB1000: I want these sooo much… These are going to replace the HD515 set. 70mm driver… I mean, do I really need to say more? Plus, I am sure with all that padding they will be warm during the winter; after all they look like pillows strapped to your head.
Check out the padding on these babies! Meow!
Sony Noise Canceling Headphones: Ok. So I may be a little bit of a Sony fangirl, but hey. They do make a nice set of headphones and these with the noise canceling feature sound really nice.
Sorry honey, I couldn't hear you over my funky fresh feline jamz...
As for suggestions for high activity type of headphones, I wish I could help but I generally cannot stand the feel of something in my ears (so ear buds I couldn’t review) and the behind-the-neck headsets out there? I haven’t prrowed at them enough for me to feel right about making suggestions.
Well, I hope this helps everyone. I will be back next time with my review on speakers.
Keep on pawing things!