This thread serves as a Q&A section for all new/existing audiophiles seeking advice on their next headphone purchase!
The rules are simple, no flaming/bashing and try not to spam (posting irrelevant post).
You may ask us any headphone/earphone related question, and we will gladly assist you. Don't be shy!
When asking, please remember to STATE YOUR BUDGET. Better if you give exact numbers... "not so expensive la" is not considered a budget
Other info such as the following will also be helpful to get faster and more accurate responses:
- Your rig (mp3 players, amps, soundcard etc)
- What type of usage (movies/ gaming/ music etc)
- File format used in your source (i.e. flac, mp3 etc)
- Genre of music you listen to (classical, jazz, metal, etc)
- Headphone/ earphone type (closed, open, cirumaural, IEM etc)
- Other requirements (if any) (mic, volume control, 5.1ch, 7.1ch etc)
...or you can just copy and paste the following format when posting:
- [B]Type of usage:[/B]
- [B]File format:[/B]
- [B]Music genre:[/B]
- [b]Headphone/ earphone type:[/b]
- [b]Other requirements (if any):[/b]
Best of luck on your headphone/ earphone purchase!
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Some audio terms used in this thread and their meaning:
Sometimes called full size headphones, these are made in a circular fashion that surround the ear completely.
Closed back (or sealed) headphones are designed to reduce the effect of external noise on your listening and also to keep the noise made by the headphone drivers from leaking out and disturbing people around you.
Ear bud headphones are small in size and are placed directly outside the ear canal.
In Ear Monitors (IEM):
In Ear Monitors (IEM) also known as Ear Canal Headphones (ECH's). These earphones are placed into the ear canal and effectively seal your ear with their small rubberised ear-tip sleeve (can also come with various tips). They are small, lightweight and very portable.
Noise cancelling headphones:
Noise cancelling headphones reduce the perceived noise from outside with the clever use of small microphones located inside the earpiece and active electronics within the headset. The basic principle is that the noise signal for the outside world is inverted and then summed with the signal from the audio source. The result is that the ambient noise from outside is effectively cancelled out, which lets you enjoy your music.
Open back headphones:
Open back headphones (sometimes referred to as vented) are designed to allow sound out through the back of the earcup. This design gives a character to the sound that is often described as having an open soundstage, or natural. One reason for this is that there are less reflections than a closed back (or sealed) design.
Supra aural headphones have pads that sit on top of the ears, rather than around them.
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This post has been edited by MrJinggles: Jan 13 2012, 11:41 PM