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How to Select a Pair of Headphones

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by: Gary Brikowski

A good pair of headphones allows you to enjoy an awesome listening experience almost anywhere. Whether you are playing video games on your laptop, watching movies on your portable DVD player, or listening to music on your MP3 player, a good set of headphones provides realistic sound that will leave you in your own entertainment world.

Most audio components come with stock headphones, but these stock headphones usually do not maximize your listening experience. If you want to enjoy crisp, detailed sound, using a pair of aftermarket headphones will create a more desirable listening environment. If you listen to rap or hip hop, look for headphones with greater bass and wattage capability to provide bass beats. Earphones with greater sensitivity and frequency ratings will bring greater clarity and more accurate sound. You should choose a pair of headphones based on your preferred style of music.

Without question, everyone enjoys a pair of headphones that can reproduce accurate sound. Professional quality headphones enable you to distinguish even the slightest differences in sound. These professional DJ or monitoring headphones are perfect for disc jockeys and professional mix artists. Even if you’re not a DJ, you will enjoy using a pair of high quality headphones to create a private listening environment at home or in the office.

Some headphones include a built-in microphone, which allow you to partake in hands-free phone calls. You can switch from music to a phone call with the switch of the button. For example, if you are listening to music on your iPhone, as soon as you answer the call, the music will pause. After you end the call, the music continues on.

If you are an active person who enjoys working out, jogging or other outdoor activities, portable headphones and earbuds are a must-have. These ear buds are specially designed for active use. The designs include over the head, around the neck and in-ear ear buds. The tight fit design helps prevent them from falling off while you work out. Some are even water and sweat resistant. Overall, these extremely lightweight headphones are built to last and will not interfere with your workout.

Finally, wireless headphones are the ultimate companion for in-car video systems. Wireless headphones enable the rear passengers to enjoy a movie while the people in the front seats listen to music over the front speakers. You can also use wireless headphones at home to watch TV without waking others. You can relax on the couch and enjoy the sound without having to worry about tangling any wires.

Select a pair of headphones based on your music tastes and listening habits. A pair of ear buds might be great for the gym whereas you may prefer to purchase a professional quality pair for sedentary listening environments. So make a selection based on your intended listening application, and enjoy the music!

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