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A Comprehensive Guide To Buying Headphones

A Comprehensive Guide To Buying Headphones

Although every headphone serves the primary function of audio output, headphones are different from one another, not only by brands, designs, shapes, sizes and prices, but also in terms of the purpose they are best suited for. Every company in the market today puts lots of research and engineering into designing and developing headphones to deliver the best of the features required to serve specific purposes.

Before buying a pair of headphones, a number of crucial factors such as sound quality, comfort, durability, performance and value for money should be taken into considerations to make a smart purchase. And even after all those smart considerations, the possibility remains that the headphone you get might not be the best choice, for the purpose you want it. There are multitudes of headphones available in the market for a wide range of prices and getting the right headphone for the right price for a specific purpose could be a tricky job.

To make the task simpler for you, we’ve compiled a list of headphones that are highly rated online for serving well in various categories of purposes.

Bass Headphones

The thing you look for in bass headphones is the ‘boom’ it can provide to rattle your skull, but without compromising clarity and quality across the board. The headphones below are the ones which “bassheads” consider to be the best ones.

1. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0

B1

    Sennheiser has been manufacturing headphones since the mid-1940s, so they are no strangers to high end audio. Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 is a notable addition to their lineup which offers a strong bass with crisp and clear high end sound without overpowering other ranges.

    The design is comfortable, portable and durable. With both wired and wireless configurations available, Momentum 2.0 is one of the best headphones for bass.

    2. JVC HA SZ2000

    B2

      This flagship product of the JVC is deemed one of the best bass headphones out there by many reviewers. Its closed-back over-ear design has all the remarkable Japanese technical expertise poured into it to deliver the best of the bass and high grade refined sound.

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      Although the size is fairly bulky and the chord is a little too short, it is comfortable and well-built for durability. All in all, you won’t be disappointed with it, if the bass is what you are looking for in that price range.

      3. Yamaha Pro 500

      B3

        Another Japanese contender on the list, Yamaha has produced these pairs of cans to be loud. The high power output and 50mm driver on Yamaha Pro 500 allow the headphones to produce rich and balanced bass, packing a punch at high volumes. The sound is loud, even without an amplifier and full of details.

        4. Sony MDR-1R

        B4

          Sony has done some serious job with bass on its MDR-1R model. The MDR-1R headphone delivers a hi-fi sound with deep, thumping bass with crisp and clear sound. It definitely is one among the best bass headsets.

          Gaming Headphones

          Gamers tend to use their headsets for long playing sessions lasting many hours. Aside from the sound quality, the microphone, the level of comfort and noise isolations are some of the features to look for in any gaming headsets. The list below features the most preferred headsets by the gaming communities.

          1. HyperX Cloud II

          G1

            Many professional gaming teams are opting for the HyperX Cloud II Headsets for their high build quality, comfort and above all, great sound quality featuring virtual 7.1 surround sound. The microphones on these headsets record sound with great quality for any gaming environment.

            Also, with the 3.5mm plug and a USB adapter, they are compatible with almost all major gaming platforms like PC, Mac, PlayStation and Xbox. Build to be durable, these headsets can endure the hardcore actions of any serious gamer for years.

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            2. ASTRO Gaming A40 TR

            G2

              Astro has been making some of the best gaming headsets for many years now. Astro A40 TR is one of their great products that boasts great sound quality and comfort. It sports a customizable design and so the cables can be changed, if they get damaged. You get the best out of it when you play immersive FPS games.

              3. SteelSeries Siberia v2

              G3

                No other gaming headset in that price range matches the superb performance of Siberia v2. For the price range under $100, the sound quality, microphone and comfort they provide feels no lesser than the higher end headsets. For a gaming headset, Siberia v2 has a well-balanced bass and details in sound, making them appropriate for music too.

                4. Sennheiser PC 363D

                G4

                  Like every other Sennheiser headset, Sennheiser PC 363D headsets don’t disappoint. Although they are pricey, the sound quality, build quality and the comfort they offer is unmatched by other gaming headsets and thus, have become the most preferred headset in the PC gaming arena.

                  Studio Headphones

                  Studio headphones are designed with music production as the primary target. What music producers want in them is the ability to produce the sound exactly as they intend it to be without artificially coloring the sound. For that purpose, they prefer the headsets with flat frequency response and comfort for the long hours of use, aside from the desired qualities for casual listening.

                  1. Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

                  S1

                    These stereo headphones are built for both audiophile listening and professional audio production. The padded ear pads allow these to be worn for long sessions. Not just for studios, their ability to produce clear sound at all volumes with noise isolation and well balanced bass provide a superb listening experience in any kind of environment.

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                    2. Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO-80

                    S2

                      Beyerdynamic is the name you can trust for high end audio. DT770 is especially designed for professional audio mixing, but it doesn’t keep you from having a great listening experience. Apart from its crisp sound quality, thoughts have also gone into comfort and durability while designing this headset.

                      3. AKG Pro Audio K702

                      S3

                        AKG has been around since the 40s, manufacturing microphones and headphones for the radio and recording industry. The AKG K702 is specially aimed for professional sound mixing and mastering without resonances and peaks for neutral sound so unlike other headphones, they are a little weak in the bass.

                        4. Shure SRH840

                        S4

                          Shure has made its name in the market for their excellent design and a high quality products. The SRH840 is another great model of headsets designed and built for professional applications with comfort and natural sound quality in mind. Their closed-ear design brings out great details and control in sound while still being natural.

                          DJ Headphones

                          DJ Headphones need to have high sensitivity, good noise isolation and deep bass as the environment dictates. Often DJs are required to listen to the monitor speaker in one ear, which the rotating ear cups would help. Listed below are some of the most sought after headphones in the DJing scene.

                          1. Pioneer HDJ-2000

                          D1

                            The HDJ-2000 headset is rated highly by DJs and audiophiles alike, for its capability to reproduce crystal clear audio at all volumes. The bass is excellent and the design is comfortable for long hours of use. No wonder it has become one of the popular tools in many DJs’ arsenal.

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                            2. Sennheiser HD25-1 II

                            D2

                              The much trusted German company has designed Sennheiser HD35-1 II for serious DJs, playing their music loud. It has crystal clear sound quality and outstanding noise isolation.

                              3. V MODA Crossfade M-100

                              D3

                                The V MODA Crossfade M-100 for has electrifying bass and high end clarity in the sound it produces. It is amongst the best bass headsets available in the market right now. It also has all the right specs a DJ would want in a headphone, so it is preferred by many renowned DJs worldwide.

                                4. Beats Pro

                                D4

                                  Beats lineup can always be trusted to deliver what they promise. The Beats Pro headphones have the deep bass and sustain details and clarity of sound even when the volume is cranked up to the max. Its superior audio quality, great build quality and comfort suggest that it is definitely designed for DJs as well as studio applications.

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                                  Last Updated on June 17, 2019

                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

                                  40 Top Productivity Apps for iPhone (2019 Updated)

                                  Over the years here at Lifehack, we’ve discussed plenty of apps that you can use to improve your overall productivity.

                                  There are certain ones that many of our contributors and editors (past and present) have adopted over the long-term — there are always the stalwarts that stick around. But there are also new apps that crop up every day, adding more and more depth to the app category.

                                  Some of the apps are incredibly plain and simple, while others are more robust and offer more features than you can shake a stick at. And everyone has the one they prefer.

                                  It’s been our job (and still is our job) to keep abreast of all of the productivity-type apps out there. As a result — and as a bit of a refresher — we’ve put together a list of 40 best productivity apps for iPhone (all categorized based on their functions) to provide you with an all-in-one resource for you.

                                  For Getting Things Done

                                  1. OmniFocus

                                  This app is, while pricey, considered to be one of the (if not the) most robust and full-featured productivity apps on the market.

                                  Download it here.

                                    2. Forest

                                    Train yourself to put your phone down and stay focused on the task at hand by playing with this planting game. It’s fun and will help you achieve more.

                                    Download it here.

                                      3. Things

                                      Another robust choice, this app is a favorite amongst “productivityists”.[1]

                                      Download it here.

                                        4. 30/30

                                        Recently covered here at Lifehack

                                        , 30/30 is a newcomer to the game that incorporates lists and timing of tasks into an elegant and easy-to-use interface.

                                        Download it here.

                                          5. Any.Do

                                          A beautiful-looking app that is both easy on the eyes and your wallet.

                                          Download it here.

                                            6. PocketLife Calendar

                                            This calendar app is specifically designed to be stylish and super easy-to-use. You can organize your life easily with different modern features.

                                            Download it here.

                                              7. Asana

                                              We’ve covered Asana here at Lifehack

                                              , and it is being actively developed by a strong team committed to making collaborative task management a more efficient and effective experience.

                                              Download it here.

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                                                8. ToDoist

                                                This app keeps track of everything – from simple errands to your most important projects – so you can get it all done and enjoy more peace of mind along the way.

                                                Download it here.

                                                  9. FlowTasks

                                                  From the folks at MetaLab, Flow is a gorgeous collaborative task management app that is easy-to-use and incredibly functional.

                                                  Download it here.

                                                    10. Calendars 5

                                                    This calendar app focuses on events that help you to keep track of upcoming events and tasks easily. It has everything you need to organize, track and complete your to-dos.

                                                    Download it here.

                                                      11. Clear – Tasks, Reminders & To-Do Lists

                                                      A fun and innovative list-making app that relies on swiping and pinching to make things happen. Clear created a lot of buzz when it launched, and might be the perfect to-do list gateway app for many.

                                                      Download it here.

                                                        12. Due

                                                        A robust reminders app that lets you store and maintain reminders of all types. It’s replaced Reminders for me when it comes to the basics, and it’s worth a look if you want to keep the mundane stuff out of your head and cluttering your mind.

                                                        Download it here.

                                                          13. Checkmark 2

                                                          I use this app

                                                          for location-based reminders (such as groceries I need to get or single items I need to pick up from various locations). Checkmark is simple to use and a valuable addition to my productivity arsenal.

                                                          Download it here.

                                                            14. TeuxDeux

                                                            Created by Tina Roth Eisenberg and Fictive Kin — Teux Deux is simple and incredibly stellar in terms of design. If you like lists (including the popular “Someday Bucket”) and want to associate dates with tasks, then Teux Deux will be right up your alley.

                                                            Download it here.

                                                              15. Wunderlist 

                                                              Another incredibly popular choice is Wunderlist. Part of 6Wunderkinder’s software family, it sports a gorgeous design and is incredibly functional. We’ve talked about the app a couple of times here at Lifehack, so check those posts out here.

                                                              Download it here.

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                                                                16. Nirvana

                                                                For the GTD enthusiasts, there’s Nirvana. Straight from the source: “Nirvana frees your mind to focus on actually getting things done. If you’ve had enough of generic to-do lists, it’s time for Nirvana.”

                                                                Download it here.

                                                                  17. Priorities

                                                                  An elegant-looking task management app that has received decent reviews,[2] this could be the one for you if you’re not a fan of OmniFocus or Things — especially if you need (or want) to share tasks with others.

                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                    For Building Habits

                                                                    18. Productive

                                                                    With this app, you can plan your habits with an easy-to-use interface, schedule habits for any time of the day, set smart reminders for each time of the day and stay on track with useful feedback. This app is perfect for anyone who wants to build a habit that sticks.

                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                      19. Habitica: Gamified Taskmanager

                                                                      You can complete tasks and build habits in a more fun way with this app. Input your Habits, your Daily goals, and your To-Do list, and then create a custom avatar. Check off tasks to level up your avatar and unlock features such as armor, pets, skills, and even quests.

                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                        20. Streaks

                                                                        This app follows the model of the popular “don’t break the chain method” in that you use the app to track how you are donig in the pursuit of your goal. Great for goal-setting — and an easy and elegant interface to boot.

                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                          21. Remember The Milk

                                                                          Another popular to-do list app, Remember The Milk has a huge following. It has plenty to offer, including the ability to share tasks with others.

                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                            22. Day One Journal

                                                                            When it comes to journaling, nothing really beats Day One. Its latest update added a slew of features that will make you want to start making journaling a habit.

                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                              For Files Organization

                                                                              23. Evernote

                                                                              Touted as the world’s most widely-used productivity app, Evernote an be used simply as a notetaking app or can be customized to be your GTD app of choice — among other things.

                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                24. Pocket

                                                                                You can save an article, video or link you want to read or watch later to Pocket from anywhere including your computer, Safari, email, and your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, Flipboard, and Feedly.

                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                  25. Sync.Me

                                                                                  This app identifies unknown phone calls, warns you from annoying spam calls, and adds a caller picture to your contacts from Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                    26. Droplr

                                                                                    One of the most popular file-sharing apps out there today. Straight from the source: “Stay productive on the go. Droplr for iPhone keeps you in sync and makes sharing on the iPhone natural.”

                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                      27. Dropbox

                                                                                      Before iCloud, there was Dropbox. And there still is Dropbox, which is still widely used by both Mac and PC users all over the globe. It’s like having a flash drive in your iPhone. A must-have.

                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                        28. iDolly 

                                                                                        In conjunction with Dolly Drive and DollySync, iDolly allows you to edit and share your documents from your iPhone.

                                                                                        Since all your changes sync automatically to all your devices, the current version of a document will always be accessible because Dolly Sync keeps everything in sync. Very handy.

                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                          29. Soulver

                                                                                          It may seem odd that a calculator app shows up on this list, but this is no ordinary calendar app. Ben Brooks over at The Brooks review describes Soulver as follows: “It is what calculators would have been if they were invented at the same time computers were, instead of what we have with most calculator apps.” [3]

                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                            For Working Smarter

                                                                                            30. Captio

                                                                                            A simple capture tool. Straight from the developers: “It’s simple. Open Captio and start typing. When you’re done, hit Send. The note is immediately delivered to your email inbox.”

                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                              31. Drafts

                                                                                              A tremendous capture tool that allows for simple capture, followed by sending items to various applications such as OmniFocus, Things and more.

                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                32. NoteShelf 2

                                                                                                This is a perfect note-taking app for you. You can take beautiful handwritten notes, type, annotate PDFs, record audio & create lists. You can organize them into categories or groups.

                                                                                                Download it here.

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                                                                                                  33. Doodle

                                                                                                  This app links directly with the Doodle service, which is one that allows you to plan and organize meetings far more efficiently and effectively. Lifehack contributor Steve Dotto has written about Doodle more in-depth here.

                                                                                                  Download it here.

                                                                                                    34. TextExpander (Legacy)

                                                                                                    I have saved countless hours of time with TextExpander, and despite its inability to be as robust on iOS as it is on the Mac, it is still a worthy app to have in your arsenal.

                                                                                                    Download it here.

                                                                                                      35. Launch Center Pro

                                                                                                      A quick launcher for the iPhone that doesn’t just launch an app…with some of them it can do much more. This app saves you time by launching complex actions in a single tap.

                                                                                                      Download it here.

                                                                                                        36. GoodReader

                                                                                                        This may seem to be an odd one to make this list, but here are plenty of reasons why it is here with this article.

                                                                                                        Download it here.

                                                                                                          37. LogMeIn

                                                                                                          Want to be able to control your Mac from wherever you are? Then get this app.

                                                                                                          Download it here.

                                                                                                            For Improving Security

                                                                                                            38. 1Password

                                                                                                            There is simply no better password manager out there. I’ve even put together a 1Password Emergency Kit worth looking at here.

                                                                                                            Download it here.

                                                                                                              39. LastPass Password Manager

                                                                                                              You can store passwords and logins, create online shopping profiles, generate strong passwords, track personal information in photo and audio notes.

                                                                                                              All you have to do is remember your LastPass master password, and LastPass autofills web browser and app logins for you.

                                                                                                              Download it here.

                                                                                                                40. Truecallers

                                                                                                                Identify and block spammers, search for unknown numbers and call friends easily with this app. With a community-based spam list from over 250 million users, you’ll need this app.

                                                                                                                Download it here.

                                                                                                                  There are plenty of other options out there (and we’ve heard from readers in the past as to what they enjoyed using), but these 40 are among the best.

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