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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 October 16, 2019

                                  11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                  11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

                                  Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

                                  Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

                                  Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

                                  In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

                                  1. ScheduleOnce

                                    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

                                    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

                                    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

                                    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

                                    Available on Web

                                    2. Calendly

                                      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

                                      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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                                      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

                                      3. Assistant.to

                                        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

                                        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

                                        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

                                        Available on Web

                                        4. Acuityscheduling

                                          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

                                          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

                                          Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                          5. Pick

                                            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

                                            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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                                            Available on Web

                                            6. X.ai

                                              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

                                              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

                                              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

                                              Available on Web

                                              7. YouCanBook.me

                                                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                                                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                                                Available on Web

                                                8. Doodle

                                                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                                                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                                                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                                                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                                                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                                                  9. WhenAvailable

                                                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                                                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                                                    Available on Web

                                                    10. Rally

                                                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                                                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                                                      Available on Web

                                                      11. NeedtoMeet

                                                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                                                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                                                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                                                        Available on Web

                                                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                                                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                                                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                                                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                                                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                                                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                                                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                                                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                                                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                                                        The Bottom Line

                                                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                                                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                                                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

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