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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

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    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

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      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

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          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

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            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

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              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

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                  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

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                    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

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                      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

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                          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

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                            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

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                              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

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                                  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 February 15, 2019

                                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                  7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

                                  Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

                                  Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

                                  Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

                                  So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

                                  Joe’s Goals

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                                    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

                                    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

                                    Daytum

                                      Daytum

                                      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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                                      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

                                      Excel or Numbers

                                        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                                        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                                        Evernote

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                                          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                                          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                                          Access or Bento

                                            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                                            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                                            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                                            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                                            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                                            Conclusion

                                            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                                            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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