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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

    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

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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

            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

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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

                    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

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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

                            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 December 9, 2019

                                  10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                  10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track in 2020

                                  The success of our day is largely dependent on the quality of our planning. Not to miss out anything in their to-dos, some people prefer to make a list of upcoming tasks in a notebook, while others have long started using digital technology solutions.

                                  Calendar applications are some of the main tools that are worth using to organize our life and plan your time carefully.

                                  Many people have switched to specific tools; however, there are still some who do not use calendars on a daily basis. They may find some applications uncomfortable to use, non-functional, or expensive.

                                  In this article, we are going to check out the best calendars apps to help you stay organized.

                                  1. Cal Calendar

                                    Cal Calendar has recently appeared on the market of mobile applications (Android, iOS). It is the brainchild of the development team of Any.do that features impressive functionality and well-thought-out design.

                                    The application comes with many great features, including support for Exchange and Google Calendar, widgets, voice recording, and many more.

                                    Cal Calendar has direct integration with Any.Do To-Do List, which gives you a unique tandem of two applications.

                                    Apart from its extended functionality, Cal Calendar is easy to use. The creation of events is very simple and fast.

                                    What is more, depending on the name of the event, the application automatically adds contacts and geolocation data to the entry description. You can even import your lists and entries from Any.do.

                                    Cal Calendar is a great option for any type of user. It is very convenient and doesn’t overcomplicate the mode of display.

                                    Another good thing is that this tool is available for free, so you can use it without spending a dime for the software.

                                    Available for iOS and Android

                                    2. Google Calendar

                                      Google Calendar is the official calendar for Android devices that has been tested out by many users around the globe. If you are right now trying to get away from it, consider changing your mind.

                                      Since this application is installed on most Android devices by default, many users think that there is nothing special in this program. They are wrong.

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                                      Google has been updating its calendar for quite a few years, and now it comes in Material Design with advanced event features, direct integration into other Google services (for example, supports reminders and Google Now), and comes with Exchange support.

                                      The program is super easy and will not cost a dime for you. It is a good thing, right?

                                      Available for iOS and Android

                                      3. Jorte Calendar

                                        Jorte Calendar is one of the most popular calendar applications in the Google Play store.

                                        The program features a wide range of configuration options, with many design alternatives. You can adjust display mode to your needs and view calendar entries sorted by month, week, or day (by hours). It is convenient for quickly picking the desired date, using task bars, and setting reminders.

                                        Apart from its ordinary information storing function, this application can be a special cloud service, Jorte Cloud, allowing you to synchronize calendars, schedules, and task lists on multiple devices. The application also supports data importing from Google Calendar.

                                        For those paying attention to the program design, there is also Jorte Store, where you can buy styles and icons to personalize the calendar. This feature makes Jorte is one of the brightest calendar applications.

                                        A basic version of the app is free of charge, so if you do not want to spend money on a calendar application, it is a good option.

                                        Available for iOS and Android

                                        4. Business Calendar

                                          Business Calendar is geared towards people who use their calendar for work purposes and business task planning. It offers different modes with wide configuration capabilities.

                                          The application gives a default view mode by months, and events can be marked in different colors. Display modes/ sorting can be adjusted to your needs (by month, day, year, or events).

                                          You can also set a multi-day viewing mode to see how things look for the next few days. Scrolling up and down moves you by month, and if you check a few days, they will be shown in a more detailed form.

                                          The day display mode offers hourly scheduling, and the schedule mode provides a detailed schedule for a single event.

                                          Business Calendar is a great tool for planning/ scheduling cases, tasks, and events. There is a support for recurring events, which can be set up in just a few clicks.

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                                          Having purchased software, you can use it to import and export other calendars, delete, copy, or move several events at the same time.

                                          Android Business Calendar application may seem somewhat chaotic, but it works fine and is easy to work with if you play with it for a while.

                                          A full version of the application is available for $4.99, but you can also find a free version for the app test drive.

                                          Available for Android

                                          5. Calendar

                                            Calendar is a relatively new app. It works as a web app and for both iOS and Android devices. It is an intelligent app that learns your contacts, schedule and tasks. It also helps you schedule and arrange meetings according to your available time slots.

                                            A good thing about Calendar is that it allows you to sync up with other calendars you use such as Apple Calendar and Google Calendar. And so you can manage all the calendars you have in one place.

                                            Calendar also gives you analytics of your meetings, giving you a clear picture on how you can improve your time management.

                                            Available for Desktop, and iOS

                                            6. aCalendar

                                              aCalendar opens our collection of top 10 calendar applications available on the market today. With its appealing design, easy navigation, and great functionality, it is one of the most popular calendar apps in our list.

                                              Some of extra functions include color schemes for each case type (48 colors to choose from), different types of demonstrations, different widgets, moon phases, and much more.

                                              Taking into account it functionality, aCalendar is a reliable calendar application that has an easy-to-navigate interface with three display options. Scrolling from side to side allows you to switch between the display modes of the month, week and day.

                                              When scrolling down and up, you are moving through the calendar at intervals in accordance with the selected display mode.

                                              Apart from its time planning feature, aCalendar synchronizes photos from contact lists or social networks to remind you about birthdays, anniversaries, or any other special dates.

                                              The program also supports data transfer through NFC and full-screen widgets, which eases your work with any data.

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                                              The program is available for free, but you can also get even more features if you buy the extended version of software for $4.99.

                                              Available for Android

                                              7. DigiCal Calendar

                                                DigiCal Calendar is very similar to Cal Calendar in the fact that the application focuses on design more than on its functionality. However, this doesn’t mean that the application doesn’t serve the purpose.

                                                With this calendar application, you can synchronize all your calendars and view them in different ways.

                                                Along with the basic functions, this program comes with support for Google Calendar, Outlook, and includes some unique and interesting features. You can match keywords to the image or set up a dark theme.

                                                The app can even show you the weather forecast for three days. There are many other features that deserve the attention of people who really like to use calendar applications.

                                                Available for Android

                                                8. SolCalendar

                                                  SolCalendar can be called a universal application. It claims to be an all-in-one digital solution having a basic calendar functionality combined with some other advanced features, such as weather forecast for a specific day.

                                                  The application supports Google Calendar, as well as tasks, widgets, lunar calendar and even Foursquare.

                                                  Those searching for a calendar application to cover just everything in its functionality, SolCalendar is a program to consider. There are a lot of interesting things in this application; the program does an excellent job working in “all-in-one” mode.

                                                  Test SolCalendar – the application is available for free. You can test it out without purchasing the service.

                                                  Available for Android

                                                  9. Today Calendar

                                                    Today Calendar is one of the most hip and edgy calendars in our list. The solution was one of the first ones that really embraced Material Design and remains one of the few that adhere to the neat style.

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                                                    The calendar application offers bold colors, simple controls, and great functionality. This is not as heavy an application as many others; it will not eat all the memory of your device.

                                                    If you are not searching for something complicated and over-functional, Today Calendar is what you need. You can always test the application before paying for it – the program is available for free.

                                                    Available for Android

                                                    10. Calendar Widget: Month

                                                      Sometimes people do not need a heap of calendar applications. They would prefer to have one efficient calendar widget.

                                                      Calendar Widget: Month perfectly fills this niche and meets all the needs of a modern user. It has some features of an ordinary calendar, but the real great thing about this software is that it has 80 or more themes in its library.

                                                      The design of the application is great; the themes are perfectly tuned. There are options for almost any theme of your smartphone. The only drawback is the fact that the widget memory is not too large, and you should be ready for it.

                                                      This simple calendar widget was created in the image and semblance of widgets from Yahoo. The widget window displays one calendar month with the ability to go to the previous and move to the next one.

                                                      If you need a simple and affordable calendar to plan your tasks and affairs for one month, this widget is ideal for you. Calendar Widget: Month is so simple that it does not even have Google Calendar support.

                                                      At the moment, it does not have the function of connecting any third-party calendars and services. Developers allow the possibility of introducing support for Google service as an addition to the widget, if users request to have this opportunity.

                                                      Available for Android

                                                      Our Verdict

                                                      Searching for the right application to manage your various calendars and plan your busy day can sometimes turn into a streak of obstacles.

                                                      Most of us need flexible applications that can be easily used to manage our tough schedule. The application should have all necessary time planning functions and be intuitive.

                                                      Stylish design and limitless compatibility also matter. It is not always easy to find such a program.

                                                      The above digital calendar solutions fall under the category “worth” of being used. They are modern, multifunctional, easy, and easy. Pick the one you like!

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