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5 Things to Know When Choosing Perfect Headphones

5 Things to Know When Choosing Perfect Headphones

Headphones are available in a lot of different styles, brands and prices, which make it hard to find a right pair for you.

Are you aware of the celebrity-endorsed headphones trend? If so, then just be clear that when you open up the spec sheet, things are still confusing. In this article, we’ll discuss in detail the key headphone specifications and why they matter.

1. In-ear Headphones

The first and the foremost are the in-ear (canal) headphones. These ear pieces fit directly into your ear canal, also called as in-ear monitors. In-ear headphones offer two significant benefits to the wearer. First of all, they deliver excellent sound quality because it’s nearer to the ear drum. Secondly, it fills out way into the ear; that’s why it’s quite useful in sealing out external noise.

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These headphones are available in different sized tips, so you can choose accordingly. If you want to attain the best performance, it’s important to get the right size.

2. On-ear Headphones

These headphones are also called supra-aural headphones, which sits on the top of the ear. Similar to the in-ear headphones, they also send the sound straight into the ear canal, but can’t block out outside noises. Moreover, people sitting next to you can hear what you’re listening to.

A lot of people find on-ear headphones more comfortable as they don’t trap heat on your ears, unlike over-ear headphones. But clamping might be an issue for some folks out there as they may complain of headphones squeezing too tightly and irritating their ears. Try to find a pair that sits well.

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When it comes to sound quality, on-ear headphones offers you a good balance of high sound quality along with a decent level of portability.

3. Over-ear Headphones

Over-ear headphones are also called circumaural headphones as they encase the entire ear. They are large; that’s why also contain a large driver with enhances bass performance and louder volume. When it comes to positioning, it is placed far away from the ear and produces a more spacious sound, which resembles the sound of the speakers.

4. What Are Drivers?

The driver of a pair of headphones is believed to be a critical component. It can convert an electrical signal to sound pressure. In other words, you can say that it produces sound.

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Drivers are of different types, but all of them primarily contains magnets, a diaphragm and voice coils.

The diaphragm vibrates due to these components and then these vibrations produces sound waves, which we interpret as sounds.

On a spec sheet of a pair of headphones, the driver is indicated by the diameter of the diaphragm is mentioned in mm (millimeters). Most of the time, the driver size is directly proportional to the sound quality, particularly when it comes to bass performance. Take over-ear headphones for example. A 40mm driver proves to be a good size for sound quality.

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On the other hand, in-ear headphones are smaller in size, so can’t fit a larger driver easily. That’s why some technical experts use the dual-driver approach, in which your headphones have two drivers; one for bass and the other for mid and high frequencies.

5. Paying Attention to Sensitivity and Sound Pressure Level

When it comes to the SPL (sound pressure level) or sensitivity; both terms are related. It indicates the loudness of your headphones. You can explain the sensitivity as something that measures how competently an electrical signal is converted into an acoustic signal. Similarly, sound pressure is how you measure the sensitivity.

Some of the top Bluetooth headsets lie within the range of 80-120 dB SPL/mW. To provide some context; a shouting voice is around 105 dB, regular city traffic 80 dB and the plane take off 135 dB.

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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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