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10 Best Headphones You Should Buy This Year

10 Best Headphones You Should Buy This Year

Whether you’re listening to music or talking to a friend, headphones are a must! But why settle for less when you can get the very best? If comfortable, noise-canceling, and totally spectacular gadgets are what you are after, keep reading because we’ve got the 10 best headphones you should buy this year.

 1. Bose – QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones

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    If you’re willing to shell out a few extra bucks, we highly recommend checking out these Bose QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones. I mean, they got 4.8 out of 5 stars- you can’t argue with results, right? They come with several features including a special (and comfortable) around-ear design for hours of listening while the noise canceling technology makes it easy to stay focused. Oh, and did we mention there is an easy-to-use cable with in-lime remote and microphone for hands free talking and listening? Spectacular device for listening to music or audio books and perfect for chatting with friends and business partners. Only $299!

     2. Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones

     

    Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones

      I don’t know about you, but when I’m listening to music, the louder the BETTER. I guess that’s why I absolutely have to recommend Sennheiser HD 280 PRO Closed-Back Headphones. These comfortable headphones come with the noise-cancelling technology you crave, able to withhold even the loudest environments like clubs or concerts. Plus they deliver high quality, smooth noise that anyone can appreciate. All for only $99!

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       3. SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating Earphones

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        Remember, bigger isn’t always better- and you really shouldn’t underestimate these small earphones. The SoundMAGIC E10 Noise Isolating Earphones really do work like magic. They are tiny enough to fit comfortably in your ear, while the exterior has a trendy and distinctive design you’ll love to flaunt. They deliver sensational sound while blocking out the noise around you. The best in-ear headphone is for only $34.

         4.  Goldring NS1000 Noise Canceling Headphones

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          For around $100, you can experience comfort and noise-cancellation at a fair price. Everyone seems to love these particular headphones and think the sound quality is great. Not to mention the silver and black design is pretty cool, too.

           5. PBS M4U 2 Headphones

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            Ok, we can’t lie: these outstanding PBS M4U 2 Headphones are the King when it comes to noise canceling headphones. Not only do they deliver perfect sound, but you can turn the noise cancellation on or off with a simple switch. Oh- and did we mention the switch for the amplifier? Yeah, that’s right. Build in amplifier for impeccable quality music. Unbelievable and well worth the $300 price tag.

             6. Philips M1/28 Fidelio On-Ear Headphones with Remote and Mic

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              There’s a lot to love about these headphones: great sound quality, good noise cancellation, and a sturdy frame that can last a lifetime. But there’s one thing in particular we love: the convenient in-line remote that lets you switch songs or change the volume without taking off the headphones or looking at your mobile device. WIN for only $72.99!

               7. Sennheiser MM 400-X

              Sennheiser MM 400-X

                You want headphones that are incredibly light and portable, great for on-the-go? These headphones are your answer. Easy portability and sound quality that will leave you speechless. Definitely ones to consider, especially seeing as how they are $269!

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                 8. Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones

                Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones

                  Delightful leather ear cups for maximum comfort, two amazing speakers for outstandingly clear sound, and a titanium coated driver to ensure deep bass- what’s not to love about the Beats Solo HD On-Ear Headphones? Not to mention there’s TONS of bright, eye-popping and trendy colors to choose from. We LOVE these headphones for only $169.

                   9. Shure SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones

                  Shure SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones

                    If you’re sick and tired of headphones that don’t deliver quality sound or keep falling out of your ear, turn to the Shure SE425 Sound Isolating Earphones. They deliver impeccable noise quality, letting you hear noises you didn’t think were possible. Plus they have a unique, around the back cable design that keeps wires out of the way. Great option for $299!

                     10. Bose – IE2 Earbud Headphones

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                    Bose - IE2 Earbud Headphones

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                      These particular earbud headphones are out of this world. The unique design ensures sound smoothness and quality that can’t be matched by other headphones. And with 3 different sizes of tips to choose from, you can get the perfect fit that will last through strenuous workouts or other busy on-the-go activities. A must buy for only $99.

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                      17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

                      17 Ways Learn New Skills Faster and Enjoy the Process

                      In the movie The Matrix, everyone was intrigued with the ability that Neo and his friends possessed to learn new skills in a matter of seconds. With the incredible rise in technology today, the rapid learning in the movie is becoming much more of a reality than you realize.

                      The current generation has access to more knowledge and information than any before it. Through the internet, we are able to access all sorts of knowledge to answer almost every conceivable question. To become smarter, it’s more about the ability to learn faster, rather than being a natural born genius.

                      Here are 17 ways to kickstart your Matrix-style learning experience in a short amount of time.

                      1. Deconstruct and Reverse Engineer

                      Break down the skill that you want to learn into little pieces and learn techniques to master an isolated portion. The small pieces will come together to make up the whole skill.

                      For example, when you’re learning to play the guitar, learn how to press down a chord pattern with your fingers first without even trying to strum the chord. Once you are able to change between a couple of chord patterns, then add the strumming.

                      2. Use the Pareto Principle

                      Use the Pareto Principle, which is also known as the 80 20 rule. Identify the 20% of the work that will give you 80% of the results. Find out more about the 80 20 rule here: What Is the 80 20 Rule (And How to Use It to Boost Productivity)

                      Take learning a new language for example. It does not take long to realize that some words pop up over and over again as you’re learning. You can do a quick search for “most commonly used French words,” for example, and begin to learn them first before adding on the rest.

                      3. Make Stakes

                      Establish some sort of punishment for not learning the skill that you are seeking. There are sites available that allow you to make a donation toward a charity you absolutely hate if you do not meet your goals. Or you can place a bet with a friend to light that fire under you.

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                      However, keep in mind that several studies have shown that rewards tend to be more motivating than punishment[1].

                      4. Record Yourself

                      Seeing yourself on video is a great way to learn from your mistakes and identify areas that you need to improve. This is very effective for any musicians, actors, speakers, performers, and dancers.

                      5. Join a Group

                      There are huge benefits to learning in a group. Not only are you able to learn from others but you’ll be encouraged to make progress together. Whether it’s a chess club, a mastermind group, or an online meet-up group, get connected with other like-minded individuals.

                      6. Time Travel

                      Visit the library. Although everything is moving more and more online, there are still such things called libraries.

                      Whether it’s a municipal library or your university library, you will be amazed at some of the books available there that are not accessible online. Specifically, look for the hidden treasures and wisdom contained in the really old books.

                      7. Be a Chameleon

                      When you want to learn new skills, imitate your biggest idol. Watch a video and learn from seeing someone else do it. Participate in mimicry and copy what you see.

                      Studies have shown that, apart from learning,[2]

                      “Mimicry is an effective tool not only to create ties and social relationships, but also for maintaining them.”

                      Visual learning is a great way to speed up the learning process. YouTube has thousands of videos on almost every topic available.

                      8. Focus

                      Follow one course until success! It’s easy to get distracted, to throw in the towel, or to become interested in the next great thing and ditch what you initially set out to do.

                      Ditch the whole idea of multitasking, as it has been shown to be detrimental and unproductive Simply focus on the one new skill at hand until you get it done.

                      9. Visualize

                      The mind has great difficulty distinguishing between what is real and what is imagined. That is why athletes practice mentally seeing their success before attempting the real thing[3].

                      Visualize yourself achieving your new skill and each step that you need to make to see results. This is an important skill to help when you’re learning the basics or breaking a bad habit.

                      Take a look at this article to learn how to do so: How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results

                      10. Find a Mentor

                      Success leaves clues. The best short cut to become an expert is to find an expert and not have to make the mistakes that they have made.

                      Finding out what NOT to do from the expert will fast-track your learning when you want to learn new skills. It is a huge win to have them personally walk you through what needs to be done. Reach out and send an email to them.

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                      If you need help learning how to find a mentor, check out this article.

                      11. Sleep on It

                      Practice your new skill within four hours of going to sleep.

                      Josh Kaufman, author of The Personal MBA, is a noted rapid learning expert. He says that any practice done within this time frame causes your brain to embed the learning more rapidly into its neural pathways. Your memory and motor-mechanics are ingrained at a quicker level.

                      12. Use the 20-Hour Rule

                      Along with that tip, Kaufman also suggests 20 as the magic number of hours to dedicate to learning the new skill.

                      His reasoning is that everyone will hit a wall early on in the rapid learning stage and that “pre-committing” to 20 hours is a sure-fire way to push through that wall and acquire your new skill.[4]

                      Check out his video to find out more:

                      13. Learn by Doing

                      It’s easy to get caught up in reading and gathering information on how to learn new skills and never actually get around to doing those skills. The best way to learn is to do.

                      Regardless of how unprepared you feel, make sure you are physically engaged continuously. Keep alternating between research and practice.

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                      14. Complete Short Sprints

                      Rather than to force yourself into enduring hours upon hours of dedication, work in short sprints of about 20-30 minutes, then get up and stretch or take a short walk. Your brain’s attention span works best with short breaks, so be sure to give it the little rest it needs.

                      One study found that, between two groups of students, the students who took two short breaks when studying actually performed better than those who didn’t take breaks[5].

                      15. Ditch the Distractions

                      Make sure the environment you are in is perfect for your rapid-learning progress. That means ditching any social media, and the temptation to check any email. As the saying goes, “Out of sight, out of mind.”

                      Before you sit down to learn new skills, make sure that potential distractions are far from sight.

                      16. Use Nootropics

                      Otherwise known as brain enhancers, these cognitive boosters are available in natural herbal forms and in supplements.

                      Many students will swear by the increased focus that nootropics will provide[6], particularly as they get set for some serious cramming. Natural herbal nootropics have been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic traditions to improve the mind and learning.

                      Find out more about brain supplements in this article.

                      17. Celebrate

                      For every single small win that you experience during the learning process, be sure to celebrate. Your brain will release endorphins and serotonin as you raise your hands in victory and pump your fits. Have a piece of chocolate and give yourself a pat on the back. This positive reinforcement will help you keep pushing forward as you learn new skills.

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                      The Bottom Line

                      Learning a new skill should be exciting and fun. Whether you use online courses, real world experience, YouTube videos, or free online resources, take time to learn in the long term. Keep picturing the joy of reaching the end goal and being a better version of yourself as continual motivation.

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