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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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                      How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                      How to Prevent Decision Fatigue From Clouding Your Judgement

                      What is decision fatigue? Let me explain this with an example:

                      When determining a court ruling, there are many factors that contribute to their final verdict. You probably assume that the judge’s decision is influenced solely by the nature of the crime committed or the particular laws that were broken. While this is completely valid, there is an even greater influential factor that dictates the judge’s decision: the time of day.

                      In 2012, a research team from Columbia University[1] examined 1,112 court rulings set in place by a Parole Board Judge over a 10 month period. The judge would have to determine whether the individuals in question would be released from prison on parole, or a change in the parole terms.

                      While the facts of the case often take precedence in decision making, the judges mental state had an alarming influence on their verdict.

                      As the day goes on, the chance of a favorable ruling drops:

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                        Does the time of day, or the judges level of hunger really contribute that greatly to their decision making? Yes, it does.

                        The research went on to show that at the start of the day the likelihood of the judging giving out a favorable ruling was somewhere around 65%.

                        But as the morning dragged on, the judge became fatigued and drained from making decision after decision. As more time went on, the odds of receiving a favorable ruling decreased steadily until it was whittled down to zero.

                        However, right after their lunch break, the judge would return to the courtroom feeling refreshed and recharged. Energized by their second wind, their leniency skyrockets back up to a whopping 65%. And again, as the day drags on to its finish, the favorable rulings slowly diminish along with the judge’s spirits.

                        This is no coincidence. According to the carefully recorded research, this was true for all 1,112 cases. The severity of the crime didn’t matter. Whether it was rape, murder, theft, or embezzlement, the criminal was more likely to get a favorable ruling either early in the morning, or after the judges lunch break.

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                        Are You Suffering from Decision Fatigue Too?

                        We all suffer from decision fatigue without even realizing it.

                        Perhaps you aren’t a judge with the fate of an individual’s life at your disposal, but the daily decisions you make for yourself could hinder you if you’re not in the right head-space.

                        Regardless of how energetic you feel (as I imagine it is somehow caffeine induced anyway), you will still experience decision fatigue. Just like every other muscle, your brain gets tired after periods of overuse, pumping out one decision after the next. It needs a chance to rest in order to function at a productive rate.

                        The Detrimental Consequences of Decision Fatigue

                        When you are in a position such as a Judge, you can’t afford to let your mental state dictate your decision making; but it still does. According to George Lowenstein, an American educator and economy expert, decision fatigue is to blame for poor decision making among members of high office. The disastrous level of failure among these individuals to control their impulses could be directly related to their day to day stresses at work and their private life.

                        When you’re just too tired to think, you stop caring. And once you get careless, that’s when you need to worry. Decision fatigue can contribute to a number of issues such as impulse shopping (guilty), poor decision making at work, and poor decision making with after work relationships. You know what I’m talking about. Don’t dip your pen in the company ink.

                        How to Make Decision Effectively

                        Either alter the time of decision making to when your mind is the most fresh, or limit the number of decisions to be made. Try utilizing the following hacks for more effective decision making.

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                        1. Make Your Most Important Decisions within the First 3 Hours

                        You want to make decisions at your peak performance, so either first thing in the morning, or right after a break.

                        Research has actually shown that you are the most productive for the first 3 hours[2] of your day. Utilize this time! Don’t waste it on trivial decisions such as what to wear, or mindlessly scrolling through social media.

                        Instead, use this time to tweak your game plan. What do you want to accomplish? What can you improve? What steps do you need to take to reach these goals?

                        2. Form Habits to Reduce Decision Making

                        You don’t have to choose all the time.

                        Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it doesn’t have to be an extravagant spread every morning. Make a habit out of eating a similar or quick breakfast, and cut that step of your morning out of the way. Can’t decide what to wear? Pick the first thing that catches your eye. We both know that after 20 minutes of changing outfits you’ll just go with the first thing anyway.

                        Powerful individuals such as Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, and Mark Zuckerberg don’t waste their precious time deciding what to wear. In fact, they have been known to limiting their outfits down to two options in order to reduce their daily decision making.

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                        3. Take Frequent Breaks for a Clearer Mind

                        You are at your peak of productivity after a break, so to reap the benefits, you need to take lots of breaks! I know, what a sacrifice. If judges make better decisions in the morning and after their lunch break, then so will you.

                        The reason for this is because the belly is now full, and the hunger is gone. Roy Baumeister, Florida State University social psychologist[3] had found that low-glucose levels take a negative toll on decision making. By taking a break to replenish your glucose levels, you will be able to focus better and improve your decision making abilities.

                        Even if you aren’t hungry, little breaks are still necessary to let your mind refresh, and come back being able to think more clearly.

                        Structure your break times. Decide beforehand when you will take breaks, and eat energy sustaining snacks so that your energy level doesn’t drop too low. The time you “lose” during your breaks will be made up in the end, as your productivity will increase after each break.

                        So instead of slogging through your day, letting your mind deteriorate and fall victim to the daily abuses of decision making, take a break, eat a snack. Let your mind refresh and reset, and jump-start your productivity throughout the day.

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