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The 10 Best And 10 Worst Headphones You Need To Know

The 10 Best And 10 Worst Headphones You Need To Know

Sometimes, we’re in dire need of new headphones. But with hundreds of options out on the market, most of us find it too difficult to choose. Part of this is because, unlike other gadgets, it’s difficult to compare headphones—The only way to find out if the headphones will rock our world is to listen to music on them. But often times we can’t take prospective headphones for a test ride.

To help make your decision easier, we’ve come up with a list of the headphones that are pumping and ones to avoid. We’ve considered all sorts of parameters, from ease of use and sound quality to price and power consumption. Below are the ten of best and worst headphones.

The Top Ten

Here are some of the best headphones that you should seriously consider buying.

1. Sennheiser RS 180

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    The sound of Sennheiser RS 180 wireless headphones is . If you are thinking of getting rid of wires in your headphone experience, the Sennheiser RS 180 wireless headphones are a great idea. Not only are they are as good as any other similarly priced wired headphones, but they’re full-size and light weight. Made with the Kleer technology, there’s no discomfort, so you can use them for hours.(Read full review here.)

    2. Bose QuietComfort 25

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      Bose QuietComfort 25 headphones follow the longstanding tradition of excellent noise-cancelling headphones from Bose. Their design is both elegant and comfortable. With the folding design of these headphones, they are easy to transport in small carrying cases. It takes in AAA batteries to use the noise reduction feature, but it can still be used without the noise reduction feature when batteries die out. (Read full review here.)

      3. Audio Technica ATH-M50x

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        Costing less than $170, these are some of the best headphone you can get for under $200. They offer excellent construct, and the sound is very balanced with tight bass. With added cushiony ear cups, they are very comfortable to wear also and you can listen to great music without hurting your ears. It makes up for the lack of integrated microphone with its rock solid build and natural crisp sound. (Read full review here.)

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        4. Sony MDR-HW700

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          The MDR-HW700 headphones from Sony, with its time-honored reputation in designing excellent audio gadgets, delivers 9.1-channel surround sound effect—in spite of the absence of speakers. These headphones have been designed with comfort in mind, and that is just what is needed for its home cinema support. (Read full review here.)

          5. Shure SRH1540

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            Shure SRH1540 headphones offer excellent audio performance and are remarkably comfortable. They are full-sized headphones, though in spite of their size, they’re pretty lightweight. They’re among the most accurate headphones out there in the market and offer tremendous balance in their sounds. They deliver both deep low and crisp high sounds with same accuracy and soothing aura. (Read full review here.)

            6. Klipsch R6i

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              The bassy Klipsch R6i in-ear headphones are very comfortable to wear and are great for bass lovers. They’re lightweight and do a fine job of shutting out ambient noise. They come with Klipsch’s patented oval-shaped ear tips, which establish more perfect seal compared to the headphones with round tips. (Read full review here.)

              7. Philips Fidelio M1BT

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                With their sleek and stylish design, Philips Fidelio M1BT headphones are the follow-up to earlier released Philips Fidelio M1 headphones. These newer models have added feature of Bluetooth connectivity. The batteries of these headphones have excellent life and the headphones also don’t drain much of the battery when connected with tablets and smartphones. So we’d highly recommend audiophiles to go for them. (Read full review here.)

                8. SoundMagic P30

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                  The SoundMagic P30 is an excellent portable folding headphone set from SoundMagic. Its stylish design is accompanied by comfortable ear pads and headband pads, which ensure the headphones can be used over a long time period. Available at a reasonable price, these headphones are excellent fit in particular for low-resolution tracks. (Read full review here.)

                  9. AKG Y50

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                    The AKG Y50 is among the best headphones out there for under $100. These excellent budget headphones provide powerful audio performance with resounding deep bass response. They are very lightweight and comfortable to use with swivel ear pieces and foam above the top piece. They come with adjustable presets—ten on each side—so that they can be adjusted appropriately for the different head sizes. (Read full review here.)

                    10. Beyerdynamic DTX 101 iE

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                      Beyerdynamic’s DTX 101 iE in-ear headphones offer excellent crystal clear sound across wide range of frequencies. Costing less than $80, these aren’t flashy, but are smart enough to provide value for their price. These headphones provide exquisitely poised performance with superb treble and bass control and add remarkable richness to the vocals. (Read full review here.)

                      Ten To Avoid

                      Here are the ten headphones that you’d be wise to skim through while you’re out to buy.

                      1. SOUL SL300WB

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                        These headphones from Soul are quite comfortable to tell the truth. But anything positive about this product just ends about there. The sound is unpleasantly harsh and the bass is too loud. The sound is very unclear especially in the case of songs with techno music. (Read full review here.)

                        2. Philips SHQ3000

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                          Philips SHQ3000 headphones may be waterproof and sweat proof, but they are terrible at what a headphone actually needs to do: produce quality sound. They’re not comfortable to wear, and the earbuds are not rubbery, but rather stiff. This causes pain during prolonged use. (Read full review here.)

                          3. Apple Earpods

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                            Whenever Apple comes out with a new product, we expect a lot from it. However, even the perfectionists like Apple fail to get things right sometimes. One such instance is their release of Apple Earpods headphones. Many users have complained that they don’t fit securely into the ears, and that they let in a lot of sound from the outside while also leaking some of the audio. They’re not much of an improvement over the previous Apple release Apple Earbuds, and we wouldn’t recommend buying them. (Read full review here.)

                            4. AKG Q 701

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                              When a headphone is endorsed by a legend such as Quincy Jones, one expects great things from it. But AKG Q 701, Quincy Jones signature headphones, fail to meet our expectations. They are very large to wear, and, thus, not fit for use as portable headphones. The bass is also rather weak, and since they are open-backed, they let a lot of sound out. (Read full review here.)

                              5. Bose QC15

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                                Bose headphones have always offered excellent noise-cancelling performance over the years. Bose’s QC15 headphones are no exception. So why are they here? Well, For one they are priced excessively high. The noise cancelling is not accompanied by superb sound, which take musical experience to a whole new level. In fact, the quality of sound is rather disappointing. The other thing is they operate on AAA batteries, so when those die out, the music also dies. (Read full review here.)

                                6. Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator

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                                  Skullcandy Roc Nation Aviator headphones seem to have been designed with greater focus on appearance than audio quality. They’re too light on bass and definitely not for those expecting huge sound. The price is also rather expensive, and what you pay seems to be for design and brand name rather than the quality of sound. Another problem with these headphones is that the jack they come with wears out easily, and it’s hard to find replacement for them. (Read full review here.)

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                                  7. Beats Studio

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                                    Beats Studio headphones are overpriced compared to their competitors out there in the market. They sound very poor at high frequencies, and also have some distortion on the deep bass. Furthermore, they fail to satisfy us at noise cancelling department, too. To put it short, Beats Studio headphones fail to live up to their hefty price tag. (Read full review here.)

                                    8. House of Marley Exodus

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                                      House of Marley’s Exodus headphones create rather high clamping pressure and aren’t definitely recommended for hours at a time. The sound also has a slight tremor since the ears of the headphones are not dulled on their inner surface. This means that when the cord scratches against even little things, you’re going to hear significant scratching noises.

                                      9. Beyerdynamic DT770

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                                        Beyerdynamic DT770 headphones may serve some purpose for the bass lovers out there, but they certainly are not for jazz and rock ‘n’ roll lovers. They’ve also been reported to sound significantly cluttered at mid bass frequencies. Their similarly-priced rivals offer far more detail and resolve. The DT770s don’t shut out external noise as much as a good pair of noise-reducing in-ear headphones do either. (Read full review here.)

                                        10. Beats Solo

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                                          At a whopping $300, we expected a lot more from headphones that cost as much as Beats solo headphones. But they are all about design and glossy appearance. The bass is too big and the mid-range sounds way-off. For most music, these headphones do not sound natural at all. The sound quality already is mediocre at best and it further disappoints with poor construction. Users have reported that that the cases have busted up within few months. So we simply do not recommend them to audiophiles. (Read full review here.)

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                                          How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                          How to Improve Your Computer Skills to Get Ahead in Your Career

                                          Technology has taken the business world by storm. People and businesses are progressively reliant on technology world these days. As a result, the people with impressive knowledge and experience with a computer are in demand.

                                          Considering this growing market trend, if you too wish to bag a profitable job, this article is apt for you. Here, we will dig deeper into the business and technology world to look into what are the best computer skills one should invest in and what resources to get help from.

                                          So, are you ready? Here we begin.

                                          6 Most-In Demand Computer Skills This Year (and Beyond)

                                          When talking about computer skills, following are the 6 computer skills that can fill your mailbox with endless job opportunities (besides, having an English and Hindi typing speed of 40+ WPM):-

                                          1. Spreadsheets and Databases

                                          Considering the treasure trove of data companies are handling these days, Spreadsheet and Database management skill tops the list. It is considered the most wanted job skill in the market, with a salary of around $53,129/yr for an entry-level position. However, the spreadsheet skill does not confine to auditing data from cells.

                                          To get hired based on this computer skill, you need to become a Spreadsheet ninja. From storing data to organizing them, applying complex mathematics formulas, and creating complex macros, you need to be an expert at all.

                                          In other words, you need to have an expertise at working with:

                                          • Microsoft Excel
                                          • Microsoft Access
                                          • Statistics
                                          • Data Analytics
                                          • Adobe Campaign
                                          • Quickbooks
                                          • XML Database management system
                                          • Filemaker Pro
                                          • MATLAB
                                          • Hive
                                          • FORTRAN
                                          • RDBMS (Relational Database Management System)
                                          • SAS

                                          2. Social Media, Email, and Blogging

                                          Though people are socially active, not everyone knows how to use the social media tools on the professional front. In such a scenario, having an expertise at writing engaging yet professional emails, writing blogs, and managing social media activities is a ticket to entry in reputed organizations.

                                          Some of the skills related to social media, email and blogging that will have a leg up in the hiring process are:

                                          • Content Management System (CMS)
                                          • Google Analytics
                                          • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
                                          • Email Marketing
                                          • Web Page Design
                                          • WordPress
                                          • Digital Media
                                          • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
                                          • Campaign Management Software

                                          3. Graphic Design and Word Processing

                                          A solid grasp of skills to present the gained information in the much readable form is another market need. When considering this computer skill category, you need to enhance your skills at:

                                          • Adobe Photoshop
                                          • Adobe InDesign
                                          • Adobe Illustrator
                                          • AutoCAD
                                          • CorelDRAW
                                          • Microsoft Visual Studio
                                          • Maya
                                          • Microsoft Word
                                          • Microsoft Publisher
                                          • Operating Digital Cameras

                                          4. Software and Hardware Design and Development

                                          The Software and Hardware development, in simpler language, means designing, implementing, and testing the computer software/hardware applications. It is the most profitable computer skill, with a different job opening, including Software Architect, Software Analyst, Software programmer, Hardware configuration, etc.

                                          To be capable of developing and testing the software and hardware, you need to peruse your users’ needs and build an application that hits their pain points. You need to work with different web and mobile app coding languages for gaining the attention of your audience, some of which are:

                                          • HTML
                                          • C/C++
                                          • Java
                                          • Python
                                          • XML
                                          • UI/UX
                                          • LINUX
                                          • CISC and RISC architecture
                                          • Embedded Processor Hardware Design
                                          • Memory Management
                                          • PCB Layout
                                          • SQL

                                          5. IT Troubleshooting

                                          Working on computers is one thing and having a knack of looking into the associated issues and resolving them in real-time is another. There are various employees and graduates who work with computer systems in their daily lives, but get confused when it comes to dealing with frozen programs and performing routine maintenance.

                                          So, if you are familiar with the basic anatomy of computers and machines and know the tricks to perform such tasks to streamline the working process, enter the IT support arena. The prime IT troubleshooting skills one needs to work upon are:

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                                          • Backup management
                                          • Diagnostics
                                          • End User support
                                          • Client-Server management
                                          • Installation and configuration
                                          • Issue tracking system (ITS)
                                          • System administration
                                          • Tech support

                                          6. Enterprise Systems

                                          Many Enterprises have their own enterprise solutions like PeopleSoft for managing their data and operations.

                                          Becoming a master at using the enterprise solutions mentioned in their ‘Requirements’ area can also lessen the barrier to get a job.

                                          The Roadmap to Excel Your Computer Skills

                                          Now that you know the 6 most popular computer skills in the market, the first decision, you need to take is which computer skill you want to work upon. All the skills are equally considerable for making a career ahead. So, choose one as per your interest.

                                          Once done, look forward to the following resources for boosting your computer skills and getting a reputed, handsome job.

                                          Depending on the computer skill you opt, here are the online courses you can turn to for elevating your career opportunities:

                                          1. Become a Spreadsheet and Database Ninja

                                          a. Microsoft Excel Training Online Course – Basic & Advanced

                                          Whether you are a beginner, intermediate or expert at working with spreadsheets, this online course has something new for everyone to become excel efficient users.

                                          Divided into 48 interesting lessons, the course empowers you to learn the technique of using mathematical, statistical, logical and text functions, sorting and filtering the data, creating Pivot Tables, building macros, finding a value with VLOOKUp, and much more.

                                          b. Excel- Online Courses, Classes, Training, Tutorials on Lynda

                                          This is another impressive course to unlock the power of Excel. Designed for people from all walks of life and familiarity with Excel tools. This course helps you gain in-depth knowledge from the experts about this data-analyzing tool and make the magic in spreadsheet creation and management process.

                                          c. SQL & Database Design A-Z™: Learn MS SQL Server + PostgreSQL

                                          Build a successful career in the data analytics world with this online course.

                                          Revolving around the two top databases, MS SQL and PostgreSQL, this course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of the working of the databases and understanding of all the related elements, including how to create, update, organize, and safeguard the data.

                                          2. Rule the Social Media World

                                          a. Free Social Media Course by HubSpot

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                                          Introduced by the top experienced inbound professors from Hubspot, here you will get a comprehensive knowledge of Social media marketing.

                                          From understanding how to build relationships on different social media platforms to creating a perfect strategy to engage them, leveraging the benefits of social advertising, and analyzing your social media ROI, this course will bring out the best out of you.

                                          b. Write Professional Emails in English by Coursera

                                          This online course will be the right weapon to look into the differences and similarities between different email styles, improve your English writing skills, write effective subject lines, maintain the formality tone in emails, and more to make a powerful impact on the receivers with your email.

                                          c. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels of Writing Mastery

                                          Founded by Udemy, this online course will excel your skills to build a masterpiece everytime you write.

                                          Here, you will get the guidance from the editors of the top newspapers and websites, and understand what kind of words and tone to use for leaving a spellbinding impact on the readers.

                                          3. Launch Your Own Software or Hardware Equipment

                                          a. Hardware and Software Courses by Coursera

                                          From Big Data to IoT, Sensor Circuit Design, Embedded Software and Hardware Architecture, and Motor Control Circuit, this course will give you a glimpse of all the hardware devices, equipment, and programming languages to build wonders.

                                          b. Free Software and Web Development Certifications Online by Alison

                                          Become the software developer market demands with Alison’s Java, C#, Python, R, PHP, or MySQL database course. From backend to frontend development and software testing.

                                          The course helps you to learn how to design, develop and test software and working in a team while contributing to the team success.

                                          c. Free Online Software Development and MOOCs Course by Class Central

                                          The Class Central online course will make you a master of software development. Here, you will learn the basic concepts of development like Agile, Design Patterns, and Version Control with Git, along with gaining experience of working with the top programming languages.

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                                          4. Live and Breathe Creativity

                                          a. Udemy: Introduction to Graphic Design

                                          It is a top-rated program for the new learners and designers to explore the Graphic Design world.

                                          From the history of communication to the design principles, the course will help the students to learn everything specifically and implement in the real world.

                                          b. Canva Design School

                                          From a beginner to advanced level, this course will provide you with an elaborated and comprehensive knowledge of graphic design. In the form of 4 modules, this course will help the interested graphic designers to try out their skills at Graphics, ranging from fonts to colors, backgrounds, images, shapes, and layouts.

                                          c. Microsoft Word – Basic & Advanced

                                          62 personalized lessons, premium video tutorials, and unlimited tests and quizzes – this certified course has everything that will make your entry to the business world easier.

                                          d. Microsoft Office: Word, Excel and Access Productivity Bundle

                                          The course will make you productive in Word, Excel, and Access through video lectures, articles, and various other supplemental resources.

                                          Besides, it will offer you exclusive tips and tricks to enhance your skills at using Microsoft office.

                                          5. Raise Your Reflexes to IT Troubleshooting

                                          a. IT Troubleshooting Skill Training by Udemy

                                          IT Troubleshooting Skill Training will upgrade your logical concepts over technical components to find and repair faults.

                                          It will provide you with a methodological approach to learn the basics of troubleshooting, practice them via exercises and drills, and enhance your IT troubleshooting intelligence.

                                          b. IT Help Desk Online Course on Lynda

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                                          The Lynda’s IT troubleshooting online course will train you how to respond to the issues related to Windows 10, Office 365, JIRA software, and more, from a local as well as a remote location.

                                          Mobile Apps and Websites to Enhance Computer Skills

                                          The aforementioned online courses will undoubtedly train you for a successful career ahead. But, in case you want a long-term support, turn towards the following websites and mobile apps:

                                          • Duolingo – Duolingo app will improve your spoken and written communication skills in different languages. With the magic of gamification added to the study, the app will make learning a fun and addictive task.
                                          • Hemingway – Hemingway app defines the length, complexity, and common errors associated with the sentences. In this way, it helps you to write effectively and go ahead in the career.
                                          • Udemy – The Udemy, with its 2000+ courses, is a great platform to master new skills, advance your career and explore the newer technologies and programming languages. Enrol a course as per your budget and make a brighter future.
                                          • eDX – eDX is yet another commendable platform you can look forward to. The platform offers you the best of the tutorials prepared by the business professionals and technology experts, ensuring a great boost in your computer skills.
                                          • Excel Easy – Excel Easy, as the name depicts, will make working with Excel easier for you via their detailed tutorials and 300+ real-life examples.
                                          • GCF LearnFree.org – It is a one-stop platform for accelerating your future in the computer world. From graphic design to Microsoft Office, resume writing, enhancing adaptability, and much more, the top experts will guide you with everything on this platform.
                                          • QuarkXPress – The QuarkXPress will aid you to add soul to your design with its unparalleled collection of font style, size, and typography. The best part is that it is avails all the options in different languages, including English, Spanish, German, French, and Italian to name a few.

                                          Bonus: Tips to Accelerate Your Approach For a Better Career Ahead

                                          Though these resources will make you stand out from the crowd and get hired at once, you need to focus on various other things, such as:

                                          1. Practice, Practice, Practice

                                          It is common to forget what we learn. To ensure that you do not miss any opportunity just because you forgot, keep practising.

                                          Make it your routine. Polish your computer skills and you will surely end up getting an offer letter from a recognized firm.

                                          2. Work on Your Efficiency

                                          Remembering what you learned is not enough; practice to enhance those skills to do better.

                                          For example, if you take around 50 minutes to create a design, target for 40 minutes.

                                          3. Look for Shortcuts

                                          Smart work rules over hard work more often. So, look forward to learning shortcuts to do any task. This will increase your chances to crack an interview and get selected.

                                          4. Apply for an Internship

                                          Last but not the least, apply for an internship to see what’s trending in the market and how much you are ready for it. While doing an internship, pay attention to your weak points and work on them. This will ensure a success when you apply for your dream job.

                                          By the late, it’s never too late to be an intern or grab whatever opportunity to learn something new! Here’s how:

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                                          The Bottom Line

                                          Seeing the current market scenario, it is evident that having computer skills is a boon for a better career ahead.

                                          So, rather than struggling with thousands of other things and trying to crack interviews, focus on the computer skills mentioned in this article. Utilize the resources and experts’ tips shared and look forward to having a successful and prosperous future.

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