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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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                                          Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                                          25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                          25 Most Useful Excel Shortcuts That Very Few People Know

                                          Imagine if you could use 5 simple shortcuts while working in Excel, and increase your productivity without wasting time for searching information in huge tables, writing long formulas, and sorting the data.

                                          Or even better:

                                          What if you would get 25 useful shortcuts… and each of them could simplify your work, so you could do much more every day?

                                          You’d definitely feel excited to read about them.

                                          Today is your lucky day because we are going to share with you in this article 25 great Excel shortcuts you can use in your work every day! This is your lucky chance, so go ahead and become a real professional in Excel without wasting your time.

                                          How important are Excel shortcuts for you?

                                          The most effective thing to check out if people really need something is to release a survey and look at the results. So, according to the anonymous survey, 99% of people said Excel shortcuts are critical or important for them.

                                          In general, there are more than 200 shortcuts in Excel. But when we have analyzed the data about how many shortcuts people know, we got the next results:

                                          • 26% of people know 10 or fewer shortcuts;
                                          • 61% of people know 10-50 shortcuts;
                                          • 10% of people know 50-100 shortcuts.

                                          As you can see, not so many people know a lot of shortcuts. Probably, some of them never think about increasing their productivity in such a simple way.

                                          Of course, it depends on how deep you use Excel. Some people use this powerful application just for making simple tables or graphs, others use it for everyday work to count something.

                                          Most of the accountants and businessmen use much more Excel functions for more complex tasks such as creating VBA macros, managing PivotTables, recalculating huge workbooks, outlining data, etc.

                                          But even those people who work with Excel every day very close may know a few shortcuts. Needless to say, they can do their job without shortcuts, but it usually takes for them much more time. T

                                          his sounds not funny, especially if you must finish a huge amount of work urgently. There is a great opportunity for you to increase your productivity in Excel and do your job faster with our useful shortcuts.

                                          5 Main reasons to learn excel shortcuts

                                          Many people don’t understand why they should use shortcuts if they can work without them. Of course, if you use Excel twice per year to make a simple table or a graph, it is probably not so important for you to know many shortcuts.

                                          But if you work in Excel every day, sorting huge tables and managing with tons of data, then shortcuts will help you to reach the next five goals:

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                                          1. Work efficiently and faster in Excel
                                          2. Manage big amounts of data easily and fast
                                          3. Stay calm and concentrated even while doing a tedious job
                                          4. Make your work accurately and properly without errors
                                          5. Get a better understanding of Microsoft Excel

                                          Who can use Excel shortcuts?

                                          There are a lot of people who can simplify their life with Excel shortcuts, and here are the groups that will definitely love using them:

                                          • People who work in banks, finance organizations, etc.
                                          • Businessmen who make tons of various reports and presentations in Excel for meetings and briefings.
                                          • Students who usually are lazy and impatient to make their homework because they don’t want to waste a lot of time working in Excel.
                                          • Private entrepreneurs who keep various data in Excel tables.

                                          Whether you are a student who hates Excel because it seems a time-wasting and boring application, or you are an accountant who must recalculate huge worksheets every day without making errors, we recommend reading and learning these Excel shortcuts to make your work simpler and save some time.

                                          With these simple but useful tricks, it is so easy to finish your job and get more time for yourself.

                                          25 Excel shortcuts to increase your productivity

                                          Here are 25 great Excel shortcuts you should learn and use for work or studying to make your job faster and simpler. Try to use them all and you will realize you were totally blind before while working in Excel:

                                          1. Format whatever object fast with Ctrl+1

                                          If you select any object in Excel – a cell, a chart, a chart axis, a drawing object – then press Ctrl+1, and you will get the Properties dialog for the certain object. This shortcut offers a very quick and easy way to format whatever object you’re working with.

                                          2. Use range names with Ctrol+G or F5 key

                                          If you use range names (which we strongly recommend to do) and you want to choose the range with a specific name references, press either Ctrl+G or the F5 key, which launches the GoTo dialog.

                                          If the name is simple, you can click on it in a list in that dialog. But if it’s at all unusual, Excel won’t list it; so you will need to type in the name. Then press OK.

                                          3. Use a range name in a formula with =sum( and F3

                                          Suppose you want to use a range name in a formula. For example, you want to sum the Sales range. Enter…

                                          =sum(

                                          …and then press F3.

                                          When you do so, Excel launches the Paste Name dialog. Just choose “Sales” from the list, press the OK button in the dialog, then enter the SUM function’s closing “)” to complete the formula.

                                          4. Launch Function Arguments dialog easily with Ctrl+A

                                          Suppose you want to check the help topic for a worksheet function. For example, you want to read about the MATCH function. In a cell, type…

                                          =match(

                                          …and then press Ctrl+A, or click the Insert Function (“fx“) button to the left of the formula bar.

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                                          When you do so, Excel displays the Function Arguments dialog, which might offer all the help you need.

                                          But if you still want to see the complete help topic, click the blue “Help on this function” hyperlink in the lower-left corner of the dialog. This technique works with all documented Excel functions.

                                          5. Copy stuff down the column without scrolling with Ctrl+D

                                          If you added a formula in a new column on the right of a huge dataset, and you want to copy that formula down without scrolling, do these steps:

                                          • go to the right to the column that has data (the column to the left of the new column with the formula);
                                          • press Ctrl+Down – to get to bottom;
                                          • move one cell to the right (with arrow key naturally);
                                          • press Ctrl+Shift+Up to select the new column, at the top of which is the formula you just created;
                                          • press Ctrl+D to fill down the formula.

                                          6. Quick access to any function with Alt+

                                          By customizing the quick access toolbar, you can create simple shortcuts to commands that you would otherwise have to find in the Ribbon tabs, or macros you have created yourself.

                                          The keyboard shortcut is simply selecting Alt+ (the number of the command you wish to select).

                                          For example, if you have customized your quick access toolbar to have Calc Sheet, Save, Open. To calculate sheet you would hit Alt+1, for save Alt+2, and for open Alt+3.

                                          A lot of people are unaware of this useful function, and it’s a great time saver.

                                          7. Format cells with Ctrl+1

                                          When you need to format cells, use Ctrl+1. Most people know this as the shortcut for the Format Cells dialog, but you can also use it to format almost anything in Excel, without a care about the state of the ribbon. Try this amazing and simple shortcut!

                                          8. Choose visible cells with Alt+

                                          When you need to choose visible cells only – use Alt+. This is the trick to copy only what you see. It is a priceless shortcut when you’re manually hiding rows and columns in the table.

                                          9. Use filtering

                                          Filtering – it is a powerful way to slice, dice, and sort through a huge table of information.

                                          It’s amazingly effective when you’re participating in a meeting to discuss something like a sales forecast, and everyone is looking in real-time at your spreadsheet projected on a screen (or on their monitors).

                                          To some people, you will be seen as the God of Spreadsheets, and this is not a joke!

                                          10. Insert or delete column/row easily with the Ctrl key

                                          Some people waste a lot of time even for simple operations, for example, when they need to insert/delete columns and rows in Excel.

                                          Use this shortcut to insert: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl+Shift ++.

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                                          To delete: with an entire row or column selected, use Ctrl + –.

                                          11. See formula results with F9

                                          If you want to check formula results within multiple formulas, highlight the formula and select F9 to see formula result.

                                          Don’t forget to undo before exiting the formula.

                                          12. Use ALT+Enter for more text within a cell

                                          If you want to add a second line of text within a cell, use ALT+Enter.

                                          13. Use EDATE to move a date on by a full calendar month:

                                          Here’s how to use EDATE:

                                          =EDATE(15/01/16,+1) = 15/02/2016 (15th Feb 2016)

                                          =EDATE (15/01/2016,-2) = 15/11/2015 (15th Nov 2016)

                                          14. Use EOMONTH to move a date onto the end of the month:

                                          Here’s how to use EMONTH:

                                          =EOMONTH(15/01/2016,0) = 31/01/2016 (31st Jan 2106)

                                          =EOMONTH (15/01/2016,-2) = 30/11/2015 (30th Nov 2015)

                                          15. Remove spaces with TRIM

                                          TRIM is a useful function known by few people. It removes any spaces at the beginning of a value. This is useful if you are pulling in values from somewhere else.

                                          16. Repeat commands with F4 or Ctrl+Y

                                          In many cases, you may need to repeat your last action. Use F4 or Ctrl+Y; you can repeat many commands like applying the same borders, format, or insert a worksheet again.

                                          17. Quick access to cells with the Ctrl key and Shift key

                                          When you need to go to the first or last cell of a worksheet, no matter where you are, use Ctrl+Home, Ctrl+End combinations.

                                          And here is a pleasant bonus for you: add the Shift key to select everything on the way!

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                                          18. Use Ctrl+ to create a timestamp

                                          If you need a date stamp and/or a timestamp in your document, there is no need to type a date and time! Use shortcuts Ctrl+ ; (date) Ctrl+Shift+ : (time). It works like a magic and helps to save your time and nerves.

                                          19. Use autosum shortcut for sum function anywhere

                                          Autosum shortcut – use Alt =. It is a “magic” shortcut of Excel to automatically insert a sum function.

                                          You can use this shortcut to sum rows, columns, or even an entire table in one step without wasting your time.

                                          20. Use data validation

                                          This is an amazing but underutilized tool in Excel, which can be used for a variety of things:

                                          • Create dependent drop-down lists;
                                          • Create drop-down lists;
                                          • Protect/restrict data input of specific cells (without the need for VBA macros).

                                          21. Use conditional formatting

                                          It can be used for various purposes such as color format or cell format of cells, rows or columns based on dependent cell values or formats.

                                          22. Use formula auditing

                                          This is a great tool to analyze and trace precedent or dependent cells, check errors and evaluate formulas.

                                          The “Watch Window” is a feature to keep a snapshot of an area of the spreadsheet, and then move to another area of the workbook – particularly valuable if you’re managing large spreadsheets or don’t have a second screen.

                                          23. Use Scenario Manager to generate summary outputs of a spreadsheet

                                          Scenario Manager (under “What-if Analysis”) enables users to generate high-level, summary outputs of a spreadsheet – without the need to replicate the entire workbook.

                                          It will present multiple scenarios of a spreadsheet in a succinct, high-level summary worksheet.

                                          24. Use INDIRECT to set up large tables

                                          INDIRECT makes it easy to set up tables which reference larger tables without a lot of referencing work or cutting and pasting; especially for dynamic spreadsheets.

                                          25. Use OFFSET for complicated calculations or formulas

                                          OFFSET can be useful for things like calculating YTD numbers or creating formulas that take data in rows and using in columns.

                                          The bottom line

                                          As you can see, when you have a boring or tedious job to do, the best way to do it fast is not looking for a way how to avoid it, but searching for the shortest variant to do it!

                                          That is why we suggest keeping in mind these Excel shortcuts that will help you to save a lot of time and nerves.

                                          If it seems hard for you to remember all them, you can print out the list of shortcuts and keep it on your worktable. Use it to search for some help when you need it, and over time, you’ll remember all shortcuts easily.

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