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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.)

                                          Featured photo credit: Over ears headphones via bestandworstever.blogspot.com via 2.bp.blogspot.com

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                                          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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                                                    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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