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This List of Headphones for Different Purposes Will Amaze You

This List of Headphones for Different Purposes Will Amaze You

We don’t generally put much thought into buying headphones, as much as we do when buying laptops, phones and tablets. But we’re making a big mistake while doing so.

Not only do headphones vary in their brands, designs, sizes and prices, they also do so in terms of the purpose they are best suited for. So as we don’t really care whether the headphone suits the purpose we’ll be using them for, we’re failing to get the best from our purchase most of the times.

This article will help you understand the different types of headphones based on the purposes they’re best suited for. Here are ten different headphones for different purposes, which will surely amaze you.

1. DJ Headphones

DJ headphones

    As the name itself suggests, DJ headphones are best suited for a disk jockeying purpose. Good DJ headphones should be able to also be used on one ear only. This is because DJing involves listening to the monitor speaker in one ear and the incoming track in the other, quite often.

    Earcups that twist and swivel will help this a lot. Coiled cables also suit DJ headphones very much. This is because coiled cables spare users from the trouble of arranging the cables when they twist and turn.

    Sensitivity is another requirement for great DJ headphones as in large environments also, the DJ needs to know what’s playing around.

    Some of the best DJ headphones out there in the market are AKG K81, Sennheiser HD205II, Sony MDRV55, Pioneer HDJ500 and Shure SHR750.

    The cheapest ones are available around 50$ while the finest ones cost more than 500$.

    2. Gaming Headphones

    Gaming headphones

      Gaming headphones could be either for console games or PC games. It’s important to determine this beforehand as PC gaming headphones don’t work quite well with consoles as they lack required functionalities.

      Some games require voice commands or the gamers to communicate with their teammates. In such case, headsets with crystal clear reception would be needed so that the teammates as well as opponents can hear you loud and clear.

      The other important features required for gaming headphones are noise cancelling functionalities and comfort. Noise cancelling is required as gamers won’t like the external sound to disturb their gameplay. Meanwhile, comfort is needed as the headphones would have to be put on for hours.

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      According to PC Gamer, the best overall gaming headphone is Kingston HyperX Cloud. The best high-end model is Creative’s Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega. Similarly, the best budget model is CM Storm Sonuz.

      The lower end models are available below 100$ while the higher end models lie in the 100$-300$ range.

      3. Wireless Headphones

      Wireless headphones

        Wireless headphones offer users an easy-to-use wireless experience. The headphones connect with source devices generally via Bluetooth and appeal to a wide range of users. They’re used by commuters, professionals and athletes alike.

        Great noise cancelling functionalities are one of the most essential requirements for superior wireless headphones. This is because people like to use them while travelling and at crowded places. Multiport pairing has also been common with recent Bluetooth wireless headphones. This lets a single headphone pair with multiple compatible devices.

        Voice commands are also widely supported in these headphones as users would love to continue using the headset without having to configure the device or the headset frequently.

        Most of the models can produce a nice sound within a 10 feet range while the finest ones work just fine as far as 20 feet away from the connecting device.

        Some of the best models are Beats Studio Wireless Series, Bose Soundlink, Sony MDR10RBT, Parrot Zik Wireless and Harman Kardon BT.

        The lower end models cost around 75$ while the higher end models exceed 450$.

        4. Studio Headphones

        Studio headphones

          Studio headphones are an indispensable part of any producer’s arsenal. Studio headphones aren’t just meant for music production in the studio. They also enhance music production at home significantly if you choose the right one.

          Several types of studio headphones are available, which are all fit for different purposes. Circumaural headphones completely cover the ears and thus, isolate the listener from external noise. Meanwhile, supra-aural headphones do not completely cover the ears and thus, one can listen to outside noise, too.

          For casual listening and monitoring purposes, even less equiped pairs are OK. But for protracted listening and for testing mixes, sophisticated models would be required.

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          Great studio headphones have a wider frequency range. As these headphones are normally worn for long periods, comfort should also be of major concern. Adjustable straps and bands as well as cushioned pads and longer cables will help, too.

          The best studio headphones in the market happen to be Sony MDR7506, Sennheiser HD-280 Pro, Shure SRH840, Beyerdynamic DT 880 and Sennheiser HD 600.

          The prices are between 100$-400$.

          5. Noise Cancelling Headphones

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            Noise cancelling headphones reduce unwanted external noise with the use of active noise control engineering. Although these headphones are a little more expensive, the price is more than compensated as the listener can solely concentrate on the sound of their choice.

            Noise cancelling headphones come with a microphone which picks up the ambient noise from the environment. The noise cancelling is actually done by a noise-cancelling circuitry available in the headset. These are usually battery-powered and sometimes USB powered as well.

            Well-fitting and comfortable headphones with superior noise cancelling capabilities should be chosen to get the most from them.

            The finest amongst the noise cancelling headphones available in the market are Bose QuietComfort 15, Sennheiser PXC 450, AKG K 490, Harman Kardon and Beats Electronics Studio.

            Although cheaper models are available around 100$, the best models of noise cancelling headphones generally cost more than 300$.

            6. Bass Headphones

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              Bass headphones provide that unique and pumping sound of bass, which provide the deep and profound sensation which makes you feel like dancing.

              Great bass headphones are designed to enhance the bass. The driver sizes are larger and frequency responses are lower. Closes and over-ear headphones produce the deepest bass sounds. Superior noise isolation technology accompanied by inline remotes as well as soft ear cushions and headbands are also common features of great bass headphones.

              V-MODA Crossfade M-100, Sennheiser Momentum, Sony MDR-1R and Beats Executive are some of the best headphones selling currently.

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              Good bass headphones cost between 300$ and 500$.

              7. Sports Headphones

              Sports headphones

                Sports headphones are targeted for use while engaging in sports or other physical activities. They are lightweight, extremely comfortable and do not interfere with physical activities.

                Earphones, being lighter in weight and smaller in size, are better for use as sports headphones. One needs to test a wide range of headphones before actually buying them if the person wants to buy the right pair of sports headphones. This is because comfort levels vary according to the person buying it, their ear size, the sports they primarily do and also their gadgets.

                Sports headphones highly require to be resistant to body movement as one wouldn’t like the headphones falling out of the ears all the time. These days sweat resistance has also been common with sports headphones as this prevents the headphone from being damaged because of sweat exposure.

                We’d recommend you Aftershokz Sportz 2, Sennheiser Adidas CX 685, Bowers & Wilkins C5, Bose SIE2i and Philips Sports Ear Hook as your sports headphones.

                These headphones cost around 25$ in the lower end whereas the price can reach up to 250$ in the upper end.

                8. Clip on Headphones

                Clip-on headphones

                  Clip-on headphones, also known as ear-clip headphones are small earpad headphones that contain a clip and are put behind the ears. The speaker is centered at the ear canal. Some enter the canal while the others rest outside.

                  These headphones are perfect for running and walking. Besides, they will also help a lot if you need to remain aware of your surroundings.

                  These headphones are lightweight and convenient to use. Besides, they are secure and compact as well. They also do not cost as much as other headphones.

                  Some of the clip-on headphones with best ratings are Sony Active Style MDR-AS40EX, AirDrives Kids, AirDrives Pink Ribbon Challenge, Skull Candy Chops and Panasonic RP-HS33.

                  These headphones are very cheap and almost all of them cost less than 50$.

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                  9. Surround Sound Headphones

                  Surround sound headphones

                    Surround sound headphones are the headphones that feature surround sound technology and are best fit for home theatres, audiophiles and gamers.

                    There are two categories of surround sound available in these headphones. 5.1 surround sound uses five full bandwidth channels while one is the low-frequency channel dedicated to effects. In 7.1’s case the only difference is that they use seven full bandwidth channels.

                    The frequency response range of these headphones is wide. Since they have lower total harmonic distortion, they produce a cleaner sound. Lower impedance in these headphones help produce a louder sound.

                    If we’re to recommend you some, we’d advise you to choose from HiFiMan HE-400, Sennheiser HD 700, Sennheiser RS 180 and Shure SRH1440.

                    As the technology is sophisticated, these headphones have higher costs. Even the lower end models cost around 200$ while it reaches 700$ on the higher end.

                    10. Traveler Headphones

                    Traveler headphones

                      Traveler headphones are targeted for people who frequently have to travel, whether it be within one city or between nations. Efficient noise cancelling functionalities are the minimum requirement for these headphones. They’re not just needed to concentrate on the sound from the gadget but also to remain in silence while traveling.

                      Noise isolation and optimum level of comfort are also needed for getting the most out of headphones while traveling. So these are found in good traveler headphones.

                      Size and weight don’t matter much while you’re traveling via airplanes, trains or automobiles but you’d want these headphones to be lightweight while you’re going for adventures like hiking.

                      Our recommendations for traveler headphones are JH Audio JH16 Pro, Bowers & Wilkins C5 Series 2, AKG K490 NC, PSB M4U 2 and Bose QC25s.

                      These are basically the noise cancelling headphones put under a different moniker. The cost for good traveling headphones are more than 300$.

                      Featured photo credit: Headphones for Your Mobile Phone via www.softechnogeek.com via 2.bp.blogspot.com

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                      20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                      20 Best Mac Apps for Productivity You Need in 2020

                      Whether you use your Mac for work or just for your personal projects, you’ve likely found yourself wondering how to improve your productivity. There are only so many hours in a day, and so much mental stamina you can muster before you run out.

                      There are dozens of tricks you can use to improve your own productivity and outlook, but if you’re looking for a more objective, comprehensive fix, the best thing to do is equip your Mac with productivity apps designed to help you do more in less time.

                      This Lifehack-exclusive list has some of the best productivity apps to help you feel less tired, improve your energy, and ultimately help you get more done every day.

                      What Makes For the Best Productivity Apps?

                      Beyond productivity tips, there are dozens of productivity apps to choose from too. With that in mind, here are some of the core aspects of ideal productivity apps that have formed this list.

                      • Non-intrusive – you want a productivity app to weave seamlessly into your workflow and not cause disruptions. From using the app to the overall display, it shouldn’t cause any interruptions.
                      • Good interface – Again, you want to be able to use these apps easily and have them benefit you. The easier you can navigate around these apps, the better.
                      • Fair pricing – Many of these have free trials that allow you a good chance to test before you buy. If you do decide to pay for it, the monthly pricing plans should be reasonable for what you are getting.

                      1. Todoist

                        Available for all iOS devices, Todoist is a note-taking and organization app that can keep you on top of all your projects—both personal and professional.

                        Its best features are all free to use, including browser extensions, task creation, and interactive boards you can use to organize all your notes.

                        If you want to pay the optional $29 yearly fee, you can get even more advanced features like backups and automatic reminders. Even with the free version, you’ll stay far more organized.

                        Download: Todoist

                        2. 1Password

                          You may not realize it, but you probably spend a ton of time recalling your passwords, especially if and when you forget one to an app you use on a regular basis.

                          1Password is an app for Mac that saves and remembers all your passwords for you in one place, so you can access all your favorite sites with a single click.

                          You’ll save time and keep all your accounts secure simultaneously. A personal plan is $2.99 per month.

                          Download: 1Password

                          3. Bear

                            Bear is a unique kind of note-taking app designed to make it easier for Mac users to jot down notes on the go. With it, you can create to-do lists, give yourself reminders, and outline concepts for future brainstorming sessions.

                            It comes with many different inline styles so you can customize your notes to your personal preferences, and remember the context in which you wrote them. The core version is free, with a $14.99 per year version available as well.

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                            Download: Bear

                            4. Hazel

                              Hazel by noodlesoft is an automated organization tool designed for Mac that will help you automatically organize your files based on any custom rules you want to create.

                              For example, you can set it to move untouched items from one folder into another folder labeled “action items” if they haven’t been addressed within a week. It can save you hours of organization over the course of a few weeks. A single license is a flat $32.

                              Download: noodlesoft

                              5. Alfred

                                Alfred is an all-in-one app designed to save you time with Mac shortcuts and convenient custom actions. You can use it in a variety of ways.

                                For example, you can access Alfred’s clipboard memory so you don’t copy and paste the same material over and over, or set up custom workflows to automate some of your most repetitive tasks.

                                It’s a paid app, with multiple price points based on the features you desire.

                                Download: Alfred

                                6. TextExpander

                                  TextExpander does exactly what the name suggests; it allows you to type a short snippet of text, and expand that text automatically.

                                  For example, you can create a custom expansion that allows you to conjure a full paragraph you type repeatedly by simply typing a unique abbreviation. Once you get used to your custom combinations, you’ll spare your fingers from typing thousands of words.

                                  An individual account is $3.33 per month.

                                  Download: TextExpander

                                  7. Backblaze

                                    If you’ve ever experienced a crash, or theft of your Mac, you know how much time a system restore can cost you. You’ll spend hours replacing the files you lost, and lose thousands of files that are irreplaceable.

                                    Backblaze is an automated, inexpensive way to back up your entire Mac for just $5 a month.

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                                    Download: Backblaze

                                    8. Keyboard Maestro

                                      Keyboard Maestro is an older app that still has the power to make your life easier. With it, you can automate any number of tasks based on a certain trigger (such as a hotkey combination, or an event like connecting to a wireless network). A single license only costs $36.

                                      Download: Keyboard Maestro

                                      9. Snagit

                                        There are many applications for a good screen-capture app, whether you’re trying to illustrate a tech problem you have or just want to make an interesting meme. Snagit makes it easy, with built-in editing for both still images and video. A single license covers two machines, and costs $49.95.

                                        Download: TechSmith/Snagit

                                        10. Bartender

                                          Bartender is the cleverly-named app that helps you clean up and organize all your menu bar icons. You can also access them quickly with keyboard shortcuts.

                                          If you’re like most Mac users, those icons get cluttered quickly and stop you from working efficiently. It’s free to try for 4 weeks, after which you’ll need a $15 license.

                                          Download: Bartender

                                          11. Otter

                                          Otter is the Mac app for the note taker who hates typing. It’s an intelligent voice-recognition system and note-taking app that will help you transcribe your conversations, keep notes during meetings, and even take contextual notes to yourself in your own time.

                                          Best of all, it’s free to get started!

                                          Download: Otter

                                          12. Flux

                                            Do you often find yourself feeling tired throughout the day, or feeling unable to get to sleep after a day of staring at your computer? That could be because of the unnatural blue light that radiates from your Mac.

                                            Flux naturally adapts your display to emit light that matches the time of day, so you can sleep better and feel less tired. It’s also free!

                                            Download: Flux

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                                            13. PDFpen

                                            If you deal with PDFs on a regular basis, you probably find yourself wishing for some kind of tool that can let you mark up those PDFs however you want. Without a dedicated app like PDFpen, this can be difficult.

                                            PDFpen lets you edit PDFs in almost any conceivable way, giving you more power and saving you time. A single license is $74.95.

                                            Download: Smile Software/PDFpen

                                            14. OmniFocus

                                              OmniFocus is all about task management. It has a clean interface that allows you to tag your tasks, schedule events, and even automate certain features.

                                              It’s one of the most comprehensive solutions on the market, so there’s a bit of a learning curve to get the most out of it.

                                              A standard license is $39.99, while the pro version is $79.99.

                                              Download: OmniFocus

                                              15. Franz

                                                It’s tiring to switch between dozens of different chat programs like Facebook Messenger, Slack, and WhatsApp, whenever you want to have a conversation with a different contact.

                                                Franz’s solution is simple; offer access to all these apps in one convenient package. And best of all, it’s completely open source.

                                                Download: Franz

                                                16. MindNode

                                                  If you’re the brainstorming type, you need an app like MindNode to help you efficiently organize your thoughts. There are dozens of tools you can use to connect ideas in a mind map, or simply jot down notes for future reference.

                                                  The core app is free, with in-app purchases available.

                                                  Download: MindNode

                                                  17. Focus

                                                    The internet is a wonderful thing, but it can be awfully distracting. And if you’re like the majority of us, you’ve interrupted work on a project because of some attention-grabbing site or bad online habit. That’s where Focus comes in.

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                                                    This app allows you to block the worst offenders with custom time limits and other constraints, so you can focus on the task at hand. A single license is $19.99.

                                                    Download: Focus

                                                    18. CleanMyMac

                                                      Chances are, your Mac isn’t working as fast as it could, thanks to gigabytes of clutter and unnecessary files on your system. CleanMyMac helps you scan your Mac, monitor its health, and ultimately clean it up—so you can handle all your tasks that extra bit faster. A single license is $39.95.

                                                      Download: CleanMyMac

                                                      19. Grammarly

                                                        A spelling error or grammatical mistake can cost you big time. It could be the source of a worse grade on a big paper, or compromise your credibility in the workplace. Thankfully, Grammarly can help you.

                                                        This Mac-integrated writing assistant monitors all your writing and makes live corrections, so you’re alerted to your potential mistakes before they become permanent.

                                                        A free version exists, but the premium version will cost you between $11 and $30 a month, depending on how you pay.

                                                        Download: Grammarly

                                                        Focus To Do

                                                          Focus to-do is one of the top productivity apps for your iPhone around. It even has a desktop client that you can connect to effortlessly. The app is built around two things: the Pomodoro technique and task management. It achieves these things with amazing balance. All that you have to do is create a task and then set the timer right within the app itself.

                                                          There is also great flexibility with the Pomodoro technique as well. You can choose whether to take a 5 minute break, take a longer one, or even skip it. On the task management side, you can also create reoccurring tasks, reminders, and place a priority on tasks too.

                                                          Download: Focus To Do

                                                          The Bottom Line

                                                          These productivity apps should help you squeeze more productive hours out of every day, but they aren’t the only tools you’ll have to help you find success.

                                                          Make the time to learn about and experiment with all the life hacks that can make you more productive. By improving your devices as well as your outlook and focus, you’ll be able to get far more done in a day, and feel better doing it.

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