Headphones have long been an indispensable attribute of any modern person. Try to walk in the morning on public transport - absolutely all passengers aged 10 to 80 listen to music.
Counters of shops are simply filled up with different "ears".The price of some is comparable to a cup of coffee, while the other price tag easily crosses the mark of a thousand dollars and briskly moves on. How to make the right choice and not regret it afterwards?
The way that future headphones will be attached to your head plays an important role. Choose the wrong design and as a result you will get discomfort, disappointment and spoiled mood for the whole day.
The following mounting options are available on the market:
- Arc fastening .
In general, not an aging classic. The headphones round the head of the listener, close to the ears. Such headphones are both portable and "home".The latter can not be taken to the streets because of their size( they are large, and it is difficult to carry them all day on their heads);
- Inserts .
Models of this type are most often shipped with a purchased smartphone or MP3 player. The earpiece is inserted into the ear, slightly snagging behind the auricle. The most obvious drawback is that the headphones will drop out in any of your sharp movements. In addition, the special sound quality of such models do not differ;
- Vacuum headphones .
They are similar in design to the previous version, but they have a number of undoubted advantages. First, they are completely inserted into the ear hole, blocking any external sounds. The tips are made of special material that helps to isolate noise. Secondly, the sound quality at them is many times better than those of the same inserts. From the minuses - you risk seriously planting your hearing, constantly using this model;
- Hooks .
These models are characterized by the attachment of headphones behind the auricle. The principle is the same as attaching the glasses to the person's head. There is also a variant with the connection of the left and right hooks with a special occipital arc. Hooks, by the way, are not particularly common in the market, as they have a number of inconveniences when worn.
Having decided with the type of headphones, it is worth to familiarize yourself with the technical characteristics of the selected instance. Here everything is not so simple: many manufacturers "draw" on boxes with devices so many different inscriptions, graphs and figures that they are easy to get confused. This is what the calculation is doing: the buyer will see many clever words, a bunch of incomprehensible and large numbers, and will buy. And what really?
Little depends on the diameter of the speaker, because it's just a size. We can make it as large as we like, but it will not sound better. So here you should be guided only by your own convenience. The sensitivity and power of sound are much more important. They are responsible for juicy and loud sound.
The amplitude-frequency response is a very important parameter. According to her schedule, music lovers can accurately determine: the copy in front of them, or not. Ideally, the AFC picture should not contain sharp bends and have a length of almost the entire graph. In this case, you can expect headphones to maximize the interpretation of the composition. But to rely on choosing good headphones exclusively for this characteristic is impossible.
Another important parameter is the harmonic distortion factor. Ideally, if the selected device has this coefficient less than 1%.If it is larger, or the corresponding value is not specified at all - good sounding should not be expected.
So, the first thing we'll pay attention to is the form. Headphones should sit perfectly, without causing discomfort. If you are persecuted by the desire to remove them and throw them away, then you are probably mistaken in the model.
Secondly, you should run through the main characteristics: the harmonic distortion factor, the frequency response curve, the sensitivity and power of the device.
And, thirdly, do not adhere to the opinion that the more expensive the "ears", the better they are. It is better to rely on objective indicators, rather than on the degree of popularity of the producers.
Author: Gladkov Vyacheslav Vladimirovich