What Are On-Ear Headphones?
Other wise known as ear-pad, or the technical name which is supra-aural, these headphones sit on top of your ear vs over it or actually in it. Due to varying sizes of these ear-pads, its important to find the right fit as a mismatched fit can cause the headphones to become uncomfortable after a while.
What Are In-Ear Headphones?
This category covers In-ear headphones, earbuds that sit just out side the ear, as well as inner-canal. In-ear refers to anything that goes litterally into your ear where as earbuds sit just outside.
What Are Over-Ear Headphones?
Other wise known as circumaural these headphones encompass your entire ear. Generally headphones that are closed back provide a good deal of passive noise cancellation where as open-back circumaural headphones are designed to let some sound in as to better the sound staging.
What Does Headphone Accuracy Mean?
This term refers to how accurately the headphones represent the music being played. Accurate headphones will not demonstrate any exaggerations in the EQ spectrum. They will tend to be “flat” meaning that the Eq is evenly distributed. Headphones that are accurate are great for musicians, video production and editing, and studio engineers.
What Does Bass Mean?
This term refers to s frequencies generally occurring below 100 hz down to 30hz. This is the thumping sound most people are looking for when listening to either dance music or hip hop.
What is Headphone Clarity?
How well defined each element of sound is. For example, a pair of headphones with outstanding clarity will allow you to hear parts of the mix-down that you can’t really even hear with other headphones because they are so subtle. Clarity is a key element to professional studio headphones.
What is Connection Plating?
This is the type of connection plating metal on the connector plug. Precious metals like gold or silver are better conducive material and provide less signal loss than other metals. Nickel is pretty standard, silver has the best conduction but gold will not oxidize and tarnish.
What are Noise Isolation Headphones?
Noise Isolation is a term used to describe headphones that block out sound very well by virtue of their design. There is no battery or power needed for noise isolation headphones. It is generally the fit or way that they cover your ears that provides the isolation from outside sounds.
What are Noise Cancellation Headphones?
Noise Cancellation refers to active powered headphones, that cancel outside noises in one of two ways. The most popular is reverse transient cancellation. The headphones basically have little microphones on them that take in the surrounding sound and create a revers transient sound wave of the ambient sounds. Then when that sound is played back into your headphones, it has the effect of canceling out the surrounding sounds. Some headphones in the lower price range simply use a white noise signal that is pumped into the headphones. This extra sound helps to block sounds out.