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What Type Of Headphones are Best for Me?

Monster Cable Beats by Dr. Dre

By David D. – Product Specialist

There are many different types of headphones available in today’s audio market. Whether you plan on using them in your home, car, studio, gym, or somewhere else, there is a headphone that is just right for you and what you plan on using them for. There is a variety of styles to choose from such as earbuds, over the head, around the neck, and around the ear with optional ear piece designs like in-ear, on-ear, and enclosed ear. Choose wisely and determine what type of setting you will use them for in order to achieve ultimate comfort and performance.

Kicker 09HP301 (HP301)

If you plan on purchasing headphones for an athletic environment such as jogging, exercising, cycling, or any other extracurricular activity, the best match for you would be a wrap-around, clip on and or portable style headphone with an earbud ear piece design. The clip-on style headphone is equipped with clips that comfortably hook around your ear and provide excellent stability. If you are not satisfied with the clip-on style, you can try the wrap-around type. These usually have a headband unlike the clip-on, but instead of the headband sitting on top of your head, they wrap around the back of your head while being supported by the back of the neck and top of the ears. The Kicker HP301 are an excellent example of active wrap-around headphones. This provides a lot more stability than the over-the-head design.

If you’re a traveler who is on planes, and or trains all the time, the perfect style of headphone for you is a noise cancelling headphone. Noise cancelling headphones eliminate unwanted “outside” noise and are available in 2 types, active and passive noise cancelling. Active noise-canceling headphones are an enclosed ear design and use a petite microphone to pick-up outside noise while filtering it to a microprocessor to alter the sound. Passive noise-canceling headphones, also known as noise-isolating, are an in-ear design that uses foam or plastic earpieces that seal your ear and block all un-wanted noise.

If you are a musician or DJ and need headphones for a studio type environment, you want a set of DJ or Pro Audio headphones. The most recognizable DJ headphones are arguably the Monster Beats by Dre headphones.  Pro Audio headphones are a corded on-ear or enclosed ear design with comfortable soft, spongy ear cushions. This style headphone is usually the most expensive but also provides the best performance. Since they are high quality, you will hear sounds and details in the music that you have never heard before. A new line that we carry here at Sonic Electronix is Grado, they manufacture some of the best sounding high quality Pro Audio headphones out today, check them out.

If you are a home or work listener such as myself, I would suggest an enclosed or on-ear design. The enclosed ear design headphones are perfect for listening to in the office; they are also excellent for your home listening sessions as well. This design also allows you to listen to your headphones without disturbing others around you. Home headphones are available in corded and wireless options and are built for comfort and performance.

No matter what environment or setting you’re in, there is a set of headphones built exclusively to suit your needs.


Woodees Headphones (Earbuds)

The digital music market has been taken over by the digital music players, such as the Apple iPod, Microsoft Zune, and other MP3 players.  The most overlooked accessory to good digital music also happens to be one of the most important.  The headphones that one uses to listen to music can arguably be more important for the music playback than the MP3 player itself.  The quality of the headphones will determine the detail, clarity, and overall listening experience.  Scheduled to be shipping in April of 2009, the new Woodees headphones are making a change in the headphone industry.

Introducing the IES-W100B and the IES-W101B headphones from Woodees.  These headphones are uniquely designed with a wooden structure that produce a naturally rich sound.  The bass is deep and the acoustics are right where they need to be.  Each of these models feature a 10 mm driver for a sound that is just right with the perfect amount of natural deep bass.  The 105 dB sensitivity and the 20-20,000 Hz frequency responses are the results of ideal acoustic engineering.  Woodees are also fully customizable to fit your ear canal.  We all know that there are few things in life that are more annoying than having an ear bud that is too small or too large.  With the Woodees headphones, you will be getting the right fit every time.  A 4-foot cable allows plenty of slack in the cord and plenty of room to move around without having it get tangled or caught up.

The Woodees IES-W100B feature an in-line microphone made specifically for the iPhone or other smart phones.  Answer and end phone calls with the ease simply by pushing the button found on the in-line microphone interface.  When you receive an incoming phone call, you can answer the call and pause the music by squeezing the microphone with two fingers.  After the phone call is over, the music will resume playing.  It is as simple as that.  But that in-line microphone isn’t just for use with MP3 phones.  When an iPod is in its shuffle mode, the in-line controls can pause and skip to the next or previous song.  A perfect feature for listening to music while at the gym or exercising.

No matter what type of music you listen to or how often you listen to music, there is no excuse for using low quality headphones.  Listen to the music the way that the artists want it to be heard.  Hear the bass with a rich and natural sound.  What it really means is that Woodees have gone to nature to get a high quality natural sound.  Next time you think about getting the best buds for your ears, think Woodees.  Wood sounds richer.