Tag: On-Ear Headphones

AKG Quincy Jones Series Headphones

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Legendary music producer Quincy Jones has teamed up with the folks at Harman AKG to release a Signature Line of headphones. Quincy Jones views music as his livelihood and has focused this passion on releasing a quality product that can demonstrate his pride. The AKG Quincy Jones Signature Line of headphones certainly does live up to these expectations. When you listen to this spectacular lineup of In-Ear and On-Ear headphones, painstakingly approved by Quincy Jones you’ll definitely know – It’s personal.

With all of the portable MP3 devices and smart phones around today, In-Ear headphones, or ear buds are very popular to consider. The drivers in the AKG Q350 In-Ear headphones are designed for durability and high output. They feature precise, unfiltered acoustics that have made AKG headphones the studio standard for more than 60 years. They also feature an In-line Mic and Remote Control for better use with smart phones and MP3 players.  The weight of the drivers without the cable is 3 grams, perfect for jamming to your music without feeling restricted, or hurting your ears. These ear buds are perfect for the gym, air travel, or a run due to their light weight and stylish design. You can find the AKG Q350 ear buds in three different colors, Green, White, and Black.

Q460 Black

The Q460 On-Ear Headphones feature a detachable cord and collapsible cups for increased storage and portability

The AKG Q460 is a great alternative for those looking for an On-Ear headphone option. These Signature Edition mini headphones are designed for long hours of comfortable use, and also fold flat for increased portability and feature a detachable cable. Quincy Jones demanding career has him traveling all over the world and he has stated that “These are the headphones I want with me” during those travels. You can also find these headphones in Green, White, and Black.

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Selecting the Best Headphone Type: Closed-Back, Open-Back, and Semi-Open Back

When searching for a new pair of on-ear or over-ear headphones, one important step to making the best selection is to consider all the headphone types available. A functioning knowledge of headphone type, also known as acoustical principles,  allows buyers to make a selection that best satisfies their expectations as listeners while meeting the demand of a headphone’s intended use. The three main acoustical principles found in modern headphones are closed-back, open-back, and semi-open back designs. Each principle offers users a unique and markedly distinct experience suited for particular environments and applications.

Closed-Back

Audio Technica ATH M50s/LE, Excellent Closed Headphones

Perhaps the most ubiquitous acoustical principle, one of the primary advantages of closed-back headphones is minimized sound leakage. Whether in an on-ear or over-ear design, the closed-back headphone prevents music from spilling into your surroundings and keeps ambient noise from penetrating the reproduction. The resulting effect is described as sound isolation and is defined by a reproduction that is minimally colored by ambient noise.

Because they are among the best suited for quality reproduction even in noisy environments, it is of little surprise that sealed headphones are among the most common. Closed-back headphones are particularly well suited for studio engineers and DJs who demand a focused sound despite loud surroundings and are also of great benefit for travelers and office use.

Of course, for all the benefits of being able to listen to high quality audio in raucous environments there are some trade-offs. Most notably, the acoustic character of sealed headphones can have a constricted quality with a compressed sound stage leading to less resonant high and mid frequencies. Nonetheless, the limited space of the chamber does have some advantages particularly for enthusiasts of lower frequencies and robust bass. For such individuals, closed-back headphones may provide the most satisfying experience.

Open-Back

Grado GS1000I, Top of the Line Open Headphones

Open-back headphones are the inverse of closed-back headphones. Unlike sealed headphones, open-back headphones allow sound to flow freely through the drivers allowing more sound to emanate from the headphones. The effect of this acoustical principle is to achieve a broadened sound stage with organic and realistic sound character. While bass frequencies are not particularly accentuated, they tend to be properly balanced with higher frequencies which are allowed to ring and develop over time and space because of the free flow of air through and around the transducers. To many listeners, the freedom and natural development of the sound waves offers the highest quality sound.

While the convincing realism of the open-back sound stage can be impressive, it practically relegates the open-back headphone to the private and silent rooms of a home. Not only might people nearby find the sound leakage of the open-back headphone distracting, open-back headphones also allow ambient noise into the transducer resulting in sound so tainted by noise that it is hardly enjoyable.

Semi-Open

beyerdynamic T5p, Exemplary Semi-Open Headphones

Certainly one of the most polemic principles available, semi-open back headphones attempt to reconcile the opposing acoustical principles by blending certain qualities of each. The semi-open headphone offers some sound isolation without fully enclosing the chamber and allowing sound to develop organically. While this certainly creates a more dynamic sound character, semi-open headphones might still leak enough sound to be a nuisance to others and should be considered as open headphones with better isolation.

In other words, semi-open headphones are more than likely to be a better fit for private listening than something one might use in a quiet library or office.

Conclusion: Choosing Yours

Knowing the distinct characteristics of each acoustic principle, it is time to think about what your demands are from your headphones. When choosing, be sure to consider the environments you are most likely to be in while enjoying your headphones.

If you know that you will be in busy and loud environments, DJ-ing the next block party, or monitoring a live performance, no other type of headphone will better serve your purposes than a fully closed, enclosed ear design. On the other hand, if you wan to unwind after a long day at work to the immaculate sound of your headphones in the privacy and quiet of your favorite lazy chair, open-back headphones might be the perfect companions (as I know they are for me!).

Most importantly, the acoustic principle of a pair of headphones is meant to help you get the most out of your music. Be sure to consider the types of music you are most likely to listen to. For instance, if you prefer classical or acoustic performances with balanced and rich sound textures, perhaps a semi-open or open design will be your best fit; whereas if you are into electronic and bass heavy music, a closed principle may better reflect the robust bass frequencies you are seeking.

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Professional Headphones 15 % Off Sale at Sonic Electronix

Professional Headphones Promotion

If you are looking for an upgrade in the field of home, DJ, or studio Professional Headphones now is the time to act. For a special limited time only Sonic Electronix will be offering a 15% discount on all of our Professional Headphones. As the holiday season comes around the corner now is the perfect time to purchase those high quality headphones you have always wanted. With manufacturers like Audio Technica, Grado, Sennheiser, Kicker and many more you are sure to find exactly what you want and need.

Professional Home Headphones

The want for high-quality sound reproduction is what sets the true audio listener apart from your average every day listener. Headphones like the SR60i and SR80i from Grado offer a fuller sound reproduction that is almost never seen in your standard pair of headphones. Here you will get cleaner, crisper and more accurate highs, mids, and lows. Kicker’s HP541 headphones also provide that higher-quality that makes listening to music a whole new experience.

Professional DJ Headphones

With professional DJ style headphones not only is sound quality important but aside from that they must feature some sort of swivel of the ear-cups and extreme flexibility. Pioneer’s HDJ-500K, and HDJ-1000 offer unique folding housing and joint movement that allow for flexibility during performance which allow for easier use when mixing. The same goes for the Shure SRH750DJ and SRH550DJ headphones. These headphones excel in low and mid frequency reproduction which is essential to a good DJ. A DJ is only as good as his equipment, and these DJ style headphones will allow for true artistic presentation.

Professional Studio Headphones

Studio monitoring headphones are a complete different ballgame in the professional headphone category. These headphones will pick up a very wide range of frequencies which is needed for proper monitoring and mixing. Audio Technica’s ATH-M50, Sony’s MDR-V600, and Sennheiser HD 280 Pro headphones all offer a very dynamic sound reproduction and are able to reproduce frequencies that are not always heard but play a significant role in the overall sound quality and production. Studio monitoring and mixing professional have a great sense of hearing but even they need a reliable pair of professional studio headphones to get the job done as accurate as possible.

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Aerial7’s On-Ear Headphones Offer Quality, and Self-Expression

Aerial7 have brought culture, fashion, and art into their four lines of DJ style headphones. They are providing high quality sound reproduction while at the same time being on the forefront of ever changing trends, innovation and self expression. In a market of literally billions of products the four series of headphones below encompass an essence of individualism while paring it with advances in technology and features that are not usually found in DJ Style headphones. Ranging from superior high-end headphones like the ROYALE series, to a more affordable series that still delivers superb sound reproduction like the PHOENIX series. With this wide spectrum, Aerial7 on-ear headphones have everyone covered.

ROYALE Series

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Without any question the best on-ear headphones by Aerial7. Available in Absolute and Bourbon, these high-end professional DJ style headphones are designed for the true music enthusiast. ROYALE series headphones are equipped with 50mm speaker drivers that deliver the highest possible sound reproduction and quality by providing an enhanced full sound spectrum. Royale series headphones come equipped with a 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter so that you can go from casual applications to more professional applications without any hassles. The built-in microphone that allows for hands free use with mobile devices really sets these headphones apart from other professional headphones. With precise headband adjustment and a full grain patent leather headband you will receive supreme and premium comfort during all listening sessions. With a classy and luxurious look and feel accompanied with professional sound reproduction Aerial7’s ROYALE series headphones are perfect for those looking for unmatched professional headphones.

TANK Series

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These professional headphones feature single-sided monitoring with a spring swivel ear cup design, making them perfect for any looking for a quality DJ style headphone. A straight thin cable with a built-in microphone allows you to have hands free conversations with mobile devices and even Skype. The 57mm speaker drivers deliver high quality sound reproduction that is to be expected in high-end professional headphones at a fraction of the cost. TANK series headphones not only provide superior sound quality but with multiple color options, they allow you to truly express your personal style that will make you stand out above the rest. Aerial7 has taken comfort into mind and given the TANK series headphones ultra-thick cushions and a soft pliable headband for guaranteed comfort during long listening sessions. The soft touch and rubberized finish of the ear cups provides sturdiness and longevity of the headphones. TANK series on-ear headphones will bring out those lows and display those mids and highs without breaking the bank.

CHOPPER2 Series

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Aerial7 kicks it old school and retro with the CHOPPER2 series and do it in a way that showcases the essence of retro while still introducing the improvements in technology and advances in personal audio. Apart from the 44mm speaker drivers for excellent sound production and built in microphone for hands frees talking, the CHOPPER2 provide an aesthetics that you will not find on any other retro style headphones. The 3.5mm to 6.3mm adapter makes these headphones versatile and perfect in more than one application. 7 different color selections will allow you to step out the standard and into the stylish. Equipped with a soft pliable headband and plus ear cups for comfort during extended listening. With satisfying and excellent sound reproduction and a true and honorable retro style design, CHOPPER2 headphones are a great repertoire for any music lover and enthusiast.

PHOENIX Series

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Not everyone wants oversize headphones that are usually associated with DJ style headphones, but they still want a product that can produce the same sound quality as its counterpart. Enter Aerial7’s PHOENIX series on-ear headphones. Featuring a swivel ear cup designed for single sided monitoring and beat matching, but in a mid-size frame design that sets them apart from your traditional DJ style headphones. Even with a compact design, the PHOENIX series headphones are still able to deliver high quality sound reproduction with the use of 44mm speaker drivers. These headphones feature a slim profile microphone for use with hands free devices, and a Skype adaptor that will allow VoIP on your PC. The use of proprietary materials and finishes along with a reinforced frame, plush ear cushions and adjustable headband make the PHOENIX series headphones durable, reliable and comfortable. With multiple color options and an affordable price, these headphones are a great way to improve your listening experience.

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