Basic guide to headphones

Discussion in 'Audiophiles: Headphones, Earphones, etc.' started by thechungster, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. thechungster

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    Just like my previous thread 'Basic guide to IEM/earbuds', I have decided to make a guide to headphones. I have not had much experience with full sized headphones compared to IEMs so information in this thread will be reduced.

    [Disclaimer] Some of this info might not be correct [Disclaimer]
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    The pros and cons of headphones

    So here is a list of the pros and cons of headphones compared to IEMs
    + Excellent price to performance ration compared to IEMs
    + Can be very comfortable
    + Can make your ears feel warm
    + A greater soundstage
    + Can be very good looking


    - Some higher end headphones might need an amp to run properly as some headphones have an impedence of up to 300Ω.
    - Less portable
    - Some can limit head movement
    - Majority has bad isolation compared to IEMs
    - Can make ears sweat
    - Many can leak sound outwards

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    Types of headphones

    There are two types of headphones, circumaural and supra-aural. Circumaural are the ones that cover the entire ear and the padding sits on the head. Supra-aural are the ones that sit on the ear itself and are generally more portable. These branch off into two types, open and closed. Closed headphones can generally create some kind of seal to block some ambience noise, but this isn't always the case. Open however are completely open and will let in noise in and out, so open headphones aren't really recommended for outside use.
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    Open and Closed

    So there are closed headphones and open backed headphones. Typically closed headphones have a more boomy bass, but can sound closed in and could lack soundstage. Whilst open headphones have a greater soundstage yet some people might not like the lack of impact when compared to closed headphones. Majority of closed headphones can isolate a bit and won't leak sound much, whilst open headphones will leak sound and let in sound. Open headphones tend to be used for home use though, so if you want some for portable use, get some closed headphones or some IEMs.
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    Some things to take into consideration

    If you are thinking in buying some headphones, take into account these two important factors.

    Clamping: Some headphones can clamp onto your head, and it might hurt your head. If you do not prefer these, simply go for one that clamps less onto your head.

    Glasses: Users with glasses should read this one. Users with glasses can find that headphones can become less comfortable as opposed to people without.
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    If you have any questions, feel free to reply in this thread. Also if you want to ask which headphones to buy, post here.
  2. frickinchance113

    frickinchance113 Banned

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    you are a adiophile
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    O Rly?

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    And could you happen to take the entire quote out? I feel that quoting a huge post is unnecessary.
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    you obviously don't know chung then. lol
    he is the person to go to when you have a headphone problem.
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    thechungster Super Moderator Emeritus

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    For headphones? Really, since they only do IEMs

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    Shure has forward mids, but rolled off treble. They tend to suit jazz and classical the best but can suit other genres. Etymotic however lack bass and are typically only good for classical... You do know many other people have different styles, like for example I suit dynamic drivers instead of balanced armatures. One man's heaven is another one's hell.
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    True.
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    lol silly girl. but seriously have you never seen chung's threads? he is always posting about headphones. he is the audiophile of the ipod touch fans forum lol.
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    whoops, soz i didnt read ur post proper
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    Another sticky

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    Thanks Bgizzle.

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