Audio, for whatever reason, seems to be the last bastion of compromise in the consumer-electronics landscape. Maybe people feel guilty after spending so much on a fancy media device like an iPod, or they’re so used to subpar sound they don’t know what could be.
Price is typically the most important consideration when shopping for new headphones or earphones; but what determines price – and the radical variations of it – is more of a mystery to the average shopper. You could spend $50 for something okay but not necessarily long lasting or capable of recreating the concert experience, or you could visit the other end of the spectrum at $500 and up.
There’s no way to comprehend this huge gap without testing different options along the way. You’ll notice fit and comfort right away when you try on a pair of headphones: some will sit along your ears’ outer ring while others will fit over them, encasing them completely. This has an impact on the headphones’ noise-cancelling properties, as the over-ear models provide a more intimate listening experience than their on-ear relatives.
Without noise-cancelling headphones you’ll probably find yourself turning up the volume to overcome other sounds, a practice that can damage your hearing. Both styles offer superior bass over the smaller but more portable earphones and earbuds.
You may have an immediate opinion on comfort and be able to rule out some options. Trying to save money by settling for a pair that’s even remotely uncomfortable while you’re standing in a store won’t serve you well for longer listening periods.
Headphones are also taking on extra features to accommodate personal devices; built-in controls for the iPhone is just one example. Wireless is another increasingly popular characteristic of headphones. The added freedom is perfect for watching TV or playing video games – but beware, the convenience of no wires could impact the price more than the headphones’ sound quality.
For a more in-depth explanation on the wide world of headphones, call the specialists of Liptons Audio Video Unlimited at 905-898-7133 or visit www.liptons.ca. Stop by the store to experience the difference for yourself.