How To Choose A Head Set?
When purchasing an MP3 player or smartphone, we usually use the headphones that come with these products for most tasks, whether in front of the computer or on the street. However, many users are confused when it comes to purchasing one that provides better quality. With prices that can vary from R $ 30 to R $ 3000, we have thousands of options to choose from and the specifications written on the packaging do little to help us evaluate a quality model.
Virtually all manufacturers post-impact information such as “Super Bass” or “High Fidelity” both in their entry models and in the professional line, which naturally makes us choose the model with the lowest price – after all, if a model of $ 40 and another $ 400 have similar specifications, it is better to take the cheapest one, right? The truth is that some headphones are cheaper to produce than the packaging itself, and there are rare models that escape this rule.
Types of Headphones:
Earbud: the most common to be found and also the cheapest, usually accompanying smartphones and MP3 players. Much of the sound ends up escaping due to the shape of the handset, so users commonly increase the volume to almost the limit. For this reason, they are considered the worst model;
In-ear: have become quite common recently, having a tip made of silicone to be inserted into the ear canal, automatically eliminating external noise. On average, they have greater sound fidelity than earbuds, but many users end up being bothered by prolonged use due to the fact that they remain inside the ear;
Considerably larger than the two models above exactly because they cover the whole ear, they are generally more comfortable, capable of reproducing the sound with more sound fidelity. However, they are heavier. They are widely used by sound professionals and gamer for playing audio without noise and have excellent sound insulation.
Hardly, Earbud type headphones that cost less than $ 100 can reproduce songs with reasonable fidelity, with the exception of some models that come with MP3 players. The reason? If a manufacturer equips its player with a low-quality headset, consumers will end up associating the poor quality of the music with the equipment, not the headset. So, generally, they have an above average quality, but not much.
Headsets generally have a higher quality for relatively lower prices, being the best option for those who do not want to invest a lot in a model that will end up in the bottom of the drawer after a few months of use. The same happens with the in-ear type: because they are inside the ear canal, they can reproduce a wider range of frequencies even at low volumes, but when they are very cheap, they end up hurting the ear in a short time.
Is Branding Important?
Many people associate quality with the company that makes a product, and this is more than true when it comes to headphones. It is unlikely that a company that manufactures entry-level models will take chances in the market of very high performance, since users unhappy with their cheap headphones will hardly invest 10 or even 100 times more in another one that is sold to the professional public.
The opposite is also true. Companies like Bose, Sennheiser, Monster (Beats Audio) and the Philips Fidelio series will not risk the fame of music experts if they sell very low-quality models. Unfortunately, in Brazil, these models are sold with prices up to 5 times more expensive than those found in the international market.
Almost all models carry this information in some part of their packaging, but it is really not intuitive to estimate the quality of the headset using this data as a basis. Below, read a quick explanation of what each of these pieces of information means:
Driver: Small Headphones, such as earbuds and in-ear headphones, come with small drivers, usually between 8 and 10 mm. So, making good quality models costs more because the materials used need to be better and miniaturized. Headsets do not have this limitation, easily accommodating a 40 mm driver and therefore being proportionately cheaper, but it is also difficult to imagine someone running on the beach with one of them.
Impedance: expressed in Ohms, is related to the volume of the music. The lower the impedance, the greater the volume of sound, that is, the greater the power.
Frequency / Sensitivity Response: the human ear is capable of detecting frequencies from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz, so the headset must be able to reproduce at least this frequency range. Professional or even high-quality domestic models can reproduce frequencies below 20 Hz and above 20,000 Hz and then, details of the songs are noticeable when the user is more focused.
Connector: although it does not influence much in the quality of the sound itself, it is important to observe if it is compatible with the equipment with which it will be used. What we know as “common input” is the 3.5 mm P2 model, and 3.5 mm P3 for Headphones equipped with a Microphone.
Some stores allow customers to test the headphones and headphones in stock before purchasing, and this is an excellent opportunity to listen to your music and see if it reproduces all the details perfectly. Other factors such as comfort and appearance also deserve special attention, because what good is having a model that reproduces all the sounds perfectly if it is not comfortable or even if we do not like the appearance?
Price is an important point. Huge headsets of $ 20 or $ 30 are rarely able to reproduce quality sounds, and in most cases are also extremely uncomfortable. The reverse is also true: look with suspicion at some models that are very expensive, but the biggest concern of the manufacturer is the design and not the quality of reproduction of the music.