This is the band that connects the two ear cups. It rests on top of your head when being worn. It usually will have some padding for comfort and adjust in some way to accommodate different head sizes.
See Also: Earcups
These are the housing units for the speakers, connected by the headband. There are two types of containers; On-ear and Over-Ear.
See also: Headband: On-ear: Over Ear
The ear pads are a padded material cushion that is attached to ear cups. When worn these pads rest between your head or ear and the Ear cups. They can be made from many materials and are sometimes replaceable.
See also: Earcups
Put simply; headphone sensitivity is the measurement of how much sound pressure a driver can make, how loud the headphones are basically, given a certain amount of power. Do note that this will not tell you how loud the headphones are on its own, as you need to take impedance into account too. This can be useful when comparing headphones with the same Impedance, however, in general, the headphones with a high sensitivity rating will be louder.
See Also: Impedance: Driver
When headphones are plugged into a power source, i.e., mixer or iPod, the amount of power drawn from the source depends on how much the mixer or iPod provides and the Impedance of the headphones. As impedance measures electrical resistance, headphones with a lower impedance will draw more power than others will a higher rating. Alongside sensitivity, this can be used to work out a headphones loudness. Impedance tells you how much power is drawn from the source, while Sensitivity tells you how much of that power is converted to sound.
The frequency response of a pair of headphones can be graphed to allow you to see how the headphones perform at different rates. All drivers have individual biases, meaning that some may have more bass while some may have louder ‘highs.’ When available these graphs can be used to compare models, allowing users to get a good idea of any differences in sound without having to test both pairs manually.
See also: Driver
This is the range of frequencies that the headphones are capable of producing. Found on every headphone spec sheet, these particular figures can be misleading. You would be forgiven thinking that the wider the range, the better, however, this is not always the case. Human ears only hear between 20hz-20,000hz, so anything outside this irrelevant. For a much better idea of a pair of headphones performance, check its frequency response.
See also: Frequency response
Closed headphones are always used fo DJ headphones. They have much better noise reduction, a must for loud DJ Booths. The sound leakage from these headphones is much less too, allowing for use on buses, planes, and trains, etc.
See also: Noise reduction
Open back headphones
This term is given to headphone’s that have open ear cups, allowing for air to pass through the cups over the speaker and onto the ear. These give a much truer sound, similar to if you were listening on speakers and are therefore preferred by producers. Open back headphones can’t be used in full spaces because they do block any of the outside noise. For this reason, they are an absolute no-no for DJ’s. They also leak a lot of noise so are not very good in public spaces either.
See also: Ear Cups
This is the metal connector at the end of the cable that plugs into your mixer. Sometimes gold, at times silver (gold is better), there are two main sizes. Most mixers take a ¼ inch jack, whereas most computer and portable music players take a ⅛ inch jack. DJ Headphones usually come with ⅛ inch jack and a ¼ inch adaptor.
Noise reduction refers to a headphone’s ability to block out external sounds from the surrounding area. For DJ’s this is especially important for one ear monitoring and big club situations.
The driver is the device that makes the sound.
This is the term given to ears cups that sit on the ear.
This is the name given to ear cups that fully cover the ear. This can give the headphones better noise reduction while the size of the ear cups allow for bigger drivers.
See Also: Noise Reduction
Audio Technica is primarily a producer of professional audio products. However, their recent foray into the world of consumer electronics has produced a number of top-notch products. This is a testament to the company’s experience in professional audio equipment. These days, the average consumer can now afford a pair of Audio Technica headphones. The ATH-ANC7 Audio Technica Headphones is one of the company’s latest products, combining the company’s extensive experience in producing top quality audio products with an affordable price tag.
The ATH-ANC7 is the perfect headphone for people who travel frequently. It comes in a very compact package, but still delivers Audio Technica’s brand of excellence. It was also designed to be very comfortable, ideal for hours of use during long bus rides and airplane flights. It also comes with a noise cancellation feature, making it ideal for use in noisy environments like bus stations and airports. The best thing about the ATH-ANC7 Audio Technica Headphones is that they are retailed at $120, making them very affordable. The ATH-ANC7 also comes with a long 63-inch cable for ease of use with different media players and devices.
Although not the smallest pair of headphones in the Audio Technica family, the ATH-ANC7 is still relatively compact with earpieces that are around 3.7 inches in diameter. They also come bundled with a handy hard-shell case to protect them during long trips. The ATH-ANC7 was clearly designed with the frequent flyer in mind, since they come with an airplane adaptor. It is interesting to note, however, that while Audio Technica engineers claim that this is a closed back headphone design, some sound will leak from a small passage through the speaker on the rear of each earpiece. This might allow some of the sound to escape from the headphones and it might annoy people sitting next to you during long flights.
The ATH-ANC7 Audio Technica Headphones can be classified as an around-the-ear headphone set. This has the added advantage of larger ear cups, which adds to the comfort factor when using these headphones. The ear cups are also lined with a soft padding material to make them more comfortable. The headband itself is also padded further, adding to user comfort.
The ATH-ANC7 Audio Technica Headphones come with a very handy active noise cancellation feature that helps block outside noise by using a microphone to pick up external noise and a built-in speaker system that cancels out unwanted sounds. To use this feature, you will need to power the system with one AAA battery that fits into the left earpiece. However, you can still use the ATH-ANC7 without the noise cancellation feature. In fact, you can switch it on and off with a built-in switch.
In terms of audio quality, the ATH-ANC7 Audio Technica Headphones is very capable. The ATH-ANC7 boasts superior mid-range definition as well as above average bass. However, high-end frequencies could sound a lot better. These headphones work really well with rock music as well as acoustic and classical music, but hip-hop and industrial metal tracks could sound better. The bass works great for many electronic tracks and also sounds good with a lot of pop music tracks. All in all, the ATH-ANC7 is a great performer, especially when you consider its price.
The noise canceling feature of some cordless headphones is one of the reasons why wireless headphones are a cut above the rest. While not of all are cordless noise-cancelling headphones in nature, some of them have features that minimize external noise, giving you the utmost clarity in your audio experience. So you may ask how does this feature work? Types of headphones that have noise canceling as a feature are best for those people who want to immerse themselves in the sound of their favorite music or movies, without any interference of the outside noises. Individuals who live and interact in a place where noise and uproar are everyday situations need to unwind themselves with music to get away with the stress.
So if you frequent traveling in airplanes whether for long international flights or short domestic ones, cordless noise canceling headphones are the best solutions to cure some of your audio blues. Some people attested that listening to headphones can lessen the risk of jetlag. Wireless noise canceling headphones are also widely preferred by those people who want a safe audio and music streaming. The below are some of the safety precautions that you should take under careful consideration if you plan to buy headphones in general:
- Do not crank up the volume of your iPod (or any other audio device) suddenly into a full amount. It is not advisable to turn the amount up to a full notch because it could destroy your eardrum. If you are always in a noisy zone, then you have to purchase a noise canceling headphone rather than an ordinary one. You are assured to reduce at least 75% of the outside noise this way, leaving you no option to turn the volume up just to drown all the loud noises around you.
- Too much is too much. National Institute of Health affirms that prolonged exposure to sounds over 85 decibels can cause hearing loss. At least give your ears their due rest from time to time. Sudden or instantaneous damage in hearing is sometimes due to exposures rather than injuries or old age.
- While it is true that music has this magical catalyzing effect on most people – enabling them to work harder as if inspired – do not be overly dependent on this kind of routine. Aside from the fact that you may run the risk of overexposure, you may increase the volume level day by day because of the inevitable gradual loss of hearing.
- Remember that headphones are not dangerous, your habit of using them is. Avoid purchasing cheap headphones that are not certified to deliver you safety audio experience. It is not recommended to compromise a good audio sound quality from well-established headphone manufacturers for a measly, low-quality one. Awareness serves to be a real consideration for this issue, and you have to be aware of choosing the right and the most appropriate headphones because your ears and your hearing functionality are at stake. Do not settle for anything less.
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Bose QuietComfort2 is a remarkable evolvement from the first generation QuietComfort. The noise-canceling effect is superb, and the headphones could be used purely as a noise-canceling device, if you so wish for any reason, by simply detaching the headphone cord.
Instead of using it at home and listening to your music at a high volume, Bose QuietComfort2 is best used when traveling long distances in planes, trains, buses.
Sound quality is gorgeous and roomy, especially bass and little notes. The mid-to-high notes of vocals and instrument colors are bright. But we felt the highs lack somewhat the kind of delicacy we prefer.
We don’t know if it’s due to the noise-canceling effect, but we sensed some distortion when increasing the volume, but that might not be noticed by many users.
As far as sound quality is strictly concerned, QC2 does lack behind headphones (without noise-canceling effect) of the same price range. But such a comparison would be unjust since noise-canceling headphones and standard headphones are two distinct categories with a different focus.
QC2 is lightweight and its design simple with 90° rotatable ear cups. The fit is good and comfortable, the pressure at the right level.
However, you need to switch the power on, which activates the noise-canceling effect, every time you use it to listen to music. You hear nothing if you don’t. So you need to ensure you have a good supply of batteries if you plan to use QC2 frequently even at home, indoors and quiet environment as well.
We played the Kurt Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins & Berlin Theatre Songs to check the vocals produced by QC2. We were not disappointed. The vocals were just superb.
The sound clarity was impressive, the positioning of the orchestra, choir, lead vocals relative to each other could be heard clearly.
Next was Scheherazade (Rimsky-Korsakov). From powerful wind instruments to rich sounds of the strings, the overall well-balanced sounds of the orchestra were superbly produced giving us a delightful listening experience.
In Tricycle (Film & Bb’s) of Jazz Fusion category, the dynamic bass, little notes, and spatial clarity were impressive.
Overall, Bose QuietComfort2 gives you sounds that are clean, compact and a pleasure to listen.
|Specification||Our Ratings (max. 5)|
|Type||Closed, Around-ear||Sound Quality||4||Rock||4.5|
|Technology||Bose acoustic noise-cancelling||Design||3.5||Pops||4.5|
|Driver unit||Ø35mm||Fit & Wear||4||Jazz||4.5|
|Sensitivity||100dB/mW(Lo), 115dB/mW(Hi)||Sound Leakage||5||Classical||4|
|Jack||3.5mm stereo mini-jack|
|Cord length||178cm (detachable)|
|Powered by||1xAAA battery|
|Battery life||approx. 38 hours|
|Weight||196g (with cord & battery)|