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Why should YOU consider buying the best noise cancelling headphones?

Mar 5

Well, for starters, how about to save your hearing? I’ll bet you’ve had this experience: You had your headphones on listening to your favorite music and felt frustrated because you weren’t able to hear it as well as you’d like.  This works along the same principle as animals that become disturbed before an earthquake or storm due to the low frequency vibration prior to the event. Low frequency sound is used during those hikes in the countryside during high tension moments because these sounds tend to make people feel jittery and on edge. What it boils down to is that as a rule of thumb, low frequency sound is just plain old unpleasant.

Some say that although active noise canceling headphones cancel out the ambient noise around you, they also muffle the sound quality from your audio source.

This will vary by individual headphones. Some retain sound quality better than others. Check out our recommendations shown above to find the best noise cancelling headphones available. For instance, a lot of users are of the opinion that the Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B is a solid, inexpensive model that delivers a lot of bang for your buck.

However, based on my own experience, this is largely dependent on the seal formed by ear-canal headphones. If it’s a good, tight seal; there is obviously better noise blockage than a loose seal. So, in a nutshell…although ear-canal headphones have the potential to reduce noise more effectively than closed circumaural headphones, the bottom line is that closed circumaural types such as the Pioneer HDJ-2000 will do a better job more consistently.

Bear in mind that there are still several models that would undoubtedly be among the best noise cancelling headphones available that I simply haven't had the pleasure of reviewing yet. So, if you prefer, I've also set up a link to Amazon's 4-star rated and better noise cancelling headphones here. This is also a fantastic place to read reviews contributed by people who have actually used the products, which I consider an essential step in the shopping and buying process, whether I’m looking for headphones or almost anything else.

Why should You get a pair of bass headphones? 

After several years of doing headphone reviews, I can't tell you how many people complain about how they bought a headphone that was highly rated only to be disappointed.It's extremely important to know what you are going to use the headphones for and buy a pair that is tailored to those uses.

Many in the online audio world, and especially headphone audiophiles, highly covet their neutral, highly detailed,revealing headphones. While that is VERY satisfying, it's unrealistic for the majority of users because you are likely using poor source material (low bit rate mp3's), a portable player/phone (limited power supply because of size), and listen to more popular music that is today, more bass emphasized.

Durability

If you are spending good money on a product, you want to know they are going to last. The less expensive models are often all plastic and fake leather. As you move up the price scale you get thicker plastics, some metals, velour, thicker padding and padding in more locations, and additional features like warranties, extra tips, adapter, and carrying pouches.

Obviously, the metal and thicker plastic products will hold up longer, but perhaps the most important durability feature is a warranty and purchasing from a retailer that doesn't void that warranty.

One thing that is often overlooked is the cord. Thin cords are often the first to go, and on many headphones are not replaceable. Our reviews take this into account, and anything out of the norm for the price range is noted. A good example of a slightly more expensive bass headphone that embodies many of these features

Comfort

You'd think this one was a sort of no-brainer, but you'd be wrong. I've seen many reviews of headphones from users who bought a pair based on high ratings and good reviews, with no mention of comfort.

These buyers then review the headphones, saying how terrible they are because they’re uncomfortable. The sad truth is that if you fail to research the comfort of something like headphones, you are setting yourself---and the product---up to fail. In my opinion, uncomfortable headphones equal bad headphones. Why? Because regardless of how high quality the sound may be, if they are so painfully uncomfortable that I can’t stand to wear them…what benefit are they?

I’ll point out that comfort, even more so than sound quality, is entirely subjective. What may be quite comfy to you may be excruciatingly uncomfortable to somebody else. So, look before you leap! Check the specs and measurements. Will they fit your head? Fit can be an issue, especially if you have an unusually large or small head. Adjustable headbands might help, but not always. Look for comments about how tightly they clasp your head and whether or not the headband has padding on it, as well as where.

For in-ear designs, make sure they come with multiple tip choices. You may also want to know how far they go into your ear canal, or conversely, how far they stick outside of the ear for ergonomic reasons such as wearing a hat.

Many manufacturers and reviewers list these features. If we see info about size and fit, we try to place it in our reviews.