Identifying the Best Type of Headphones

Identifying the Best Type of Headphones

Types of headphones

Types of headphones

Earbuds/In-ear headphones

Every time you purchase a smartphone or an MP3 player this earphone always come with it. Earbuds are the smaller types of headphones which fit into the ear snugly. There are known for their cheap price, but there are other expensive once depending on what you want to use them for. If you are hoping to enjoy music, never depend on the free earbud that comes with your devices as it will never give you the quality you are seeking for. That is why when you want to shop for a quality pair of earbuds you should budget from $50 and above.

On-ear headphones

On-ear headset stays right on top of the ear. But there are not as big as over ear, and their sound experience is better than earbuds.  The ear-cup is made up of thin foam or leatherette pads for extra comfort to keep you on your music for long. Some of them are foldable which makes you have them fold inside their cases immediately after use.

Over-ear headphones

This are big and top headphones type which gives exact sound to your music. Laying your hands on a more quality pair demand extra investment. Over-ear headset can be noise cancelling, noise reduction all depends on the one you need. They wrap around the ear with a big ear-cup (well padded) and cushioned to give a great feel when worn. They are huge and not too portable but there are great for music and other purposes.


Headphone have become one of the most reviewed gear on the internet but still most people do not have a clue on how to make the right choice while shopping. Without boring you with much technical analyzes I want to share briefly the few specs you should be aware of while shopping.

On the new headphone pack you’ll see frequency response and it is measure in hertz (or kilohertz). Low frequencies correspond to bass, while high frequencies correspond to treble, and most headphones have a figure between 12-22 Hz at the bottom end and 20-22 kHz at the top. Note that human audible range is generally between 20 Hz-20 kHz.

Impedance is another key spec which is the resistivity of an headset. When headphones produce electrical current while playing music, impedance act as a resistance to the headphone and it is measured in ohms. Therefore a low output device (like cell phones and mp3) you’ll need a pair of headphone with a low impedance say, 30 ohms or less.

Sensitivity is key in telling you how a pair of headphone is at converting power into sound. Sensitivity is found to be between 90-110 dB (decibel) at 1 milliWatt, but be aware that a higher number is not equal to a louder pair of headphones.

In summary, everyday portable headset users will want a pair of headphones with a frequency range of (20 Hz-20kHz), a low impedance (25-35Ω), and a high sensitivity rating (around 100 dB SPL at I milliwatt). Outside that, you are trying to solve difficult sound puzzle which might end up getting you confused.


At For every pay of headset there is a price tag. Headphones with the above recommended specs are not general cheap but are still affordable. In the league to enjoy quality sound, you should be prepared to invest a bit extra to have yourself purchase a quality product. You might be considering a mid-range price of $100 – $300. But if you are an audiophile with custom specs, then you should be looking at spending more on your audio headgear.

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