Do all headphones reduce exterior noise?

< Back  – Yes. However, those types that surround the ear (circum-aural) generally afford better noise reduction than other types. – This is because the padding that surrounds the headphone elements forms a tight seal against your head. Also, keep in mind that the noise reduction figure often quoted by headphone manufacturers is an overall …

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What are ‘noise canceling’ headphones? Should I buy them?

< Back  – Noise canceling headphones use active circuitry that measures external noise (external to the headphones) and the noise that makes it through the headphone, and then constructs a counter-wave to cancel out the noise. It’s not 100% effective, but in some models, low-frequency noise can be reduced by as much as 20 decibels, …

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What is meant by ‘dynamic’ headphones? What about electrostatic headphones?

< Back  – “Dynamic” means that the diaphragm (what makes sound) is connected to a ring of wire (also called a voice coil), would many times around a former. – As the signals from your MP3 player pass through the ring of wound wire, a fluctuating magnetic field is created. – Because there are small …

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What do ‘good headphones’ sound like?

< Back  – Again, this is really a matter of taste. However, we believe that good headphones, like good loudspeakers, should not over or under-emphasize any frequency regions; a good headphone will not call attention to itself, but instead, will allow you to hear everything as the producer and engineer intended. – Again, we urge …

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OK, so maybe I should upgrade. How much should I spend?

< Back  – Many people believe that good headphones cost an arm and a leg – this is not the case. – There are several very good-sounding headphones that can be purchased for $30 to $50 and will significantly out-perform the sound of the ear-bud ‘phones that came with your MP3 player. – Like speakers, …

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Should I replace the headphones that came with my MP3 player?

< Back  – If you really like good sound, yes. – Most ear-bud headphones that are supplied with an MP3 player are fairly lacking in fidelity. There are a few reasons for this – the first is economics; most headphones included in such a purchase are very inexpensive, and many suffer from poor quality control. …

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Are you saying that expensive headphones sound better than inexpensive ones?

< Back  – No, we are not saying this. – What we are saying is that accurate headphones and speakers are usually more expensive than inaccurate or less-accurate ones because of the research and development that went into their development. – There are some great bargains (and great sounding headphones) out there – often times …

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Are headphones really that important?

< Back  – Yes. Headphones, like speakers, have the task of converting – as faithfully as possible – the electrical signals from your MP3 player or stereo into sound. – At Immersifi, our philosophy is and has always been that the speakers or headphones are the single-most important component in your audio or media system. …

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Is there a reliable, reputable place where I can learn more about headphones?

< Back  – We have a couple personal favorites – and we are not, in any way affiliated with either. The first we would recommend is – http://www.headphonereviews.org And for those more technically minded, we highly recommend this site: – http://www.headphoneinfo.com – – The first site offers reviews from users – which can be both good …

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What type of headphones are the best?

< Back  – The short answer is “the ones that sound best to you”. Headphones are like speakers – they vary tremendously in their overall performance, size, weight, cost, and even appearance. – – There are many, many possibilities in the world of headphones, and sometimes, the choices can seem overwhelming, especially to those buying …

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