Whether you are enjoying your favorite drink or working as hard as possible, you know you can always count on headphones to keep you entertained. Without headphones, private music time anywhere will not be possible.
We all know headphones provide endless hours of music and joy to our lives, but do you want to learn more? Read through this beginner’s guide and discover more about headphones.
To simplify things, headphones are just like speakers--- but only to your ears.
Headphones, unlike speakers, can be placed closely on your ears so you can listen to anything--- music, tape recording, movies, radio, etc.--- in private. Speakers are louder and tend to be heard by anyone, but with headphones, you can own whatever it is you are listening, because you are the only one who can hear it.
Headphones usually look like a headband with two smaller speakers for both ears, but they actually come in different shapes and sizes (which will be discussed later). And unlike speakers, headphones can be brought anywhere, as they are small enough to fit in bags.
Many would think that headphones may not be around for so long, but--- surprise, surprise--- they have been keeping people company since the 1880s.
Actually, headphones were not used for entertainment purposes when they were invented in 1881--- they were used by telephone operators, instead.
However, in 1895, headphones became a staple in every home and were used to listen to local opera house music. Back then, headphones looked more like stethoscopes (with the headband upside down) than the ones we use now.
In 1910, the first modern headphones were created by Nathaniel Baldwin--- in his kitchen. He sold them to the U.S. navy, but never patented them. Then, in 1937, the first dynamic headphones were released.
Soon, more brands followed the hype.
In 1949, the K120’s were released.
Then, in 1958, the first stereo headphones hit the market.
One year later, the world’s first electrostatic headphones came out to the public. More kinds of headphones followed until the 1970s.
Then came the 1980s, when the earbud headphones were introduced to the public.
However, in 1997, headphones with headbands came back, but now they are worn around the neck.
By the start of the 21st century, a new brand of headphones was introduced--- by the name of iPod. These are actually music players, but each was accompanied with earbuds.
Then, in 2008, large Beats by Dr. Dre headphones were born.
And the rest, as they say, is history.
All kinds of headphones serve only one purpose--- to bring sound to the ears. But, of course, they are different in their own rights.
Headphones are divided into three types:
These are the headphones with big earcups that literally take over the ears. Circumaural headphones cover the entire ears of the user, meaning the noise isolation is better than other types. This kind of headphones is great for people who really want to be isolated from the world and just focus on what they are listening to.
Headphones which are circumaural are:
These headphones are big enough to cover the ears, making them very efficient for people who do not want any outside noise to interrupt their music time. Most full-size headphones have a great sound quality, and are equipped with comfortable padding and solid bass response.
Like full-size headphones, this type reduces external noise to almost nothing--- making it very effective for people who do not wish to be disturbed when travelling or working. Noise-cancelling headphones have an advanced technology which “cancels out” monotonous outside noise, which gives the user an excellent sound quality.
Supra-aural headphones are comparatively smaller than circumaural headphones, but they also cover most of the ears. Unlike the latter, supra-aural headphones do not isolate outside noise that much, but they are a lot portable and lightweight than the circumaural ones.
Here are examples of supra-aural headphones:
These are more portable and lightweight than any circumaural headphones, but definitely larger and bulkier than earbud headphones. Most lightweight headphones have a thin headband, some of which fold easily so they would fit even in the smallest bag possible.
Bluetooth stereo headphones are considered as supra-aural because they do not cover the entire ears and, at the same time, are more lightweight than the circumaural ones. These headphones use stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) technology to play audio from devices without any wires or cords attached to it. This is perfect for people who do not want any cords hanging from their ears to their bags or pockets. Bluetooth stereo headphones are mostly used by people who are driving and taking important calls at the same time.
Earbud headphones are the lightest, most portable, most compact, and most inexpensive form of headphones. These are the ones which usually go with newly-purchased phones, too. Earbud headphones do not take up the entire ears at all--- in fact, they usually go inside them.
Some of the commonly-known earbud headphones are:
These are the most common form of headphones. Earbuds do not go inside the ears--- they sit loosely in the outer ears. But, they produce sound as good as any other headphones.
Like what the name suggests, in-ear-canal headphones go straight inside the ears (but not too deep) and block unnecessary outside noise, which makes them great in travels and noisy environments. Also called canalphones, they usually have a good sound quality, but tend to be uncomfortable--- especially when worn for too long.
Canalbuds, like the in-ear-canal headphones, also go quite deep in the ears, but not as much as the latter. Since canalbuds have smaller eartips than canalphones, they are definitely more comfortable. And since they do not just sit on the outer ears, they can block external noise, as well.
When it comes to buying headphones, always put comfort in your list of priorities--- and on the top one at that.
Buying headphones means you might use and wear it for long hours, so choose the one which you--- and your ears!--- feel comfortable in. Do not opt for something that is trendy yet has the potential to give you ear pain.
Trust me; you will enjoy music more if your headphones are soft and friendly on the ears.