What headphones should I buy? Everything you need to know.

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headphones I'm John Porter from tech

radar and here's everything you need to

know about your next pair of headphones

so when it comes to headphones there are

three main form factors you have over is

the most bulky best sounding of the

three you have on is which is slightly

less comfortable than over is juice the

way they push against your ears and have

in is the most portable but a lot of

people feel like they're the worst

sounding out of the three now the next

two different groups of headphones are

closed back and open back headphones

example of an open-back headphones the

audio quest Nighthawk headphones an

example of the closed back headphones

and the recently released AKG canine 2's

closed back headphones tend to keep us

out isolated around your ears they don't

let the sound leak out to annoy anyone

around you and sound has a harder time

leaking in now the disadvantage of this

is that the sound tends to reverberate

it doesn't sound quite as open as

expansive that problem isn't experienced

by open-back headphones but they have

the disadvantage of sound leaking out

other people can hear it and you can

hear a lot more of what's going on

around you because of this people tend

to like to use open-back headphones at

home in a quieter environment and sticks

closed back headphones in a noisy office

where you don't want to disturb people

around you but if you really want to cut

out the noise in the world around you

pand make sure you go for a pair of

noise cancelling headphones so it used

to be the case that all headphones were

wired wide offered much better sound

qualities and the fairly compressed

Bluetooth equivalent nowadays bluetooth

standards have improved we've seen the

launch of bluetooth apdex and wireless

sound quality has improved a great deal

what's also nice is that nowadays

wireless headphones tend to include a

detachable cable which means you can use

them as a wide pair when they've run out

of battery even if a pair of headphones

aren't specifically wireless they often

include a detachable cable this is

really nice if you intend to use your

headphones for a good amount of years

since the cable is the part of them

that's most likely to break and if they

do break and it's

very handy having a detachable cable

that you can simply replace rather than

having to get cable repaired which can

be quite expensive now most of these

headphones come with a very standard 3.5

millimeter jack but increasingly some

headphones are coming with lightning

connectors which allowed them to plug

directly into the Lightning port of your

iPhone there lot of rumors going around

that the iPhone 7 might ditch or modify

the 3.5 millimeter jack in some way and

so these lightning adapter headphones

might prove to be a good way of getting

around that problem but I should say

that if you see a pair of headphones

that you like which use a standard 3.5

milk then there are adapters available

now most headphones have a frequency

response of between 20 Hertz and 20

kilohertz which is generally thought of

as being the limits of human hearing

nowadays though we're getting what are

called high resolution audio headphones

which go up to as much as 50 kilohertz

or even higher the benefits of this

probably depend on how sensitive you are

to high resolution audio but having this

extra Headroom can be incredibly helpful

if your music is of a high enough

quality now the final thing I want to

talk about is high impedance headphones

and these are headphones that offer an

improved level of detail when you're

listening to music the problem with them

is that they're a lot more sensitive and

they need a stronger signal to be

powered which often can't be provided by

just the audio jack of your iPhone or

computer to get around this if you opt

to buy a high impedance pair then you'll

need to purchase a headphone amp which

boosts the signal and really allows your

high impedance headphones to sing if

you're looking for a pair of high

impedance headphones then look for

headphones that have an impedance rating

of about 25 ohms or above and if you're

looking for a compatible head for an

amplifier then I could recommend the

audioquest dragonfly red which is a

hybrid USB DAC and headphone amplifier

that can use with either your computer

laptop or your phone with a lightning


now all of this can sound quite

confusing but the most important thing

to realize is that when shopping for

something like this is important to find

something that works best for you and

the way you like to listen to music now

personally I like to listen to music

while I'm out and about and so I have a

pair of nice small compact portable

on-ear headphones called the bear

dynamics they have an inline remote that

works with my iPhone and they offer a

really great level of sound quality

without being too bulky and difficult to

carry around if you're listening to more

music at home then you might want to opt

for a pair of open back over ear

headphones if you're in an office

environment you might want to go close

back but still keep it over here because

it's nice and comfortable ultimately

though find a pair of headphones that

are comfortable to wear that sound good

and if you're going to use them whilst

out and about offer a good amount of

passive noise isolation so you're not

hearing too much of what's going on

around you that's everything you need to

know about buying your next pair of

headphones but what's important to you

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