Of course, just like that time when you’re thinking about buying a laptop, you need to know before the actual buying process the purpose of the usual headphones in question: gaming, studio, DJ-ing, jogging, casually walking in the park or just going to work. Mainly, when you are looking to buy a new pair of headphones, you want to avoid the issues you had with the previous ones. Take mental notes and visualize how should your ideal pair of headphones look like.
As much as I hate to say it, when it comes to headphones or similar items, quality is measured in price. And a decent pair of headphones will range between $20-$40.Depending on your activity, your headphones might get environmentally stressed due to your daily routines. So you need to make sure they can resist time and the environment you’re exposing them to.
This article will focus on supra-aural headphones (headphones that are being hold by a top band). So, here are a few things to look for when buying a pair of supra-aural headphones.
- Detachable double jack cable – I’ve witnessed a fair amount of headphones where the jack cable would give up before the headphones themselves would. Make sure your jack-jack cable is simultaneously strong and malleable enough – no one likes buying a new jack every couple of months due to over use.
- Detachable microphone – Some headphones available on the market today have the ability of attaching/detaching the microphone. This comes useful when you’re thinking about using your headphones both for gaming and casual listening.
- Or built-in microphone jack cable – Ever since the mobile and laptop spaces have developed the 2-in-1 jack plug, the headphones with built-in microphone jack cables have started beeing adopted too so consumers can both listen and talk through a single headphone jack.
- Noise cancellation – There’s a ton of music out there that can tickle our ears but the ultimate experience comes when the headphones are built with noise calcellation, making sure the outside noise doesn’t interfere with the listening experience.
- Durability – If you are going to buy your headphones from your local store, inspect them and try to identify if they are vulnerable or predispose to damage. If you are going for the online purchase, you will not be able to have an idea of how the headphones feel so the best you can do is look at what materials are used in the manufacture of the headphones in the description of the item.
- Adjustable – Although the majority of headphones manufactures make the headphones adjustable, there are some headphones out there which are static.
- Previous/pause/next buttons – Some headphones have a button or a switch attached to the cable used to pause the song, skip or go to previous song.
- Type of headphone connector: 2.5 mm vs. 3.5 mm – the 2.5mm connector is used for most “one ear” headphones while the 3.5mm connector can be used for either mono-aural headsets (with microphone) or stereo headphones (no microphone).
Supra-aural headphones technology
Moving on to some really cool examples of supra-aural headphones. And, keeping in mind that we’re all looking for those special things that makes us feel different, in this case, a reliable and exciting pair of supra-aural headphones, allow me to share with you a few technologies used when creating the perfect supra-aural headphones, having them connected to the Internet and how recent companies are changing the way we hear sound.
Smart Aivvy supra-aural headphones
Lately, new companies have emerged with ideas that take the headphone industry to a new level. Aivvy, a company which first started as a Kickstarter campaign on March 2015, designed a set of smart supra-aural headphones that play music the moment you put them on. Aivvy plays music without the need of connecting them to a device. They work similar to a radio, you can switch channels with a simple twist of the headphone.
It has a feature that allows you to add a song to Favorites by tapping the headphone. Aivvy will remember and create a playlist for you. The batteries are rechargeable that lasts up to 40 hours. When you recharge the batteries via USB cable, the playlist updates. There are more than 40 million tracks available for the listeners and the current price for an Avvy pair of headphones starts from 299$ on the official site.
Stadium supra-aural headphones
Similar to Aivvy, Stadium also first launched as a Kickstarter campaign back in 2013 and they’ve created a set of supra-aural headphones which includes a remote control that detach from the headphones allowing you to skip songs, pause and control volume.
Warren G, one of the most popular rappers and producers in the world, gave the Stadium headphones a very good review a while back on Youtube.
The Stadium headphones come with a built-in microSD mp3 player, 550mAh Li Polymer Battery which can hold the headphones active for 8 hours wired, 4h by Bluetooth; the remote control’s bttery life is 10h and the current price for a Stadium pair of headphones starts from 299$ on the official site.
If you have any supra-aural headphones as your favourite, don’t hesitate to let me know in the comments section. I’d be more than thrilled to see your ideas.