GizBot Guide: 10 Amazing Tips For Buying The Best Headphones

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Headphones specs are complex and very technical and can't be easily understand by a common user. You can find many different brands, styles of headphones out there in market, but it can be very difficulty to find out a right pair of headphone for you.

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Don't worry, we have sorted out for you. This post will give you an insight about the headphones specification and what to consider before buying a pair of headphones for you. Take a look at the slider below to know more.

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In-Ear headphones sit directly inside ear canal. In-Ear headphones come with two benefits: they sit closer to the ear drum, that provides excellent sound quality and avoids external noise.

On-Ear headphones rest on top of the ear, just like the in-ear headphones, the on-ear headphones also directly sound straight to the ear canal, but don't seal out external noises.

Over-Ear headphones encase the entire ear. The larger sized earpads makes room for a larger driver to produce louder volume and better bass performance. The over-ear produces a more spacious sound like what you hear from speakers.

You'll find a headphones that are described as either open back or closed back. Actually it refers to whether the back of the earcups are open or sealed.

Closed back headphones offers better noise isolation and produce more sound similar to in-ear headphones. While, the Open back headphones don't offer noise isolation, but produce more natural sound.


The drivers are the most important components in the headphones, which turns an electrical signal into sound pressure. Well, there are different types of driver are are measured in millimeters. Generally, the larger the driver, the better the sound. For over-ear headphones, a driver of 40mm or larger is a great deal.

Sound Pressure Level, commonly known as SPL, are used on headphones spec sheet. The SPL indicatet how loud the headphones can sound.

Impedance is a measure of electrical resistance. In other words, higher impedance means more resistance. Headphones that are designed for mobile devices come with lower impedance and use less power. While pro-quality headphones have very high impedance, but it requires a dedicated amplifier to power them.

It indicates the range of audio frequencies the headphones can reproduce. Most headphones have frequency response of around 20 to 20,000 hertz.

It shows the level of distortion while using headphones at a high volume. Most headphones come with less than 1 percent of THD and high-end headsets are even considerably less.

You might be familiar with the term noise cancellation headphones. They create an inverse sound wave and feed it back into the headphones to effectively cancel out the sound.

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