Noise cancelling headphone or closed headphones, What often is the disparity?

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Hi and welcome to the modern group of responses to the Earpiece inquiries. Ever desired to know about something headphone, earphone or headset related? Now is your opportunity. Due to a great deal of questions we are so regularly asked, we have reached into our mailbag and chosen the nine most significant (and most often submitted) questions. Enjoy.
Oh, by the way, if your inquiry isn’t here, then merely mail us an email and come back in a few… you might see it featured in the later series. Thanks.

That is one of our most commonly asked questions, we get it all of the time and, frankly, we’re sick of sending the exact same standard email over and over again. So, we chose to resolve it once and for all.

Now, before we go any further, I’m off to draft the standard email that directs someone to this post, back in a minute…


…You still there? Good. I stopped off to buy a vitamin drink plus a cup of tea as well, sorry.

OK. To say it plainly, there are two types of noise reduction, active and passive.

Passive noise cancellation/reduction is generally a by-product of wearing the headphone in the first place. If a headset covers your ears up, it fundamentally has the identical noise cancellation effect as a set of earmuffs. The sound has to work that much more difficult to travel to your ear how it must firstly pass through a hard surface. Passive noise cancellation arrives mainly from blocking, or covering your ears and listening to a louder sound in closer proximity. In case your friend is trying to speak with you and you can’t hear them due to the headphones, then that is passive noise cancellation.

Active noise cancellation/reduction is a little more mechanical. Headsets that actively cancel outer noise achieve this by producing a low field of white sound around your ear, this actually masks outside sound and is a meaning in and of itself, from the sound replica performance of the speakers.

Being honest, anything you put in or around your ear has a passive noise reduction effect, but only headsets equipped with noise cancelling functions will generate a masking white sound. This noise won’t interfere with the working of the headphones, but it’ll cover the sound from wind, rain, road works and other train passengers and their noisy smart phone conversations.

Noise cancellation/reduction earphones will do a much better job of drowning out the noise pollution created by barking dogs, train bulletins, bad street buskers and those charity trolls who accost you in the street.

Joking aside, it’s much a FAQ because it’s a good one to pose. Noise reduction features considerably help to increase the price of the headphones and it’s completely worth knowing what you’re buying before you put down your hard earned down onto the counter.

Review Beats Studio by Dr Dre Hi Def Noise Canceling Over Ear Headphones

Some of the pro writers on the web are at a really high level that i wonder if any of them have ever printed a book? well every so often i like to highlight these outstanding articles and here’s one i thought was fascinating the other day.

My Beats Studio By Dr. Dre Review…If you are wondering whether the Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi Def Noise Canceling Over Ear Headphones are worth the money, I am hopeful by the end of this article you will have a better idea of the answer.

I do enjoy music and have been known to buy various gadgets before but never in my mind did I think I would spend this much on a pair of high def headphones. In my review, I will cover the features and reasons that helped me open my pocket book. Was it a good choice? Read on to find out…

There is one disclaimer to this review. I am not some major audiophile and don’t understand the science behind the sound. This is not going to be a hard core audio review. I’m just a regular guy that enjoys great sound. So please keep that in mind as you are reading my musings.

Before purchasing the Beats Studio by Dr. Dre I compared them to the Beats by Dr. Dre Solo. I decided on the more expensive Studio because of the better sound quality and greater amount of noise canceling.
>>>> Click Here To Buy Now <<<<Black – Beats Studio See all 3 photos White – Beats Solo See all 3 photos The Features That Stood Out…So what are the main features of the Studio headphones?

Although the size at first may scare you off, the benefit is a larger speaker which provides deeper rich bass

The cables are made my Monster which provide a clear and balanced sound

The ear padding is spacious and comfortable

The cable has built in buttons which lets you take calls on your iPhone as well as other smart phones

The headphones were designed to eliminate external noise for maximum noise cancelling effect

The headphones have a folding design with a nice case

Style. These headphones look great. From the packing to the quality these shout style.
The Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi Def Noise Canceling Over Ear Headphones come in two colors: black and white. The black one’s are sleek and have vibrant red on the sides. The cables that come with the headphones are very sturdy. This is not some flimsy wire that will become defective in a month or two.

Even though the Studio and the Solo fold and fit into a case, I doubt you will be lugging these off to the gym — they just seem to bulky for that. In theory, you could but the ear buds version probably are more practical for carrying around.
Although some reviewers of this product felt differently. One reviewer wrote “for taking the headphones on-the-go and for traveling, the Monster Beats win again in terms of portability. The Monster Beats can be collapsed nicely and comes with a nice protective case to store it in”. Once again, for my purposes I will not be carrying these around but I do see how others might want to bring them everywhere.

Thumbs Up For Beats Studio… See all 3 photos Why I Bought The Beats Studio Headphones…So what sold me on these? It comes down to the sound. I’ve read some of the techno folks negative comments but to my untrained ear the sound is mind blowing — to me worth every penny. The high def sound is rich and deep. One reviewer wrote “the sound quality is awesome while listening to music, even watching regular TV on the treadmill is an enhanced experience.” I agree with these comments and do feel that my overall listening experience has increased because of the rich sound quality.

The noise cancellation is a great feature too. While in the same room as my girlfriend who is watching TV, I am oblivious with my Beats Studio on. In the past, the sound from the TV would bleed into the ear buds I would be wearing. Blocking out the external noise is great and adds to my overall enjoyment. It makes listening to just about anything fun!

One other pleasant surprise about Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi Def Noise Canceling Over Ear Headphones was the integration with my iPhone (and other smart phones). I can take a call while wearing these which is an added benefit.

Is there anything negative to say? Well, yes but it is a minor one, the Beats Studio require 2 AAA batteries. Frankly, for me, this is not a big deal. You can get batteries for nothing now days and so far I haven’t needed to change them. I can see leaving the switch on though and probably needing to replace the batteries sooner than I like but all in all not a big deal. By the way, The Solo’s do not need batteries so if the batteries scare you off — check out the Beats Solo. If you value sound quality and noise canceling, don’t let the need for batteries scare you off.

Overall, I feel my money was well spent on these. Frankly, I fully expected to return them but after using them they are a keeper.

I hope after reading my Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi Def Noise Canceling Over Ear Headphones review you have a better idea of whether these are the headphones for you.

The listening experience alone is enough to make you want to buy a set of Dr. Dre Studio Beats Headphones. Add to this an extremely stylish and clean design, you have a definite winner on your hands.

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The Klipsch X4i Review

What’s your favourite feature of the headset. earphones? Personally, I like the design job – It is cooler than an Inuit’s underpants!

audioBass-boosted earphones are so much the norm at this point that to release a pair with merely moderate bass response almost seems like a gamble. So, credit is due to Klipsch—the X4i, at $149.99 (direct) represents the mix with clarity and brightness, and not gobs of booming bass. It can still reproduce sub-bass lows that you’ll find on electronic and hip hop tracks, but it does so without allowing them to overtake the mids and highs of the mix. The non-flashy, all-business Klipsch X4i makes a strong case for the attention of those seeking a near-flat response earphone pair. An inline remote control and microphone for mobile devices, as well as a healthy portion of included accessories, adds to the X4i’s value.

Design
You could call it a victory of substance over style—visually, the X4i is fairly barebones and nondescript, but in no way unattractive. A black linguini-esque cable and the bronze Klipsch logo emblazoned on the outer earpieces are the only real design elements to speak of. The miniature metallic rimmed earpieces don’t tug down on the ears with much weight at all, which makes the fit secure and comfortable over long listening periods.

An inline three-button remote control and microphone for iOS devices allows for answering calls, playback and track navigation control, as well as volume adjustments. Klipsch X4i inline

A total of five eartip pairs ship with the X4i, in a variety of sizes and shapes—most are standard rounded clear silicone eartips, but there also flange-shaped options. The X4i also ships with a tiny black zip-up protective pouch and a shirt clip.

Performance
On tracks with serious sub-bass content, like the Knife’s “Silent Shout,” the X4i delivers the deep bass without distortion, even at top, unsafe listening levels. However, any bass fiends seeking super-boosted low-end will likely be disappointed with the X4i, which can handle subwoofer style bass, but delivers it in a subtle, dialed-back manner. There’s plenty of low-end here compared to a clinical-sounding, strictly flat-response pair, but the X4i’s sound signature favors the mids and highs, and an overall crispness, over booming lows.

This means on a track like Bill Callahan’s “Drover,” the vocals, guitar strumming, and percussion attacks are front and center, with a brightness and clarity that is striking. Equally noteworthy is the lack of over-the-top bass boosting—the drumming on this track can often receive a ridiculous amount of low-end from an overly bass-boosted pair, sounding unnatural and overtaking the balance of the mix. Through the X4i, however, the drums hardly sound as if they’ve received any low-end boosting at all—bass fans might even find them a tad thin, but this is not a track with a serious level of deep bass to begin with.

Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild,” on the other hand, has both intense sub-bass presence and an all-important percussive high-mid presence. The attack of the kick drum bass loop gets all of the treble edge it needs (and is often denied on bass-heavy earphones) to slice through the mix and stand in the forefront of the mix, along with the vocals. However, the sub-bass synth hits sound a bit weak here—we can hear their treble attack, as well, but we don’t get any of the thunderous sustain like you would on a PA system or an earphone or headphone pair with heavy sub-bass response. The end result is that while the track sounds crisp and clear, it’s not exactly like you’re at the club.

Classical tracks, like John Adams’ “The Chairman Dances,” can sound a tad edgy and bright, and lacking in the lows. We get a great sense of the higher register strings and percussion, and the growl of brass instruments, but there’s not much in the way of bass presence here. The lower register strings don’t sound dead or devoid of low-end altogether, but they definitely take a backseat in the mix.

Basically, this is a pair for those who prefer near-flat-response sound signatures that favor mids and highs, crispness and clarity, without foregoing bass completely. The X4i has a certain level of richness in the lows, but by today’s standards, it is subtle. A breath of fresh air for me, but if you prefer mega-bass, you’ll want to steer your attention to the SOL Republic Amps HD In-Ear Headphones or the substantially more expensive Denon Urban Raver AH-C300 In-Ear Headphones, both solid in-ear options with more low-end power, if less overall balance in the mix. And if all of these are out of the your price range, consider the slightly less expensive Moshi Keramo, which offers a similar sound signature to the X4i, as does the TDK EB950 which sells online for a serious markdown from its list price. At $150, the Klipsch X4i delivers quality audio performance in a simple design, equipped with an inline remote and a fair amount of accessories. Bass lovers need not apply, but lovers of crisp or flat audio are encouraged to check the distortion-free, comfortable X4i out.

Sony Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH80 now on sale in UK; see some hands-on pics

headphonesWhat’s your favourite feature of the headset. earphones? Personally, I like the design job – It is cooler than an Inuit’s underpants!

The Sony Stereo Bluetooth Headset SBH80 has gone on sale in the UK from retailer Clove for £74.99. The SBH80 headset sports a neckband-style design with controls tracking each ear piece. It is splash proof and also has double microphones so your caller will always hear you, no matter which way your head is turned.

The headset supports Bluetooth 3.0, NFC for easy pairing, aptX audio enhancement, multipoint connectivity and HD Voice. The headphone has an 115mAh battery, good for 8 hours of talk time according to Sony – it can be easily charged via micro USB. If you want to see some pictures of the headset unboxed and in the wild