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Discover the best headphones for…

Choosing a new pair of headphones is an important decision - whether you're an audio professional, or looking to guarantee the best sound quality when listening to your favourite music or podcast. Let us guide you through what to look for in order to discover the best headphones for…

1. Going Wireless…

The most popular type of headphones on the market use wireless technology, such as Bluetooth, to create a wire-free listening experience by streaming audio from up to 10 metres away.

With the majority of mobile phones and music listening devices supporting Bluetooth, wireless headphones are becoming the go-to for most consumers.

When shopping around for wireless headphones the key things to consider are their comfort, portability and battery life.

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Everyday Listening

2. Everyday Listening

If you're listening on the go or at home, finding the right style of headphone is key to ensuring you get the most enjoyable listening experience possible.

Over-ear headphones provide great comfort and encompass the whole ear to give a complete sound.

On-ear headphones tend to be more lightweight and provide a more portable option compared to the larger over-ear alternative.

In-ear headphones are much smaller and discrete, making them a great option for when you are on the move.

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3. In the gym and on the move

Whether you’re in the gym, cycling, jogging, or walking the dog, you'll need a pair of secure, comfortable, and water resistant sports headphones to help you power through.

Fit and comfort is key, so look for adjustable ear hooks with silicone ear buds so you never miss a beat on your path to fitness.

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In the gym and on the move
Computers and Gaming

4. Computers & Gaming…

Immerse yourself and secure the ultimate gaming experience by choosing a good quality headset with plenty of bass and clarity.

Gaming headsets are defined by their out-there designs and the quality of the microphone attached.

Look out for a flexible, padded headset and ear cushions for extended gaming sessions, a noise-cancelling boom microphone for coordinating with your teammates and features such as 7.1 virtual surround sound for the optimum in-game experience.

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5. In the studio…

Are you an audio professional, keen to focus on only the best sound quality without any external noise interference? If so, you're in the right place.

Closed back headphones offer low leakage of audio and sound isolation, ensuring that you don't miss a beat.

Open back headphones are a favourite of the serious listeners, offering the ultimate listening experience with a more natural sound, transporting you directly to the concert, stage or gig.

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In the studio

Some interesting questions…

Noise cancelling headphones have embedded components and electronic chips, consisting of a tiny microphone, a digital signal processor, and a battery unit. They record ambient noise then create an inverse soundwave and feed it back into the headphone to effectively cancel out the sound.

Noise isolating headphones typically have a solid plastic casing or seal creating a physical barrier between your ear and the outside world.

Frequency response is the measure of headphones to reproduce sound evenly, between bass and treble. Typically, 20 to 20,000 Hz is generally accepted as the audible frequency range, this is the standard for most headphones. However, a higher frequency response doesn't necessarily mean a better sound – a wider range is key for optimum sound.

Earbuds are a budget friendly, one size fits all headphone which often come with iPods, iPhones etc. They sit in the outer entrance to the ear canal and can sometimes lack sound clarity. In-ear headphones sit in and seal the ear canal, providing noise isolation and a clear sound.

It is designed to replicate the effects produced by a multi-speaker surround sound system.

Virtual surround is a clever audio system that creates the perception that sound is coming from more sources than are actually present.