Headphones

There has been great strides made in technological development in information and communication technology that has seen better and enhanced consumer electronic products such as Xbox and PSP hit the market and become instant success.

When modern technologically enhanced games, e.g. PSP are compared with traditional PC games, e.g. solitaire it is evident that there is a big difference in terms of sound, graphics and motion.

Experience and entertainment are what can be used to describe what one gets when playing PSP or Xbox. However, to get the most of what these games have to offer, you will need the best gaming headphones there is on the market. There are different designs, models and sizes with varying features that are available in the market depending on ones taste and budget.

Nonetheless, it is never easy to make an informed decision on what to buy given the different factors that one needs to consider prior to making the purchase.

Tips and guidelines

When looking for the best gaming headphones, the following pointers would be a step in the right direction:

-Sound: The sound generated by the headphone hinges on the frequency. If you desire high base and treble sound quality, check that the headphone has a high frequency.

-Noise cancellation: A good headphone should ensure for privacy by ensuring that external noise interference is eliminated and any sound generated contained in the headphone.

-Cable length: Unless you are opting for wireless headphones, ensure that the headphone has longer cable length so as to give you room for movement. These can come with different fittings, such as usb for usb headphones or 2.5 and 3.5 inch fittings for regular headphones.

Shopping online is a totally different ball game and calls for one to exercise more caution to ensure that there investment is protected. Ensure that the online store meets the following requirements:

-Secure platform to reveal your financial information.

– Goodwill to ensure that it can be trusted.

Wireless surround sound headphones are increasingly being preferred by most game and music lovers due to the benefits they come with. If you love listening or playing games using your 3D home theatre system, you will definitely enjoy what this modern creation has to offer. It is the best gaming headphones in the marketplace today. There are different designs and models available for sale from the market. Each of these has a unique feature which stands out from the rest. It is important to take your time when making your selection to read the manufacturers’ specifications.

If you want to save a couple of dollars when in the market for gaming headphones, consider making your purchase from the web. Given the hundreds of online stores and individual sellers competing for the same market, prices have gone down by a considerable margin. In as much this has made affordability much easier, it does present a real challenge of identifying genuine online stores from phishing websites.

The article seeks to offer a helping hand on how to go about the process with ease without falling victim to scam.

Reputation: You need to check that the online store you are making your purchase from is reputable. This can be done by reading through the various feedbacks and comments left by other users.

Money back guarantee: The downside of making your purchase from an online store is that you are not provided with the laxity of physically examining what you are purchasing. All you are provided with are graphics and manufacturers’ specifications. Therefore, you need to make it a point of checking for this aspect each time you are buying online. This will protect you in case wrong merchandise is delivered or there is a flaw with what you have bought.

In addition to the above, you are encouraged to always read the FAQs for what other buyers often look for in a headphone.

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When searching for the best earphones to use with your latest computer games, e.g. Xbox or Play Station or to simply listen to music with, look no further. Thanks to technological development in information and communication technology, manufacturers have been able to create some of the latest cutting edge products, e.g. wireless gaming headphones ps3 with 3D surround sound.

The sound generated by the earphones can be compared to ones generated from modern home theater systems or contemporary movie halls. Traveling and working out in the gym will never be the same with this kind of sound. Wireless surround sound are available in the market in different designs and models depending on the brand and manufacturer.

Making an informed decision on what to purchase can be challenging and tough especially to those who are new to this kind of technology. Complicating the matter further, are the hundreds of products flooding the market.

Drawing a line between genuine and clones can be hard. Given the hardships faced by consumers the article seeks to provide useful information on how to go about the process with ease.

Tips and Guidelines

Foremost, you need to known what are the different designs and models on sale from various manufacturers. This will give you a rough estimate of the prices and differences in specifications.

Traditionally one had to walk from shop to shop. But, with internet technology era you can do this from the comfort of your house or office. At the click of your mouse button, you can browse through hundreds of designs and models from suppliers’ worldwide and individual sellers. Examples of auctioning sites which you can use and are trusted by millions of buyers and sellers for years now are eBay and Amazon.

Most buyers often make the cardinal mistake of just picking an earphone from the shelf without doing much research on it.

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One of the best things about having the best earphones for running is it takes away the drag that exercise can sometimes be. Instead of ‘jog to the nearest thing’, it’s ‘jog to the end of this song’, which is often far, far longer and the point at the end much farther away than the nearest object you can see with your eyes.

The music distracts from the running, so your brain is paying attention t something other than how badly your feet hurt. The best DJ headphones take away all the ambient sound in a room, letting you work your DJ magic in peace without hurting your ears. There is one thing to consider, however. Are you playing too loudly?

In an island culture in some part of the world, they have two words for throwing up. Unlike our words, which are all euphemisms for each other, their two words separate and convey slightly different meanings. To them, ‘vomit’ is when you throw up because you’re hurt or sick, or have been poisoned.

The word ‘plebbit’ refers to throwing up because you are too land bound to be able to tolerate the rocking of the waves and you’ve become motion sick. After the introduction of alcohol to the island, it also began to mean throwing up from drinking too much. Vomit is something that isn’t your fault, plebbit is from something that is.

In many ways, we need to have something like that for our hard of hearing versus our deaf. There is the Deaf Culture, for people who are born not able to hear, or who lose it at a very early age and are culturally deaf.

Then there is hard-of-hearing. With the thousands of kids listening to their ipods too loudly all the time, we’re going to end up with a wave of people who are hard of hearing in their forties.

Contrary to what was originally thought, people don’t go deaf simply because their ears get old. They go deaf because their ears wear out from too much noise, and the current generation is putting far, far too much noise into their ears.

Street by 50 headphones

It was inevitable, especially with Beats By D. Dre making such a splash, that 50 Cent would soon jump onto the headphone bandwagon.

At the International Consumer Electronics Show recently in Las Vegas, he released his contribution in the form of the SMS Audio headphones. This range features different designs in order to appeal to a wider demographic, all the while adding his special spin into the range.

Street by 50 is the name given to the wired headphones that cost $299.95. For an extra $100, you can buy a version that is wireless, called Sync by 50. This wireless design is useful in many different situations, providing the music while you are exercising or playing Foxy Bingo at home. This is because they eliminate the need to have the headphones connected to the music playing device, so you can have the freedom to move around without worrying about tangling up the wires.

The 36-year-old rapper has said that he was inspired to create this range by Dr. Dre’s successful headphones, and that he felt it was a natural progression from making music. He also said that he wanted to create something that gave listeners the best sound quality possible, so that they can appreciate his music and hear it the way that he does.

The wireless connectivity is something that he was especially concerned with. He wanted to make sure that none of the sound quality was lost in the transferring process so that having wireless headphones is worth paying that little bit extra.

His range of headphones also has noise-cancellation technology, as well as volume control and bass boost that can be controlled via the headset Another advantage is that it is possible to sync four pairs of headphones to the same source of music, so that you can share the fun with your friends.

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It was a tough decision, but after a ton of looking around, I decided to lay down my hard earned money on a pair of Audio Technica ATH-A700‘s. I have used them every day for a few years now, so I want to share with you everything I know about them. So here is Audio + Visual’s in depth Audio Technica ATH-A700 review.

Why the Audio Technica ATH-A700 Headphones?

Well a few reasons..

1. They don’t need an amp to sound great. I have plugged them into the back of a computer, with or without a dedicated sound card, into my Ipod touch 2nd Gen and they have always packed a punch and sound great.

2. The price. A pair of ATH-900 headphones (the model up) a few years ago was well over $300. Nowadays, a pair of ATH-A700’s can be bought for around $120 through Amazon in the U.S. I bought the ATH-A700 because they were a little bit cheaper at the time, even though I wanted to, I could not splash out for a pair of ATH-A900’s.

3. I used them mostly in an office setting, so I needed closed back headphones that would not leak any sound to any others near me.

4. I would use them for 8+ hours a day, so I wanted some comfortable headphones. I really liked the fact that these cans were Circum-aural (the headphone pads sits around the outside of your ear, not on your ear. This to me is a lot more comfortable than Supra-aural headphones (ones that sit on top of your ear).

5. I liked the awesome fit-all winged design of the headphone ‘strap’. More on this later in this review.

Sound Quality

The A700’s come with an extremely wide sound-stage. The instruments were well separated and sounded really clear. I expected a lot of heavy bass, but instead was surprised to find the bass was strong, but clean. The headphones were really well balanced for all kinds of music, especially Indie Rock and some thumpier Drum and Bass tracks.

Instruments such as guitars were crisp and were well separated. So overall a well rounded even sound stage from these cans. If you are looking for something where the bass dominates, I would not recommend these. If you are looking for strong, yet clean and well balanced bass that really is mixed well with the rest of the music, then I would highly recommend these cans.

Comfort & Usability

These headphones come with an awesome “Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support Housing” which according to Audio Technica, “provides comfortable support for a more enjoyable listening experience”. This was a huge part of why I wanted to get these headphones.

The winged design automatically adjusts to any head shape without having to adjust and straps or bands. This is similar to the self adjusting bands found on AKG’s, but even better and a lot more comfortable. The down side to this is that you can’t really bust out any head banging, as the headphones would just fly off your head. That’s not to say you can;t move your head normally.

The cord is super long and is wrapped in a nice material and the woven fabric sheath does not transmit sound when knocked.

The only down side is how big these cans are. They aren’t really all too portable, because they will probably slide a bit while walking on the street. In fact, these would just be too big and unusable if you were running. but then again, you wouldn’t buy a pair of these cans and run a marathon.

Sitting with these for over 8 hours a day, my head was fine. The 3D wing support on the Audio Technica ath series really does wonders and makes the headphones feel super light on your head. I did notice that my ears did get hot after about 2-3 hours of non-stop usage, so I hat to give them a quick break for a few minutes before continuing.

Because these are closed back, they are great for containing sound, and they do it well. Sometimes too well. If you do need to hear anyone else in the next room, then it could be a little hard. I did try the one ear cup off to the side, but this can be a little annoying as the cups are so large.

Overall, amazing comfort for short and long stints of time and great if you are sitting still all day and don’t want any sound leakage. These cans can be plugged into anything with or without an amp and provide awesome sound with a really, really good sound stage.

The Cons

There is a slight creaking sound that transmits through the headband system into the ear cups sometimes. This is fine if you are still, but when you move your head, you hear this sometimes. this is nothing too annoying, but it is there.

The material of the ear cups is nothing special, just ‘pleather’. They did last a while though and didn’t start to fray until after about 2 years of usage, which is to be expected.

The Audio Technica A700s can get a little hot on the ears after a few hours of non-stop usage. This is to be expected with circum-aural headphones I guess.

These cans can be a little expensive for the casual user, but for people that are power users or listen their music all day sitting still, I would recommend these cans in an instant. For the new, cheaper price of $120 on Amazon U.S. this is a bargain.

The Conclusion

All in all, these are a great set of cans that can be played out of almost anything. Unfortunately due to their size they aren’t really for anyone that wants portability. The design also suits people who are sitting still. In saying this, these ATH-A700 headphones offer a quality sound-stage, comfort and good looks that would be great for any office worker who needs a pair of closed back headphones that will last for a very long time.

For you guys who love numbers:

Sound Quality: 9/10 
Comfort: 10/10 
Portability: 2/10

You can check out a pair of ATH-A700’s right here.

Comments? Feel free to add your opinion on these headphones too.

 

So, you’re looking for a LG Bluetooth headset. It’s a solid and decent choice, because LG makes relatively good products and their reputation and quality is generally pretty high up. When you’re looking at buying one, it’s pretty much just like looking for any Bluetooth headset, except you won’t be looking at high end or low end headsets, just above mid-range headsets. I’ve got a great formula for looking for the perfect LG Bluetooth headset for you. It’s may seem a bit obvious, but it works; go with it.

1. Style– Make sure it suits you. Not any random person but you. Look for colour, headband design, size, and overall look. You can choose from the single eared LG Bluetooth headsets or a LG stereo Bluetooth headset. It’s entirely up to you.

2. Features– Look for impressive sounding technology, but also features that you will want. Maybe you want noise/echo cancellation. Maybe you’re annoyed with connection problems, and need auto reconnect. Maybe you need a dual microphone.

3. Price– Even if you’re looking for the best LG Bluetooth headset HBM (such as HBM-520), you’re still going to want to watch the price. Don’t get ripped off, and it’s probably not a good idea to buy straight from the LG website, because they’ll probably have the most expensive price. See below for a cheap bluetooth headset.

The HBM series is single ear only, and it is ideal for simplicity and quality. It’s not exactly idea for comfort though. Also, it’s not the best if you want to have the mouthpiece a bit closer to your mouth, and if you want stereo sound rather than just mono. If you’re looking for a LG Bluetooth stereo headset, instead of any of the HBM series, I would recommend one from the HBS series. They are generally reasonably small, comfortable and sometimes even gym-friendly.

There are also some unusual HBS series for a LG Bluetooth headset. Some look like they plug into things, but they actually plug into your ear. Some are like having two of the HBM series connected to each other. Again, it’s up to you to decide and choose your style, features and price. You may want the headband, or no headband, or behind the neck, or the benefits of having just one, with no need for any connection. No wires or bands.

So, as you can see, LG offers some pretty decent Bluetooth headsets. But, if you’re unconvinced, look at some other brands such as Sony or Creative. Or maybe you want a regular wireless headset, or a wired headset for that matter. In any case, you just need to follow the same steps in order to get the headset you need.

Our Top LG Bluetooth Headsets:

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When looking for a cheap Bluetooth headset, you have to dismiss good quality brands such as Sony, Creative, Sennheiser, Microsoft, or anyone else you can think of. You don’t, however, have to compromise completely on brand. Both Motorola and Samsung offer cheap Bluetooth headset deals.

If you really want a really cheap Bluetooth headset, there are “designer’s” headsets which are even cheaper than some regular earphones or headphones.

There are a lot of compromises that you will have to make when buying a good cheap Bluetooth headset. The main ones are comfort and quality. You won’t have to compromise on everything though. All headsets come with the standard warranty and work pretty much the same as any other Bluetooth headset. The reason why you would get a cheap Bluetooth headset is because regular ones cost quite a bit.

Compatibility is very good when you find the best cheap Bluetooth headset for you. Only if you go for really dodgy brands could you maybe stumble across a Bluetooth headset that doesn’t work with your Bluetooth-compliant device. Anyway, it’s pretty unlikely. You will be able to find devices that work with your PS3, laptop, some desktops, and whatever other kind of Bluetooth device you need.

You can go for the absolute cheapest, or only slightly less cheap. We can begin with the cheapest, with the least amount of features, comfort and notoriety. So, depending on how much you’re willing to spend, you can actually just spend a little bit more than the cheapest Bluetooth headset to get the right headset for you.

There’s no point in spending a tiny amount and getting a terrible product, so think about spending a bit more than the lowest price. Look for features you may want, and look for headsets that look relatively comfortable and that won’t break as easy.

It really all depends on your definition of “cheap”. In my opinion, if you go for the cheapest Bluetooth headset of reputable brands such as Sony and Creative, it’s still nice and cheap, but you have the additional benefits of reliability, comfort and features. The microphone is in a more comfortable place and the headband can be more suited for your ears and your head. Additionally, you could even buy some with hi-fi sound, if you’re lucky.

So, in short, depending on how much money you have, pay a bit more money than the cheaper option, in order to ensure a more personalised and appropriate purchase.

Here are our top picks:

When buying a wireless headset for your Xbox 360, you can consider several RF headsets. An Xbox wireless headset is pretty easy to find a purchase for. There are several official and unofficial headsets that you can buy. It has to suit your personal gaming needs, but also maybe be usable on your computer as a gaming, or just a regular chatting headset.

First up are the official headsets. The Xbox 360 wireless headset and the official wired headset are solid, decent and just above mid-range when it comes to features, quality and price. There is the black Xbox 360 wireless headset, which may be more appropriate for people with Elite black consoles, or just people who love technology in black (I know I do).

Buying a new Xbox 360 wireless headset is a good idea, because it means that wear and tear and hygiene won’t be an issue. But, if you’re looking for something unofficial, there are a lot of options you can go for. Starting with brands, you can choose from Sony, Skullcandy, Sennheiser, Turtle Beach, Logitech, Creative, LG or any other reputable brand you can think of. With an Xbox wireless headset, you generally don’t need to look at specific features. But, you can do that.

So, looking at specific features, you can think about performance, features, and accessories. I wouldn’t worry too much about accessories. Performance just means that the higher frequency you buy, the lower the performance. So, when you look at features, think about what kind of weight you want, how far range you need, whether you want a stereo headset, whether you want surround sound in the stereo headset, and what kind of design you want.

The design is very important because it makes the Xbox wireless headset more about you. You may just want a unique colour, or you may want to think about whether you want stereo or mono for gaming headphones. If you go for stereo, you have to choose whether the headband goes above your head, is adjustable, goes behind your head, or there is no headband.

There are also some extra features you may want to consider in an Xbox wireless headset. Firstly, you have to choose between standard RF and wireless USB. Then there are features such as the style of the speakers, extra earpads, noise-cancellation and isolation, a control pad on the speakers, a folding design, LED indicator and anything else that may interest you. Just make sure that you can afford it, and the price is reasonable.

Click below for more information on the reviewed headsets:



Logitech is a well-known and trustworthy brand, especially for audio devices. Therefore, choosing to buy a Logitech USB headset is a safe and generally quality option. The only problem with Logitech is occasional incompatibility with Mac, Linux and game consoles; but it’s not very often, especially if they are headsets, as they will be specifically designed for multi-platform gaming.

You have to choose what you want in terms of features. Logitech offers a number of both simple and advanced audio features. In terms of simple, you can look at plush earpads; adjustable headband; wireless; on-ear audio control and a padded headband. Slightly more advanced features include noise cancelling sound; noise cancelling microphone; surround sound; behind-the-head design; folding design and super wideband audio.

The Logitech USB headset that you want can be used for gaming, video chatting, or any other tasks that require a headset. The good thing about headsets is that they can be used as headphones as well as a microphone. And the good thing about USB headsets is that they only need to plug into one socket and are multi-platform, whereas 3.5mm connections use up two plugs and are mainly only compatible with Windows. With some, the Logitech USB headset can come with both types of connectors so that you can choose.

The Logitech USB gaming headset is ideal for gaming because the sound is loud, clear and crisp. The comfort is also maximised compared to other Logitech headsets, because they are specifically designed for long periods of gaming. The Logitech USB headset for gaming is especially good for noise cancelling in terms of sound.

If you’re looking for something a bit simpler, you can go for the Logitech USB headset H330 with simple plug and play capability; a noise-cancelling microphone; a rotating, adjustable boom for the microphone; adjustable headband and stereo sound. If that sounds like you, go for it. But, if you’re looking for something a bit more advanced, you can browse around for other headsets.

A simple Logitech USB headset with microphone may be all you need. However, the only distinct feature you would get is a noise-cancelling microphone. The good thing about a simple headset is that they are very cheap and can suit pretty much any basic needs. Generally, these will have the headband around the back of your head and may or may not be able to fold onto itself. So make sure that you choose a range of headsets that you may need first then choose what you want from that selection.

Check out the headphones talked about above: