This is the design of the earpieces on the headphones. Some headphones go inside the ear, while others rest on the outside of the ear. This helps you know exactly what type of headphones you will be receiving.
In-Ear: The ear buds go into the ear. Most often, the right and left ear buds are two separate pieces.
Enclosed-Ear: Usually are found on the larger headphones. They rest on top of the ear and have padding for comfort, as well as enclosing the ear to the speaker. This type of headphone helps to filter out surrounding noise.
On-Ear: This type of headphone involves the speaker sitting gently on the ear without going in the ear or sealing it off.
This is how the headphones connect to the audio source.
Corded means that the headphones use a cord to transfer the audio signal.
Bluetooth means that the audio signal is transmitted from your device to the headphones via a Bluetooth connection.
Corded or Bluetooth means that the headphones can be used as corded headphones or as Bluetooth headphones. They have an input in one or both earcups for use as a corded headphone while they also have a built-in battery for use as Bluetooth wireless headphones.
Wireless means that the audio signal is transmitted wirelessly to the headphones.
Noise Reduction technology removes unwanted noise from a signal. Background or ambient noise can be removed to produce clearer speech and enhanced hearing. Typically these Active Noise Canceling (ANC) headphones are powered and use batteries to activate the noise canceling technology. Also referred to as Noise Reduction or Noise Cancellation.
This means that the headphones or earbuds have a built-in microphone. This can be a microphone on the cord, built into the headphone, or even a boom microphone. These mics can be used for music devices like iPods, for Smartphones to make and receive calls, or for gaming purposes.
The physical design of the driver in the headphones.
A balanced armature driver uses a coil wrapped around an armature which is held in between two magnets until it is stimulated by an electrical current. When stimulated, this armature is magnetized which causes it to rotate one way or the other around a pivot point which moves the diaphragm to create sound. Balanced armature driver headphones are generally earbuds and can have multiple drivers in each earbud.
Dynamic drivers are the most common driver type. They feature a permanent magnet, usually neodymium, a voice coil and a conical diaphragm to drive your music. A dynamic headphone driver looks pretty much identical to any typical home theater speaker.
Electrostatic drivers are made up of an extremely thin membrane, usually a coated PET film, stretched between two metal plates. An electrical signal is applied to the metal plates to create an electrical field which, depending on its polarity, draws the speaker diaphragm toward one of the plates which forces air through the perforations in the diaphragm which generates the sound wave.
A planar magnetic driver is made up of a large membrane suspended between two sets of oppositely aligned magnets. An electric charge is applied to the membrane to induce movement and produce sound waves.
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All About Gaming Headsets
If you’re an avid gamer, you want to have every advantage possible over your opponents, and high quality sound is one such potential advantage. However, the chances of other people (neighbors, pets, significant others, the police…) actually enjoying your surround sound cranked up to the max while you play your first person shooter online aren’t exactly in your favor. This is where a gaming headset comes into play. Gaming headsets connect directly to your system of choice (either through a cable connection or to allow you to enjoy your games at whatever volume you want without bothering those pesky neighbors. A gaming headset will also come with a built-in mic so you can stay in constant communication with your teammates.
Gaming headsets generally have multiple drivers in the earcups to allow for surround sound capabilities. This can be especially helpful in those first person shooter games where hearing someone’s footsteps behind you can be the difference between a knife in the back or a killstreak. If you go the wireless route you can avoid snagging your headset on something in a fit of rage or excitement.
Being able to control the chat and in-game volume is another advantage since most headsets from manufacturers like Turtle Beach and Tritton offer in-line controllers that allow you to adjust volumes and even EQs. Having a reliable microphone is a must when you need to chat with your team in the heat of battle. Standard headsets and the mics in accessories like system cameras usually give a lot of feedback, making you one of those annoying players everyone has to mute. Gaming headsets also have plush ear pads and head bands, so you can play your favorite game into the wee hours of the morning without discomfort.
There are a wide variety of headphones out there for PlayStation, Xbox and even your computer that will elevate your gaming experience to a new level.
Quality gaming headsets can turn a casual game into an immersing gaming experience. These headsets are characterized by excellent imaging, and are often capable of surround sound playback.
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