All About Sound

Best Headphones & Earphones of 2017

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We haven't come across many accessory topics lately, but it's worth mentioning some decent quality accessories. Most smartphone users have some sort of a headphone or earphone connected to their phone. Watching videos or listening to music is the best way to occupy yourself, and using headphones or earphones gives you that extra privacy as well as sound quality. Headphones can also get rid of any distractions you may have in a public place or at work.


Different headphones have different qualities, so at the end of the day, they are not all the same. The more expensive types of headphones which are supposed to have higher quality sound may have severe flat low frequency response. There is also the fact that you may need to question whether an earphone is better or an over the ear headphone.


Noise Isolation Vs. Noise Cancellation 

 

Noise isolation is completely different to noise cancellation. And this is due to the different processes the noise signal goes through to give you that end result. When it comes to noise cancellation, it is simply an electronic procedure. Initially it was developed to increase the quality of radio communications within noisy and loud environments such as; aeroplane cockpits or helicopters. In every headphone or earphone, there is a built-in microphone fitted in each cup that tests the ambient sounds nearby the ears. The noise signal is then passed on to an electric circuit which will analyse the noise signal and then generate a mirror image of that noise, it then adds and passes the sound back in the music signal. 


With noise isolations, in-ear headphones or earphones work much more passively. Due to the design of earphones being fitted into your ear, they will block outside noise in a more effective way that headphones, that is however if you have a very good earphone that fits well, it simply won’t isolate sound well either. Here is a list of different headphones and earphones which are great in quality and somewhat over and fairly priced.


Over The Ear

Bose QuietComfort 35

The Bose QuietComfort 35 over the ear headphone tick all the boxes when it comes to noise cancelling headphones. Another great feature that this headphone has is that it gives you all that great sound response as well as being wireless. When it comes to wireless headphones, we know that live on battery life. These headphones luckily have a very good battery life, which means you can enjoy many movies and music tracks on long flights. The price is a bit steep at £329.95, but if you can afford it, then you should buy it. The battery life is listed as 20+ hours, so you’re getting your money’s worth.

Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

Like the Bose QuietComfort, the Momentum Wireless also has an outstanding noise cancellation feature. When Compared with the Bose QuietComfort headphones, these headphones are much better looking and have that retro look which acquires a lot peoples taste, they are also wireless which gives that additional benefit. In terms of noise response, these headphones are incredible, and the super comfort ‘leather’ (yes we did say leather) ear pads give that extra comfort when listening to loud music. One feature that outshames the QuietComfort headphones are the 22 hours of battery life. The only downside to these are that they are very expensive for £379.99 and they have an annoying multi-function button which can be very fidgety to use.

Creative Sound Blaster EVO ZxR

The design is obviously not as great as the other two headphones previously mentioned. However, it great for gamers and those who wish to watch movies at night. This headphone quickly connects to NFC capable devices. The active noise cancellation on these headphones keeps you occupied at all time when listening over Bluetooth. This headphone has support for gaming consoles such as PC, Mac and PS4, which means you’ll be able to use the AUX cable it comes with to connect it to one of the many gaming device. The price is not as expensive as you think. This headphone costs just under £100, which is great if you like to have a decent headphone with decent sound quality. With this kind of price, there is a downside, and that is the battery life. The battery life for this headphone is only 8 hours, however, for some that may be enough.

In-earphones

Bose QuietControl 30

This in-earphone has great similarities to its bigger brother ‘Bose QuietComfort 35’. It has great battery life, amazing noise cancellation. These headphones are not great sounding earphones, which makes it very unfortunate. For a pair of in-earphones which cost just under £260, we expect better results from Bose. This earphone has only 22 reviews on the Bose website, whereas the QuietComfort 35 headphones has 98 reviews.

B&O Beoplay H5

Another set of wireless in-earphones from a popular Danish brand called ‘Bang & Olufsen’. These in-earphones have been branded as an all-in-one earphone for everyday use as well as in sports. This earphone has great sound quality as well as good wireless capability. However, the downside to these earphones are that the design and low battery life makes them inappropriate for sport activities. This does not mean they are bad earphones, they are just not suitable for sport activities.

Sennheiser Momentum M2 IEi

This earphone is probably the simplest and hassle-free earphone compared throughout our list. It’s safe to say that this earphone has not been marketed as a noise cancelling or isolating earphone, however it does have other great features which may benefit the user. The over version that we discussed earlier is outstanding and noise cancelling, but this is slightly a bit more cheaper and simple. The sound quality is not bad at all, when playing a few songs on any devices, you’ll notice that these earbuds are of great quality and can deliver very crisp and balanced sound quality. It’s not a noise cancelling headphone, but it is at a perfect price for day to day use.

At Electroclinic, we offer a large variety of different accessories including the latest headphones, smartphone cases, chargers and many other accessories. Visit our website at www.electroclinic.co.uk to find out all the services and accessories we provide. You can contact us regarding any question or issue that you may have by calling us on 02073512801 or dropping us an email at support@electroclinic.co.uk.