Different Types of Headphones

eiodotcom —  June 22, 2012 — 3 Comments

Today’s Eio post is on headphones.

With the explosion of handheld electronic devices, such as ipods, mp3 players, and cellphones, headphones are everywhere and come in many different types.

With the intention of being held in place close to one’s ears to hear the audio, headphones are a pair of miniaturized and wearable loudspeakers.

Different Types of Headphones

Dynamic Headphones

Dynamic headphones are the standard headphones, which work similar to miniature speakers. The audio signal reaches the headphones through a connection to a standard jack. The electrical signal creates a rapid vibration which creates vibratory sound waves which are picked up by our eardrums and translated into sound.

Dynamic headphones come in many variations, such as behind the neck, over the head, sport, made for Stereo/DJ, even noise cancelling.

SYBA CL-AUD63032 3.5mm Connector Circumaural Headset

“Purple / white colors match your taste. The lightweight design ensures excellent comfort for hours of use. Compatible with any device that features a 3.5mm outputs.”

Infrared Headphones

These are cordless headphones which utilize infrared lights to transmit sound from the audio’s sender to the headphone’s receiver. These have advantages because cords don’t get tangled nor caught on sharp edges. The drawback is if something blocks the sender/receiver signal, the sound quality will weaken.

KOSS HB70 3.5mm Connector Supra-aural Streetstyle Cordless Infrared Headphone System

With Koss’ wireless headphones, “you can roam up to 250 feet in any direction from your music source without missing a beat. With an AC adapter, infrared transmitter, receiver and stereophones, these headphones are ideal for home theater and video. The behind-the-ear design of the headphones maximize your comfort for extended wearing periods. What better way to enjoy both the comfort of your home and your favorite music! The Koss HB60 Headphones feature a dynamic element for extended frequency response and can connect to most audio and video systems. The headphone require two AAA batteries.”

Earbuds

Instead of resting on the head as dynamic headphones do, earbuds sit inside the opening of the ear. They are lightweight, portable, and sometimes unnoticeable.

Sennheiser MX270 Earbud Stereo Headphones

These earbuds have a lightweight design feels natural, full range dynamic stereo sound, and fits all devices with a 1/8″ stereo headphone plug!

Many earbuds come with built in microphones because these headphones are made for cellphone use. One can have a hands-free conversation with the use of these earbud/microphone combination.

GRIFFIN GC10022 TuneBuds Mobile 3.5mm Connector Canal Earbuds, headset & control for iPod & iPhone

Here is our whole Eio line up of the various types of headphones:

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