A good pair of headphones is every student’s best friend. Whether you’re seeking inspiration or tuning out the crowds, headphones help you focus, put you in a good mood, and transform your boring trek across campus into a tuneful experience.
Since so many people want, use, and lose headphones, electronics makers crank them out by the million in a bewildering array of styles and models. Since you’ll be wearing them a lot, you want them to look good and feel good. Here are some tips that will help you buy the headphones that are right for you.
Earbuds are everywhere. Many come equipped with rubber nubs that slip on for comfort and stability. These are great if you’re going to be exercising with your earbuds in, because you can pull off and wash or replace those nubs when they get grimy. You can also opt for a washable or waterproof set, if you’re willing to shell out the extra cash.
Buying earbuds can often be a guess-and-check process, because you never know what’s going to fit best in your ear. It tends to be worthwhile to spend a little extra money, because cheap earbuds are quick to disintegrate. Unless you’re on an extremely tight budget, be wary of spending less than $20 on any pair.
These big earmuff style headphones cover your entire ear to block out most external noise, allowing you to pick up every nuance in your tunes. Often they have higher quality sound reproduction because of the larger casing, although not always.
Noise cancelling headphones can cost as little as $20 to several thousand dollars for studio quality headsets. If you’re a musician or a video editor (and your budget allows) gravitate toward the better quality headphones and look for respected brands such as Bose, Sennheiser, and AKG. Most importantly, try on a few different sets to see what feels comfortable. You’re going to spend a lot of time in these, and since they tend to be heavy, you want to be sure they’re comfortable.
Over The Ear
If your ears tend to reject earbuds and you don’t want to block out the entire world, try some lighter weight over-ear headphones. There are variations that clip onto the ear, hang off of the ear, wrap around the back of your head (great for exercising) and the standard, classic, over-the-top style. These are usually very affordable, but again, be wary of spending less than $20 if you care about sound quality.
Whether you’re trying to make a fashion statement with a pair of Beats or going minimalistic with a pair of Apple Earbuds (a statement all its own), your headphones are going to become a permanent part of your repertoire.
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This story, "Headphones to Amplify the College Experience" was originally published by BrandPost.