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REVIEWS OF THE BEST HEADPHONES : A BUYING GUIDE

At Culturasonora, we are specialized in the analysis and sale of high-end and mid-range headphones. We are a team of sound experts who explore the market every week to keep up to date with all the latest news. We publish comparative lists and reviews of the best gaming headphones, noise cancelling music headphones, waterproof headphones, wireless TV headphones, and the best headphones to listen to music while doing sports . Don’t miss our reports on the best in-ear, on-ear and over-ear headphones.

What do we do with the headphones at CulturaSonora?

We tested and performed sound tests and stress tests on selected music headset models. You can discover a summary of our conclusions through our generalized reviews of the best headphones on the market. For more detailed and in-depth reviews, we also analyze products by model, brand and specified purposes, so check our reviews on specific music headphones. This saves you time and provides you with professional information to help you make the best purchase decisions. We analyzed patterns such as sound quality, connectivity, design and portability. We also offer you our conclusions, recommendations, pros and cons of each model.

In Culturasonora we are collaborators of the main distributors of headphones on the internet, and once each model has passed our review filters, you can purchase it through our platform with a single click. We specialize in selling headphones through Amazon. We put you in contact with the most powerful distributors so you can count on the purchase guarantees of these large companies. We are specialized in advising and selling high-end and mid-range headphones: wireless, noise canceling, sports, music headphones, gaming headphones and all kinds of headphones. We are also in contact with reference brands such as Bose, Dr. Dre, Sennheiser, Sony, Plantronics and a long etcetera.

What type of headphones do we analyze?

Types of headphones by design

At Culturasonora, we analyze the best headphones according to their design. Today there are several types of headphones that you may be familiar with based on their basic design:

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IN-Ear (Intra-aural) headphones

These are the typical headphones for listening to music that are placed inside the ear . In the more professional world they are also known as in-ear headphones. They have several advantages: they are usually lighter and allow greater portability in any situation. That’s why the best IN-Ear wireless headphones are ideal for sports.

Another one of their great advantages is that when placed inside the ear, they tend seal the ear canal with their rubber tips and block the passage of outside noise. As a result, the musical experience is usually quite immersive. The biggest disadvantage we see is that some people with very sensitive ears may find them uncomfortable and annoying.

In addition, the sound enters directly into the canal, and for some people this sensation produces a kind of acoustic toothache. According to some medical studies, in-ear headphones are the ones that can cause the most wear and tear to the ear canal
if they are not used correctly. That said, the best Bluetooth In-Ear headphones have excellent designs.

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ON-Ear Headphones (Supraural)

These headphones are also known by professionals as supra-aural headphones. For practical purposes, they are the middle way between in-ear and over-ear headphones.

The ear cushions do not cover the ear, but only rest on the ear. They are usually designed with lightweight materials and are not as bulky as circumaurals. In fact, they are quite portable, comfortable and usually provide very good sound, highlighting bass quite well.

They do not block so much the sound of the external environment, and there are some users who appreciate it to be a little more attentive to what is happening on the street: cars, subway stops, traffic…

On-ear headphones also enjoy a good reputation among industry professionals, audiophiles, DJs and sound engineers. The best DJ headphones are usually of this type.

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OVER-Ear headphones (circumaural)

They are the largest, heaviest and most compact headband music headphones. They are also called circumaural headphones because their ear pads wrap around the entire ear. These headphones are used in recording studios and by most industry professionals such as DJs and sound engineers.

Lately they have become quite fashionable among the general public and are a favorite among audiophiles. They generally emit a very good sound, with a really powerful bass. There are different types: open, closed and semi-open.

This can be observed on the outside of the cups, whether or not they allow air to pass through. What is this for?

When they are open, they allow air to pass through and the driver works better. This results in a better sound, although if they are used outdoors, you have to take into account that if there is wind or noise, it will also seep into the earphone. On the other hand, the best closed over-ear headphones block outside noise quite well.

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ACTIVE NOISE CANCELLATION

In addition, many models incorporate active noise cancellation technology. The best noise-cancelling headphones can be quite comfortable, depending on the model. But if you choose one that doesn’t distribute the weights well, they can be a bit uncomfortable, especially after long hours of use. Another disadvantage is that they take up a lot of space, and in that sense are not so portable. That’s why we recommend buying a foldable over-ear headset.

Types of headsets by connectivity type

We make comparisons and reviews of the best headphones according to their connectivity. But what is connectivity? In this case, it’s the ability of a headset to connect to another electronic device: PC, cell phone, TV, game console, tablet, amplifier

What types of connectivity can a headset have?

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Cable headphones.

The wired connectivity headphones are where everything began. A cable is plugged between the headphone and the device that emits the music (TV, stereo, mobile …) Far from being a dying breed, this type of wired music headphones enjoys very good popularity and is still the mode chosen by many manufacturers for their Hifi products.

The reason?

The audio quality is usually better, as interference-free transmission is guaranteed. They are also highly valued by people who want to reduce the emission of electromagnetic waves at home. That’s right. You must choose both the type of cable and the appropriate connectors.

What types of cable are the most common?

For most small devices such as smartphones or MP3 players, headphones with a 3.5 mm jack plug are required. Headphones for home stereos usually require a 6.35 mm jack plug. XLR or balanced cables are also quite common. USB inputs are quite common for gaming headsets.

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NFC headphones.

Near Field Connection (NFC) technology is a type of wireless connectivity built into some of the latest generation of headphones.

You simply bring them close to the device emitting the audio and they are quickly paired.

NFC is a technology that is commonly installed in many smartphones and other digital devices.

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Bluetooth Headphones

These are headphones with a type of wireless connectivity, using Bluetooth technology.

Today, it’s the most popular among non-cabled systems because of its simplicity. Digital data is transmitted very quickly via Bluetooth. It has a great advantage in that it requires no cables and allows the user great freedom of movement.

However, you must always keep a minimum distance from the device that emits the audio. One drawback is that although this technology has come a long way, the audio signal still loses a little bit of quality compared to wired systems.

Another thing you have to keep in mind is that this type of music headset needs a battery.

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Infrared (IR) headphones

This type of connectivity is less common. However, there are brands such as Sennheiser that still use it for some of their models. The infrared connection is the best way to connect to the TV, but for it to work properly there must be no obstructions (such as walls) between the headphones and the transmitter.

It uses the same IR technology of remote controls, remote-controlled toys, etc… It’s an invisible infrared wave that emits a signal to the transmitter and then returns to the receivers (the headphones) with the audio information coming from the source. The major disadvantage of this signal is that the receiver must be kept in line of sight of the transmitter or the headset will not be able to receive the audio.

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Radio frequency headphones. RFID

These headphones use an analog wireless signal. Wireless music headphones using radio frequencies can work at distances of up to 100 meters, and the signal can pass through walls, so they can be used for a stereo or TV.

In this sense, it’s a more powerful technology than infrared, although the greater the distance, the greater the interference. It’s a less secure technology than Bluetooth.

One of the advantages of Radio Frequency signals is that we can use several headsets simultaneously, as they can be synchronized with the specific channel that the transmitter is using.

As a disadvantage we will say that sometimes interference can occur with other radio signals, such as the one from home or even from a fishing boat, if you live near the sea. Radio frequency wireless headphones are the most commonly used TV headphones.

Headphones per use

The world of music headphones is so extensive and specialized that there are headphones of all types depending on the use for which they were created .

Aquatic music headphones

Waterproof headphones are perfect for swimming, surfing, wakeboarding or other water sports. They are submersible MP3 and music headphones. It’s important for you to know that there are different scales of water resistance (waterproof), and they are measured by the IPX certificate. Being IPX0 means a device is without any water protection, while IPX 8 and IPX 9K mean the waterproof headphones come with the highest water resistance capacity.

Sports headphones

It’s nothing new that music helps to motivate us while working out. That’s why the best sports headphones are specifically designed for sports. Our recommendation? They should be light, comfortable, wireless and hold well. In-ear sports headphones usually work quite well.

Headphones for listening to music

This is the most common use we usually give them. From children’s music headphones to high-end Hifi headphones such as the classic Hifiman. However, you should take into account several features before buying a music headset such as: design, weight, connectivity, value for money, battery… But don’t worry, in our reviews of the best HiFi headphones, you will find all the information you need.

Gaming headsets

The gaming world has undergone a revolution on a planetary scale, and buying the best gaming headsets has become essential. These are headphones with loudspeakers that can be used to play on-line games.

Before buying the best gaming headset, you should consider some issues such as comfort, resistance to intensive use and a quality microphone .

In addition, you should choose the best wireless gaming headsets that are compatible with 7.1 or virtual 7.1 audio, because they are surround sound and with them you will be able to detect the positions of your opponents, among other things.

Active noise cancellation headphones

They are the Rolls Royces of music headphones. They are usually over-ear headphones that have built-in technology that detects outside noise signals and recreates them through an electronic circuit by reversing their polarity. As a result, the noise is cancelled.

The pioneer brands among the best noise cancelling headphones are Bose, Sony and Sennheiser.

TV Headsets

TV headphones are designed for listening to TV, and usually do not require wires,i.e. they are wireless TV headphones . This will give you plenty of freedom to move around without worrying about stepping on a cable or unplugging them.

Hearing aids for the deaf

These are hearing aids that help people with hypocusis (hearing loss disease) to hear better. There are different degrees of hearing loss, and there are hearing aids for the deaf that may or may not require a hearing care professional.

Professional headphones

These are the headphones used in recording studios, radio-broadcasting studios, for DJs, producers…

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