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Here're tips on what headphones to use

Arundhati Chatterjee, Hindustan Times
Mumbai, March 22, 2013
First Published: 13:37 IST(22/3/2013)
Last Updated: 17:00 IST(22/3/2013)
The Yurbuds sport earphones are displayed at the opening press event of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The earphones can be made ambient-aware or noise isolating depending earpieces used. The earphones retail for $99.00. (Reuters)

It isn’t unusual to see youngsters walking around on the streets listening to music or taking calls using headphones or earphones. There are already several decent options available in the market, and on March 20, German company Blaupunkt officially launched their latest range in the city. “Headphones and earphones are designed keeping in mind the demands of the youth. We are still deciding the exact price of the products we are launching, but they will be between R1,990 and R14,990,” says Dr Lars Placke, CEO, Blaupunkt, even as he explains what you must keep in mind before buying a set of headphones.

In-ear or on-ear?
In-ear devices are simple and small. They are advisable for regular and rough usage. These days, a special set of earphones exclusively designed for kids is also available with sound limitation to protect eardrums.
On-ear headphones are designed for users with specific needs and provide premium sound performance.

Popular options
Entry level in-ear headphones are preferred by people using smartphones.
The designer on-ear headphones are popular with the youth. These are also connected to laptops and computers, and provide voice chat solutions.
The bigger on-ear headphones with high-end features like noise cancellations, total harmonic distortion and frequency response, are used while travelling for premium sound
performance.

Price over quality
A good quality set of headphones/earphones survives for years and there won’t be any performance-related problem. For someone who is mobile for hours, quality becomes an essential factor.

Go in for
Sennheiser: A high-end brand, but a trusted one. It assures quality sound.
Bose: Their headphones offer full-spectrum noise reduction, comfortable fit and clear sound quality in airplanes.
Beat: Their headphones are possibly the best ones at the entry level.


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