5 Beginner Tips on How to Choose the Right Headphones for Your Favorite Music Genre
Updated October 6, 2023
Why go for anything less when you can have the perfect headphones for that perfect playlist you have? But the problem is, you don’t know how to pick the right headphones. Allow me to help you out. In this article, I’ll share with you some simple but effective tips to find the ideal headphones for the music that you like. Remember, not all headphones were made the same way – some specialize in gaming, others in music while others in movies. I’ll keep it brief and in layman’s terms here. We’ll cover up the high details on the next.
Without further ado, here are some good beginner tips to find the best headphones to suit your music tastes.
1. The Right Frequency Response
If your music focuses on the boom rather than riffs and vocals, you want headphones with a good bass while keeping sound tearing to a minimal. Same goes for when you want something that’s all about treble so you can feel the intensity of Freddie Mercury’s godly voice. Whatever your music taste is, you need headphones with wide frequencies. Do you see those numbers or measurements whenever you’re window-shopping for headphones? If you want high-quality sounds, get one that is at least 20 Hz to 20 kHz. Don’t settle for anything lower than that because you’ll be left with muffled and monotonous music and worn-out sound quality after prolonged usage. Instead, 20 is the sweet spot.
Although, audiophiles prefer something greater than 20Hz – 20 kHz. The wider the frequency, the better the sound quality, making stereo and surround sound immersive when you listen. Just a friendly reminder that the higher frequencies, the pricier the headphones get. Again, this applies heavily on all kinds of music you listen to; it doesn’t matter if you prefer K-Pop over Metal or Country over R&B. Wide frequencies mean better music – given that you’re listening to HQ music with 320 kbps.
2. Volume is Important
As much as the frequency is vital, so is volume. This is measured in Decibels – dB for short. To keep things simple, the higher the dB, the lesser the sound tearing. It works hand in hand with frequency. 120 dB is the ideal number as this is also equal to how much sound the human ear can take. Get one with 120 dB and you can listen to music at max volume without any of that excruciating tearing sound like the usual broken-quality meme sounds.
3. Design Matters
There are tons of designs when it comes to headphones. In fact, it’s part of postmodern fashion now – , especially for the teen/young adult student look. Do note that designs have purposes – some are due to audiophile features, others for exercise and some purely for the sake of sticking to the status quo.
When it comes to headphone design, some include features that others don’t have. For example, some headphones have a hybrid wireless feature that makes it ideal for anyone who always goes outside to avoid wire coiling. Audiophile headphones are mostly heavy and are highly recommended to only use indoors or on a remote area where sound inside the room resonates best. Workout junkies would love sweatproof earbuds with ear hooks and thick wires so they don’t have a hard time listening to their music while they’re doing reps or jogging.
This applies to other types of headphones too; like how gaming headphones include a built-in mic and 5.1 surround sound and cinema-focused headsets are built with THX quality.
4. Earbuds or Padded Headphones?
This topic usually takes a while but for this article, I’ll keep it brief. Earbuds suit best for going out or to easily switch between listening and taking it off. Earbuds are more convenient than headphones in terms of size as you can always put the former inside your pocket. However, what makes this less than headphones is that earbuds usually have shorter frequency compared to the bigger padded ones. That and the fact that wires tend to get loose especially when improperly placed in your pocket. Oh, and let’s not forget about the plugs occasionally popping off. Although if you do prefer earbuds – especially inexpensive but high-quality pairs – we highly suggest reading the review here.
As for the padded headphones, these always come more expensive than earbuds. The largeness gives room for manufacturers to add multiple features and enhancers to the headphones. The only drawback here is that headphones are too large and the only way to unequip them is to hang it around your neck. Oh, and if you pick low-quality headphones, expect the foam to deteriorate.
5. Noise Cancelling Makes Everything Better
Finally if you can afford headphones with a noise-canceling feature, just snag it. It keeps away any unwanted ambient noises and keeps you focused on the music. Just be aware that noise-canceling feature results in a hefty price. But once you experience it, you’ll never want to go back ever gain.
Music to Your Ears
I hope this article helps you a lot in picking the right headphones for your choice of music. In the next article, I’ll talk about specific numbers that are best for the right kind of songs.