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Frequently Asked Questions

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Introduction

When consumers go to purchase headphones there are a number of questions that they run into. Some of these questions are more commonly asked than others. Here are some of the most commonly-asked questions that we run into when consumers ask questions regarding a headphone purchase and the answers that will help you make an informed purchasing decision.


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What Differences are There between Noise Cancelling and Noise Isolating Headphones?

Both of these headphones are designed to block the sounds of noise from the outside world when the headphones are worn. This allows you to hear only the sounds of the music you are listening to without interference from outside sounds. Headphones with noise cancelling technology utilize two different techniques. The first is called “active” noise cancelling, which uses a small microphone and sound processor to create a sound wave that is opposite in polarity to the sounds of the outside noise. When the outside noise meets the opposite sound wave created by the headphones, the noise is cancelled out.

The other noise cancelling method is called “passive” noise cancelling. This is also called sound isolation. While almost all headphones have some degree of noise cancelling, unless a headphone is specifically designed to cancel out noise the amount of noise cancellation is negligible. Passive noise cancelling headphones are made to rest inside the ear canal and use small plugs made from foam or plastic to fill the ear canal, thereby isolating the wearer from any outside sound disturbance.

Both technologies are able to effectively separate the user from outside noise. Active noise cancelling headphones are better suited for long-term comfort while passive noise cancelling headphones provide better portability.


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Why Do My Headphones Get Hot When I Listen To Music?

If your headphones are getting hot when you are listening to music there are two likely culprits. Chances are you are either have them hooked up to your computer or you have a defective set of headphones. If you are not listening to your music through your computer and you find your headphones getting very hot, it is likely a manufacturer defect as headphones should not get hot when listening to them through normal portable music devices. If, however, you have your headphones hooked up to your computer then chances are that your headphones are getting hot because they cannot properly handle the amount of power that is being pushed through them. If this is the case, you need to consider purchasing higher-end headphones that can handle the power load that your computer will supply to your headphones.


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Do I Need a Headphone Amplifier?

The headphones that you wear are not the only thing that will affect the sound quality of what you are listening to. Amplifiers can also make a significant difference. The truth is that the amplifiers that are built into portable listening devices are generally of very poor quality. If you have high-end headphones and want to get the most from your sound experience, you may want to consider investing in a dedicated headphone amplifier.


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What Other Headphone Accessories Will I Need?

If you are investing in headphones, there are a variety of headphone accessories that you should consider. The accessories that you will need for your headphones will largely depend on what type of headphones you are purchasing. If you are purchasing earbuds, you may want to invest in some extra earbud adapters or adapters that offer a better quality than the adapters that come packaged with the earbuds you are purchasing. You might also want to invest in a headphone control adapter that will allow you to use your headphones with your cell phone, controlling calls with the flip of a switch. Other accessories include headphone amplifiers, spools that allow you to safely store your earbuds and stow away excessive lengths of cord, and headphone splitters.


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If I Lose the Tips that Come with My Earbuds Do I Need to Buy a New Pair?

Fortunately you do not need to invest in a brand new set of headphones if you lose the tips that came with them. You can purchase replacement tips or even tips that are of better quality than the original tips that came with your headphones in the headphone accessory section of our website.


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If Headphones Cost More Does That Mean They Work Better?

Many people assume that you get what you pay for in this world. While that is true of some things, it isn’t always the case with headphones. Sometimes when you purchase expensive headphones you are paying for a name, not quality. Look at the specs when buying headphones and make sure you make your purchasing decision based on the specs and features offered and not on price alone. Some affordable headphones can offer very good quality sound.


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Is There Any Difference Between Single-Sided Cabling and Y-Cables?

When you purchase headphones they will come with either single-sided cabling or a Y-cable. Single-sided cabling is usually attached to the left earphone. Y-cable, on the other hand, is attached to both sides of the headphone. One type is not better than the other. It comes down to a matter of personal preference and the type of headphones you are buying.


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Other Than 3.5MM, What Other Types of Headphone Connectors Are There?

The 3.5mm size is the most popular type of headphone connector. There are, however, other types of connectors available. What type of connector you need depends on what type of device you are plugging your headphone into. The full-size, ¼ inch cleaner (also referred to as a phono plug) is larger and older. This type of jack tends to be found on most at-home stereos and AV receivers. The 2.5mm plug is found on many cell phones and allows for headphones with microphone connections. Before you buy headphones you should always make sure you know what size jack you will be plugging the headphones into so you can ensure that you purchase a set of headphones with the right connector size. If you want to purchase headphones that do not have the right size plug, you can always purchase an adapter.


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