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Buy headphones: You should pay attention to these functions

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Julia Maehner

Most of the headphones supplied with cell phones are pure penny products - and accordingly sound bad. Those who want better things are spoiled for choice. With our headphone purchase advisor and a few tips, you can narrow down the wide range and find the perfect headphones.

Headphones, like many beats models, are aimed more at fashion-conscious buyers than audiophile sound fans. But don't let the look or the hipster factor move you to buy. But what should you look out for when buying headphones? Open your ears: We would like to recommend a few important points here.

Headphone design: on the ear or in the ear?

A distinction is made here primarily between earphones and shell headphones. The former are divided into the in-ear earphones and earbuds - two different types of earphones that are often confused with one another. When you buy an earbud, use the flat plastic transducers that you place loosely in the auricle. In-ears, on the other hand, insert them directly into the ear canal. These stay firmly in place thanks to the silicone attachment. Shell headphones, sometimes also known as headphone headphones, are available as the over-ears that surround the ear and the on-ear headphones that rest on the ear. CHIP tested over and on ears for the leaderboard.

Headphone design: a question of isolation

Closed systems offer shielded listening pleasure, the sound penetrates directly into the ear canal without disturbing background noises. Typically, these headphones sound rather bass-heavy, as the frequencies reach the eardrum unhindered. To enjoy undisturbed music in the office or on the train, you should use a closed system - but be careful, such shielding headphones can be dangerous in traffic. In contrast, the open systems allow outside noises, but conversely they also radiate outwards. With a sound that is rather airy and natural, these types of headphones are especially recommended in situations where you don't want to be completely isolated from the outside world, but don't necessarily bother other people either. Because especially at a slightly higher volume, the music can also be heard in the immediate vicinity. Open headphones are therefore less suitable for the office, for example.
Our tip: Make it clear where and how you want to use the headphones. If you don't want to be completely isolated from the environment while enjoying music, you should use open headphones. If, on the other hand, you mainly listen in the office, on the train or on a plane, treat yourself to a closed system.
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Headphone sound: This is where the music plays

After the design and shape have been clarified, you can concentrate fully on the listening experience - which is a very subjective one. If you prefer to listen to classical music and jazz, go for headphones with a clear sound and precise dynamics. Dynamics in this case means the volume of the music, like piano (quietly) or forte (according to). Warm, bass-heavy listeners are ideal for fans of rock, pop or hip hop. However, if you call yourself a musical jack-of-all-trades, it is best to use neutral and balanced headphones. Both Beethoven's “Fifth” and Jay Z's “The Blueprint” and Neil Young's “After the Goldrush” sound flawless.

Noise-canceling headphones: Active noise cancellation

You will stumble more and more frequently over the manufacturer's statement "active noise suppression" or "noise reduced". This refers to noise-canceling headphones that actively eliminate ambient noise. Small microphones integrated in the auricle perceive outside noises and switch them off using an opposing sound wave, the so-called anti-noise. That's why noise-canceling headphones always contain an additional battery: after all, this kind of technology needs juice. Isolation also has a price: good noise-canceling headphones usually cost over 200 euros. On the other hand, they are very comfortable, especially for frequent flyers, and take a lot of strain off the ear. But if you don't want to spend so much money and still be relatively well shielded from outside noise, you should opt for a closed design.
Basically: Make sure you understand what you want to use the headphones for. Set yourself a budget - you don't have to spend horrific sums of money to get solid sound. Try the headphones. If it does not sit optimally or is even uncomfortable, you should not bother with it. In the end, it's the sound that counts. Pay special attention to the bass and treble, as these are the easiest to spot. If the highs clink or the bass presses uncomfortably on the ear: fingers away.
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