Just like most of us I use headphones every day when listening to music and podcasts on my iPod, so comfort is a very important feature for me. I find the ones that sit on my ears really uncomfy, and the expensive closed-back, over the ears ones are too heavy. So the small in-ear buds are my workhorse. In a recording studio you would never use ear-buds, the higher audio quality of the over-the ear, closed back BeyerDynamic ones are an industry standard.
A recent feature which you may have come across are “noise cancelling” headphones such as those made by Bose. These listen to the noise outside the headphones and reduce that by cancelling it out using reverse phasing. The headphones noty only sound lovely but they effectively get rid of the rest of the noise that might creep into your head from the outside world. Try them out at a Bose retailer.
There’s no need to pay huge amounts of money for headphones which are going to be used in a club, for example by a DJ. Go for a mid range price over the ear model such as these by Sennheiser.
Beware educational suppliers who are offering you everything you dream for and only charge you a few quid for them, they will need extreme care and loving tenderness to get them to last longer than a term.
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