Complete Guide To Bone Conduction Headphones (With Examples)
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Complete Guide To Bone Conduction Headphones (With Examples)

If you’ve ever seen what looks to be a pair of odd-looking headphones that do not go over or even in the listener’s ear, you’ve likely seen a pair of bone conduction headphones. These strange devices serve the same purpose as regular headphones but work on different principles. What are bone conduction headphones? Bone conduction…

The Complete Guide To Balanced Armature IEMs/Earphones
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The Complete Guide To Balanced Armature IEMs/Earphones

If you’ve ever seen a big-time professional musical performance live or on video, you may have recognized one or more balanced armature in-ear monitors in the ears of the performers. In-ear monitors are often preferred over foldback monitors due to feedback considerations, and a great number of professional in-ear monitors utilize balanced armature designs. What…

Complete Guide To Electrostatic Headphones (With Examples)
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Complete Guide To Electrostatic Headphones (With Examples)

Of all the headphone types in the world, electrostatic headphones are likely the least understood and the most exotic. These high-end headphones are enjoyed by many audiophiles who are willing to spend the money on a pair. What are electrostatic headphones? Electrostatic headphones are transducers that convert audio signals (electrical energy) into sound waves (mechanical…

Complete Guide To Planar Magnetic Headphones (With Examples)
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Complete Guide To Planar Magnetic Headphones (With Examples)

If you’ve even gone on a deep search to find a perfect pair of high-end headphones, you’ve likely stumbled upon planar magnetic headphones (or at least the term). The planar magnetic headphone type works a bit differently than the typical moving-coil headphones that make up the majority of the market, providing advantages and disadvantages to…

How Do Headphones Work? (Illustrated Guide For All HP Types)
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How Do Headphones Work? (Illustrated Guide For All HP Types)

Headphones, earbuds and headsets have become extremely popular with the rise of portable audio players, smartphones and gaming consoles. If you’ve ever wondered how your headphones work, this detailed article is for you. How do headphones work? All headphones act as transducers that convert audio signals (electrical energy) into sound waves(mechanical wave energy). The headphone…

The Complete Guide To Headphones Sensitivity Ratings
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The Complete Guide To Headphones Sensitivity Ratings

When listening to music, we humans like it loud. Whether it’s turning up a volume knob or dial, applying more gain, or choosing a more sensitive audio device, perceived loudness is something to consider when choosing the optimal listening experience. What is headphone sensitivity? Headphone sensitivity is a specification that refers to the efficiency of…

The Complete Guide To Understanding Headphone Impedance
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The Complete Guide To Understanding Headphone Impedance

Headphones work with AC electrical voltages (audio signals) and, therefore, have impedance. The impedance of a headphone model is critical to its performance yet is often overlooked by users. What is headphone impedance? Headphone impedance refers to the inherent opposition the headphone circuitry has to the flow of electrical current. As the headphones create a…

An In-Depth Look Into How Headphone Cables Carry Audio
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An In-Depth Look Into How Headphone Cables Carry Audio

We often take wired headphones for granted: plug them in, and voila, we have sound. As an audio engineer, I find it fascinating to understand exactly how audio is carried through headphone cables. I’ve created this article for those who share my curiosity and would like to understand audio signal flow and headphones better. How…

The Complete Guide To Open-Back & Closed-Back Headphones
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The Complete Guide To Open-Back & Closed-Back Headphones

Over-the-ear headphones come in two distinct types: open-back and close-back. Depending on the naturalness of sound and the level of isolation, we may choose one over the other. What are open-back and closed-back headphones? Open-back and closed-back are the two predominant types of over-the-ear headphones. Open-back headphones have a perforated or open shell that allows…

The Complete In-Depth Guide To Tube Condenser Microphones
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The Complete In-Depth Guide To Tube Condenser Microphones

Though tubes have largely been replaced by transistors in the vast majority of electrical circuits, they are still sometimes used (and often cherished) in the audio industry and in microphones. In fact, many of the greatest microphones to ever be produced are tube condenser microphones! What is a tube condenser microphone? A tube condenser microphone…

The Complete Guide To Ribbon Microphones (With Mic Examples)
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The Complete Guide To Ribbon Microphones (With Mic Examples)

Ribbon microphones are among the least understood yet most cherished microphones in the world. These peculiar mics may not be as popular as dynamic and condenser microphones, but they are valued just as much (perhaps even more) by musicians, audio engineers, and audiophiles alike. What is a ribbon microphone? A ribbon microphone has a thin,…

The Complete Guide To Moving-Coil Dynamic Microphones
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The Complete Guide To Moving-Coil Dynamic Microphones

If you’ve ever been to a live band performance or have hung out in a recording studio, chances are you’ve seen plenty of dynamic microphones. Moving-coil dynamic microphones are commonly used in music recording, broadcasting, podcasting, and live venues around the world. What is a moving-coil dynamic microphone? A moving-coil dynamic microphone converts sound to…