ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

noise reducing earbud headphones

Updated on June 16, 2010

Factors to consider

1) Noise isolation

A lot of people are confused as to the difference between noise isolation, noise reduction and noise cancelling.They are basically similar in that they are meant to improve your hearing experience by removing ambient noise, but they work quite differently and this transfers to different prices. Noise isolation and reduction works as dampeners, for example most in ear earphones with noise isolation can reduce up to 25 decibels of ambient noise. Noise cancelling, usually will require external batteries as they take the external signals and produce an anti wave, cancelling it.

2) Price

In general there are three brackets of earphones that people would normally get, and that manufacturers would end up falling into. The cheapest throwaway brackets, which is anything in the double digits, trending towards the lower end. Often their quality, while markedly above the default iphone/itouch earphones you would start off with, are still lacking if you've ever heard of the higher end headphones. If you're tight on a budget, I would advise you not to listen to the higher quality earphones, you'll feel horrible about using the cheaper ones. For the cheaper ones, you would have to balance between sound quality, durability and isolation power. For many people, they use the cheaper throwaways for heavy duty stuff like sports, jogging and running. For the next bracket, in the lower three digits, from 100 to slightly over 200, you get the sweet spot for people. Its good enough you won't be running to the next headphone shop in a few months, has durable build quality, and often comes with good decibel noise reduction. It packs a powerful punch in between affordability and quality, giving it great value. Naturally, if you're an aspiring audio production soundmaker you would want to go straight into the next bracket. Which would be the 300+ and up earphones. Often they are two or three driver earphones. If you're wondering what those are, a one driver would be the ones most people listen to, then imagine you have another driver, so one can focus on the low sounds and another on the high sounds, giving greater clarity and drive. If you're unwelling to shell the dough, you can wait a few more months as they drop in prices. The higher bracket your phones are, the more you would want to buy it from an authorised reseller, from reputable sites on the internet instead of shoddy places where they may give you fake ones.

3) Looks

Since the earphones will be nested nicely as earbuds in the alcoves of your ears, there's only that much room for fashion that can be seen. These days, earphones above a certain price looks at least presentable, or at the very least not horrible. Depending on how much you intend to use your in ear headphones as a fashion statement, you would give different weightage to the looks of these aural devices. For me, I'm pretty satisfied with anything that looks decent and unobtrusive. If you're willing to void the warranty, you can also perform cheap mods on the casing, or perhaps make exterior modifications that would presumably not void your warranty. Of course the cheaper your headphone, the more willing you would be to perform more dangerous surgical beauty operations on it. You might even consider doing it yourself.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)