Choosing the Perfect Headphones for Active Lifestyle

Posted on: March 28th, 2013 by Laura No Comments

runMost of us need a good tune to get us motivated in our sport, right?  But there are so many choices when it comes to headphones, how do you know what is right for you?

Check out this article I found on Deal News, which breaks it down for us well!

Here are some guidelines to help you pick the perfect pair of headphones for an active lifestyle.

Wired or Wireless

For an active lifestyle, consider the options of a wireless set of headphones. Wireless headphones work off Bluetooth that many smartphones have built-in. The downside: wireless headphones require batteries. If you prefer traditional corded headphones, opt for a pair with a strong cord reinforced with something like Kevlar.

Battery Life

The amount of electricity it takes to power your wireless headphones is also important. The more energy required, the shorter the battery life. You won’t be happy with a pair of earphones that drains your battery before you can complete your workout, so favor those with a low “impedance,” or the measurement (in ohms) of electricity used. Aim for a set of headphones that uses 24 ohms or less.

Range

The frequency range of human hearing is 20Hz to 20kHz, so there’s no need for headphones that exceed this range. If you’re a jazz or classical fan, opt for headphones rated strong in the midrange and high end. If you’re a fan of pop, rap, dance, or hip-hop, select a pair of headphones that are strong in the bass end of the spectrum.

And whatever you do, don’t ruin your hearing by over-cranking your tunes. Users have a bad habit of drowning out ambient noise by increasing the volume of their headphones, which can result in hearing loss. A lawnmower produces around 90 decibels of noise; if you’re playing your music at that level of loudness, you’re in danger of losing some hearing. If you’re in a very noisy environment and can safely block the noise out, try an in-ear model with a good seal against outside noise.

Smartphone Compatibility

People who use their iPhone or Android phone as their music source might also consider buying headphones that have a built-in microphone and device-compatible controls. This will make the transition from music listening to hands-free telephoning much easier.

Sweat Resistance

It’s worth investing in a pair of headphones that will tolerate the sweat of a good workout, and be sure they also fit securely on your head so they don’t slip.

Surroundings Awareness

There are only a handful of times when you can afford to block out all noise with relative safety, like at the gym. For these times, in-ear headphones are a good bet. However, for those activities during which you absolutely must remain cognizant of your surroundings, (i.e. jogging on a road or path), you’ll want earbuds that permit some ambient noise to pass through.

It is illegal in many places to wear headphones while engaging in some on-road activities such as bicycling. Even where legal, the wise cyclist would pass on wearing headphones in order to stay aware of surrounding traffic.

Accessories

Especially for in-ear headphones, replacement gels earpieces should be included in the original kit. You’ll need to clean this type of headphone regularly, as it can accumulate ear wax.

So, given the above factors, there are headphones that are specifically suited for almost every active endeavor you can think of.  Just do your homework!

Thanks Deal News!

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