The highest frequency at which device produces audio. The higher the high-frequency response, the clearer and crispier the treble.
Sony MDR-Z1R: 120000Hz
2. lowest frequency
The lowest frequency at which the device produces audio. The lower the low-frequency response, the stronger and juicier the bass.
Sony MH1CBLK: 1Hz
3. has sound isolation/passive noise reduction
The device sits tightly in place, creating an acoustic seal which reduces background noise and prevents your music from leaking out.
44% have it
Sony MDR-EX150AP: 3g
Impedance is the device’s electrical resistance to the current being pushed through it. The lower the impedance, the easier it is to get higher volume and requires less power.
Flips Solo 2 Social: 4 Ohms
6. has a neodymium magnet
Devices with neodymium magnets are lighter and more powerful than those which use ferrite magnets. They also have more bass and clear high notes.
36% have it
7. sound pressure level
Devices with a higher sound pressure level are generally louder when supplied with any given audio source.
AKG K553 Pro: 144dB/mW
8. has stereo speakers
Devices with stereo speakers deliver sound from independent channels on both left and right sides, creating a richer sound and a better experience.
76% have it
9. can be folded
Folding devices are good for transporting as they take up less space in your bag.
31% have it
10. can be used as a headset
A headset is one headphone or pair with a built-in microphone. Headsets can be used for applications which require communication i.e. Skype, games with voice chat, mobile phones etc.
47% have it
11. has active noise cancelling (noise reduction)
This type of device allows you to listen at lower volume levels, causing less ear fatigue as you don't have to crank up the volume to overcome background noise. Ideal for plane rides and morning commutes.
15% have it
12. has an in-line control panel
There is a control panel on the cable, so you can easily operate the device without having to interact with it.
47% have it
13. driver unit size
The driver unit is the component that produces sound in the device. Bigger drivers are more powerful and can produce better bass.
Audeze LCD2 Classic: 106mm
14. travel bag is included
The device comes with its own special case or pouch, which is useful for safe transportation.
An L-shaped plug is better if the jack is on the left or right side of the device, so that the cable isn't bent, and is less likely to break when the device is in your pocket.
30% have it
16. number of microphones
More microphones result in better sound quality and enable the device to filter out background noise.
Parrot Zik Sport: 8
17. has a 3.5mm male connector
A standard 3.5mm male connector is suitable for use with all MP3 players and computer sound cards.
80% have it
18. has an on-ear form
This device comfortably rests on top of your outer ears. As it doesn't block out everything from the outside world, it's preferred in places like office environments and recommended for outdoor activities.
22% have it
19. diaphragm size
The diaphragm moves air back and forth to create sound. The bigger the diaphragm, the more bass it can produce.
Oppo PM-1: 85mm
20. has an open-back design
The device is designed in a way that allows sound to go out through the back of the ear cups, which usually have vents or perforations. This design provides very natural and accurate sound.