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Did you know? All headphones and speakers have a 'burn in time' before they sound their best. Just plug your headphones into any headphone jack and leave the device on to burn in the headphones. You do not need to crank the volume. It typically takes between 24 hours and two weeks of use to burn in a pair of headphones, and you might even smell the burn!
Enclosed Headphones are headphones that block outside noise as well as limit sound leakage from the headphones. Most enclosed headphones encapsulate the ear for a better seal.
Use enclosed headphones anywhere that requires isolation. For example, consumer applications would include listening to music on an airplane or in a work cubicle. Professional applications include DJing, studio drumming, recording vocals and any other recording application that involves microphones, because you don't want the mic to pick up the sound coming from the headphones.
Open or Open-Air Headphones do not isolate noise and for this reason sound much more natural. Sound is not confined to bouncing around inside the headphone "can" so it is easier to hear the nuances. Besides studio mixing applications where you don't need to block out other sounds, use Open headphones for a better, more natural-sounding music listening experience.
Semi-Open Headphones are just what you might expect: They are a compromise between Enclosed and Open headphones with some isolation but a more 'open', natural sound than Enclosed headphones. Just keep in mind that anyone near you will also be able to hear what you are listening to!
After listening to your headphones for a while do you ever get headaches or become agitated? Do your ears start to hurt? This is called ear fatigue, and it is closely related to hearing damage. A bad pair of headphones will have presence peaks, meaning that certain frequencies will 'stick out'. Having your ears bombarded with the same frequencies for hours on end causes these problems, and in extreme cases your ears will eventually 'tune out' those frequencies permanently.
Nearly all consumer headphones are 'colored'--meaning that they contain presence peaks--because the manufacturers sell more headphones that way. Consumers tend to think that the headphone with frequencies that 'stick out' sound better when in fact the reverse is technically true because other frequencies are being overpowered and therefor can't be heard! Such headphones also cause the most ear fatigue and hearing damage. Unfortunately, many professional models of headphones are also made this way. Examples: Beats / by Dre, Sony MDR-V700, MDR-7506, and most other Sony professional and consumber models.
Professional studio headphones more often have a flat response. Studio engineers demand flat response headphones because they need to hear all of the frequencies as completely and naturally as possible. Knowing this, many audiophiles will purchase studio headphones for home use. Besides sounding better, a flat response headphone causes less ear fatigue and hearing damage. What is more, professional-level headphones tend to have a lower impedance which makes them louder with less amplification. This means that the headphone amp does not have to work as hard, resulting in less distortion and therefor even less ear fatigue! Recommended examples: BeyerDynamic DT770, DT1350; Fostex TR80-80, T40RPMK3; Ultrasone HIF450, HFI580, HFI680 & HFI780. High-end audiophile examples: Fostex TH600, TH900MK2
Good professional DJ headphones (and some studio headphones) are flat on the high end with an extended low end for extra bass. All of that extra bass is not good for your ears, of course, but at least the high end presence is reduced. Note: These headphones are generally not recommended for any sort of studio mixing, unless you like ending up with recordings that lack bass! Recommended examples: Allen&Heath XD2-53, Ultrasone DJ1; Audio-Technica ATH-Pro5 MS, Vestax HMX1.
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