Sennheiser HD 4.50 Special Edition BTNC Review

The Sennheiser brand of audio products has always been known for delivering high-quality sound in a truly immersive experience. The Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC promises to do precisely the same.

The company boasts a line of impressive industry-quality headphones. However, the catch is that these are usually out of the average consumer’s budget. As a result, Sennheiser came up with their budget options to take on the competition.

Costing under £150, the HD 4.50 BTNC sits between the mid-range and premium segments of the headphone market. It is a prime example of premium tech on a budget.

These headphones offer a wide array of features that should keep any audiophile satisfied for quite a good while.

But whether they live up to Sennheiser’s lofty standards is another question. Read on to find out if they do.

Are These Headphones For You?

As with any pair of cans that cost almost 150 pounds, these headphones aren’t exactly aimed at the casual on-the-commute listener. However, they are sure to elevate the listening experience for anyone who tries them on.

These are a great option whether you’re an audiophile looking to upgrade to a luxurious, distraction-free affair or a casual listener looking to explore.

You get a lot of higher-end features at a slightly more affordable price, albeit without the shine of a truly premium product. You get Bluetooth connectivity too so that you can use them anywhere reasonably comfortably.

Amazon also offers used pieces for anywhere up to £50 less. However, these offers are usually hit-or-miss in terms of product condition.

Features

Now, let’s go over the main features of the headphones in detail.

Product Specifications

Wearing StyleAround-Ear
Transducer PrincipleDynamic, Closed
ConnectivityBT 4.0/NFC
Frequency Response18 – 22000Hz
Impedance18 Ohm
Sensitivity113 dB
Battery Life25 Hours(Without ANC)
Weight238 g
MicrophoneYes
Active Noise Cancellation(ANC)Yes

Design

In The Box

Sennheiser has made sure to include a few useful add-ons in the box.

  • In addition to the headphones themselves, you get a handy cloth case for storing them. As this is a budget version of higher-end noise-canceling headphones, you will miss out on the hard case.
  • The soft case will protect the headphones against minor scrapes and scratches but not against any significant impact. You also get a 1.2-meter long audio cable that you can use on low charge.
  • Finally, you get the charging cable and, of course, a user guide. A charging adapter is not included. But this shouldn’t be a problem, given the prevalence of smartphones and their chargers.

Aesthetics

The product comes in a tasteful matte black finish. Unlike Sennheiser’s more expensive metal offerings, this one has been completely designed from plastic. Due to this, it lacks the premium feel of the higher-end lineup.

The earpads are made from ergonomic memory foam which is comfortable enough. However, this is also a step-down from the usual soft leather we’ve come to expect from higher-end headphones. In addition, leather has been observed to assist in better noise cancellation.

Ease of Use

The ear-cups are foldable. So even though the product is a bit bulky, it isn’t too much of a hassle to carry around.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t fold flat, falling a bit short in that aspect. Also, there are buttons mounted on the cup, which make it easier to skip tracks, take calls, and so on.

The integrated mic works well. However, you can’t use it when using the headphones in wired mode.

At 238 grams, the headphones don’t weigh down on your head, even during long sessions of listening.

Your ears can get a bit stuffy after a while though. They’re also quite settled while walking, so there’s no need to keep adjusting them, unlike a few smaller models.

However, expect sweaty ears if you’re running or exercising while using them.

The size of the earpads is an issue – people with larger ears might not be able to use them for very long. The earpads are replaceable. However, you may lose some of the noise-cancelling effectiveness in the bargain.

Here’s a quick tip:If noise cancellation is important to you, choose leather earpads.

  • They are slightly more expensive than conventional ones made of foam but do a much better job of blocking out noise.
  • The headband could also be a little more comfortable. It is made of plain plastic and is very tight in the beginning, causing the earpads to press down on your ears.

Sound Quality

A common problem with wireless headphones is a lack of audio quality when compared to their wired counterparts.

For the most part, the HD 4.50 BTNC manages to dismiss those fears.

It provides great punchy sound no matter what genre is thrown at it.

The bass is heavy and well-defined, and the treble is also good.

The midrange doesn’t sound too artificial, either.

However, particularly high trebles seem to lack a little clarity. Overall, the cost-cutting is relatively evident as there is a noticeable difference from higher models.

But this is not a dealbreaker, as, given Sennheiser’s standards, the quality is still great, especially at this price.

Taking phone calls with these headphones is a joy, as voices are crisp and clear. But sometimes, the mic picks up sounds other than your voice and disturbs the call.

An interesting feature these headphones have is the sidetone feature. This feature takes your voice from the mic during phone calls and sends it to your own earpieces at a lower volume. This helps indicate that your mic is working.

Also, it helps the wearer judge how loud they’re speaking as active noise cancellation can disorient your hearing quite a bit.

In addition, if the headphones are connected to your computer, you will hear the sound of your keyboard clicking through your cans. This feature, though useful, can take a while to get used to.

We tried gaming with these headphones. Suffice to say; gamers will continue to stick to wired cans. This is because the sound falls just short of the depth and quality required by serious gamers.

When wired, though, these held up decently well. The quality hardly distracted us from the sound itself.

Connectivity

These headphones go wireless with the help of Bluetooth 4.0 technology. The standard Bluetooth tech lets you move 10 metres from your paired device. In addition, you get aptX codec compatibility.

  • This means more efficient data transmission, letting you listen to high-quality audio files without a hitch. In a welcome addition, the headphones also come equipped with Near Field Communication(NFC).

This makes pairing with compatible devices even faster.

The Bluetooth is quite capable, with almost no lag, unlike more budget-friendly wireless cans. The aptX compatibility also helps contribute to the great sound quality we mentioned earlier.

Let’s dive a little deeper into why aptX compatibility is important. Firstly, a codec is a piece of software that converts audio files at the source into a suitable format for Bluetooth transmission.

A good codec should be able to transmit high-quality audio at as low a bitrate as possible. Most early codecs could transmit only lossy formats, and so people preferred wired headphones.

However, now Bluetooth has improved greatly. Qualcomm’s aptX codec is one of the best out there as it supports a very high quality of transmission.

Though most wireless headphones have adopted aptX by now, it is often overlooked in low- to mid-range offerings. The aptX compatibility of the HD 4.50 BTNC ensures you hear your music almost exactly how it should be.

Noise Cancellation

The HD 4.50 BTNC is equipped with Sennheiser’s active noise cancellation technology NoiseGard. It does an admirable job of keeping out outside noise, thus helping users get a truly premium music experience.

Even outdoors and while walking on the streets, the noise cancellation works quite well, letting only a faint murmur through. During particularly quiet songs, however, we could hear a barely audible hiss.

But this is probably to be expected for a product at this price. Noise-canceling headphones are also usually relatively bulky. That is not the case here though, with these cans tipping the scales at 238 grams which is manageable.

We noticed that turning on noise cancellation noticeably alters how music sounds on the headphones.

In particular, bass with noise-cancelling turned on is much less intense than with it turned off. This is a drawback, as anyone would want an identical listening experience between the two settings.

But again, considering the noise-canceling headphone market, these headphones qualify as lower-end.

There are better products out there, but they will burn a much larger hole in your pocket. We feel that all things considered; this downside can be brushed aside. Audio quality is still great and gives definite value for your money.

Companion App

In late 2019, Sennheiser discontinued CapTune, their companion app. They then launched a Smart Control App that lets users customise their listening experience. Fortunately, HD 4.50 is compatible with the app.

In addition to being convenient, the app provides an equalizer for effortless tinkering. Users can also control how much ambient noise to let in, enable smart pause, and so on.

Moreover, the app has versions compatible with mobile devices that run on Android as well as iOS.

Battery Life

These headphones are powered by a single lithium-polymer battery that provides 19 hours of listening time. In addition, this can be bumped up to 25 hours with noise cancellation turned off.

These are very respectable numbers, and this is one aspect where the HD 4.50 BTNC scores high. As a result, even the most hardcore listeners of music will have a tough time running out of juice.

Also if you do run out, there is the option to connect a cable and use it wired. However, using it wired robs the mic of its functionality.

On the other hand, the standby time isn’t the best. In the unlikely case that it goes unused for a couple of weeks, you will need to top it up first before use.

This, like every other pair of headphones, lacks the fast-charging tech that has become ubiquitous in smartphones. Of course, this is not necessarily a drawback.

Pros & Cons

Whenever you buy a new piece of tech, you have to consider what the product is giving you. Is the product going to solve your problem? Is it worth your money? Also, are there better options on the market? That being said, before we offer our final verdict, let’s weigh the pros of the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC against its cons.

ProsCons
Great sound qualityNot the best build quality
Good value for moneyInconsistent sound between modes
Effective noise cancellationCan get uncomfortable
Good battery life 

Conclusion

The essence of modern technology is to pack both high-end specs and practicality in the same cost-effective package. Wireless headphones are an epitome of this. But delivering on high expectations can be difficult.

Sennheiser has proved its capability in the premium segment time and again. Fortunately, it has shown that it can compete at lower price brackets too with the HD 4.50 BTNC.

In short, these headphones are fabulous if you want a taste of the premium aural offerings on the market without spending an entire month’s savings. The outside of the headphones may not look as stylish or shiny as the heavy-hitters.

However, there has been little to no compromise on the internals and the actual experience. And at the end of the day, isn’t that all that matters in a pair of headphones?

Whether wireless or tethered, the HD 4.50 BTNC gives you premium sound quality. Its sonic range is quite extensive, right from the deepest bass to the highest trebles.

It packs enough power in its battery to last at least a few days for regular listening.

Whether you are listening to Adele, talking on your phone, or playing video games, these cans can handle it all. On the other hand, heavy listeners would prefer a slightly comfier pair. The noise cancellation isn’t the best, but it is on par for the price.

In the end, these headphones are quite suitable for both casual and serious users. If you absolutely want only the best, there are better choices available at higher prices. But at this price range, the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC is one of the best, if not the best.

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT Review

About

Versatile, vibrant and value for money— Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is a jack of all trades in the world of headphones.

These headphones are designed as daily drivers and are revered for their boosted bass add-on and reliable battery life.

Besides, their detailed sound signature along with the breathability they provide can absorb even the not-so-audiophile types.

On the downside, they lack Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) features and are therefore not very a good option for commuting.

However, their great 25-hour battery life will be a blessing for even the longest flights.

Thus, Sennheiser HD 4.40 may not be the best headphone in the market but can surely be your can-do-everything and take-me-anywhere partner.

So is it worth your deal?

Join us as we examine the various factors one would look for in a headphone and match them with the features of Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT to see if it deserves a place in your wishlist or maybe even your bag.

Product Specifications

Weight225 g
Wearing styleAround-ear
PaddingClose-Packed
Frequency Response18 to 22,000 Hz
Connector2.5 mm detachable cable
Sensitivity113 dB
Impedance18 ohms
MicrophoneYes
Active Noise Cancellation (ANC)No

Inside the box

The headphone comes in a rectangular box with the Sennheiser logo and other specs and information on it. The box has everything that Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT has to offer you.

Upon opening the box, you would find a transparent plastic holder that contains the following items:

  • One micro USB cable to USB cable for charging.
  • One proprietary 2.5 mm to 3.5 mm cable
  • One guidebook and warranty booklet
  • One case
  • Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT headphone

Features

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT headphones cast a perfect balance of the wide variety of features anyone would expect from their headphones.

Let us look at each element one by one and experience the quality that this headphone is.

Design

The first thing that strikes anyone about Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is its impeccable design. The earpads are plush and exceptionally comfortable.

However, there should have been more cushioning in the headband to pad the scalp from mild pressure spikes during long listening periods.

Besides, the controls such as the power button, volume control button, and navigation button are situated on the right earcup’s side panel.

The navigation or playback button is also the voice-controller for managing calls. On top of that, the minimalistic approach of designing this headphone using high-quality and lightweight material is the reason for its elegant finishing and style.

Overall, the classic, comforting, and sleek design makes Sennheiser HD 4.40 a class apart.

Comfort

The high-quality ear-padding makes Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT a comfortable experience. On top of that, the specific around-ear design with deep ergonomics ensures comfort even over long listening periods.

On the bottom line, the relatively small ear cups, although apt for small ears, can irritate people with larger-than-average ear size when used for long hours.

Also, the headbands lack proper padding and can lead to mild pressure developments on the scalp over long listening sessions.

Summing up this headphone carries the comfort of cushioning that is bound to make you feel home.

Sound

Design and comfort are important aspects, but the sound is undoubtedly the prime purpose of a headphone.

And, Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT brings no disappointment. The headset mixes the well-tuned and timeless mids with powerful bass.

Besides, this closed-back headphone has a characteristic signature and soundstage that is likely to sound-bound anyone.

Their top-notch performance with highs, mids, and lows is quite evident, but what is astonishing is their ability to deal with metal and guitar music.

Following are some factors that will help in gauging the sound quality of these headphones:

Bass

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT has a powerful and extended bass that performs without over-pouring itself. The bass touches low into the low frequencies and also elevates the mid-bass from the sub-bass.

It is the controlled and well-balanced nature of the bass that makes this headphone a perfect choice. However, this balance may not be very inviting for the bass-lovers.

Mids

The mids of this headphone are great. There’s a peculiar kind of warmth in the low-mids while the high-mids define fineness. Overall, the mids are accurate and therefore make vocals sound natural and appealing.

Trebles

Water-clear trebles support the high-performing mids that this headphone has to offer. Lower trebles cohere well with the upper mids, resulting in a perfect balance of tunes. On top of that, the trebles are detailed and smooth, without any jagged peaks.

Soundstage

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT outperforms almost every other close-backed headphones with its detailed soundstage. This enables these headphones to play classical music in a manner no one in their price range can do.

Wired Mode

Although the sound signature is preserved whether you listen in wired or wireless mode, these headphones are found to be performing even better when used wired.

In particular, mid-bass is found to be more striking, and the trebles seem to have an enhanced gradient between their scales. Additionally, pairing this headphone with a Headphone Amplifier can enhance the sound quality to give you a timeless experience.

Noise Handling

The noise handling ability of this headphone is poor. They lack an active noise cancelling system and therefore fail to isolate the listener against low-frequency noises such as those of engines.

However, in the mid-range of frequencies, they give a promising reduction of more than 10 Db. Also, in the treble range, they are found to provide isolation of about 31dB from noises.

Performance

Performance encompasses and gauges most of the important factors that one would look for in a headphone. Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT delivers a good 25-hours of battery life along with powerful bass and complimenting treble.

The wireless feature supports up to a standard 10 meters of range without any fluctuations. Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is observed to deliver a powerful low-frequency response even at high volume levels.

Also, it is supported by a striking balance of an extended bass that is bound to impress anyone. For instance, the beats of drums are elevated by a profound bass, thus making the sound rich and balanced.

A similar elevation is experienced when playing guitar tunes. Summing up, the headphone gives a much detailed expression of the music played.

Control

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT may not have the best controls in terms of responsiveness but are bound to impress anyone with their functional scheme distribution. The control buttons are distinct and offer ease of operation.

The headphone comes with numerous controls such as power, navigation, call management, playback and volume control situated on the right earcup’s side panel. However, the feedback seems to be poor, and one may get an annoying audio queue during volume controlling.

Breathability

These headphones have a tight fit with a seal around the ears. This feature, although good for noise handling, obstructs an ample amount of airflow. Thus, making these headphones not-so-breathable. Overall, Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT can be an okay choice for casual listening but can become a matter of concern during high-intensity workouts.

Portability

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT aren’t the most portable headphones in the market but can still be your one true companion. The 25-hour long battery life is the reliability one would seek for long journeys.

Also, the headphone is easily collapsible and therefore fits compactly in cases, leaving room for your other essentials. On the downside, these headphones lack ANC features; that is, they fail to cage lower frequency noises such as engine rumblings.

Case

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Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT comes with a soft pouch that shields from mild scratches. However, the case isn’t strong enough to protect against severe physical damages such as those incurred after falling from heights. Besides, the case is not water-proof but does suit the compact design of the headphone.

Stability

These headphones are stable—stable enough to wear while running. However, they still aren’t the best workout fit owing to their bulky over-ear design. Although the pads are tight enough to seal from airflow, they are still vulnerable to fall off when used in rigorous motions. As a relief, the wireless design allows you the much-needed freedom of movement.

Battery

Long-lasting is what would describe Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT’s reliable battery life. The headphone promises 25-hours of battery life and easily delivers 20 hours of continuous play-time. On top of that, the battery does not expense any noticeable heat throughout its use. Therefore, ruling out any possibility of discomfort.

On average, the battery takes slightly over 2 hours to juice-up from zero. Although they don’t have a power-saving feature, the headphone can be used passively even with a dead battery by using an audio cable.

App Support

Previously, Sennheiser devices were complemented with a supporting app called CapTune. However, the company has discontinued this service lately. As an alternative, many Sennheiser devices use Sennheiser Smart Control as their companion app.

But this app isn’t compatible with Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT. However, if you happen to have CapTune ON your phone already, you can take a sigh of relief as the headphone runs well with the previous editions of this application.

Frequency Response Consistency

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT headphones have a sub-par performance in frequency response consistency. These headphones are observed to be prone to consistency issues, particularly in the bass range.

On average, the headphone delivers a variance of 8 dB at 20 Hz across five sample test objects, which is a matter of concern.

Besides, Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is also sensitive to certain types of glasses, in a way that they can damage the seal and cause a drop in the bass of these headphones.

However, these are relatively consistent across the treble range, with a little sensitivity to positioning.

Recording Quality

The recording quality of the integrated mic isn’t appealing. The sounds lack detailing and soundstage. For instance, a Low-Frequency Extension (LFE) of 306 Hz produces a sub-par sound that is relatively thin and feeble.

Besides, a High-Frequency Extension (HFE) touching 3.3kHz disturbs the detailing of the recorded or transmitted sounds and makes them muffle. Adding more to the worry, the correlation between the LFE and HFE is not uniform and therefore leads to an unnatural transmission.

Bluetooth Connectivity

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is Bluetooth compatible and supports Near Field Communication for easy and flawless pairing. However, this headphone does not support multi-device input.

The Bluetooth connection works best up to a range of 10 metres from the source. Besides, the latency which ranges typically between 200 to 220 ms works fine for listening to music.

However, this delay may become a thing of concern when watching videos or playing video games.

Value For Money

These headphones, with their versatility and vibrancy, are the best ones in their price range. Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT costs under £70 and is an absolute value for money deal for anyone seeking a diverse array of features from a headphone.

Pros And Cons

We have seen an overview of the varied features that this value-pack headphone has to offer. But buying headphones is more about comparisons and about weighing the available options.

It is about establishing an agreement with its Pros and Cons. Therefore, without any further ado, let us now meter them in Pros and Cons to see if it’s really worth your buy.

Pros

  • Good sound quality.
  • Fairly comfortable and durable design.
  • Low latency for Bluetooth headphones.
  • Great battery life.
  • Extended bass.
  • Exceptional soundstage for a close-backed headphone.
  • Collapsible head arm.
  • Well-balanced.
  • Easy to operate
  • Value for money.

Cons

  • Lacks proper padding in the headband
  • Ear-cups too small for more-than-average sized ears.
  • Sub-par isolation performance.
  • Bass is prone to inconsistencies across users and is found to be sensitive to glasses.
  • Cable lacks inline remote.
  • Breathability is poor.

Conclusion

Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is arguably the best headphone in its price range. The headphone is designed intricately and produces good quality sound.

On top of that, Sennheiser HD 4.40 BT is decently comfortable with a high-end cushioning and has a low latency for Bluetooth headphones.

Sure, there are some fault lines, (we all have some) for example its sub-par isolation ability and inconsistency in its recording and sound transmission ability.

But these downsides can be bargained with its extended bass, matching treble, and an exceptional soundstage. Overall, they can be the best buy if you’re looking for a multi-purpose budget headphone.

5 Best Headphones Under £50

Buying the ideal pair of headphones has always been a Herculean task that is hated by many across the globe.

They are not too cheap to make a careless choice. But at the same time, they are not expensive enough for users to receive a trial as one does for a piece of furniture or a vehicle.

This zone makes reaching the middle ground between having a quality product and being cost-efficient all the more difficult.

But fret not, for here are five headphones that have satisfied the parameter of being the best for the price given.

In this review, we will look at five well-received headphones in ascending order, cost-wise.

However, all of the products mentioned below are below the £50 budget.

1. Sony MDRZX310L.AE Foldable Headphones – Metallic Blue

These budget-friendly over-the-ear headphones are not just sleek in design and neat-looking on the eyes.

  • These headphones are not going to hurt your head. They are incredibly light in comparison to other headphones in the market. Weighing only 127 grams, they act as a very mobile device.
  • Moreover, these headphones are foldable into a compact shape to enhance the ease of carrying them around when one wants to travel with less baggage.

The lightweight of this product, however, does not imply any kind of deficiency with the physical strength of the headphones. One can use them roughly as travel demands a bit of harshness.

Their compact shape ensures even pressure distribution on it when it is packed in its folded condition.

Audio quality

The product has 30mm ferrite drivers on either side. This gives the user a well-balanced and powerful audio output. This is important in making the overall experience of using the headphones magical.

Moreover, the headphones are well-known to be long-lasting and retain their audio quality over a long time.

Versatility

The design of the product, while well-suited for tours and trips, doesn’t have the sought-after noise cancelling feature.

However, the headphones cancel enough background noises to have the best experience listening to music while in the car. They manage to filter out sounds like traffic and wind while in a vehicle.

For all the bass lovers out there, this is an excellent option to go with to satisfy your cravings. These well-built headphones are known for nailing its game in getting different genres of music, effortlessly.

While having a robust audio output for a plethora of music genres, it is not found to be having too much power for any type of music.

Comfort

One can use the headphones without a break for a long time and feel no discomfort of any sort. This is not just because of the lightweight nature of the product, but also the construct of it.

The headphones have well-built padding that is large enough to cover the ears without pressing too hard on them. The adjustable length of the headband makes it versatile for multiple users.

Cost

This headphone, having all the features as mentioned above, is unbelievably pocket-friendly as well. The low cost of these headphones makes it an attractive deal to students and people who don’t want an extremely industrious headphone and hence aren’t keen on spending too much.

Additionally, it is an ideal product to gift to someone, thanks to its surprisingly low cost without compromising on the quality and features.

Beyond all, the brand name of Sony speaks volumes about the durability, quality and promise the product shows.

2. Betron BN15 Wireless Headphones:

A common struggle people face with headphones is that the wire that connects it to the audio device keeps disturbing them.

This can be from a laptop, mobile phone, or even a TV. This would not be a problem with these extremely comfortable Bluetooth headphones.

  • No more hassle from wires that come in your way while jogging or working. Additionally, these Bluetooth headphones, once connected, have an impressive working range up to 10 meters of distance from the audio device, which is rare.

Versatility

This product is compatible with a wide range of devices like Android smartphones, iPhones, MP3 players and laptops, making it a versatile accessory.

With these headphones; working, working out, casual music sessions, and even long drives are convenient.

With 40mm drivers, the headphones are not for the weak. They can deliver compelling sounds with fantastic quality. The top-notch build of the drivers gives the users a well-rounded experience.

Moreover, they are well-suited for any audio, be it clear vocals, extreme bass, hard rock, or mellow melodies.

Comfort

The comfort of these headphones is not limited to the absence of the annoying wires. Additionally, it also reduces the need to reach the audio device to a great extent.

With its features like volume adjusting buttons and built-in microphones, attending calls and adjusting music volume becomes easier.

Battery Life

Furthermore, these headphones have powerful batteries that last for up to 12 hours with just a single charging. They provide exceptional performance with their quality build and are built to stand against the tests to time.

They can be conveniently charged with a micro-USB cable making the charging process all the more simple.

Even if the battery runs out at an inconvenient time of necessity, the headphones can be used with a standard 3.5mm audio cable. This cable comes along with the packed product during delivery.

These over-the-ear headphones are also very convenient to carry around during travel as they are foldable. Hence, a small travel bag goes a long way in accommodating the headphones.

Additionally, they are incredibly comfortable to wear, with a cushioned headband of adjustable length that is suited and designed for long hours of continuous usage.

Additional Features

Though the device is not designed to have a noise-canceling feature, there seems to be a considerable amount of noise filtering in the headphones. With all these features available at a cost this low, it is a terrific bargain for not just students, but anyone who sets their eyes on this product.

3. Riwbox ZBT-80 Bluetooth Foldable Headset:

When one thinks of comfortable and portable headphones, the image they have in their head is probably very close to these headphones. They are trendy, classy and neat on the eye.

  • With moderate weight, it isn’t painful to wear either. Its 40mm drivers of best quality provide a fantastic experience as it completely encloses the user’s ears, engaging them in an all-round auditory experience.

Audio quality

The audio quality of this headset is suitable for all kinds of audios, ranging from jazz, deep bass, and soothing melodies.

This is a good choice if you need excellent voice clarity during calls and meetings. So, be it crisp voice clips, or an opera-themed music session, this headset has got you covered, quite literally.

Bluetooth

With a powerful Bluetooth connection, the inconvenience of tangled wires getting in your way can be easily removed. With Bluetooth 5.0 technology, this headset sends voice reminders when the battery gets low.

Additionally, once paired with a particular device, the headset automatically senses and connects with them during later uses.

Versatility

These versatile headphones are compatible on a wide range of platforms, making it easy to use.

  • The battery life of these is very impressive as they can go up to 12 hours of impeccable performance with one full charging. For an average user, it could last anywhere from 3 days to a week, which is rewarding for the cost.

Furthermore, it doesn’t affect your plans significantly if the battery happens to die out at the most unfortunate moment. The device runs on a standard 3.5mm audio cable as well, if need be.

Charging the device is extremely easy and straightforward. A micro-USB cable charges the headphones. The grid, a power bank, or even a laptop can power the cable.

Noise isolation

What is unique about these headphones is that they have noise isolating earpads. The earpads have a high elastic protein leather on it to enable the feature. This is a very innovative and cost-efficient alternative to the expensive noise cancellation headphones.

The high protein material gives the earpads a silky texture, and hence, it does not cause discomfort on the ears even when used for a long time.

Conclusion

The Bluetooth facility provides an all-round experience, enhanced by the volume and mute buttons available on the earpads to minimize the utilization of the audio device.

Overall, the headphones are an excellent buy for the price. Besides, it offers so much at such a low cost. This makes the product an attractive purchase for gifting and students.

4. OneOdio Over-Ear DJ Headphones:

Users who love to listen to intense music often and involve themselves considerably with audio mixing and recording do not like to compromise on quality.

  • A DJ, or an audio mixer, who focuses more on intense music listening and recording on quite a regular basis can find these headphones a perfect fit.

Comfort

The users get a well-padded and cushioned headband whose length is adjustable. With a luxurious ear padding, long hours of working with these headphones would be a piece of cake, so to say.

  • The comfort increases with the earcups, which can rotate 90 degrees to fit the ear at the best angle possible. Moreover, the earcups are large enough to encase the entire ear, to give a wholesome experience.

Connection

These DJ style headphones are aptly matched with a classic DJ style cable that is 9.8 feet long. This cable makes the connection to a mixer or a television that is far from the user easy and convenient.

This cable proves to be useful as the user can sit and work comfortably in their comfortable couches while not compromising on their mixing. What makes these headphones unique is how they have two standard plug-ins of 3.5mm and 6.3mm for different needs. This makes them accessible on a wide range of devices.

Sound

With a 500mm durable neodymium pair of drivers, these headphones provide outstanding sound quality. This quality is apt for mixing and creating music.

This is a professional DJ headphone with a well-balanced audio distribution for elevated auditory experiences. With all these features and top-notch quality, these headphones make it an ideal buy for all audiophiles and DJs.

5. OneAudio Active Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones:

Some people always prefer to work privately in their own space, living in their world. For such introverts, disconnecting from the world, they are in is essential to open their creativity to its fullest.

Their talents hit their peak when they are left to themselves with the least disturbance from their surroundings. These people can find their perfect pair of headphones with this product.

Active Noise Cancellation

With the industry-leading active noise cancellation technology, these headphones are fabulous at filtering out every bit of noise from your surroundings.

This gives you the best and most surreal musical experience. Even with noisy kids at home, one can attend important meetings peacefully, provided they need not speak.

Apt-X Low Latency Technology

These amazing earphones are an ideal fit for listening to music.In addition, they are also for movies and gaming as the new apt-X low latency technology results in very little time lag. With a time lag of only up to 40 milliseconds, gaming experiences become way better.

Comfort

The headphones come with an adjustable headband. Moreover, cushions are additionally equipped on these headphones to make the users feel more comfortable. The earpads have a memory-protein cushion that resembles human ear texture. Thus, the user feels more comfortable wearing the product.

In addition, these over-the-ear headphones have a 40mm neodymium driver pair making for exceptional audio quality and a wide range of genres. Be it deep bass, clear vocals, or even mind-soothing melodies; this product is sure to surprise you.

Conclusion

Be it light or heavy music listeners, DJs, or gamers; there is some kind of headphone or the other available under your budget that will satisfy your needs. Finding the right pair of headphones can be tedious.

Nevertheless, with enough research about what each product has to offer, you can find the right pair that is made for you. Hope this piece helps you in giving you an inkling on narrowing down the vast amount of options.

We also hope that this article has given you enough information to get to know your requirements in a pair of headphones.

Happy shopping!

5 Best Budget DJ Headphones for You in 2020

Why DJ Headphones?

DJ headphones have unique features that let it stand out when compared to gaming headphones and Studio headphones.

For one, they need not necessarily have an inbuilt microphone as it would be a redundant feature for a DJ to use.

Secondly, unlike studio and Gaming headphones, DJ headphones boost the base for the ease of mixing and matching different tracks.

Another vital feature is the swivelling mechanism of the earpieces, as many, if not most DJs, prefer to hear their tracks in one year while blocking the other one out to hear what the audience hears.

Features To Look Out For When You Buy a DJ Headphone

Swivel Mechanism

This is an integral mechanism of a DJ headphone as it helps with mixing different music with ease. This is done to make sure that DJing is comfortable as usually one ear is covered, whereas the other isn’t.

Noise Cancellation System

Being in a noisy environment can create confusion, especially for a DJ who needs to concentrate on his mixes. Noise cancellation systems can help solve this issue to a large extent.

Structural Quality

DJ headphones tend to be on the costlier side of the spectrum of headphones. Hence it would be questionable to buy headphones that have amazing features but end up breaking within a month or two.

Audio Enhancements

For a DJ, enhanced bass notes and lighter trebles can go a long way when it comes to mixing two audio tracks. This means usual gaming headphones which do the opposite, or studio earphones which keep the music unaltered can end up having adverse consequences on the user.

High Amplitude Performance

DJs usually use their headphones at max volume, and this might not only damage the DJ’s ears if the quality isn’t great, but can also damage the internal mechanisms of the headphones.

Five Budget Earphones For You

After careful consideration of various options present online, we’ve come up with a comprehensive list of what we think are effective DJ headphones, which don’t make you file for bankruptcy!

Sennheiser HD 25 Light

Features

  • These headphones clear the bare minimum requirements of a good DJ headphone while stripping off any unwanted features, making it one of the most ergonomic options in this list.
  • It weighs about 110g, and the minimalistic design doesn’t alter the decent durability of these headphones.

Performance

The frequency range varies from 30 Hz to 16 kHz, which is serviceable. They however lack some lower frequencies (25-30 Hz) and higher frequencies (16- 25 kHz).

They also have a top-notch noise cancellation system, even for its dimensions and cost. Audio quality could be better, but at these price ranges, the HD 25 light outperforms all of its contemporaries in this field.

Comfort

This is a point of contention for the HD 25 Light, as it is an on-ear setup, which can lead to fatigue after using it for long periods. It also lacks proper cushioning on the headband and can lead to stress around the ear and head.

Moreover, it lacks spiral cable and goes for a conventional linear cable, which can create quite a lot of hassle at times when you have to focus on the music.

Durability

The minimalist design of the headphone adds to the long-term durability of the HD 25 Light. It’s made of strong and durable plastics but doesn’t have anything that stands out about it compared to its contemporaries in the market today.

 Cost

These are cheap compared to other DJ headphones (Except for a few) as it satisfies the bare minimum requirements, while also making sure that these minimal features present in the headphones are one of the best in the market.

 Final Verdict

These headphones are the definition of having whatever is a necessity, while removing all other features, resulting in an ultimately simplistic and ergonomic design which will leave you surprised.

Comfort is never a priority for these headphones, but if you’re willing to overlook that downside, you’ve found your best match.

 Sennheiser HD 25 Plus

 Features

  • The OG headphone which the industry values to this day, the HD 25 Plus is an upgrade to the HD Light.
  • It takes the ergonomic design of the Sennheiser HD 25 Light and cranks the comfort up a notch.
  • The HD 25 Plus has a splayed, padded headband, reducing stress around the head.
  • They still have the on-ear design of the HD 25 Light, which might cause pain around the ears.

Comfort

It takes the ergonomic design of the Sennheiser HD 25 Light and cranks the comfort up a notch, by adding a splayed, padded headband. They still have the inferior on-ear design of the HD 25 Light, but still, it’s an upgrade in the comfort department.

 Durability

These headphones are more durable than the HD 25 Light. They are also more than serviceable for their price range. However, similar to the HD 25 Light, it doesn’t have any specific features to help with its durability and survivability.

 Cost

Costlier than its counterpart and the costliest in this list, it is still cheaper than most headphones in the market. It is definitely worth the investment, thanks to the large array of features that it boasts.

Final Verdict

It is no surprise as to why the music industry values these headphones to such an extent. They have been widely used since the 90s, and have never lost relevance. This is partly thanks to constant updates and changes to the original.

Compared to the HD 25 Plus, this can be seen as the option with better performance. These features however come at a higher relative cost.

If you are willing to pay for more features, then this might be the one for you.

Pioneer DJ HDJ-X5

Features

  • A solid contender in the industry, the Pioneer DJ HDJ-X5 series comes with 40 mm speaker drivers.
  • It comes in 3 colours: – Red, Black, and Blue.
  • These headphones are versatile, being viable in both professional and casual uses.
  • It also comes in a Bluetooth compatible variant the HDJ-X5BT at a higher price to offset this feature.

 Performance

It has a large dynamic frequency range varying from 5Hz to 30 kHz. It comes with an in-built microphone set up.

When compared to the more professional X-10 series, the X-5 falls short in various departments, like sound quality, the distinction between left and right ear sounds, etc.

However, X-5 is much more affordable than the X-10 series, while having a pretty capable and adequate performance for DJing.

 Comfort

The casual design of the X-5 series makes it more comfortable to use outside a professional setting. The over-ear design of these headphones gives it an edge over the standard on-ear option present in the market when it comes to comfort. The synthetic cushioning also helps with ease of use for long durations of time.

 Durability

The headphones are made of light plastics, and are pretty durable to shear and longitudinal stress, and have passed the US Military Standard shock test. However, these headphones aren’t too flexible. This might lead to fractures if the headphones are pulled a bit too far from each other.

Cost

These headphones are comparable in cost to the Sennheiser HD 25 Light, making it one of the cheapest DJ Headphones in the market. On a head-on comparison with the HD 25 light, it offsets the poorer performance by being more comfortable to use and handle.

 Final Verdict

If you want to go for cheaper DJ headphones, but also want the comfort of costlier ones at a slightly poorer performance, these would fit the bill.

The comfort and durability also make it amazing for casual usage, and the portability also helps.

 Behringer HC 200

 Features

  • The HC 200 comes with a standard middle of the line features.
  • It also supports USB connectivity, making it extremely flexible.
  • The low price of HC 200 means that the features it possesses are very limited compared to the others on this list.

 Performance

The performance of the HC 200 is adequate for a DJ, although nothing stands explicitly out when compared to Sennheiser and Pioneer. It lacks richness in lower frequencies, meaning that bass will always lack the “oomph”.

The frequency range is a standard 21 Hz to 18 kHz, and the higher frequency cap is much lesser than what’s available in the market.

The sound quality is pretty good though, and more than adequate for people who are looking for something that isn’t the best in performance, but passable and adequate.

 Comfort

The HC 200 is extremely comfortable to use, with a completely cushioned headband, and over-ear design, with high-quality cushion around the rims. It does have a downside of being much heavier compared to others, especially the Sennheiser, which is half the weight as the HC 200.

Durability

It has a rigid structure that is extremely durable to any form of force and tension. It is similar in structure to the Pioneer DJ HDJ-X5, although much weaker structurally, as the X-5 has undergone rigorous military-grade testing.

The main reason for the structural strength is the rugged way in which it is built, which has a side effect of being much heavier than usual.

Cost

The Behringer HC 200 puts other companies to shame when it comes to their pricing, which is demonstrably cheaper than the other brands mentioned like Sennheiser and Pioneer.

It is so cheap that you can buy multiple of these and still spend less than the others on this list. We can call the HC 200 the “Ford Model T” of headphones, as it mimics the Ford Model T by being average to good in performance, but the cheap production cost makes it one of the most competitive DJ headphone brands in the market.

 Final Verdict

If you want to invest in DJ headphones but don’t want to spend too much, then the HC 200 for you.

It’s not the best in terms of features and performance, but it might be the most cost-efficient option out there.

OneOdio Studio Pro-10

Features

  • It boasts excellent versatility when it comes to cable choice, with both a ¼” and 1/8″ cable available for attachment.
  • This headphone is also similar to the HC 200, lacking in specific features but specialising on a cheaper budget

 Performance

The Studio Pro-10 has a dynamic frequency range of 20Hz-20kHz. It has Neodymium drivers, which provide a better bass response and overall stellar sound quality, albeit inferior to those that cost twice as much.

The closed-back structure helps in drowning external sounds, and the noise cancellation system isn’t anything special but is more than adequate for professional use.

Comfort

The Studio Pro-10 is quite comfortable for its price range, with padded ear cushions. This feature makes sure you don’t face fatigue around your ears and head. It’s also pretty light for its durability, leading to overall less stress.

Durability

It’s built with rugged practicality in mind, and cannot break so easily. To add on, it has a leatherette layer over the ear cushions. This makes it more resistant to moisture and sweat, thereby increasing the lifespan of the headphones.

Cost

This is another pair of headphones that keep the cost as its primary factor, similar to the HC 200. For the price, it provides decent performance, while also being durable in the long run. The cost comparison does vary across regions, but overall, in the UK, it comes out to be pretty cheap.

Final Verdict

This is another example of a fantastic pair of DJ headphones that are also easily affordable by ordinary users.

It is a slightly costlier, but more comfortable version of the HC 200. If you feel like the trade is a valid one, then this choice is for you.

Conclusion

In the end, the headphone that you want depends on your tastes, requirements, specifications and budget. All the headphones mentioned above have their quirks, specialities, and performance levels.

If you are looking to save money, then going for OneOdio or Behringer would be preferred. For top-notch audio quality while trading off comfort, going for the Sennheiser HD Light would be the best option.

If you value durability and want comfortable headphones, at the cost of slightly poorer performance, going for the Pioneer would be your best bet.

How To Make Headphones Louder?

Most of us have had problems with our earphones or headphones not providing the volume level we want. Although it is not a critical issue, it is an irritant and tends to dampen our mood.

This is especially the case when we want to drown out external noise, but cannot, because of the limited loudness of our gadget.

Before we jump into the article, we have to understand that it is NOT possible to make your headphones louder. It can only play music as loud as it is designed for.

However, settings on our phones or hardware limitations often result in the gadget underperforming. In this article, we’ll see how to make the best of our headphones and get the maximum loudness out of them.

Some of these points are basics, but they go a long way in getting the most out of your earphones or headphones.

Get The Best Out Of Your Headphone

Maintain Them Well

The heading is numbered “0” because that’s how basic it is. If you keep your headphones (or any other gadget) in good condition, they will perform well and last long.

On the other hand, if you’re careless and leave them about, your earphones will collect dirt and grit.

Obviously, this will affect the sound quality. The delivered volume will remain the same but the sound you hear will be less because of all the accumulated dirt.

1 – Check The Volume Settings On Your Phone

Sometimes, the fix could be a very simple one. In your phone settings, increase the cap on maximum volume. This will ensure that the headphones deliver sound as loudly as they can, without a limitation placed by the driver.

2 – Enable Developer Options

Another thing that you could do is to enable developer options.

Go to your phone settings > About Phone >And then click on the build number and become a developer.

This way, if your earphones or headphones have separate volume controls, they won’t be synced with the volume controls on your device.

You could set one at maximum, and regulate the volume with the other.

3 – Software To Boost The Volume

There are software available for Android and iOS to enhance the loudness delivered by your earphones. These can bypass the sound limitations set by your phone.

Set the loudness to your preferred level, and the other settings will be adjusted automatically by the app.

On your PC, you can use software like Letosoft and Equaliser APO to enhance the loudness of the audio.

Both of them come with videos online to guide you about the installation process, and they are used widely.

On your phones, all you need to do is scour the play store for apps that amplify sound.

A number of cult favorites are available both on the Google and Apple play stores. Some of the favorite apps used by Android users include Ultimate Volume Booster, Volume Booster Pro and Volume Control.

Their counterparts in the Apple play store are Volume Boost, SonicMax Pro and Equalizer.

4 – Resort To Better Hardware

Sometimes, for the beefier headphones with an impedance of 300 ohms or so, your device fails to provide the necessary power output.

In addition, the amplifier present in your device may not do justice to the sound quality that is meant to be delivered by your headphones.

In such a scenario, there are two things you could do. You could use an external amplifier, connect it to your phone, and connect your headphones to the amplifier instead.

Considering that the spatial restriction present in your phone is not there in the amplifier (the entire space of the amplifier is just used for volume boost, but your phone has to house so much more in a lesser space), the loudness of your earphones will be much better.

However, connecting an amplifier directly to your phone will only amplify the digital signal of the phone, and there is still the limitation of the maximum sound your headphones can process.

Thus, the other option available is that of using a combination of DAC (digital to analog converter) and an amplifier. You could connect a DAC to your phone and then connect an amplifier next to which you can connect your headphones.

This will amplify the analog signal instead, and give you better quality sound.

Another thing to note here is that no external set up like this will help your Bluetooth headphones.

All you can do is go for APPX configured headphones, and that should give you good quality audio.

Wise Purchase Decisions

Technology is advancing rapidly, and as a result, gadgets are getting smarter. Research thoroughly and be informed before buying your headphones.

Making a wise purchase decision saves a lot of trouble afterward!

1 – Buy In-Ear Pods Or Over-The-Ear Headphones

Compared to the earbuds that were prevalent in the past and are in the present, the earphones that go in the ear deliver better quality audio.

Furthermore, the silica gel ear cap sits snugly at the entrance of your ear canal, muffling external sound to an extent.

These earphones, even in minimal volume settings, can give you satisfactory experience since they drown out external noise.

The beefier headphones that sit over your ears and completely cup them, taking noise cancellation up a notch.

With bigger and better amplifiers, these gadgets make sure that you get the best of both worlds by drowning out external noise completely, at the same time delivering high quality, loud audio.

2 – Check Specifications While Buying New Earphones/Headphones

Any headphone or earphone requires power from the driving device, like your phone or iPod. So, it is advisable to buy a pair that does not draw a lot of power.

If their specified impedance is less than 32 ohms, you’re good to go! This is because your average device will supply enough power for these to be loud.

You need a sensitivity of more than 95 decibels if you want to appreciate loud music.

However, in compliance with the recent noise regulations for headphones, the loudness may have been brought down. This could be the reason why the latest earphones or headphones you bought is less loud than the last one you had.

Nevertheless, you can bypass this through one of the ways mentioned above. Albeit, it does carry associated risks, and you should be confident about the hardware of the headphones.

In a nutshell, research and buy the right headphones, maintain them well and use any of the steps mentioned above to get the best out of your headphones and enjoy audio at its best.

Why Do DJs Use Headphones?

Headphones, a cool gadget, is usually used as a device for listening to the audio output from PCs, laptops, mobile phones, and mp3 players.

They can be plugged into the slots available for them in these electronic devices and can be used to enjoy the sound (music) without any interference.

Loudspeakers amplify audio signals to an assembly of people in an arena.

Headphones can also be considered as a personal loudspeaker that helps listen to high-quality audio signals without any distortion or disturbance.

They can be easily worn over your head and provide much-needed privacy and personal experience.

Headphones are indeed a fashion accessory!

If music is an essential part of your life and if you had been to live concerts, music fests, live EDM fests in the clubs and raves, then seeing a DJ (Disc Jockey) with headphones over his head is not unusual.

A DJ is like an innovator who mixes different recorded soundtracks and brings out a new sound that gives you an amazing music experience.

The tempo and beat of totally different soundtracks are mixed with so much elegance and beauty.

DJs, in a sense, are creators and innovators because they offer a totally new experience!

Why do DJs use headphones? What advantages do they gain from it? In essence, what makes headphones special?

You will find answers to all these questions here.

Why DJs Use Headphones?

For Better Focus

DJs don’t just play out tracks. They mix and match and often create new sounds that are to their liking. They are also performers who judge the pulse of the crowd and play accordingly.

But a group means noise and distraction. Headphones play a crucial role here. They help in eliminating the external noise and helps the DJ to focus on mixing music and creating a lively experience.

Since DJs are exposed to high volume loudspeakers as well as noise from spectators, headphones give them the much-needed space and help him focus on the task at hand.

It helps him focus on the next soundtrack and create high quality, rocking music. DJs need to have better quality headphones as it will lead to the elimination of distortion and they hugely invest in this aspect.

For A Professional Look

Headphones also fashion accessories and they help the DJ look more professional. Even though headphones are not mandatory for playing out music, they give DJ a very professional look.

Veteran DJs can go about their work without much fuss and can do a great job with mixing soundtracks.

However, for an amateur, headphones help him/her while recording and mixing. But here is the most crucial aspect. It gives the audience the impression that the DJ knows his job very well!

In other words, project a sense of professionalism and gain approval from the spectators. It also serves as a dress code like the formals we wear to the office!

Each DJ prefers a brand and type of headphones that he likes, and they are kind of a professional signature for them.

For Cueing

Cueing is getting the soundtrack ready for playing next in an audio or video equipment. It is the most critical aspect of DJing.

The important job of a DJ is to mix and record different soundtracks to give an intuitive experience to his audience. This can’t be done without listening to music.

The headphones over the DJs’ head help him/her do this job. In order to mix various soundtracks while a recent track is being played, without any distortion to the music that is being currently played, DJs depend on headphones.

It gives him/her time to record and mix the new soundtrack to be played next or wait for the right moment to mix the soundtrack that is playing in his headphones without the knowledge of his audience.

When the beat and rhythm of the track that is being played matches with the one that is being played over the headphones, then the DJ cues that track with the current track and gets the sound track ready.

Since a DJ can’t really remember every single soundtrack, headphones also help him listen to different soundtracks, and he can choose any number of soundtracks that seem to sync well with the pulse of his audience.

The music should transition smoothly from one track to another. Headphones help with this crucial task by assisting the DJ to select those tracks that can be played in a flow.

For Better Turntable Experience

Turntables are DJ equipment that helps him/her to produce wild and carefree music. Digital turntables serve as an essential tool for mixing and recording soundtracks for parties and clubs.

Turntables help the DJ to create new mashups and remixes with electronically simulated sounds that are introduced into the pre-recorded soundtracks to make music more fun.

DJ’s scratch, a well known electronically reproduced sound can be quickly produced with the help of turntables.

Hip hop music paved the way for developing Digital turntables, and all its wild experience is attributed to Hip hop culture.

Digital turntables record the music and allow the DJ to manipulate it.

So, it is essential to use headphones as it is impossible to mix and record soundtracks as one cannot automatically match the beat and the tempo of the previously recorded music in the turntable.

Any change in the pre-recorded soundtrack can be brought about only by consistently listening to different music tracks and finding out a way to mix those soundtracks with the existing track seamlessly.

Headphones help the DJ to listen to music while also playing for his audience.

For this purpose, headphones are essential to turntablists as it will help in engaging the audience with high quality, fun, and amazing electronic music once the changes are brought about in the previously recorded soundtracks.

Conclusion:

Even though the headphones are considered to be a fashion statement, we know that they are more than that. Notably, in the case of music parties, DJs find headphones almost inevitable.

It provides a sense of space. It gives the DJs some isolation to choose his soundtrack without meddling with the experience and merriment of his audience.

DJs ensure the music that we dance to is perfectly synchronized. Although it’s a routine job for the DJs, they cannot do it well without the help of these headphones.

 

 

 

 

 

How To Fix Earphones When One Side Is Quieter?

Advancements in the technological sector in recent decades have led to the simplification of many devices that were once considered a luxury.

Laptops and smartphones have become cheaper. Besides, newer devices like virtual assistants and smart appliances have become more accessible.

Similarly, portable audio has come a long way too. There are cheaper, and better-sounding headphones on the market and most of them use neodymium drivers.

Neodymium drivers provide excellent audio clarity and bass in a much smaller size package. This helps keep the size of your headphones pocketable while ensuring excellent sound quality.

Over time, daily wear and tear might lead to some issues with your headphones. The most common problem that users face with modern-day earphones is inconsistent volume levels between earpieces.

For example, one earpiece working well and the other a lot quieter. This issue can arise due to many reasons, and we will take a brief look at each one of them in this detailed guide.

Each step will offer solutions to different issues that might be causing inconsistent volume in one of your earpieces.

This way, you will easily be able to identify the cause of your problem, which in turn will make it much easier for you to solve the issue. Let’s get started.

1 – File/Format Issue

One of the main reasons for inconsistent volume in individual earpieces is due to the file/audio source. Whenever a song or a recording is made, it is packed and compressed into audio signals.

These signals are then transcoded to save space on your device.

During this process, if the technician has forgotten to set the optimum gain level or volume level, then there could be an issue with the final volume of the audio file.

Furthermore, there are many types of audio formats currently floating around on the internet.

If you have converted your audio file from one format to the other, then there is a high chance that the conversion process did not go well.

Solution

If you have converted the audio file yourself from a different source, then you should try carrying out the process again.

This time you should opt for a different format, and if your software allows it, then you should try increasing the gain levels.

If you are still facing volume issues, then you could try using an audio mixing software.

Although this will introduce a lot of noise and static, you will be able to increase the volume of your audio file considerably.

This is great for voice recordings where you need to transcribe the audio.

2 – Ear Wax Issue

Ear Wax is another common issue for inconsistent volume in one of the earpieces on your headphones.

Over time, earwax gets built up on the small speaker grill of your earpiece, which is difficult to remove using regular cleaning.

This can cause the volume to block out, resulting in a much lower and muffled audio feedback.

Solution

Mix some isopropyl alcohol in water and clean the grill of your earpiece using a cloth dipped in the same solution. You can also use an earbud to clean the speaker grill of your earphones.

This will help you get all the residual wax off of your earphones which will increase in volume.

3 – Bluetooth Connectivity Issue

This issue occurs in Bluetooth headsets that use two separate earpieces. Having two different earpieces means each one with its own wireless connectivity module, which doubles the risk of pairing issues.

It could very well be that one of your earpieces is failing to connect to your source as desired wirelessly.

Solution

 

Bluetooth connectivity issues are mainly caused due to hardware failures which leave very little room for self-troubleshooting.

But you can start by checking the web for a software update. The inconsistent volume could be a software bug that your manufacturer might have fixed with a newer software update.

Additionally, you can also reset your earphones to their default factory settings to fix your issue.

4 – Issue with 3.5 mm Jack

The 3.5 mm jack on most devices does not feature a dust cover. This often causes dust and debris to get into the slot which can interfere with your audio.

You can identify dust in your 3.5mm jack if you experience static and noise regularly.

Additionally, if you use a smartphone to play your sound, there is a high chance that there might be some lint stuck in the headphone jack.

Solution

We do not advise cleaning the audio jack by yourself as it could easily damage the internal hardware. This could significantly hike your repair costs.

People who are willing to take the risk should start by taking a good look inside using a flashlight. If there is no visible debris in your headphone jack, then it is probably not the cause of your problem.

But if you spot lint or dust inside, you should carefully take it out using a thin cotton swab. This should fix your inconsistent volume issue.

5 – EQ Issue

EQ or equalizer is a more detailed way of having control over your audio output. It uses various filters and sound effects that give you control over the multiple frequencies of your audio.

This allows you to increase treble and bass according to your liking, creating a more personalized audio experience.

If none of the above-stated solutions has worked for you, then there is a high chance that the EQ settings of your device could be wrong.

Wrong EQ settings will often result in muffled audio with missing sounds.

Several modern-day EQ software even allows for audio panning and surround sound, which could be another reason for inconsistent volume in your headphones.

Solution

Start by heading to the settings page of your device and finding the headphone options.

If you use a proprietary app like Spotify or Soundcloud, then you will find that they have their own built-in EQ which can be found in the settings.

Once located, make sure that surround sound and other such features are turned off.

Additionally, make sure the crossfader between the right and left audio balance lies strictly in the middle.

Lastly, switch your EQ settings to ‘Flat’ which is the default setting every EQ uses.

If your audio was being affected by your devices equalizer, then it should have been fixed by now.

The above-stated issues and solutions are some of the most common reasons why headphones produce inconsistent volumes in their earpieces.

If you are unable to fix your headphones despite trying every solution, then there’s a high chance that your headphones might have a hardware defect.

It is a good idea to visit your service center for a detailed diagnosis of the issue at hand. This will save you time and costs if a problem is detected early.

What did you think of our guide? Did we miss out on any potential solution? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Connect Wireless JVC Headphones?

JVC is a Japanese manufacturer that is best known for introducing televisions to the Japanese audience as well as for developing the first VHS or Video Home System.

Over the years, the company has gone through some major changes, which include turnovers, mergers, and transfers. But they have managed to keep their spirit alive, and most of their devices are built with the same principles of durability and reliability in mind.

The company has branched out into multiple electronic products over the past few years, which include the likes of gaming accessories, mobile accessories and even computer peripherals.

But one area where JVC is starting to make a name for itself is its attractive and affordable lineup of premium headphones that offer superior sound quality in a premium package.

The company has a wide variety of wireless portable audio peripherals that use high-quality construction materials and next-generation, audio drivers.

There is a wide variety of Bluetooth headphones produced by JVC, and we will take a brief look at each one of them.

This will help you identify and find your type of headphones after which you can follow the corresponding steps for connecting it to your smart device.

1 – Wireless Earbuds

Since the release of Airpods by Apple, many manufacturers have ventured into the field of wireless earbuds, and JVC is not far behind.

The company recently launched its own lineup of wireless earbuds that feature a futuristic design and a compact carrying case.

It has stood out features like exceptional battery life, color choices and even an onboard LED display in the charging case.

If you have one of these JVC earbuds that come in their own charging case and feature their original design, then you should follow these steps to connect them to your choice of smart device.

Steps To Connect JVC Wireless EarbudsTo A Smartphone (Android)

1- Ensure that your earbuds are fully charged

2- Go to Settings on your phone

3- Open Bluetooth

4- Turn on Bluetooth

5- Now open your earbuds charging case

6- Press and hold the pairing button until you see the light blinking

7- Go to your phone and refresh to search for new devices

8- Once refreshed, your headphones will be visible in the connecting menu

9- Tap on the device name to connect your device

10- Once connected, the charging case will stop blinking

Steps To Connect JVC Wireless Earbuds To A Smartphone (iOS)

1- Ensure that you are running the latest version of iOS

2- Go to Settings

3- Tap on Bluetooth and turn it on

4- Open the charging case of your earbuds

5- Hold the pairing button for 3 seconds

6- When the light starts blinking refresh the Bluetooth list on your iPhone

7- Once refreshed your earbuds will be visible in the list

8- Tap on the earbuds to connect

9- Confirm the connection once the pairing light stops blinking

2 – Wireless Over/On-Ear Headphones

JVC has a premium lineup of on-ear & over-ear headphones as well. These units feature large drivers and proprietary features that are targeted at the music enthusiasts market.

Most of these headphones feature premium construction materials, metal frames, and plush ear cups.

This ensures not only excellent comfort over long periods of usage but also provides exceptional durability to the overall structure of your headphones.

These offerings by JVC also come with features like active noise cancellation, voice assistant integration, magnetic fasteners and a lot more.

If you have one of these headphones, then you should follow these steps to connect them to your smartphone.

Steps To Connect JVC Wireless EarbudsTo A Smartphone (Android)

1- Ensure that your headphones are fully charged

2- Locate the pairing button (usually on the left earcup)

Note: If your model does not have a dedicated pairing button, it is most likely the ‘Mode’ or ‘BT’ button.

3- Once you have located the button, press and hold it until the light on your headphones starts blinking

4- Now go to your device and open Settings

5- Tap on Bluetooth and turn it on

6- You will now see a list of nearby devices which should show your JVC headphones too

7- Tap on your headphones to connect them to your Android smartphone

Steps To Connect JVC Wireless Earbuds To A Smartphone (iOS)

1- Follow steps 1 & 2 from the previous instructions to locate your pairing button

2- Now pull up the Control Center on your iPhone & turn on the Bluetooth

Note: This will turn off Airdrop &Handsoff functionality until you manually turn them back on

3- Go to Settings and tap on Bluetooth

4- Your headphone will now be visible in the list of nearby devices

5- Tap on your headphones to connect them to your smartphone

6- The devices will be connected once the light on your headphones stops blinking

Note: Depending on your model, you could also hear voice feedback from the headphone once it has established a Bluetooth connection

3- Sports Earbuds (Neck Band/Strap Design)

 

Lastly, JVC also produces Sports Wireless Earbuds that usually feature a neckband design which prevents them from falling off.

Most of these models feature a waterproof and sweatproof design that has been specifically designed with physical activity in mind.

These headphones feature an in-ear design and usually come with ear hooks for extra grip.

This ensures that the earbuds stay fit in your ears securely whether you are cycling, running, swimming or jogging.

If you have such a pair of JVC headphones, then follow the following steps to connect them to your smartphone.

Steps To Connect JVC Wireless EarbudsTo A Smartphone (Android)

1- Most of these units come with a single multi-function button. Hold that button for 3 seconds

2- Once the light on your headphones starts blinking it means it has gone into the Bluetooth menu

3- Now hold the same button for another 7 seconds until you see a completely blue light blinking

4- Your headphones are now in pairing mode

5- Go to your smartphone and open Settings

6- Tap on Bluetooth and turn on Bluetooth

7- Once your headphones show up in the Nearby Devices list, tap on them to connect

8- Once connected, the light on your headphones will stop blinking and show a blue color

Steps To Connect JVC Wireless Earbuds To A Smartphone (iOS)

1- Follow steps 1 to 4 to enter pairing mode on your headphones

2- Go to Settings on your iPhone

3- Tap on Bluetooth and turn it on

4- Wait for your headphones to show up in the nearby devices list

5- Tap on them to connect

6- Confirm connection when the blinking light on your headphones stops

The above guide should help you connect most wireless JVC headphones currently available on the market.

What did you think about our guide? Did we miss out on something? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

How To Pair Sony Bluetooth Headphones?

The Japanese technology giants, Sony, is considered as one of the best Bluetooth headphones producers in the world. Sony’s EXTRA BASS (XB series) headphones are leading sellers in the market.

The profound and powerful sound effects of Sony headphones make it a favorite for listening to Hip-hop, Rap, Rock, Disco, and Death Metal genres of music.

Besides, compared to its expensive rivals, Sony provides high-quality wireless headphones at a significantly lower price.

The most important advantage of using Sony’s Bluetooth headphones is its ease of pairing/connecting with the source electronic device.

It takes only a couple of minutes, even for a person with no knowledge of electronic gadgets, to understand how to use these headphones. This article discusses the step-by-step approach to connect your Sony Bluetooth headphones to various source devices in an instant.

Android Mobile Phones

Let us start with Android mobile phones because they are the most widely used electronic devices around the world.

Although many mobile phone manufacturers modify the original Android OS according to their preferences, all of them work on the same basis.

Thus, connecting a Bluetooth headphone to an Android phone should be similar, regardless of who the manufacturer is.

Here are the steps that you should follow to pair your Android device and Sony Bluetooth headphones-

Step 1

The first step is to switch on the Bluetooth on your phone. This can be done by pulling the “drop-down menu” of your phone and tapping on the “Bluetooth” icon.

Your phone’s Bluetooth will be turned on and start searching for any nearby Bluetooth devices.

Step 2

Turn on the headphones and enable the “Pairing Mode.” Power on the headphone by just hold on the “Power Button” for 2 to 3 seconds.

Once you can see the flashing LED light, it means that the headphone is turned on.

Now, to enable the pairing mode, hold the “Power Button” for another 7 to 8 seconds until you see a static “Blue Light” being turned on.

The “Pairing Mode” enables the headphone to be discovered by the phone.

Step 3

Now, go to the phone and tap on “Scan” to search for nearby Bluetooth devices. Once your phone discovers the headphone, tap on it to pair the devices.

You have paired your Sony Bluetooth headphones and your Android mobile phone successfully!

iPhone

Most people complain that it is difficult to pair a headphone and iPhone via Bluetooth.

Do not have to worry! Just follow the below steps to get the job done without breaking a sweat.

Step 1

On your phone, go to the “Settings” and then tap on “Bluetooth.

Now to power on the Bluetooth, toggle the button beside “Bluetooth,” towards the right. Now your iPhone is ready to be paired with any nearby Bluetooth device.

Step 2

On your Sony headphones, find the “Power Button.

Then, to enable the pairing mode in the headphone, long-press the “Power Button” until you see flashing LED lights.

This indicates that the headphone is turned on, and the “Bluetooth Connectivity” is enabled.

Step 3

Go back to your iPhone and check if your phone has discovered the headphones.

Simply tap over the name of the headphone to get both the devices paired.

The procedure is very simple and similar to Android mobile phones.

Windows 10 PCs

Connecting Bluetooth headphones with a Windows 10 laptop does not require any add-ons, because every laptop has inbuilt Bluetooth devices.

This may not be true for every desktop.

If your computer does not have an inbuilt Bluetooth device, it is recommended to buy an external Bluetooth dongle and plugging it to one of the USB ports.

Once done, follow the steps below-

Step 1

Open the “Bluetooth and other devices settings.” This can be done by typing the same on “Windows Search Bar.

Step 2

Turn on the “Bluetooth” and click over “Add Bluetooth or other devices.”

Step 3

Next, you have to select the kind of device that should be added. Obviously, it is a Bluetooth device.

So, click on “Bluetooth.” This will make your PC to search for available Bluetooth devices in the vicinity.

Step 4

Turn on your Sony headphones and enable pairing mode. This will make the headphone visible to the PC.

Eventually, you can click over the name of the headphone on your PC to connect them both.

Thus, your headphone and PC are connected for unlimited entertainment, if the headphone has unlimited battery capacity.

Linux

Pairing a computer-based on Linux OS and a Bluetooth headphone is considered the most tedious and cumbersome job.

Known for its unbreakable security, Linux is also known for its not very user-friendly interface.

However, you are in the right place and the right time!.

This article will help you pair your Sony Bluetooth headphones with your PC with Linux OS very quickly!

Step 1

Ensure that your PC has a Bluetooth dongle. If not buy one and plug it in. Confirm its working condition by looking for the “Bluetooth” icon in the system panel or system tray.

Step 2

Click on the “Bluetooth” icon to open the “Bluetooth settings” and turn it on.

Step 3

Make sure your Sony headphone is turned on and its “Bluetooth connectivity” is enabled by following the user guide provided along with the headphones.

Step 4

In your PC, identify the headphone device and connect to it.

Step 5

Then, open the “Audio Settings” to check if the headphone is listed there.

Else, you need to restart the computer and follow the abovementioned steps again.

Step 6

Once the headphone is available in the “Audio Settings,” play music or video to ensure the connectivity between the PC and the headphone.

However, the job is not yet done. If you observe keenly, the audio will be playing in your default speakers too.

What to do now? How to make the audio play only in the headphones?

Step 7

Go to “System Settings” and click on “Multimedia.

Then, click on “Audio and video” and go to “Device Preference.

Finally, click on “Audio Playback.

Find your listed headphone device and move it above the built-in audio device.

You have made the headphone as the default audio device. Now, the audio will only play in the Sony headphones.

The process may be lengthy but not very difficult!

Bluetooth headphones are the in-thing and have none of the troubles with handling messy wired headphones.

Learn how to connect your brand new Sony headphones to your source device via Bluetooth, and enhance your style and level of entertainment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Get Rid Of Static Noise In Headphones?

Headphones are widely used nowadays. They offer quality sound and help us listen to music or any other audio without disturbance and distraction from external sources.

On the other hand, people around us also don’t feel disturbed, so they are ideal in office and other crowded settings.

However, like any other gadget, your headphones might also end up troubling you with static noise and other issues after long-time use.

This may distract you from your work and annoy you. In this article, we will have a look at how to get rid of static noises in your headphones.

This problem can be solved with a few checks and steps that will make your headphones fully functional again, and you’ll be good to use them in no time.

All of these steps are easy to follow and implement.

Basic Tips

1 – Checking the Wires

Often, there is corrosion in wires due to which static is heard. So check your wires on your PC or laptop and tighten them immediately.

You can also unplug the headphones, blow on it to remove any kinds of dust particles and then plug it back in. I do this sometimes, and it seems to work for me well.

2- Substituting Jack

Some PC’ s/Laptops have two audio jacks that you can use. For a temporary solution, switch from the one you’re already using to the other audio jack to reduce the static noise.

If the static still occurs, then my advice would be to go to the electronic retail store to get it checked up

3 – Upgrade your headphones

Periodically update your headphones. This is recommended by most techies. Upgrading your headphones is a good way to avoid the static and will help you listen to old recordings in clean audio as well.

Upgraded headphones will not only help you listen better but will work for a longer time too. Headphones continue to come out with more advanced features that you will surely like an upgrade!

4 – Clean your audio jacks

Before you decide to go to an electronics shop, try cleaning the audio jacks with Isopropyl alcohol. Sometimes this works like magic and gets rid of the static in your headphones.

Repeat the cleaning process until the swab appears clean. However, ensure that you shut off your PC/Laptop and pull out the cables before you begin the cleaning procedure.

5 – Swap Speakers

Sometimes, you might plug into a speaker to listen to music or other audio.

These speakers have built-in headphone jacks so if you have static in the speakers; then you will have it in your headphones too, so it’s recommended that you switch or plug directly into your main source.

The static could also be due to hardware interference. If there are mobile phones, printers or other devices stationed near the speakers, they could produce static.

Please move them away from your speakers so the static stops, which in turn will eliminate static from your headphones.

Advanced Tips

1 – Solder the Input Jack Tips (PC)

There is a rather simplified method that you can implement if you want to get rid of static in headphones yourself.

Step 1 – Remove all cables from your PC/Laptop.

Step 2 Remove side panel case (suggested for desktop).

Step 3 – Locate the input jack.

Step 4 – Solder the tip.

Step 5 – Twist it until it becomes a tiny bead-like ball at the edge.

Step 6 – Repeat the procedure on the other end (make sure the beads are not too close to each other).

Step 7 – Solder-it properly, and you’re done! You get a non-static headphone.

2 – Check the sound card

Make sure that your sound card is in the port. Clean up the accumulated dust around the card and if that doesn’t work either, try changing or installing a new sound card as sometimes a cheap sound card may make your headphones create static.

Note – Also check if your sound card has an update or not. If it does, then updating it might resolve the issue.

Below are the steps to modify the sound card in the PC to get rid of the static noise.

Step 1 – Shut down the PC and remove the power cords.

Step 2 – Remove the screws of the soundcard frame.

Step 3 – Open the motherboard slot and push the card gently.

Step 4 – Recheck if it’s firmly fit.

Step 5 – Close the PC case.

Step 6 – Attach the cables and accessories.

This is a hit-or-miss step. Sometimes it works, other times it just won’t!

3 – Controlling the sound buttons

Ensure that the speaker icon on the Taskbar isn’t on mute. If it is, then change to unmute status. However, if this doesn’t work as well, then read below for the next step.

4 – Modify Audio Settings

Another solution you can try is correcting the playback settings; which if it’s done right may help reduce or even get rid of the static.

Step 1 – Locate the speaker icon on the Taskbar and right-click it

Step 2 – From the list of options, choose PLayback Devices

Step 3 – This will show the Sound Settings dialog box

Step 4 – Locate your headphones in the list of devices and open its properties

Step 5 – Locate its Levels Adjustment settings

Step 6 – Move the slider for that particular setting to Zero

Step 7 – Click Apply.

Step 8 – Next, locate and click on the Enhancements settings

Step 9 – Enable the Disable All Sound Effects checkbox

Step 10 – Click OK repeatedly to exit from all the open dialog boxes.

5 – Windows Trouble-Shooter

If you’re using a Windows 10, just use the troubleshooter to check and fix the static sound.

Step 1 – Go to the control panel and click Troubleshooting.

Step 2 – Click on Hardware and Sound.

Step 3 – Choose the right options for the next page.

Step 4 – Follow on-screen instructions and let the troubleshooter detect your problem.

6 – Update the drivers

An uninstalled or corrupted driver may lead to the static or humming sound in your headphones.

However, this problem is difficult to find, and you may need to update all the drivers for your headphones to function properly. There a couple of ways of doing this.

You can opt to check websites like Microsoft Support or look for third-party support from websites like www.drivereasy.com. Either way, an updated driver will solve the issue mostly.

Conclusion

These are some ways you can get rid of the static noise in headphones. Some of them might work like magic, while others may just be a temporary solution until you upgrade to a new pair of headphones. Do let us know what you think of our guide in the comments section below.