Tech Tuesday: Headphones

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by SHANNON POWELL HART

WFAA

Posted on November 12, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 15 at 12:56 PM

With the creation of the iPod, MP3 players and now smartphones, headphones have become a necessity.

There are two styles of Headphones: Over the ear and on-ear.

Which ones work best for you depend on what your using them for and how clearly you want to hear your music, audio books or movies. There are a number of headphones hitting the market and these are just a few we chose to feature this week.

Bose — This name is known for great sound. The QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are one of the company's top of the line. Time and time again, the over-the-ear headphones have been named the quietest headphones.
Bose touts 30 years of research in noise reduction technology. I’ve been using them at home and work and they’re effective. The QuietComfort 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling headphones are great for jazz and classical music where instrument sound is key. Crying baby on a plane trip this holiday? These are the right ones. The headphones are powered by AAA battery. When attached to your smartphone, the user can answer calls through the headphones. ($299.95 at bose.com)

Beats by Dr. Dre.(wireless) — These are named after producer and rapper Dr. Dre. The headphones give the great sound quality that is needed in the studio. Now, that quality is available for the rest of us. Several guys on the Good Morning Texas crew love the headphones provide by AT&T. Once cords were needed, now wireless headphones are available using Bluetooth technology. Charge them for 10 hours of sound. Plus you can rewind, fast forward or stop without worrying you might pull them out of your music player because the controls are located on the headphones. ($279.95 on beatsbydre.com)

Beats Solo HD — These on-ear headphones sound as good as they look. There are nine different colors. They provide clear sound while delivering the deep base of the signature Beats by Dre products. The cord, cups and headband come in one fashionable and matching color. The headphones are durable, compact and fold easily into a container provided in the box. It’s also easy to use these headphones to answer calls when attached to your smartphone. ($199.95 on beatsbydre.com)

Boomphones — Users can get duo action out of these headphones, which also can be used as a boombox. These are the first headphones with external speakers. With the flip of a little button, users can share the sounds of music with others. There is a slight difference in audio quality when the internal and external speakers are in use, but nothing too dramatic. At one time, the headphones came only in black and white. Now, they come in colors that include pink, blue, green and red. They have good sound quality and are capable of receiving calls with a smartphone. ($149.99 on boomphones.com)

 

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