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What Are Planar Magnetic Headphones & How Do They Work?

What Are Planar Magnetic Headphones & How Do They Work?

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If you have a pair of full-size headphones, the chances are quite big that they have standard dynamic drivers as this is the traditional and very popular technology that has been used for ages now. One of the reasons these headphones are so popular is that they are easy and inexpensive to make. Inside their cups, you can find a voice coil with a cone-shaped diaphragm and a magnet behind them. We can’t say these aren’t great but their main problem is inconsistent sound production across different frequencies, which makes the sound they deliver not completely accurate. Also, being cheaply made, the parts inside the cups are glued together and the glue wears off over time and the headphones begin to fall apart. Along with the hardware, the sound also gets worse. On the bright side,
What Is the Difference Between Headsets, Headphones & Earphones?

What Is the Difference Between Headsets, Headphones & Earphones?

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Global audio device market has been booming lately and it currently offers so many products that any ordinary customer can easily get confused when buying a new one. Headphones are one of the audio devices that most of us can't live without anymore and their market is constantly getting bigger. Manufacturers are constantly competing and introducing new models in all shapes and colors and, as a result, it gets really difficult for their customers to decide which model to buy. We bet you have noticed numerous categories in the headphone department while searching for your new pair. If you find it difficult to understand which category you should check, read our article and we promise you won't have these problems anymore. The three most common categories you will run into are headsets, he...
How to Properly Clean Your Earbuds and Headphones

How to Properly Clean Your Earbuds and Headphones

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Whenever we buy a new product, we are trying to maintain it properly but, sadly, not for a long time. Most of us have the same problem - we get used to things we have after a longer period of time. By a longer period of time, we mean a few months at most. No matter how expensive this product is and how many times we promise ourselves that we will take care of it, somehow, we slowly start to forget about these promises and start treating the product as an old one. The same thing happens with every pair of earbuds or headphones we buy, no matter how expensive they are. After a few months, we start carrying them around without their protective bag or case, leaving them lying unprotected on a desk or bed, etc. This kind of treatment can destroy even the most durable headphones on the market...
Audio Frequency Spectrum Explained

Audio Frequency Spectrum Explained

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Have you ever wondered what those numbers on the back side of some audio device packaging mean? We bet you have. Among the information about impedance, SPL, etc. there is one that is very important for us right now and we want to give you a thorough explanation of what it means and what it says about our devices. As you have probably guessed, we are talking about frequency response. It is expressed in Hertz (Hz) and it’s different for every audio device. It is given in a form of range (for example – 18Hz-22kHz). This range tells us the lowest and the highest frequency some audio device (speaker, headphones) can deliver. The frequencies within the range that a human ear can hear are called audible (or audio) frequencies and this range is known as our audio spectrum. The property t
IPX Ratings Explained

IPX Ratings Explained

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If you are looking to buy an outdoor speaker or sports headphones/earbuds and you did your research, you have probably seen some IPX rating in the specification list or on the box of the device you want to buy. Most of today’s outdoor speakers and sports headphones/earbuds have at least IPX4 rating and some even have IPX7 or IP67 ratings. In case you are not sure what those ratings actually mean, this short article will help you understand the purpose and meaning of each IP/IPX rating. What is IPX Rating and Why is it important? IP stands for International Protection or, in some cases, Ingress Protection. IP (or IPX) rating is the marking that describes the level of protection (provided by the enclosure of the device) against dust, water, and ingress of other particles or fluids. You
How Speakers Work

How Speakers Work

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Speakers might look complicated but they are actually really simple devices and in order to understand their working principle, you need just a basic understanding of electromagnetism and sound waves. Speakers transform electrical signals into sound waves and that’s the simplest definition of their purpose. The working principle is a little bit more complicated but we will get to that. Parts of A Speaker Every speaker has at least three parts – enclosure, driver (or drivers), and electronic components (crossovers, amplifiers). Drivers – Speaker drivers are the most important parts of every speaker. The drivers are in charge of transforming electrical signals into sound. Enclosures and electronic components are important, too but their purpose is to improve the sound quality while
Home Audio Speaker Systems – Wired vs. Wireless

Home Audio Speaker Systems – Wired vs. Wireless

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Looking for an audio speaker system for your apartment or house? Finding difficult to decide whether you should buy wired or wireless speaker system? We have some good news for you! Stay with us and we will try to help you find the right solution for your home. What are Home Audio Speaker Systems? Before we start explaining which speakers are the best for you and throwing bunch of new terms at you, let’s stop for a second and answer one of the most important questions related to this topic – what are home audio speaker systems? Some might find this expression strange and unfamiliar but this is, in fact, nothing new. Most of you have already had some kind of audio speaker systems because, by this term, we actually mean any type of speakers used in somebody's home. As you probably al
Floor Standing vs. Bookshelf Speakers – Which Is Right for You?

Floor Standing vs. Bookshelf Speakers – Which Is Right for You?

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Music is the inseparable part of our lives and we are constantly exposed to its influence no matter where we are and what we are doing. Music is in every café, in every shop, even in the streets. Many people can’t imagine working, studying or even driving in complete silence so they play some music. If music helps us so much in all of these situations, imagine how great it is to come home and relax after a hard day with a few favorite songs played through your home speakers. Many people decide to buy 3-piece speaker systems because they are easier to set up than home theater speakers and they offer amazing sound quality. Some of the best solutions in these situations are floor-standing or bookshelf speakers that can fit most of the houses or apartments because they are simpler than
The Difference Between Active and Passive PA Speakers

The Difference Between Active and Passive PA Speakers

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Speakers are widely popular audio devices and they are produced in many versions, shapes, and colors. They can be big or small, wired or wireless, you can buy a single speaker or a speaker system. They can be found anywhere and everyone wants them. We may think we know everything about them but there is actually one less known type that we don’t write about so often. These are PA speakers and in this article, we will try to present them to you in the best possible way, list their positive and negative characteristics and give you a short buying guide that should help you decide which PA speaker set is best for you. What Are PA Speakers and Why Do We Need Them? Before we even start, let’s find out what PA stands for. It actually means “public address” and these systems are made in orde
How to Find the Right Headphones

How to Find the Right Headphones

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Do you know somebody who doesn’t have at least one pair of headphones? Probably not, especially if that person uses a smartphone. Headphone use is widely spread all over the planet and at least once in our lives, we get to the point where we want to buy headphones so that we can listen to music when commuting, traveling, working out, etc. Headphones are used in many professions by musicians, radio presenters but they can also be used by ordinary people who work in crowded places and want to work in peace. Although we have numerous kinds of headphones on the market we still have problems finding the perfect pair for ourselves. The wider choice should make the process easier but this is true only in theory. In reality, we spend too much time searching for the new pair of headphones. This