Headphones with volume control are generally portable headphones that are used with a mobile or personal music system. They may also be used with a cell phone or some other personal communication device. Other uses for these types of headphones might be to plug into the speakers of your personal computer and to some extent a stereo system at home.
The key feature of these types of headphones is the in-line volume control setting. In most cases, this is a simple dial that you can roll up or down to vary the volume of the sound as required.
The dial is often part of the wiring that connects the headphones to the electronic device. The generous benefit of this is that you can regulate the volume quickly without having to fiddle with the actual device in question.
For instance, if it was a computer you may have to get out of your seat to turn a knob on the speaker system. If it was a personal music device, it might be in a backpack or even your pocket. It would be much easier setting the in-line volume control than sorting through your backpack. So the key benefit of headphones with volume control is convenience.
When it comes to selecting the best pair of headphones with volume control, there are a few things worth considering.
The first is the price. Most headphones like this will cost around $30-$40. More expensive ones may knock you back $100-150. Is it worth paying the extra ? Probably not. Sure the expensive ones may give better sound reproduction, but unless you have the ear of a musician, you probably won’t notice the difference.
By the very nature of how you use these types of headphones, you probably don’t want an expensive pair anyhow. They are likely to get knocked and treated badly because you are always on the move when you are using them. The wires will probably always be tangled, and the earbuds may get torn or ripped. In short, you will probably go through a few pairs long before they stop working.
Another consideration might be the type of earphones that you use. The trends seem to wax and wane. One year it is in the ear then the next is over the ear. Earbuds or in-ear speakers are smaller so are more discreet when you are using them. They are also easier to store.
Over the ear headphones are often more comfortable and the sound is not as close to the eardrum (which could prevent ear damage and problems like tinnitus).
Generally, earbuds are popular with mp3 players, iPods and other personal music devices. Over the ear headphones would be more popular for use with a PC.
Other features that you may consider, especially with headphones that you will use on-the-go is a wire or cable winder. One of the most annoying things about using your mp3 player is untangling the headphones before you can listen to your music. A cable winder can prevent this problem and probably preserve the life of the headphones too. A cable winder will probably put a few more dollars on the price though. You can also get carry cases too, which serve a similar purpose.
If you are using over the ear headphones, you may also want to consider the weight if you plan to be using them for long periods of time. Another consideration of over the ear is whether they can be adjusted. Most can, but you might want to check.
- Posted On: December 18, 2017
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