EMU Blog

Oct 19 2012

Headphones and Love for Music

by Marshall Averill

I’ve often had people ask me why in the world I would be will to pay more than $100 for a set of headphones, and the answer is simple: I LOVE MUSIC.

I probably have my headphones on 5+ hours each and every day, so it is certainly something that I can afford to spend a little extra money on. The $30 headphones that come with your new iPhone 5 are decent, I know. They don’t sound all that bad, but design-wise they are so uncomfortable and, to me, unwearable. But as the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for,” and headphones is certainly no exception.

The first time you put on a pair of high quality headphones you will immediately be able to tell the difference. Not only does it make the music louder (not everybody wants loud) but it will sound BETTER. Ever since I upgraded my headphones, music sounds fuller, richer, and deeper. And, more important than the actual music sound better, they are comfortable. There is a certain level of comfort that comes with high end headphones which becomes a big deal if you listen to music as much as I do.

Perhaps you don’t like music as much as I do, but you do love silence. There are even headphones that will provide that silence in the loudest of environments. Noise canceling headphones are very popular and often can produce some of the best sound quality from headphones.

Of all of the different headphone makers, I have three personal favorites. First off are the Beats by Dre. If you want your headphones to be LOUD, this is the choice for you. Next are the noise canceling headphones from audio big shot Bose, if silence is what you want, perhaps these would be the best fit for you. Lastly, for every broke college student out there, the budget option, Sol Republic. While not quite as good as the previous two options, Sol Republic is still a very good choice and will save you a few bucks.

If music is a big part of your life, or if you just really need a quiet moment buying a good pair of headphones isn’t just a luxury purchase, it’s an investment. For example the entire time writing this blog the only thing I heard was the beautiful sounds of today’s best music with not a single outside distraction.

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