The number of brands and references of helmets has literally exploded in recent years, and this was a tool to listen to his music became an real fashion accessory, a means of asserting his belonging to a ‘tribe’, and especially an object of desire full which deserves that we invest sometimes up to several hundred euros. We will try to guide you in the choice of your next helmet.
There are 2 main types of helmets on the market, the helmets sedentary and nomadic headphones. They do not all meet the same needs. The first preferred listening comfort and sound quality, at the expense of the “look” and compactness.The latter must be lightweight, comfortable, well insulated, compact and, in recent years, to have a strong visual identity.
They are, as their name suggests, to listeners looking for a living room – Wired listening solution most of the time-sound quality-oriented. There are 2 types of helmets in this category: closed headphones and open helmets. Closed headphones is hermetic and isolates the sound, preventing it from spreading to the outside while open headphones let a part of the sound message, often by a visible grid on the hull of the listener.
– Closed helmets have the advantage of offering a serious extended and optimal insulation. You’re in a bubble, cut off from the outside world, for a better immersion in the music. Some models, called helmets to reducing noise (also known as “active noise reduction”), are particularly suited to a noisy environment (plane, train, etc.).Later on the occasion of a dedicated post
-The headphones open, less insulation, allow however an opening of restitution, with result a serious less present but often more tense and more varied, and above all a ‘liberation’ interpretation, which seems more airy and more neutral. Downside, the sound is noticeable from the outside, which can create a gene for the entourage.
Drawn by the triumph of smartphones and digital music, they clearly on a roll now. There are 3 major families in this category: ITES, the headband headphones and headsets.
-Let’s start by -ear headphones, whose principle is to enter the ear canal and create a maximum insulation. Their big advantages are their lightness and their discretion, we can use them anywhere. Is that a large number of listeners are refractory to the introduction of a foreign body in their auditory Pavilion. Another drawback, insulation they create can be dangerous because there any awareness of the world that surrounds us and that our attention to is reduced. With recent advances in this family of helmets, we find today on the number of quality products market, and this in all price ranges.
– Headphones (or headsets), very popular at the beginning of the adventure of the nomadic sound, are declining.Often provided original with players, they are clearly indented to the level of quality sound and listening comfort.Insulation is very relative, the soundstage is often narrow, the port is often unpleasant life, we block so the use in making telephone calls.
-Finally the head headband headphones, best-selling currently. More or less comfortable depending on the quality of manufacture and the chosen tightening system, they have for them a better management of the serious and good insulation (especially for closed models), often more bandwidth, and more versatility (many of them can perfectly be used on a stereo through the often supplied jack adapter). Not to mention that the vast majority of them are folding for a greatly reduced size. These helmets often offer a soundstage expanded compared to other technologies.
Let’s take a few moments on the particular case of the wireless headsets. Practical, light and with a sound quality in net progress, Bluetooth headsets are an interesting alternative to wired headphones. He must still keep in mind that this increased comfort is paid by a slight loss of definition and a reduced bandwidth at the ends. Favor, headphones compatible Bluetooth A-PTX, supposed to approach, as long as the source is also compatible, the audio quality of the CD.
The helmets UHF, them, are often dedicated to intimate listening to your TV and moving away from a quality of high-fidelity reproduction. Some manufacturers, like Sennheiser, however offer very compatible with a UHF headphones listening to music.
Everything For The Style!
Before, the headphones had to be discreet. Today, on the contrary, these are made full, fashion accessories to be seen.This is called helmets tendency. Manufacturers compete in the forms and colours, for a sometimes haphazard result (see), but with also very great aesthetic successes, like the ZIK Parrot 3.0. This is unfortunately sometimes at the expense of sound quality, which is a shame for… audio headphones!
To summarize, if you’re looking for a nomad helmet, a helmet to pole head and closed seems the best solution and the more qualitative musically. The Bluetooth will be an alternative to its practical aspect, but often making concessions on the sound quality. -Ear, if you support them, will also be an attractive solution but a bit less qualitative according to me. Note that the nomadic products are for their vast majority also have a remote control and a microphone for communication policy.
For use at home, I recommend a closed headphone to listen to dynamic music, and an helmet open if you are audiophile and/or if you listen more particularly jazz, classical or acoustic music. Manufacturers like SENNHEISER or AKG is actually are a specialty. I draw your attention to the fact that it do not forget to check the consistency between the chosen headphone impedance and the use for which it is intended.
One last tip, take the time to make several plays, a very demonstrative helmet during the first listening may become tedious over time, when a helmet to return more neutral and balanced and so more discreet you will bring hours of fun and will be more versatile on the duration.