A wild and uneducated statistic is that 3 out of every 5 people have iPods… or some kind of a MP3 playing device. If not that, then 4 out or 7 people use some kind of a listening apparatus of some kind. How often do you get to say “apparatus” by the way? I have no hard evidence of how many people use headphones or for what, but chances are, you probably do and just want to make sure you can hear whomever do whatever they are doing.
Lately I’ve been seeing and hearing more about Dr. Dre’s disgustingly expensive headphones called Beats. They are supposedly the highest of audio production on the market hence their hefty price tag. But why oh why Dre, MD must they cost a car payment? And to be honest, I thought it was downright foolish and wondered what the big deal was.
Well, Indoobians, I still haven’t tested these bad boys out, but I recently discovered why such headphones would be of value. As I’ve said before about the reason for my absence and lack of posts these few weeks, I’ve taken on a number of projects thanks to my new laptop. I’ve been going full steam on about 12 different assignments since October 30th. The most recent was my annual Halloween DJing gig. I learned a lesson that day about speakers and amps, let me tell you! Long story short, get the hard work out of the way and go with a big powerful amp if you’ve got one verses some random speakers… unless of course you have speakers pre-designed for big rooms like I was in. But all of this is another story.
Today I wanted to discuss headphones… and/or earbuds.
Recently, I was having a discussion with a friend regarding earbuds vs. headphones. The headphones she’s talking about are the stereo sized ones that could double as ear muffs in the winter. She claimed they had better overall audio quality and you can hear so much more of the music. My argument was how inefficient they would be when travelling or doing activities that involved lots of motions, such as working out at the gym or scaling a building.
She told me I did have a point and proceeded to tell about better earbuds than the ones I like to use. Sadly, once again, these are more expensive than the one I buy, but apparently have expert comfort and audio quality. Like the Beats brand, I can attest if these are truly worth the asking price or not, but I’ve since seen the light that maybe what I like is just the standard, the basic, just enough to get me by.
I’ve been fond of the JVC Gummi for the past 5 years. They’ve treated me well even if I had a tendency to wear them to death. Usually the wires begin to fray and or get short circuits and it’s time to replace. I got to the point I bought two at a time just in case I lost one pair. All in all, I was content and have been for quite some time.
In college, I had been trained and even drilled to use stereo headphones when it came to editing video and audio work. I did as I was asked but it didn’t hit home until a couple weeks ago when I began one of the many projects I’ve been working on (I record my dad’s sermons and them edit them so we can put them on the radio in nice, neat 30 minute packages). I’ve had these headphones much longer than the Gummis, and without ever having to be replaced. I couldn’t tell you where I got them from, I just always had them if I were to guess. Let’s just say they are at least 10 years old. But when it came to the editing I needed to do, these did the task much better and I could hear so much more.
I was so excited than when I took breaks, I’d listen to music or visit YouTube and test them out on that. Not only were my ears comfortably snug and warm, but the sounds were quite nice, indoob! Then I decided to test them out at work with iSaac. I basically wore them all day. I’m going to save a post for what I had been listening to for a later date. But the other nice thing about these headphones is much they blocked out the rest of the world. Not completely, but just enough that I wasn’t taken out of the musical world I was in. I also didn’t have my iPod on at ridiculous volumes either. I want to hear when I’m 60, thank you very much.