How to find the perfect headphones
If you want better sound from your iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac, new headphones will do wonders. And they’re essential if you want to listen to your music without bothering people around you. Unfortunately, although the range of styles and options is wider than ever, the opportunities for in-person testing are fewer.What to look for when buying headphones
Usually, the main differences between headphone models involve type, comfort and sound quality. Here’s what to look (and listen) for when you seek the perfect set of headphones.
Specs and Sound Quality The specifications provided by manufacturers – especially frequency-response numbers – don’t mean much. No standard testing methodology exists for headphone frequency response, and many vendors exaggerate their product’ specs. But even accurate specs won’t tell you much about how a set of headphones actually sounds.
Some full-size headphones, like V-moda’s over-the-ears Crossfade M-100 (£270) minimise sound leakage.
So instead of focusing on specs, use your ears. High-quality headphones reproduce audio with good balance between treble (upper), midrange and bass (lower) frequencies, producing full, rich sound, while preserving detail.
Boost Your iPad's Speaker Volume In An Instant With The Amplifiear [Review]
Rather than having sound come from the back or the bottom of your device, the Amplifiear makes it seem like it’s coming from the front — like it’s being thrown into your face. And this makes it noticeably louder.
I found the Amplifiear was great for listening to music. I used to hook my iPhone up to a cheap wireless speaker dock when cooking or just before jumping into the shower, but that meant messing around with pairing them both and charging batteries. But the iPad with the Amplifiear is plenty loud enough.
It’s also great for watching movies or TV shows. When we want the kids to be quiet at meal times, we stick the iPad in front of them with their favorite show, and the Amplifiear means they no longer complain about it being too quiet.
And it’s really simple to apply — you literally just clip it on — and it has a little foam sticker inside it that prevents your iPad’s aluminum from getting scratched. The foam stickers come in different sizes, so the Amplifiear fits all 9.7-inch iPads, with or without a case.The Bad
The downside to the Amplifiear is that although it makes your iPad louder, it doesn’t