A Brief History Of Headphones

  • Cupped Headphones
  • Megaphone Headphones
  • Ghetto Blaster Headphones

Types of Headphones

Let’s take a look at the different types of headphones available:

Circumaural Headphones I know, it’s a big word, what it really means is those great big, full sized headphones which really encompass the ears.

They actually seal out any external noise if they are fitted properly, they are so big. Unfortunately they can be a bit heavy (not suitable for jogging or any other strenuous activity then).

Supra-aural Headphones- sounds a bit like star trek doesn’t it? Are you impressed? Anyway, these are the ones which actually fit on top of your ears, not around them, a bit like the ones you might have got with your stereo system in the 1980s. They are smaller and lighter than the circumaural headphones thankfully.

Earbuds and Earphones these sit inside the ear, they’re really small (well, they’d have to be wouldn’t they, unless you were like Dumbo) but the downside is they don’t really drown out any outside noise, so you might have to turn the volume up a bit which can be detrimental to your ear drums in the long term.

Headsets these have a microphone attached, like in the old telephone exchanges but obviously a bit more modern. Anyway, they’re really good because you can hear and also speak to the person on the other end of the line is anyone on the line? You should get off quickly, there’s a freight train coming sorry, its an old one but the old ones really are the best aren’t they?

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