With the widespread adoption of smartphones the majority of people today carry their music library with them, and enjoy music in their cars, while they exercise, or just walking about. This has led to many advancements in the world of personal/portable listening options, the most popular being headphones. There are essentially three styles of headphones available:
In-ear headphones (aka earbuds) are small, lightweight, and easy to pack or carry. Some models offer a microphone and/or track navigation controls. However, there is a trade-off convenience, in terms of sound quality and bass response and some people find the uncomfortable when used over long periods of time.
On-ear headphones (aka open-backed headphones, semi-open headphones, or closed-back headphones) rest on your outer ears and are available in every possible price from low to high. Some models even fold up for more convenience when traveling. Although these offer less-powerful bass compared with full-size headphones (and may invade the space of the person seated next to you) they are usually a step up from earbuds in terms of overall sound quality.
Full-size headphones (aka closed-back headphones or over-the-ear headphones) fully enclose the user’s ears. Because of their larger size they were most often used with home systems, but today are seen everywhere. And it’s easy to understand why – their acoustic isolation is superior to other styles and many take advantage of noise-canceling technology designed for professional aircraft pilots. Plus, they have become a bit of a fashion trend, too. Audio Video Synergy also has wireless Bluetooth models but keep in mind that some sacrifice in sound quality may occur due to the file compression process. To combat this audio degradation, we offer models that support the APT-X Bluetooth codec, which offers slightly improved fidelity.
Pump It Up: If you find yourself listening to headphones a lot and really care about sound quality, you might want to consider purchasing a headphone amp. Some also come with integrated digital-to-audio converters (DACs). These are a game-changer, as the quality of the amplifiers in most smartphones or portable CD/MP3 players is generally not very good.
Audio Video Synergy has a great selection of wireless speakers, from the leading brands in the HiFi speaker industry, such as Sonos. HEDOS, Bose, and Blue Sound. You’ll get amazing sound with your choice of Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity and you can also place them in different rooms or even outdoors. You can stream your library from your handheld or a digital media player.