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Old 06-27-2012, 01:31 AM
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Default explain to me the meanings of the info you get on ear/headphones.

I need help understanding what this info you get means.

i own these two sets of Earphones

http://www.onheadphones.com/product-...shmallows.html

http://www.sentryindustries.com/cate...ones_ho940.asp

i understand they are not super high quality but i tried to search what this stuff ment myself and one of the articles i found said that the higher the sensitivity the worse the phones are.

here is the article

http://ear-buds.org/what-do-the-specs-on-earbuds-mean/

if i can get some help it would be great, and btw if you are looking for a decent set of phones for a gift or a destructive child the sentry phones sound close to my jvc's and i only paid 5$ at big lots.
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Old 06-27-2012, 04:34 AM
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That link is impressively terrible. The author manages to write several pages without really knowing anything.

If you want to know about headphones, I recommend taking a look at the Wikipedia article. Its pretty good.
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Old 06-27-2012, 07:22 AM
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with headphones I have seen almost no direct linking of specs to quality. I dont look at them at all. I read reviews and try them out myself. This was an adjustment for me coming from car stereo where specs are much more important. I think it mainly comes from a lack of regulation regarding spec reporting. The mid-high end car stereo stuff is fairly strict on their regulation since there are professional competitions.
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with headphones I have seen almost no direct linking of specs to quality. I dont look at them at all. I read reviews and try them out myself.
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ah i see that guy seemed to be talking crap but i wasn't for sure,
so really it is the sound quality that i can hear vs. looking for specific specs?

I will be sure to check out the Wikipedia page
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:40 PM
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ah i see that guy seemed to be talking crap but i wasn't for sure,
so really it is the sound quality that i can hear vs. looking for specific specs?
Sensitivity and impedance might be useful, but many times the specifications are inaccurate. Be very careful with frequency response. No one is going to hear lower than about 20 Hz with headphones. For young listeners, up to about 16 kHz might be all that is needed. Older listeners will probably have problems hearing high frequencies. Your best bet is to make sure you can return the headphones if you dislike them.
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Think of it like food. Nutritional stats will not tell you a ton about how its going to taste.
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Old 06-27-2012, 05:04 PM
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thank you, and i have had the jvc's for years and i just got the others this week, so if i get any others (which i plan to) it will be trial and error

also i am 16 and the fx33's go down to 8hz while the sentry's only go to 20hz and i can definatly tell the fx33's get lower
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also i am 16 and the fx33's go down to 8hz while the sentry's only go to 20hz and i can definatly tell the fx33's get lower
Eight Hz? http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2003/ChrisDAmbrose.shtml.
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also i am 16 and the fx33's go down to 8hz while the sentry's only go to 20hz and i can definatly tell the fx33's get lower
Even at your age you are basically deaf at 20 Hz. Plus those numbers are probably made up by someone in marketing
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hey man i have some pretty sharp hearing, so i know i can hear lower than 20 but definitely not 8hz that would be quite the feat.

i was just citing what each was supposed to have and what i can tell.
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hey man i have some pretty sharp hearing, so i know i can hear lower than 20 but definitely not 8hz that would be quite the feat.

i was just citing what each was supposed to have and what i can tell.
No headphones have any useful output at 8 Hz or needs to have any useful output at 8 Hz. Anytime you see a headphone’s frequency response claiming that it is lower than 20 Hz or higher than 20 kHz, it is marketing hype. Frequencies lower than about 20 Hz are felt and not heard. So, for the reasons discussed, about 20 Hz to 16 kHz is probably all that is really necessary for a headphones’ frequency response.
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