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One of the things that I get so often is - who is an audiophile? What does that even mean? And do you need to be an audiophile to start using and listening to music on high-end headphones and IEMs?...
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Honest, Useful, Non-Judgemental FAQs
Who is an audiophile? Do I need to be an audiophile to get good sounding headphones?
An audiophile is someone who really loves music, but also cares deeply about the way the music sounds. Like anyone, you’re someone who grew up listening to your favourite artist’s music and loving it. Now imagine listening to your favourite song playing, but on crappy speakers at the railway station - does that make you cringe? This means that you care about the way your music sounds - you are an audiophile. Simply put, for an audiophile, it’s not enough to listen to music that you love - it has to sound good for it to move you.
How long will it take to get my orders?
Audiophile headphones don’t need to be expensive. For under Rs. 1500 you can get very good sounding In-Ear Headphones. Pair it along with an inexpensive DAC - some are as cheap as Rs. 2000, and you have a pretty incredible sounding setup for an audiophile. There are some even cheaper options available, but this is a good starting point.
What’s wrong with streaming music from Youtube or listening to a downloaded MP3 file?
Youtube, Gaana or JioSaavn are all pretty nice streaming platforms. But they all play music, at a fraction of the resolution as a music CD. MP3 files are similarly heavily compressed file format.
Imagine your favorite artist composing and recording your favorite song in a studio with sound equipment worth millions, so that you can hear every layer, every detail to appreciate the music. What’s the point of it, if you’ve taken the track - compressed it down to the minimum to stream it - only to listen to it on crappy sounding headphones?
Does Hi-Res Music really make that much of a difference?
On a good pair of headphones, with a good DAC, you can hear a lot more details. The only caveat is, you gotta listen to a well recorded soundtrack to judge. Some songs are sometimes quite badly recorded, where there isn't much there to listen to anyway. But the chances are, no one's listening to them these days anyway.
Do wired headphones really sound that much better than wireless?
When you buy a wireless headphone, you're paying for a pair of speakers, tons of batteries, a bluetooth chip set, an inbuilt amplifier and DAC, and several sensors and electronics. The chances are the speaker themselves are just a fraction of the value you paid. They’re convenient, and are great to use for calls, movies, videos and games.
But if you're planning on listening to music, using a wired headphone should sound a lot better. Wired headphones are just a pair of speakers and cable inside a housing. The chances are that for the same amount of money, wired headphones will sound much, much better.
My phone does not have a 3.5 mm jack. How can I use a wired headphone?
You’d need to use a dongle DAC and plug them into your phone via USB-C for Android, or Lightning connector for iOS. And the stock dongle adaptors are going to sound pretty ordinary, and getting a hi-res DAC is going to sound much better.
Most of us tend to pair our expensive smartphones and laptops with either any old pair of earphones or the ones that come in the box to listen to music, watch movies and binge on TV shows on our smartphones. However, audio quality tends to be the most ignored part of the multimedia experience. There is a misconception that good earphones and headphones cost a lot - which is not the case. Thankfully, gone are the days when you have to compromise on either build quality or audio quality to purchase products that aren't pricey. There are many examples out there that punch above their weight and deliver exceptional audio quality without costing a bomb.
If you care about the music quality, you need to get something better than low-quality earphones and headphones. The best headphone and earphones under 2000 offer good audio quality for all genres of music. There are a bunch of wireless earphones also available in this budget if you want to do away with the hassle of a wire. To help you choose your next earphone or headphone, we at Headphone Zone have curated some of the budget-friendly options that you might want to consider. You can expect richer bass, clear treble, and a crystal-clear sound experience from these pocket-friendly headphones.