Noise reducing headphone or closed headphones, Which one should you employ?

Hello and welcome to the modern series of replies to those headphone questions. Ever desired to know about something headphone, earpiece or headset linked? Now is your chance. Due to a large amount of questions we’re so often asked, we have dipped into our mailbag and selected the 9 most important (and most often submitted) questions. Enjoy.

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Part Four: Active earphones or Passive Earphones?What would be the difference?

That’s one of our most frequently asked inquiries, we get it all the time and, frankly, we’re sick of giving the identical standard reply again and again. So, we decided to resolve it once and for all.

Now, before we go any longer, I am off to draft the standard email that directs you to this post, back in a minute…….You’re still here? Good. I stopped off to buy a vitamin drink including a cup of tea too, sorry.

OK. To state it simply, there are two sorts of noise reduction, active and passive.

Passive noise cancellation/reduction is generally a by-product of sporting the headsets in the first place. If a headphone covers your ears up, it essentially has the same noise reduction effect as a set of earmuffs. The sound has to work that much harder to travel to the ear how it must firstly go through a solid surface. Passive noise cancellation comes mostly from blocking, or covering your ears and playing a louder sound in closer proximity. In case your friend is trying to speak with you and you can’t listen to them due to the headphones, then that’s passive noise cancellation.

Active noise cancellation/reduction is a bit more technical. Headphones that actively cancel outer noise achieve this by producing a low field of white noise around your ear, this effectively masks outside noise is a purpose in and of itself, away from the sound replica performance of the speakers.

To be frank, anything you put in or around your ear carries a passive noise reduction effect, but only headsets pre-loaded with noise reducing functions will create a masking white noise. This sound won’t interfere with the operation of your headsets, but it will cover the noise from wind, rain, road works and other train passengers and their noisy mobile conversations.

Noise cancellation/reduction headsets will do a far better job of drowning out the noise pollution produced by barking pets, train announcements, bad street buskers and those charity trolls who approach you in the street.

Joking aside, this is the FAQ because it’s an excellent one to ask. Noise reduction functions considerably add to the cost of your headsets and it’s absolutely worth knowing what you’re purchasing before you lay your hard-earned down onto the counter.

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