Yes, headphones really can help you study! Here's what you need to know:
Consider the activity. Studying in a dorm room is much different than walking to campus in New York City every morning. It's important to choose headphones for their intended purpose.
Think about Blocking Sound. Closed headphones have earcups that are solid on the outside, keeping your music in and outside noise out. Closed headphones usually work very well for students because they allow some isolation from outside noise. They also will not leak sound and disturb others near you.
Consider Your Investment. Better headphones offer enhanced detail across low, mid, and high frequencies, resulting in clarity and definition. This means you don't have to crank up the volume too loud to hear the details in their music. Starving students on a serious budget can still find great headphones for just $20-$30.
Consider Your Source. Smartphone users may want a headset, while computer users may want to consider a DAC for the best sound quality out of a laptop. Consider the affordable and well performing Fiio E17 Alpen, this little headphone amp/DAC combo unit runs portably and will provide a nice boost in power and sound quality.
Choose the Best Type of Headphone
In-Ear Headphones. These headphones sit in the ear, and offering varying degrees of isolation, but can block up to ~25-30dB.An excellent choice for those that need to block out all distractions in order to concentrate.
Best For: Commuting on buses, trains, and planes; at the gym; coffee shops & restaurants.
Closed/Sealed Headphones. Traditional, over-ear headphones that block around ~10-15dB, providing moderate isolation while still have some situational awareness. A good choice for one pair of headphones that will work in various settings.
Best for: General computer use & music listening. Also great for DJ'ing, mixing, monitoring, study lounges, library, dormatories, walking across campus, and light activity.
Clip On, earbud, & behind-the-neck headphones. Many of these headphones are open, and are better for use in public environments or physical activities.Sennheiser's adidas line-up of sport headphones are perfect for the avid runner or outdoor enthusiast.
Best for: exercise; including running, jogging, or walking on public streets or trails; those needing a very compact headphone that can be stowed in a purse or pocket; or any time you need to maintain your situational awareness.
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