When shopping for headphones, it’s hard to make a choice if you don’t know the technology involved. When it comes to wireless tv headphones, the main thing you want to have is noise reduction. Whether you’re alone at night listening through them to not wake someone up, or trying to cancel the noise of a gathering beside you while you watch that one episode you can’t miss, you need noise reduction that suits your needs.
Around the web, the offers to do this are varied, and you might quickly feel confused by reading the descriptions. However, it’s possible to separate the noise reduction in two categories: noise cancelling and noise isolating.
Noise cancelling or noise-attenuation, as it’s often named in the industry, means that the noise reduction is done electronically. A little trip to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Active_noise_control) tells us that active noise reduction (ANR) is a technique in which a second sound is sent to cancel the first. The lower-frequency parts of the sound are taken care of this way and you can then hear the sound in your headphones in priority.
Noise Isolating Headphones
“Isolation” is a word that’s more commonly used to tell that the sound is indeed being blocked in the industry, so you can trust it to mean little to no outside sound, depending on the rating of the headphones of course. More often than not, those headphones go all around the ear and fit tighter to block the noise from entering. A fabric with a leather feel is usually what the best companies use to block the noise. In some cases, it may stick to the skin, but hey, it depends on how noisy the environment is.
When it comes to completely isolating your experience from the outside world, like in the case of that gathering at your house for example, noise isolating headphones are almost a must. Attenuating the noise electronically will never be enough to feel like you’re alone enjoying your experience.
If you still want to be able to intervene in the conversations going on beside you and not close yourself from others, that’s where electronic noise-cancellation will be useful. Video game players who compete at live events with their team often choose those because they allow them to still hear each other’s voices and screams outside the microphone communication software.
And finally, no matter the way the noise reduction is named, always try to verify what exactly gets the job done. Is it an electronical process that the company is advertising, or is it that the ear cup is so well hermetically closed that the sound can’t reach your ear? Remember, companies will use all sorts of terms and brandings to attempt to make you buy their product, no matter what your preference is. It’s profitable for them to make their headphones seem like one-product-fit-all offers so that a lot of people get them. Read the reviews and figure out how much sound is going through depending on the situations other customers have put them in the past.