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Need to Know Headphone Technology

Packed full of tech to enhance your music enjoyment, podcasts or whatever you are listening to, headphones can make or break your listening experience.  Not sure how all this technology works? We’ve broken down the three of forms of headphone tech that are taking over the market.

True Wireless

Easily a game changer, true wireless headphones are becoming increasingly common. But what’s the difference? Wireless headphones connect to your device via Bluetooth, but the earbuds or cups are still connected by a wire. True wireless headphones have no wires, offering the ultimate freedom of movement and convenience while being less vulnerable to damage.

How does it work?

True Wireless Headphones usually connect via Bluetooth to your device, with one earphone acting as the primary earphone that picks up the signal and transmits it to the secondary headphone.

The convenience and freedom factor make true wireless headphones like the Sennheiser MOMENTUM True 2 Headphones ideal for those on the go or working out. Built with outstanding stereo sound and active noise cancellation, these headphones also have an exceptional 7-hour battery life with up to a maximum of 28 hours using the charging carry case.

Man wearing Sennheiser MOMENTUM True 2 Noise-Canceling Wireless In-Ear Headphones

Quick Charge

Quick Charge technology lets you charge up fast, meaning less time without music. Perfect for those in need of a quick top-up before heading out or fast charge on the go.

How does it work?

This cutting-edge technology allows a big burst of energy to enter your battery quickly and all at once, flooding your battery with power. This then slows once your battery is charged to a certain point (e.g. 50%) to prevent the battery from being damaged.

The JBL Live Free Noise Cancelling True Wireless Headphones utilise quick charge technology, so you can spend less time waiting for them to charge, as well as providing up to 7 hours of battery life. These headphones also feature Active Noise Cancellation and an IPX7 water and sweat-proof design.

Woman wearing JBL Live Free Noise Cancelling TWS In-Ear Headphones


Noise Cancelling

The crème de la crème of audio technology, after all, who wants to ruin their music experience with loud and annoying background sounds. There are two types of noise-cancelling – active and passive noise cancellation – both are effective and often paired together to block out noise.

How does it work?

Active Noise Cancellation requires a microphone built-in to the headphones that detect noise. Once detected, a sound wave is emitted on the same frequency to cancel out the sound, neutralising it. This technique is most effective on low-frequency sounds between 50hz – 1khz for higher frequency sounds.

Passive isolation works by creating a physical barrier between outside noise and your ear. This barrier is usually achieved by using padding in the ear cups or creating a tight seal. Thank to this barrier, Passive isolation is effective against both sudden, constant, high and low-frequency sounds.

The Sony WH1000XM4 Wireless Noise-Cancelling Headphones use both active noise cancellation and passive isolation to cancel out sound. The over-ear style creates a seal around your ear while the dual microphones capture ambient noise, which is then processed and cancelled out by the HD Noise Canceller Processor QN1. This processor also allows for Adaptive Sound Control which lets certain sounds in, so you can still be aware of your surroundings.

Man wearing Sony WH1000XM4 Noise Cancelling Wireless Headphones

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