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How to optimize your headphones for the best possible sound quality

February 9th, 2016 at 7:40 PM
How to Improve Headphone Sound Quality

In the 21st century, leaving home without a pair of headphones simply isn’t an option. I know this isn’t true for everyone, but I end up kicking myself if I forget my headphones on the way out, even if I’m just walking down the street to grab some groceries. Whether it’s podcasts or music, I need something other than the sound of traffic in my ears.

Whether you’re as obsessive with your headphone habits as I am or not, you might be surprised to learn that there are several simple ways to improve the sound quality of your headphones without spending a cent.

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Last week, CNET’s Steve Guttenberg published an article about how to make your headphones sound better. Although some of the tips are painfully obvious, there are others you might never have thought of without someone pointing them out.

  • Put the left channel in your left ear and the right channel in your right ear. There’s a good chance you’re already following this rule, but it will ensure you’re listening to the stereo mix as the engineers intended when they produced the audio.
  • If you use on-ear headphones (rather than in-ear), move the cups up and down to see how they sound depending on their position on your head. Even a slight change could make a noticeable difference.
  • In-ear headphone users who want an optimal experience should spend the time and money on tips that actually fit comfortably inside their ear while making a seal that will contain the sound. For some, the standard tips that come with the headphones will be fine, but others should search around until they find the right fit.

If all else fails, it might be time to invest in new headphones.

Jacob started covering video games and technology in college as a hobby, but it quickly became clear to him that this was what he wanted to do for a living. He currently resides in New York writing for BGR. His previously published work can be found on TechHive, VentureBeat and Game Rant.

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