Testing the comfort
Step 1: Testing The Comfort Of The Earbuds
People are always buying earbuds. Some more frequently than others. However, to obtain the right fit, one needs to consider these four crucial steps of comfort, sound quality, price, and design.
Most people prefer to buy cheap disposable earbuds for maximum economic usage at affordable prices. However, to get the right fit, every potential buyer of an earpiece ought to know the terms and conditions, the key features, and the available merits and demerits of buying a particular brand of earbud over another.
Some elements are more crucial than others, and that’s why after thorough research, we came up with a way of choosing the best earbuds.
The most critical part of selecting earbuds is the comfort. It is the primary factor to consider and sometimes, choosing and deciding on the most comfortable earbud can be overwhelming.
Although earbuds that fit most people are the most comfortable, it is generally hard to know which earbuds are the most comfortable by merely looking at them since there are hundreds of option models out there.
In choosing the best earbuds regarding comfort, specific parameters such as weight, size, type, and material are vital considerations. Moreover, understanding specifications are of most importance in choosing the most comfortable earbud.
Earbuds are of two types: the first type sit in the peripherals of ear cavity and the ones that get stuffed into the ear canal. The preference of one type over the other depends on an individual. Whether it’s the shape or the size that of the ear that will determine what kind of earbud to use is solely comparative. However, the former model is known to cause pain if it too big for the ear canal. It also allows noise from outside and may sometimes be used at a higher volume. The latter, however, is usually uncomfortable to most people by just stuffing it in the ear. They are known to slip in and out of the ear which is generally a constant annoyance to the user.
The main factor is, the best way to know for sure the most comfortable earbud is to try them on for yourself, which is almost impossible because there are so many options available. Another reason being the retail shops will not open the packaging.
To avoid being frustrated by the type of earbuds your after, we have compiled a list of parameters to consider in selecting the right fit and the most comfortable earbud.
The weight of the Earbud
Earbuds that deem the most comfortable are generally the lightweight. Earbuds are made as light as possible to avoid the irritating feeling in the ear that makes listening to music feel tiring.
The metal earbuds are usually heavy and cause discomfort and ruggedness. Another annoyance is the weighing down of the heavy cable.
To counter this problem, companies that manufacture these earbuds use super-lightweight metal shells and small wires that are almost weightless.
Ear Tips come in different forms. The precise shape, the perfect finish, the robust building, and the making material, all of which contribute to earbuds that are better and more comfortable.
Most common ear tips are either made of plastic, silicon or foam.
Plastic made earbuds are inexpensive while the silicone made earbuds are soft, flexible and are anti-sweat.
The foam made ear tips, on the other hand, are the most popular and the top choice for most people. They are soft, easily moldable and has a perfect seal. They expand to a perfect fit once inside your ear to cut ambient noise from the surrounding.
Earbud penetration refers to the extent to which the earbud probes into the ear. It depends on the type of the earbud whether they sit on the peripheral of the ear canal or they are a plugged-in seal for earbuds.
The on-ear earbuds don’t filter ambient noise and are more comfortable, while the plugged-in ones are known to screen at least 50% of ambient noise.
Some people appreciate the tight seal while the same feeling is annoying and uncomfortable for others.
The improper seal may lead to lack of bass and a tinny sound. One may occasionally experience inappropriate stereo imaging with distant background sounds. Additionally, proper sound isolation may not happen, and more noise would be heard.
Most people always use the same medium-sized ear tip that comes mounted by default. However, some earbuds come with a variety of different shapes and sizes of ear tips. Everybody’s ears are unique, and the ear canal diameter can vary, it’s up to the user to try other tip sizes for perfect fits and comfort.
At times size and shape such as the single flange, bi-flange, triple-flanged, foam and the bullet-shaped affects the brass, impact on audio as well as the noise cancellation.
There are a variety of non-standard ear tips out there as well as homemade or customizable ear tips that are available upon request by the user. The user should ensure that the type of ear-tip they use feel most comfortable.
The Cable Routing
Earbuds are divided into three depending on the type of routing cables. The apparent design is the one with two equal length cables from both ears that hangs straight. These seem most comfortable to many people.
The other model is the asymmetrical cable design which comes with a side longer than the other. The longer cable passes behind the neck while the smaller cable runs straight from the ear.
The last design is the cable that goes over the ear from behind. The comfort ability of this design varies from one person to another and is divided among users.
Now it’s on to the next step
Now that we’ve talked about the factors surrounding comfort let’s move forward to sound quality, and see what’s most important when it comes to the sound of an earbud.
By following this link we will be starting the second exercise in the step by step process on how to pick the right pair of earbuds.