Home Theater: How To Choose The Best Headphones

You can add quality listening to your home theater by purchasing a good pair of headphones. Find out how to find the best pair with these tips.

Having a home theater - a television, stereo, speakers, and maybe even a personal computer hooked in - can be a handy solution for your audio and visual needs. You and your whole family can enjoy watching and/or listening to movies on video or CDs. You can also enjoy your favorite sports events, and more!

However, you might end up having a problem or two with your home theater. What if you want to watch television while your spouse and kids are in bed? Or, what if your kid wants to play a game on the computer while you're watching a movie? Your stereo unit might have come with a pair of headphones, but, if they don't provide a quality sound for you and your family, then you should purchase a better pair. A good quality pair of headphones can enhance your and your family's audio experiences. You can find a pair to suit your needs at your local electronics store. Or, you can perform a search on the Internet to locate the headphones you're looking for. Four of the most popular brands of headphones are Sennheiser, Sony, Koss, and Maxell.

So, how do you know what the best headphones are for use in your home theater? The two most important features are sound and comfort. The main purpose of headphones is to be able to hear what you want, while drowning out the noise around you. Therefore, a good pair of noise canceling headphones can make your listening experiences even better! Instead of having to turn up the volume so you can hear, these eliminate outside noises for you. These work on batteries, so you'll have to remember to check them periodically. Other than that, they're relatively easy to use.

If your environment isn't that noisy, you may choose to purchase a pair of headphones that doesn't cancel out noise. Most of the time, a headphone that is designed with a thick padded cup that fits over your ears works well. The cups make seals around your ears that not only keeps the outside noise out, but it also keeps the music, voices, et cetera, that you are listening to, from being heard by others.

Another feature you'll want to look for, is volume controls built right into the headphones. This way, you don't have to crank up the sound on the television or stereo, and, you can adjust the volume right from your seat too.

No matter how crisp and clear the sound is, if your headphones aren't comfortable to wear, then you won't want to use them while you're trying to enjoy your home theater. The best are padded all the way across the headband. They are also easy to adjust to fit any size head, from a child's to an adult.

Don't forget to make sure that the pair of headphones you choose has a cord that's long enough to reach your stereo speakers or other device too. If it doesn't, you can purchase an extension cord at your local electronics store. The extra cord can give you the freedom to sit back in your seat comfortably without having the cord pulling on your head.

If you don't want to have to worry about the cord at all, you may choose a pair of wireless headphones for your home theater. (These are also powered by batteries.) The only downside is that your range -the distance that you can be away from the receiver - is limited. If you opt to go wireless, look for a pair of headphones that has an automatic tuning feature. This way, you won't have to keep adjusting them every time you move.

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