Earphones, Earbuds, Canalphones: What’s the Difference?

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In a previous post, I examined the differences between headphones and headsets. Like many terms in the pro and consumer audio universe, headphones and headsets are rather nebulously defined, and rampant contradictions in usage can be found all over the web. Likewise, people often use the terms earphones, earbuds, and canalphones interchangeably. But in fact, all three of these… Read the rest

What Are Headphones, Headsets & Earphones?

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Headphones, Headsets & Earphones: How to Tell the Difference Headphones, headsets, earphones: These terms are freely tossed around the internet with little regard for accuracy. What exactly do they mean, anyway? First the bad news: There is little (if any) consensus as to precise meanings for these terms. Now the good news: AudioLinks has unilaterally concocted our own definitions for… Read the rest

Are Loud Media Players Causing Noise Induced Hearing Loss in Teens?

Study: Cranked Earbuds Contribute to Spike in Teen Hearing Loss For today’s teens, dangling earbuds are as ubiquitous as facial jewelry. But a recent study shows that unlike adornments, they could be far from harmless. An article in the August 18, 2010 issue of JAMA concludes that one in five American adolescents experienced hearing loss from 2005-2006. What’s more, this… Read the rest

Passive Noise Cancelling Headphones Provide Peaceful Travels

Passive Noise Cancelling Headphones Block Background Noise the Easy Way Look around the bus, train, or plane the next time you travel. Chances are, many of your fellow travelers are sporting headphones. Favorite podcasts or music playlists are tried and true ways to brighten a commute. But the struggle to eliminate background noise can cause commuters to crank up the… Read the rest