Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones
Priced around 100 bucks, these sound great, are comfortable, and easily driven by portable players. When new, it takes a couple of days for it to reach its optimum sound quality. It produces thrilling true-to-life sound, while keeping outside sound where it should be, OUT. Compatible with 3.5mm connectors, these headphones fit around the ear. These are collapsible, and interfold to fit into small spaces. Neodymium magnets are built in for maximum SPL.
Audio-Technica ATHM40FS Precision Studio Headphones
Price around 60-80 dollars the Audio-Technica headphones are light and comfortable on the head. They are found in daily use in major broadcast and recording studios, and relied upon by top touring musicians. A-T mics are chosen for Product features: flat, extended frequency response for mixing/monitoring; field-replaceable cables, drivers and ear pads; 1,600 mw of power handling, high SPL capability; 40 mm diameter drivers, neodymium magnets and CCAW voice coils; OFC litz wire cables, convenient one-side exit; Rotating earpieces for easy one-ear monitoring.
Beats Studio by Dr. Dre – Hi-Def Noise-Canceling Over-Ear Headphones
Priced around $300, Beats high definition headphones come with stylish design, deep bass, and are precision engineered to reveal the full sound of today’s digital music including the most sonically demanding rock, hip hop and R&B. With advanced speaker design, powered amplification, and active noise canceling, Beats delivers all the power, clarity, and deep bass today’s top artists and producers want you to hear.
Why Use Keyboard Headphones?
When it comes to headphones, the choice can be very simple if you are just looking for a good earphone to practice in silent.
The main problem you face while playing a piano is that it can disturb a lot of people around you, especially if you are still learning. You may want to play the piano late at night, but your neighbours, room-mates, or family may not appreciate the loudness at that time.
Even if they don’t mind, you may prefer to learn in isolation until you can play a few songs comfortably. You don’t want them to hear you struggling with the notes.
Using a good pair of stereo headphones for your digital keyboard / digital piano will save you all this trouble (you can’t do this with an acoustic piano).
Most headphones for your electronic keyboard can also be used with other electronic gear like your portable mp3 player, or with your laptop / computer (though you get dedicated separate earphones for computers, kindle and mp3 players).
Which One to Buy?
The best thing about using quality earphones is that it makes your digital keyboard sound much better, especially if you have an entry level keyboard. It makes your piano keyboard sound like a much more expensive keyboard instrument.
But what if you stay in a somewhat noisy place or if you have started doing music creation work on your synthesizer keyboard and want to completely cut out outside noise, or want a good pair of earphones which you can carry while travelling and don’t want any outside noise?
You can go in for noise isolation headphones.
Noise Isolation vs Noise Cancellation
But then how different it is from a or noise-canceling one?
Sound isolating earphones physically blocks the background noise. These are usually multi-purpose and can be used for your keyboards, for listening to music, and so on. For most general purpose, these can be used.
Noise cancellation headphones, on the other hand, are specialized equipment, mostly used by studio engineers, to negate selected frequencies. In a recording studio, even when the basic structure of the song is finalized, recording artists and music producers put in a lot of hard work trying to perfect the recorded sound.
With ordinary headphones, you cannot accurately hear the bass, the details, and the dynamics of the recorded sound. That is where a noise-canceling headphone helps you to reduce noise and they also provide clear music with powered isolation.
Our site has a wide selection of headphones, which can be used with any digital piano and keyboard. And how much do these keyboard / piano headphones cost?
It depends on the quality!
One of the popular brands for keyboard / piano headphones is Sennheiser. Not too cheap and not too expensive – but gives very good quality sound. Usually, you can buy budget headphones for around 25 dollars and the professional closed headphones would cost around a couple of hundred dollars, even more in certain cases.
Use When Needed
Though it is said that hearing music on headphones at very high volumes for several hours can cause hear damage, using it moderately and at comfortable volumes does not do any harm.
Nevertheless, it is a good practice to take a break every 45 minutes or so and give some rest to your ears before you start playing the piano again.
Unless you buy one of those high end studio headphones, it is better to stick to around couple of hours (max.) usage daily.
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