One should definitely have a good pair of headphones. One of the most important advantages of using a digital piano is that you can play or practice any time if the day or night.
And most adults usually have spare time late at night to play the piano, so why not make use of these features.
Another good thing about using headphones is that, if you use a really good quality one, it can make your average sounding keyboard much better.
If your digital piano has two 1/4 inch stereo headphone jacks (female), it means you can connect two headphones to it. It means one more person can play the piano along with you, its perfect for teacher and student playing together.
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.
All About Impedance
If you do some search on headphones, you may come across terms like “high impedance” and “low impedance” headphones. Stated simply, the “low impedance” headphones are to be used with low-voltage audio source, say an portable mp3 player. Now they may work perfectly with an entry level music keyboard but if you have a top level piano keyboard or intend to use it with a powerful audio source, “high impedance” audiophones will work better.
Just for reference sake, most apple earphones that are used with ipods are around 23 ohms. Some of the the better studio phones, especially the Audio-Technica are around 38 ohms. You even get earphones with even higher impedance – Sony MDR headphones are 63 ohms and you will find them in use in most studios.
That should also explain why some of the best headphones sound dull and muffled with cheap digital keyboards and pianos.
Headphones for Digital Pianos
What you choose will depend on how much you want to spend, whether you like open or semi-open design, and so on.
If you already have good stereo headphones that you use to listen to media/mp3 player, you may use that. You probably may need an adapter to convert it into 1/4 inch.
Looking for a good pair of Headphones for your home digital piano (most digital pianos have two female 1/4 jacks for headphones). Here are some popular brand & model of headphones that you may consider.
You could use any decent headphones by sony, panasonic or any other good brand. The Sennheiser HD series headphones are also quite good, they are used a lot in music studios as well. They sound good, are comfortable to wear and in general are widely available.
Here are some more popular headphone models.
Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone
Sony MDR7506 Professional Stereo Headphone is perfect for any situation where high quality sound is required. Features a rugged design, convenient folding construction, gold connectors and OFC Cord. The sound quality from these headphones is fantastic. Read more…
Sennheiser HD-280 PRO Headphones
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. Read more…
Audio-Technica ATH-M40x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones
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. Read more…
Beats Studio 2.0 Wired OverEar Headphone
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. Read more…
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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