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Which Headphones are right for you?

Sam Baldry

Wondering what the difference is between the different headphones models we offer? Look no further. This blog aims to look at the pros and cons of each model, and help you decide which one is right for you.

 

Our Add-on Deluxe headphones – £18.99 (when bought with a piano/keyboard)

Our Add-on headphones offer everything you’d want for quiet practicing with your instrument. They are “on-ear” headphones, meaning they rest against your ear, minimising sound ‘leakage’, and offer a clear sound – making them perfect for practicing and playing without disturbing the neighbours.

A disadvantage of these headphones is that the ear cups do not swivel/twist, for a more ergonomic fit (it won’t adjust to the shape of your head/ears), and so playing over long periods of time – over an hour for example – may become slightly uncomfortable.

Pros:

  • Very good value for money
  • Minimal sound leakage
  • Clear sound

Cons:

  • Ear cups do not swivel
  • Lacking in bass response

 

Yamaha HPH-50 – £30.00

The cheapest of the slightly more stylish HPH headphone range, the HPH-50, offers a great sound at a competitive price. Like the Add-on Deluxe Headphones, they are on-ear, offering the same benefits for quiet practicing, along with a softer ear-cup material as well as swivelling ear cups (found on all the HPH models), making them slightly more comfortable for wearing over long periods of time.

A disadvantage to these, like almost all on-ear headphone models is the lack of bass or low-end response due the smaller ear cup size. A disadvantage compared to the Add-on headphones is that the headband on the HPH-50’s is just a flexible plastic, with no padding, as opposed to a faux-leather covered foam padding.

Pros:

  • Minimal sound leakage
  • Nice sound
  • Swiveling ear cups

Cons:

  • No padding on headband
  • Lacking in bass response

 

Yamaha HPH-100 – £50.00

Yamaha HPH150 Headphones

The HPH-100 headphones are probably the best headphones available for quiet practicing. 

Unlike all the other models we sell, they are a closed-back design, which means the foam ear pads completely surround the ear and encapsulate them, resulting in effectively no sound leakage, making them perfect for playing your instrument even at high volumes without disturbing anyone nearby.  Another benefit of closed-ear headphones is the improved bass/low-end response they offer over on-ear models, as well as a more comfortable wearing experience, as they do not press directly against the ear..

A disadvantage of the HPH-100’s is again the lack of padding on the headband, opting instead for bare plastic.

Pros:

  • No sound leakage
  • Great sound with good bass response
  • Comfortable over-ear design

Cons:

  • No padding on headband

 

Yamaha HPH-150 – £80.00

The HPH-150 headphones are for the players looking for high-quality sound reproduction, rather than a means of practicing silently.

In contrast to the other headphone models listed, the HPH-150 headphones do not focus on minimising sound leakage, and use an ‘open-air, open-back design’. This means that while they fully surround the ear like on a closed-back design, the back of the ear-pad is left ‘open’ which allows sound to easily escape.

But why would this be useful? Well, open-back headphones are used in professional studios, as they can offer extremely accurate sound reproduction. Allowing sound to escape out the back prevents a build-up in pressure inside the ear cup, which can negatively affect the sound.

Don’t be under the impression that they are just as loud as the piano however! Due to the speaker drivers in headphones being so small, you certainly won’t be disturbing neighbours with these.

The HPH-150’s also use an extremely comfortable felt ear-pad material, as well as a padded headband, making them perfect for playing over long periods of time.

Pros:

  • Excellent sound reproduction
  • Great bass/low-end response
  • Very comfortable design

Cons:

  • Allows sound-leakage
  • More expensive

I hope this was useful to you. Take care everybody!

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Sam Baldry
Sam divides his time between sales and assisting with stock maintenance and other logistics in our warehouse. He also occasionally writes for the ePianos blog, using his keen interest in engineering to help explain product technology in everyday terms.
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