Giving in to Music: Top Headphone Choices for Audiophiles
It's pretty apparent how music has become part of the modern Filipino lifestyle. Everywhere you look, on the streets or in public utility vehicles, you will see one or two people listening to their MP3 devices. Some Pinoys can't even begin their day without listening to their favorite tunes. Music has become the perfect pick-me-up. Such is the love of Pinoys for music, that living without it seems impossible.
No wonder many take pains in improving their listening experience. Now with the increasing influx of commercial headphones in the market, Filipinos can always upgrade their audio listening arsenal. It doesn't take a lot to know which one is worth your money, or which is ear-friendly, at the least. As far as sound quality is concerned, there's a lot that you can choose from.
Whether you want to give it as a present to your music-loving friend, or you just want to have a blast with your music, here are some of the essentials you need to have:
Sennheiser Momentum On-ear
Sennheiser has always been a trusted name when it comes to sound quality. This time, however, the manufacturers have outdone themselves. The new Momentum is not just a testament to their high standards. It shows how eye-catching designs can make good impressions too. They come in different finishes, a suede headband, and stainless-steel gliders. These sure give other candy-colored headphones a run for their money.
The smaller versions of the original Momentum cans do not compromise size for sound. They still have that succinct bass presence, with the treble adding the right punch to the whole mix. RnB and rock music-loving Filipinos will never go wrong with this.
The AKG K550 is a music-loving homebody's buddy. The over-ear, closed back headphones feature large earpieces, perfect for long listening sessions. Don't feel too intimidated by the size, though. The K550 headphones are light and comfortable. You might even forget that you're wearing them at some point.
The superb sound quality delivers excellently in all criteria. Every register is well-defined and streamlined, that when you listen to a passage, they blend in magnificently. As the ear cups are big and spacious, the sound comes like you're just listening in an acoustic room. This expansive listening experience sure makes its high price tag all worth it.
For those who are looking for quality sports earphones, the Audio-Technica ATH-CKP500 do not disappoint. Some audio enthusiasts may be surprised to see an in-ear monitor (IEM) among the manufacturer's product line. But the well-fitting sports model offer just the same comfort and sound quality fans have loved about Audio-Technica's full-size models.
ATH-CKP500 has C-shaped ear tips, designed for a secure fit inside your ear. They are also certified IPX5 waterproof. Meaning they can withstand a certain amount of dousing you may experience in your workout. Bikers and runners will benefit a lot from the design as it allows sound to filter in, enough for them to hear oncoming traffic or sense external movement.
If you want something that speaks about your roots, then Timbre GITARA is it. The Filipino brand Timbre takes pride in the rich socio-cultural nuances of music and art in the country. They seek to add visual value to what people think of music. They marry these two concepts in the evocative GITARA headphones, designed by Team Manila.
In terms of sound quality, GITARA does well in the lower registers. It captures the essential bits and highlights some parts of the midranges. GITARA, in other words, does a good job in living up to its standards. Considering it's the first local headphone brand, this should be included in any Christmas shopping list.
With these music listening devices, it's not hard to see Pinoys becoming more enamored with music.
Their passion for rhythm and melody shows how much they deserve to have the best listening experience they can ever have.