Active headphones or Passive Headsets?Which one should you use?

Hello and welcome to a innovative new group of assistance to those earphones questions. Ever desired to learn about something headset, earpiece or headset linked? Now’s your chance. Due to the great amount of inquiries we are so regularly asked, you’ll find we’ve dipped into our mailbox and chosen the 9 most pertinent (and most often submitted) inquiries. Enjoy.

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Part 4: Active headphones or Passive Headsets?What would be the difference?

That’s one of our most frequently asked questions, we get it much of the time and, frankly, we’re sick of giving the exact same stock email over and over again. So, we chose to solve it once and for all.

Now, before we go any longer, I am off to draft the standard email that directs someone to this article, back in a minute…….You’re still there? Good. I stopped off to buy a vitamin drink and a cup of tea as well, sorry.

OK. To state it plainly, there are two varieties of noise reduction, active and passive.

Passive noise cancellation/reduction is often a by-product of sporting the headsets in the first place. If a headset covers your ears up, it basically has an identical noise cancellation effect as a set of earmuffs. The sound has to work that much harder to travel to the ear how it must firstly pass through a hard surface. Passive noise cancellation comes mostly from blocking, or covering your ears and listening to a louder sound in closer proximity. If the friend is trying to speak with you and you can’t pay attention to them due to your earphones, then that is passive noise reduction.

Active noise cancellation/reduction is a bit more scientific. Earphones that actively cancel outer noise do so by creating a low field of white noise close to your ear, this successfully masks outside noise and is a function in and of itself, away from the sound reproduction performance of those speakers.

Being honest, anything you place in or around your ear carries a passive noise cancellation effect, but only headsets equipped with noise cancelling functions will produce a masking white sound. This noise will not interfere with the operation of your headphones, but it’ll cover the sound from wind, rain, road works and other train passengers and their noisy phone conversations.

Noise cancellation/reduction earphones will do a far better job of drowning out the noise pollution created by barking pets, train announcements, bad street buskers and the charity trolls who accost you in the street.

Joking aside, this is a FAQ because it’s a very good one to ask. Noise cancellation features drastically help to increase the cost of the headsets and it is absolutely worth knowing what you’re purchasing before you set your hard-earned down onto the counter.