Headphones were not meant to be portable. Hence, the portability of the headphone wasn't an immediate concern for headphone manufacturers. The headphones could weigh from 1 to 2 kg. To get a relative feel of the heaviness, a Beats headphone weighs in at just 215g. A typical mobile phone today weighs around 110-140 grams.
The heaviest headphones that you can buy today are probably military-grade headphones that soldiers use in combat situations. These headphones can weigh up to 7 pounds (3.2 kg). Regular headphones that you find in music stores weight between 4 and 5 pounds (1.8 and 2.3 kg).
Here is a list of some popular headphones along with their weight:
Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pionner / 2.4 kg
Sennheiser HD 800 SIEV X / 2.5 kg
Sony MDR-7507P / 2.6 kg
Bose QuietComfort 35 II / 2.9 kg
JVC HA-F20 / 3 kg
Panasonic HC-V700M / 3.5 kg
Philips HDA1900 / 4 kg
Denon DP-150 / 4.4 kg
The weight of each headset, earphone, and in-ear headphones is shown in the table below.
|Model||Weight in Grams||Weight in Ounces|
|Model||Weight in Grams||Weight in Ounces|
|1MORE Piston Classic In-Ear Headphones||13.19||0.463|
|1MORE Crystal Piston In-Ear Headphones||15.61||0.551|
On the one hand, if you're planning to listen to music casually on a regular basis (typically on a smartphone, tablet, or computer), headphones rated for 8 to 32 ohms are fine. If you want to use your headphones with more expensive equipment, such as a home stereo system, they should be able to handle an input resistance of 100 ohms or greater.
On the other hand, if you plan to wear your headphones every day and want them to last a long time, it's best if you get them repaired or replaced periodically. The average life span of headphones is about 2 years, so consider this when buying new models.
In general, if you don't know what kind of load your headphones will be used with, get something that's a good fit between price and quality. For example, if you can afford only one set of headphones, go for those that cost less than $100 because they'll be used with any device that doesn't require high-end equipment. However, if you have the budget for several sets, buy ones that are higher quality because you can expect them to last longer.
Finally, make sure that the specifications of your headphone amplifier or receiver include support for low impedance loads. Some inexpensive devices have problems driving lower impedance headphones due to limitations in their power supplies or amplifiers.
Headphone impedance is commonly rated between 8 to 600 ohms, with 32 ohms becoming more prevalent. The higher the resistance, the better for keeping noise out but less able to drive a speaker effectively.
The rating is usually indicated on the box or packaging surrounding the headphone. If it's not clear, ask the seller which one they prefer and choose based on that. It's also important to note that these ratings only apply when the headphones are connected to a source device such as a smartphone or tablet. Disconnected from the source device, most will report an open circuit which can't conduct electricity.
In practice, most headphones will have a resistance around 30 ohms when connected to an audio source and used in normal circumstances. This gives them good sound quality and allows them to be driven by low-powered devices like smartphones. Headphones with lower resistances are best for listening to music through speakers because they don't load down the signal as much. These will generally have a rating below 30 ohms.
For super-low-resistance headphones (below 5 ohms) you need a source device with very high output power (like a microphone input) since there won't be enough current flowing to make a difference.
While many headphones are bass-heavy, it's critical to choose a pair with a balanced enough sound profile to keep detail in the rest of the mix so your music doesn't seem muddy or muffled. It's also important to consider how you'll be using the headphones when making your selection. Will you be listening to very loud songs? If so, go for a more powerful model that can handle this level of use.
If you plan on using the headphones solely at a comfortable volume, look for models with moderate to strong levels of sensitivity. This will allow you to hear what's happening in the background while maintaining clarity in the forefront.
Finally, if you want to block out external noise but still enjoy heavy metal, choose a model with tight, clear audio reproduction. These cans won't be suitable for mixing due attention being paid to the rest of the track, but if you're looking for a headphone that will get the job done without complaint.