With the help of the latest technology, portable music players have indeed become a reality. Music lovers can now fit a music player in their pockets and listen to their favorite music. Sony first introduced the concept of portable music with the launch of their walkmans. Apple is the pioneer in the digital age to introduce portable music in the form of Apple iPods that can play music in the popular MP3 format. Today, MP3 players have become an extremely popular item in the market. The latest portable audio players are small and snug and can support a range of formats. With a wide variety of these devices to choose from, we present a small but effective guide to pick up the right portable audio player and the right kind of headphones for your player.
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The first thing that comes to one's mind while purchasing a digital portable (MP3) player is the price. The budget that you set aside for this purchase is the most important aspect of purchasing a MP3 player. Figure out a budget for which you can buy an affordable yet good quality player. Mot players do not include the type of headphones that you will prefer, so while purchasing an MP3 player, also include the likely cost of a reasonably good player while budgeting for an MP3 player. If you want to include other accessories for your player, then you should include the price of these in your budget as well.
An expensive MP3 player may be your first choice, but it is no good if it does not have a good sound quality. It's like purchasing a car. You might be lured by an expensive model, but its no good if it gives you a bad drive. The best way out is to go in for a player that has good sound quality which you can afford in your budget. Most buyers will face a practical problem here. No seller will allow you to open the player and test it for sound quality. The best way out is to consult a buyer's guide or look for a list of the best portable audio players on the internet provided by a reputed and authoritative source. Also, try and buy a player with manual equalizers instead of going in for players with preset ones. A manual equalizer will give you more control over sound output than the ones which come preset from the factory.
If you now have purchased the player you wanted so much, then you will obviously be concerned if the battery runs out frequently. A frequently discharging battery can really be a major technical issue. So, it's always better to go in for a player that offers reasonably long battery charge. Rather than going in for the figures provided by the manufacturer, it is always better to research about the actual battery life offered, because this figure can be really much less compared to the values provided by the manufacturer.
One more thing that you will need to consider is the onboard memory offered by these players. Initially you might feel that you do not need a player with a larger memory, but needs grow with time and soon with all your favorite songs on your player, you might find your player short of memory. Therefore, it is always advisable to purchase the most spacious player within your budget. If you find that your budget does not allow you to purchase a player with a larger memory, then consider buying a player with expandable memory. You can always expand your player's memory later on.
Finally, any value added features available with the player do not have a major impact on the player's ability to reproduce good quality music, but it is good to have some of them anyway, but not at the cost of compromising with your player's core capabilities. Frills such as Wi-Fi, Web Browser, Bluetooth, etc. come at an additional cost, so go in for these only if you can afford them.
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While purchasing an MP3 player, going in for the right headphones is an important aspect in itself as well. Some people like the big over the head types, while others prefer the smaller in-ear earphones instead. Much like going in for a portable MP3 player, the first thing that you will need to consider is the budget. Headphones can be cheap starting from a few hundred rupees to more expensive ones costing a few thousand. A good quality headphone can be expensive indeed, but what you will need is a quality headphone without going overboard with your budget.
Moreover, headphones must be comfortable to wear other wise there is no point in going in for an expensive variety that makes you uncomfortable. It's all about choice. Some people find the larger ones annoying and like the comfort provided by the more discreet smaller ones, while others go in for the larger ones as they find the tiny and pesky ones more annoying.
The most important aspect of a headphone is its ability to reproduce good quality sound. It is no use going in for an expensive player, but choosing a cheaper quality headphone. So, go in for a headphone which gives you good sound quality and matches your MP3 player's sound quality. Another point which you should consider while purchasing a headphone is to check if it is sturdy enough to handle even rough handling. It's no good going in for a fragile headphone that breaks in a couple of days even after moderate use.
Finally, some people consider buying wired or wireless headphones. Though wireless headphones are available, they are outright expensive that scares a lot of people from buying them. Secondly, wired headphones currently reproduce sound more faithfully than their wireless counterparts. If you are purchasing a wired headphone, consider buying one that has ample wire length, so that you can comfortably listen to music while wearing your headphones. Also check if the headphone has a 'Y' type wire or a single side wire. In the 'Y' type wire, the wire splits up in the middle and feeds both the speakers, while the single side wire feeds one speaker from the side and goes over the headband to connect to the other speaker.
Let's hope that this much of information is good for you to begin enjoying your experience with portable audio players and headphones. With this assessment, you should be able to make a reasonable judgment about purchasing your favorite music equipment.
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By: Nihit Aurora
Books on Portable Electronics:
Elements of Electronics
Portable Electronics: World Class Designs