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Hey guys, I have had this on my mind for quite some time, I want to learn more about audio... I don't know much at all.

For example I don't know what sound stage is, or why things have to be gold plated...

I was hoping someone out there that knew a extensive amount about audio could help me learn a little bit.

For instance, I want to understand what these specs mean..

50Mm Neodymium Driver and Ring Port Structure (WHAT??)
For High-Quality Dynamic Sound (Dynamic sound?)
Comfortable Mesh Head Pad For Long Listening (Mesh pad?)
11.48-Ft Cord With Gold-Plated Plug (What does gold have to do with it? Is that like a plus or normal or what?)
Brand Name: JVC (What are the good brands for audio?)
Model: HARX700 (Does HARX Stand for anything?)
Headphones Form Factor: Ear-cup (Is there any other option besides ear cup?)
Headphones Technology: Binaural (What exactly does this mean?)
Item Weight: 1.5 pounds (Is this a lot for headphones?)

Also a few more questions, How can you tell how good headphones are without using them? For instance with computers, you can tell immediatly after hearing the specs.. but with audio how would someone go about that?

What is so good about sennhieser?

There is a big jack on most headphones... is there a advantage to this, and is there a way to tell if it will fit on your set up without having to physically check?

What does closed ear mean?

What is a mid,a high, and a low?

What is a dedicated amp?

Why do people keep referring to them as cans?

I hope I get some in dept answers and not simply be butchered for asking to many questions.. I really want to learn about this like I did for computers... I really hope if you can't answer any of these questions you go on with your day, no offense but I really hate to get into a argument because of wanting to learn more about something... Really would respect that.


Thanks guys.
Edited by HappyDave - 4/1/11 at 6:49pm
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For example I don't know what sound stage is, or why things have to be gold plated...
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How good a sound stage does is makes the directions of the sounds your hearing more accurate, and gold plated I think makes the power cleaner? (Clean power = good sound)

I was hoping someone out there that knew a extensive amount about audio could help me learn a little bit.

For instance, I want to understand what these specs mean..

50Mm Neodymium Driver and Ring Port Structure (WHAT??)
For High-Quality Dynamic Sound (Dynamic sound?)
Comfortable Mesh Head Pad For Long Listening (Mesh pad?)
11.48-Ft Cord With Gold-Plated Plug (What does gold have to do with it? Is that like a plus or normal or what?)
Brand Name: JVC (What are the good brands for audio?)
Model: HARX700 (Does HARX Stand for anything?)
Headphones Form Factor: Ear-cup (Is there any other option besides ear cup?)
Headphones Technology: Binaural (What exactly does this mean?)
Item Weight: 1.5 pounds (Is this a lot for headphones?)
I think most of these are sort of gimmicky sounding stuff.

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Also a few more questions, How can you tell how good headphones are without using them? For instance with computers, you can tell immediatly after hearing the specs.. but with audio how would someone go about that?
Don't know that much

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What is so good about sennhieser?
they make good headphones

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There is a big jack on most headphones... is there a advantage to this, and is there a way to tell if it will fit on your set up without having to physically check?
the normal jack is 3.5mm


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What does closed ear mean?
Some headphones have open sides to allow sound to come in from outside of your headphones, some are close and clock sound (called isolating)

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What is a mid,a high, and a low?

What is a dedicated amp?

Why do people keep referring to them as cans?
Mid high and low refer to sound frequency, sound travels in waves. Low = bass, mid + high = voices and other instruments etc

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I hope I get some in dept answers and not simply be butchered for asking to many questions.. I really want to learn about this like I did for computers... I really hope if you can't answer any of these questions you go on with your day, no offense but I really hate to get into a argument because of wanting to learn more about something... Really would respect that.


Thanks guys.
No problem, hope I helped
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Thanks, I can get the mids, lows, and highs now, and what my options are for either a closed ear or open, and a small amount into jack sizes

Thanks so much. =)



Does anybody care to shed some light on these questions?
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For example I don't know what sound stage is, or why things have to be gold plated...
Sound stage is basically how far the environment goes. Sound stage has depth and width which help you locate where things around you are. If you think about it in the sense of an orchestra playing, you should be able to hear where the strings are coming from if you close your eyes and picture it with the sound.

Gold plating is simply because it's a good conductor for electronics.

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50Mm Neodymium Driver and Ring Port Structure (WHAT??)
For High-Quality Dynamic Sound (Dynamic sound?)
Comfortable Mesh Head Pad For Long Listening (Mesh pad?)
11.48-Ft Cord With Gold-Plated Plug (What does gold have to do with it? Is that like a plus or normal or what?)
Brand Name: JVC (What are the good brands for audio?)
Model: HARX700 (Does HARX Stand for anything?)
Headphones Form Factor: Ear-cup (Is there any other option besides ear cup?)
Headphones Technology: Binaural (What exactly does this mean?)
Item Weight: 1.5 pounds (Is this a lot for headphones?)
Nothing that really needs to be known or understood unless you want to be a geek and tell no one that cares what it means. JVC is a brand that's pretty good price wise for headphones and other electronics.

If HA-RX stand for anything, which I've never heard it stand for anything really, then I don't know what it stands for.

Binaural just means that it'll give you sound positioning with 2 speakers for 2 ears or something.

Check this out for more on Circumaural, supra-aural and other types of headphones.

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How can you tell how good headphones are without using them? For instance with computers, you can tell immediatly after hearing the specs.. but with audio how would someone go about that?
It's not that easy with audio equipment. Best way is to look at many reviews, but ultimately you should give them a listen if you can.

For bassy music, you can try looking at the Frequency Response, but this will also only tell you so much.

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What is so good about sennhieser?
They make some respectable audio equipment, especially in their higher priced headphones.

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There is a big jack on most headphones... is there a advantage to this, and is there a way to tell if it will fit on your set up without having to physically check?
It's called a 1/4" adapter. It's just if that's what your sound card or DAC uses if it doesn't use 3.5mm You should EASILY be able to just look at the plug in and know whether it fits or not. If you can't, you need to see an eye doctor.
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What does closed ear mean?
Closed ear means that the cans do not leak sound as much as open cans. They have a solid back typically with no grill or holes to let sound through. Typically these kinds of headphones are not recommended for gaming, but are useful if you're in a dorm or some place where you don't want to bother others around you.

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What is a mid,a high, and a low?
Basically frequencies. Lows is how low the speaker/headphones range will project. Highs are how high pitched they'll project etc..
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What is a dedicated amp?
Dedicated amps are only needed for headphones or speakers that are difficult to drive and have high Ohms. It amplifies the signal so you can hear it better and it some amps like tube amps can give you a warmer feel.
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Why do people keep referring to them as cans?
It's like when you were a kid and you heard about attaching strings on tin cans and listening on one end while someone shouted in the other.
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