Noise cancelling eadphones are usually considered an accessory themselves…an accessory to the ipod or the telephone or the cell phone for which they are being used. However, as more and more people are discovering the enjoyment of being an audiophile (a music lover) they are discovering the value that a headphone provides in reducing exterior sound and creating an environment to truly enjoy music. As such, these new headphones are becoming their own part of the audiophile environment and are thus developing their own line of accessories.
What kind of accessories can an audiophile get for his or her headphones? Here is a sampling:
Amplifiers are normally considered to be necessary for a stereo system to drive the speakers. The bigger the speakers, the bigger the amp! For many years, the small electrical current coming out of the listening device was enough to power the headphones, or the listening device (like the Walkman or portable stereo) had its own small amplifier built right in. But not anymore. Today, audiophiles want high quality headphones that need their own power source for full enjoyment…either for volume or for clarity. Enter the special headphone amp. These look similar to regular amps but are a little smaller. However, they are not as portable as the older style headphones that were attached to listening devices with built in amps.
Carrying cases are another must-have. It can be frustrating to be traveling and being unable to find your headphones. Nothing’s worse than being on an airplane and watching the television and trying to read lips! A carrying case can be as simple as a little bag to keep your headphones in. Of course, if you have larger headphones (like noise canceling head phones) you’ll want a bigger case with padding because of the intricate circuitry inside of them.
Cable clips are a great way to keep your cables from getting out of control as you listen to music. If there is sudden movement while your earphones are on, they can really hurt your ears, mess up your hair, pull off your glasses, or even damage your listening device! Clips keep your cables out of harm’s way.
Any time you have an intricate piece of machinery, you need replacement parts. It’s no different with headphones. The most common replacement parts for headphones include jacks, cables, and ear pads, all of which can become detached from the headset with excessive use. If you just own a cheap set of headphones, you can probably buy a new set for less than the replacement parts. But if you are a serious audiophile and you want serious headphones, you’ll also want some replacement parts just in case the music makes you dance too hard!
Lastly, consider getting some cleaning solution for your headphones. After all, they are around your ears and your hair for a long period of time and they can get a little grimy after excessive use. Keep them clean and you’ll enjoy them for much longer!