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Finding the perfect earphones

Follow these three golden rules to find the right pair of cans

COMFORT

It is important that the headphones you pick do not give you a raging headache. Unlike clothes, it is crucial to try the headphones at a retail store. Put them on, try some tunes and get a good sense of whether they feel comfortable. If the cans feel awkward, or worse, stick to your ears from all the sweating, skip them.

IN-EAR, ON-EAR OR OVER-EAR

This is a matter of both comfort and audio preference.

* In-ear models tend to deliver great audio with natural noise isolation, but some people do not like the intrusive feel of it within the ear canal.

* On-ear headphones have a good balance of comfort and audio delivery, but are slightly less effective at noise isolation.

* Over-ear headphones are good for passive noise isolation and generally create a full sound stage since the earcups cover the ears. Comfort can vary, depending on the earcups' materials.

TEST WITH YOUR FAVOURITE TUNES

Have a good mix of instrumental tracks, songs with strong vocals and some heart-thumping bass music to test the range of the headphones.

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