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It won’t be an exaggeration to say that audio accessories are actually the spine of any effective digital communication, a multimedia event and even common leisure activities such as listening to music, watching movies, playing video games, etc.
Sound is an important aspect and one cannot compromise with its quality because a good sound can set a ravishing ambiance. Hence it becomes inevitable for you to have the knowledge of the best audio accessories that would surely enhance your entire collection of audio accessories. The commonly used audio accessories are headphones, microphones, receivers, amplifiers, etc.
Headphones – These can be termed as mini loudspeakers which are worn around a head by the user. They perform the task of converting an electrical signal into a corresponding audio signal. Headphones can be connected to a source device using a wire or using wireless technologies such as Bluetooth, FM radio etc. Headphones typically keep the speakers intact with the help of a band over the upper part of the head. Whereas the earbuds (earphones)are very tiny and hence can be directly plugged into the ear of the user. Some other headphones that are available in the modern day market are sports and fitness headphones, Noise cancelling headphones, DJ/professional headphones and premium headphones.
Headset – When a microphone is provided along with the headphone then it becomes a headset. These can be used in aviation, telephone, playing games on the personal computer, etc. In a headset, the microphone can be used externally or it can be a part of the earpiece. The telephone headset is preferred by those who require constant telephonic conversation. Using headphones or even headsets at extremely high volume can cause hearing impairment,so one should use them within low volume range only.
Microphone – An instrument that is responsible for converting an audio signal into an electrical signal is termed as a microphone. The variety of microphones available are laser microphones, ribbon microphones, dynamic microphones, condenser microphones, carbon microphones, crystal microphones, liquid microphones, etc. The microphone can be unidirectional (sounds from only one direction can be detected), omnidirectional( detection of sound is not confined by the directions), bidirectional (sound can be detected equally from the front as well as back). The different microphones respond differently to the sounds since they differ in their design and construction.
Amplifiers – In typical terms amplifier is something that increases the magnitude of the input signal provided to it. So it is undoubtedly a must have item for any sort of audio system, home theatre system etc. Nowadays Bluetooth stereo amplifier, gaming audio amplifier, wireless home audio amplifiers are being widely used.
Speakers – It is another important accessory when it comes to enjoying good music. You can choose from a pool of smaller speakers or large outdoor speakers as per your needs. The plenty of available speakers are bookshelf speakers, portable speakers, wireless and BlueTooth speakers, soundbars, subwoofers, ceiling speakers, satellite speakers, floor standing speakers, central channel speakers, etc.
Adapters – Sometimes the devices you intend to connect may differ. So you need one connector type to adapt according to the other connector type. This is achieved with the help of adapters. To serve your purpose headset splitter adapter, headphone jack adapter, dual adapters, etc. are available at present.
Audio Cables – Today there’s no dearth of the variety of cables and interconnects available in the market. You can buy right from digital coaxial cable, fiber optic cables, RCA cables, speaker cables, subwoofer cables to even stereo jack cables.
There are many more audio accessories that you can surely explore and add some of them to your collection of audio accessories.