Why did we write this guide?

Any one who loves audio knows that headphones are more than just an accessory - it's a huge part of their everyday life. While we've always has audiophile guide posts spread through Headphone Zone, a coherent knowledge base like this one did not exist. We decided that this guide would be the most extensive and detailed in order to get beginners and advanced audiophiles of India completely familiar with audio technologies and audiophile practices. 

Regardless of where you are in your audiophile journey, this resource should help you get closer than ever to your music through your headphones. Armed with our understanding of how headphones work, this exhaustive 28 Chapter guide includes everything you may need to become an audiophile in the true sense of the word. 

Who is this for?

This resource is chock-full of topics that you may already know about, but would help you in your audiophile journey or in just getting to know your existing setup more intimately. If you're an absolute noob to the world of audio, or even if you're very comfortable with the lingo and are a seasoned audiophile, you should find some value in this audiophile guide.

How much of this should you read?

We've organised the Audiophiles 101 guide into three sections - Understanding Headphone BasicsPutting Together the Right Setup and Knowing Your Audio.

If you're completely new to audiophilia, you should start from Understanding Headphone Basics. This section contains 14 Chapters (Back to school, guys!) and addresses absolute beginner topics about headphone designs to advanced topics like driver technology, wireless versus wired sound and more.

Confident about how headphones work? Then you can skip to the next section - Putting Together the Right Setup, which will break down how source devices like DACs, Amps, and DAPs make a difference to your headphones. This section contains 7 Chapters! Here is where you will also discover ways to make your music listening experience the best its ever been. You will also learn how to take good care of your audio setup.

As someone on their path of becoming an audiophile you will find that the Knowing Your Audio section aims to deliver a deeper understanding of how audio itself works. What you'll learn, you ask? What bitrates and frequency response curves mean, decoding audiophile-speak, what are the different sound signatures, amongst other hot audiophile topics!

 


Section I - Understanding Headphone Basics


 

Headphone Designs & its Types

Chapter 1:
A peek into the world of Headphone Designs & its Types

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Understanding Parts of a Headphone

Chapter 2:
Get Up Close & Personal with Your Headphones

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Difference between Wired & Wireless Audio

Chapter 3:
Difference between Wired & Wireless Audio

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Headphone Driver Technologies Explained

Chapter 4:
Headphone Driver Technologies Explained

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Headphones & their Mic + Remote

Chapter 5:
Headphones & Their Mic + Remote

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Understanding Headphone Impedance

Chapter 6:
Understanding Headphone Impedance

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How Active Noise Cancellation Works

Chapter 7:
How Active Noise Cancellation Works

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Headphone Sensitivity

Chapter 8:
Yes, Headphones Can Be Sensitive Too

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Open Back Headphones vs. Closed Back Headphones

Chapter 9:
Open Back Headphones vs Closed Back Headphones

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Choosing the Right Headphones for You

Chapter 10:
Choosing the Right Headphone for You

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Burning in your New Headphones

Chapter 11:
Burning in your New Headphones

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Simplifying Complicated Headphone Specs

Chapter 12:
Simplifying Complicated Headphone Specs

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Finding the right eartips for the best comfort with your earphones

Chapter 13:
Getting the Right Fit with your Earphones

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The Evolution of Headphones

Chapter 14:
Discover The Evolution of Headphones

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Section II - Putting Together the Right Setup


 

Finding the best Source Devices for your Music

Chapter 1:
Source Devices for your Music

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Headphone Amplifiers & Why you need one

Chapter 2:
Why you may need an Amp

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DACs for your headphones

Chapter 3:
DACs the Way, Mahi Ve!

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Headphone Apps for iOS and Android

Chapter 4:
Apps for your Headphones

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Music Genre & Headphones

Chapter 5:
Choosing Headphones by Music Genre

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How to Take Care of your Headphones

Chapter 6:
How to care for your headphones

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Best Music Streaming Apps for the Indian Audiophile

Chapter 7:
Best Music Streaming Apps for the Indian Audiophile

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Section III - Knowing your Audio


 

Understanding High Resolution Audio

Chapter 1:
Understanding High Resolution Audio

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Love Audio? Speak the Lingo

Chapter 2:
Love Audio? Learn How to Speak the Lingo

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Sound Signatures Explained

Chapter 3:
Getting to Know the Different Sound Signatures

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The Audio Spectrum & the Human Ear

Chapter 4:
The Audio Spectrum & the Human Ear

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Making Sense of Frequency Response

Chapter 5:
Making Sense of Frequency Response

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Bass-Tactics: The What, Why & Huh of Bass

Chapter 6:
Bass-Tactics: The What, Why & Huh of Bass

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What's the Fuss with Mids & Highs?

Chapter 7:
What's the Fuss with Mids & Highs?

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