Hi guys, I’ve been muttering all over the karmic incidents on my last article and now I’m decided on one thing: I have to move on from my old phone to claim the part of my life back! Just kidding. And luckily, I have my own way to forget all my problems. I like to hear music to change or set my mood. But when I was about to try it, I found out that my earphone busted; the left headset didn’t work. I guess sleeping with earphone on would make some accidental pull that would break the headset overtime. And now, I’m just gonna spill my own tips to my loyal readers how to buy a headset selectively! Try to devour everything here, because this info is for lettercanteen.com-readers-only.

  • So, do you even know what you want or need?

Guess some of you had your own “investigation” on this matter, but for some that never give a hell about the difference between “headset” and “headphone” will spin their head right round-round.

Let’s break the words here: we have “head”, “ear”, “set”, and “phone”. Let me tell you my principle about the differences(no citation needed, because duh it’s kinda obvious) of those words. The term “head” explains about a device that will occupy more than your ear. To make it simple, it’s gigantic. Big. The term “ear” explains about a device that will occupy only your ear. You can say the term is generally used for those tiny-weeny buds that people plug inside their ear to enjoy some vibration they call music. “Phone”, as its name suggests, indicates that the device has a microphone in its components. That means an accessory that can help people when calling someone. You realized that some of your “headphones” don’t have microphone, didn’t you? They have three stripes on their iron plug. While the term “set” means, well, a set. It’s a general term, so it includes headphones or earphones, but those that don’t have any microphone can be called “sets”, too. They have two stripes on their iron plug.

“Headphone” means a big device that will swallow your ear whole and it has a microphone.

“Earphone” refers to a smaller device that will sizzle its way into your ear to give you music(and sometimes bacteria, if not cleaned properly. I’m serious.)

“Headset” means a headphone that may not have any microphone.

“Earset”, even though you rarely hear ‘em, means an earphone that may not have any microphone.

You might have heard about “handsfree”, “handset”, and maybe another unknown terms, but they are rarely used now. “Handsfree” refers to all device that could help you use handsets without using hands. Kinda plain, huh? Handsfree to free your hands – the inventor maybe was drunk when naming it. And “handset” is a device that could occupy your hands, and portable. You can call your PSP a handset, too. But if you bring your entire computer and you call it handset, then you must settle down your logic, brah.

So, you’ve gotten what you want. You may want a headset or an earset(take note, the term “earset” is seldom used, so use whatever term the seller understands, and try to make them visit lettercanteen.com to understand the differences, mwa ha ha). Now let’s move to the next step: do you want those ambient sounds to be isolated or not? For non-english speaker, ambient sounds are the environmental sounds around you – might it be you were in the beach so you can hear the waves, or might be your mother yelling at you to do your chores – those are called ambient sounds (I’m thankful my mother doesn’t like to surf the internet).

For headset fans, you have chosen a device that will proudly leak whatever you’re listening to those around you, and headsets are more durable than earsets. You have two options: the on-ear and the over-ear.

The on-ear headsets are headsets that are particularly smaller than the over-ear one. They cover your ear just firmly – it just rests on your ear without the further need to swallow it. They are cheaper and more portable than its brethren. The knockback is that it will gradually press your ear until it’s removed, so your ear is susceptible to physical numbness after prolonged use. But don’t worry, it’s only a minor downside. The major downside is that it’s easier to break than the over-ear, but hey, to each their own.

The over-ear headsets are bigger ones that will gobble on your ear to prevent ambient sounds from entering it with its latex-like buds. These devices are mostly used by the PC users, because it’s not very portable, given its big size, and it’s a necessity for those home-soldiers who wage warfare on the internet games. It’s for a more-serious business that can only be used by serious people. The downside? You might need to sell your PC to obtain the best over-ear headsets – they are expensive, and the inexpensive one breaks easily. And it traps heat on your ear, as noted by http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/10-terms-you-should-know-to-identify-the-best-headphones/.

For earsets folks, you have chosen a much-portable and a more private device, it’s kinda a device that will be chosen by those who cares so much about their environments that they decide to keep their music to themselves. You too, have two options: the bud earsets or the in-ear earsets.

Do you still have your original earset when buying a phone? I don’t understand why, but original earsets are always bud earsets. Never for once I saw an in-ear earsets when buying a phone (or it’s just me who actually never buy a phone by myself. Someone should buy me many phones so I can find out!). These bud earset hangs on your ear to keep itself facing your earholes. This is a more-friendly earset, allowing environmental noise to make their way to your hearing sense, making you more aware of your surrounding. The downside? No more loud music, because it leaks sound more than the in-ear earsets. If you turn up too much volume for your music, people will recognize a mini-speaker on your ear instead of an earset.

By far, my favorite set is in-ear earsets among the many hearing devices that this world provides. In-ear earset has a silicon bud on the end of the mini-speaker. These silicon buds would fit your earhole perfectly, so it hangs on your earhole, giving it firmer grip and isolating ambient sounds altogether. The downside is that people would look like a fool when they call you but you don’t notice, and the dirty silicon would give bacteria into your ear if you keep it gross – ewh, I guess you don’t want bacterias dancing inside your ears, right? So remember to clean ‘em properly.


This is a must when I buy some earsets – the stereo ability. You know what stereo ability is, right? Let me break it down for you, try to hear “Firefly” by Owl City, or “Lupa-Lupa Ingat” by Kuburan(for Indonesians) using decent earset. In certain part of the song, you would hear the melodies dancing right-and-left on your ears! That would make your experience in listening music better than when using mono earsets.

Readers, I have found my darling earsets – cheap and decent, for a college student like me. Whatever people say, I like this, so you should buy whatever you like too, instead of listening what people say about it.

Pick your sets carefully, okay? See you again in next articles!