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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Some studies of portable cassette players found that test subjects used headphones at levels ranging from 65-112 decibels.
▪ As if by magic, a stereo disc or tape heard through headphones produces a surround of sound.
▪ Even so, these are good headphones.
▪ He fussed about what kind of headphones to use on the aircraft, approved uniforms and checked menus.
▪ I say and pick his headphones up and hand them to him.
▪ We strap on the goggles and headphones which are wired up to what looks like a drum machine.

n. A pair of speakers worn over or in the ears so only the wearer can hear the sound.


Headphones (or head-phones in the early days of telephony and radio) are a pair of small listening devices that are designed to be worn on or around the head over a user's ears. They are electroacoustic transducers, which convert an electrical signal to a corresponding sound in the user's ear. Headphones are designed to allow a single user to listen to an audio source privately, in contrast to a loudspeaker, which emits sound into the open air, for anyone nearby to hear. Headphones are also known as earspeakers, earphones or, colloquially, cans. Circumaural and supra-aural headphones use a band over the top of the head to hold the speakers in place. The other type, known as earbuds or earphones consist of individual units that plug into the user's ear canal. In the context of telecommunication, a headset is a combination of headphone and microphone. Headphones either connect directly to a signal source such as an audio amplifier, radio, CD player, portable media player, mobile phone, video game consoles, electronic musical instrument, or use wireless technology such as bluetooth or FM radio. Early headphones were first used by radio pioneers (crystal sets) and also by radio telephone and telegraph operators allowing a better audio reception without disturbing others around. Initially the audio quality was mediocre and a step forward was the invention of high fidelity headphones.

Headphones are made in a range of different audio reproduction quality capabilities. Headsets designed for telephone use typically cannot reproduce sound with the high fidelity of expensive units designed for music listening by audiophiles. Headphones that use cables typically have either a 1/4 inch (6.35mm) or 1/8 inch (3.5mm) phone jack for plugging the headphones into the audio source. As of 2015, most headphones are amplified by a headphone amplifier, either an integrated amplifier (e.g., in an iPod) or a standalone unit. In the 2010s, headphones are used by people in everyday life to listen to audio material such as recorded music, podcasts, or radio shows. Headphones are also used by people in various professional contexts, such as audio engineers mixing sound for live concerts or sound recordings and DJs, who use headphones to cue up the next song they will play without the audience hearing, aircraft pilots and call center employees. The latter two types of employees use headphones with an integrated microphone.

Headphones (band)

Headphones was an American indie rock-synth band with members David Bazan (formerly of Pedro the Lion), Frank Lenz of Starflyer 59, and T. W. Walsh. Nick Peterson (formerly of Fleet Foxes) toured as Headphones' drummer.

Headphones (album)

Headphones is the self-titled debut album by Headphones. The album features David Bazan on keyboards, and Frank Lenz (of Starflyer 59) on drums. Tim Walsh (formerly of Pedro the Lion) also contributed to the recording, albeit sparsely, as Bazan attested in November 2006:

. . .Tim and I discussed the possibility of delegating the drums and recording to Lenz and Hankins so we could focus on the music and the "vibe" and all that. Not realizing that we were delegating Tim right off the record, because he then wouldn't have any concrete responsibilities. And he had a tough time feeling like he was needed during the making of the record, and I was overloaded trying to finish writing while tracking my parts so Lenz would have something to drum to.

Headphones was engineered and mixed by Jared Hankins in Seattle in early 2005.

Headphones (disambiguation)

Headphones are a pair of small speakers mounted on a band for placing on the head.

Headphones may also refer to:

  • Headphones (band), an American indie rock band
  • Headphones (album), their album of the same name
  • "Headphones" (song), a song by Little Boots
  • Headphone Dust, a record label
Headphones (song)

"Headphones" is a song by English recording artist Little Boots, included on her mixtape Jubilee Disco. To promote the song, Hesketh released a series of clips from the music video in which several people enter a booth and put on a pair of headphones while looking through a pane of glass. It was first released for sale on 3 June 2012 digitally by Elektra Records. "Headphones" was originally intended to be included in Little Boots' second studio album Nocturnes (2013), but was later cut out from the final track listing.

Usage examples of "headphones".

He picked up a pair of headphones, plugged them into a jack, and put them on.

Her sleep mask was off, and her headphones, and Tish was spreading the white cotton blanket over her.

Even if Tish had taken the headphones off and Richard had shouted in her ear, she couldn't have heard them.

His coat was slung over the back of his chair and he was wearing headphones, old-fashioned ones with a band around the back of his head as well as over the top.

All we do is sit around with headphones on and raise our hands if we hear a beep.

Inside, red-and-black cloth-covered wires crossed and recrossed on a large wooden board, and coming from somewhere—the headphones, lying in front of the board—was an insistent ringing.

Inside, a man wearing headphones was sitting bent over a wireless key, listening.

He sat bent over the wireless key, his coat off, his headphones on over his blond hair, his finger jabbing fiercely at the telegraph key.

He turned impatiently, pulling one of the headphones away from his ear.

He leaned in front of the radio operator, tapped his headphones, and pointed to the sky.

He flicked his headphones over his head with one hand and felt for the play button on his MP3 player with the other.

Then he pulled on his headphones, rolled his jacket up under his head and shut the world out, leaving Turk to reconnoitre the buffet car for a few hours.

In a final ‘I dare you’ to the pool-bar waiter, he pulled on his headphones, adjusted his sunglasses, and folding his hands behind his head, closed his eyes as The Edge worked his magic.

He wrapped the headphones around his head, adjusted the volume to loud/extra bass, and hit the play button.

He slid his headphones on without waking her, and flicked the volume down low.