How To Measure The Sound Quality Of Headphones?

Apr 30, 2021 7:24 AM ET

Most individuals are obsessed with the good sound quality of their headphones. But the absolute reference for sound quality is a matter of personal taste. And when it comes to the sound quality of headphones most people prefer deep, strong bass. If you listen to headphones, earphones, or speakers you only decide if the sound quality is ok for you or not. 

Headphone sound quality is usually measured in the form of accuracy and enjoyability. And the accuracy of sound quality can be measured by people or tools. How to improve your headphones’ sound quality in a simple, and affordable way? So here in this guide, we’ll help you to find everything you need to know about sound quality and how to improve your headphone sound. Let’s find out.  

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What Is Sound Quality?

A sound quality is related to how clear, well mixed, well-mastered, and produced a music piece is in the headphone.  But the quality is measured by accuracy and enjoyability. And the accuracy of sound quality is measured by people or tools. 

Subjective Categories of Sound Quality

There are 3 most common categories of audio quality. They are:


It’s a strong emphasis on the lower range to get strong, deep bass.


This type of emphasis on bass and treble gives a more lively and dynamic sound.


The flat is a type of sound quality, that has balanced and neutral sounding with all frequencies being equal.

How To Measure Headphone Sound Quality?

The sound quality of headphones can be measured in two types, one is subjective and the other is objective.


This measure type depends on the listener’s experience. In this method, they’re supposed to measure the sound from a media source and how they react to it either positively or negatively.


In this type, the sound quality is measured by special tools to find the accuracy and clarity based on electronic solutions. The sound quality depends on different factors and it electronically measured as transient response, frequency response, THD and IMD distortion, etc. So the objective measurements won’t provide accurate results for humans because the results come in a form of an electronic device perspective. These types of guides, information, resources regarding headphones, and other sound systems on sites like Soundboosted.

Does the Music Format Important for Sound Quality?

The music you prefer is important because the lossy formats lose sound quality, so it’s important to use a lossless audio format for the best experience. You can choose FLAC as it’s most efficient while not losing any sound quality. Here we’ve listed some common audio formats:

MP3 – good enough sound quality.
AAC – newer and more efficient than MP3.
WMA – competition to MP3 and similar to AAC.
WAV – usually uncompressed.
FLAC – go-to format for all audiophiles who like high sound quality.
ALAC – Apple alternative to FLAC, a bit less efficient but supported by Apple products.

Best Tips To Improve Sound Quality Of Headphone

Here are some simple tips to make your earbuds sound better even if the earbuds are disposable or bulky. Let’s find out.

Use Relevant headphone sides to  Ears

While wearing your headphone make sure to put the right channel in your right ear and the left channel in your left one. Wearing the right orientation will ensure you’re listening to the audio mix just as the audio engineers intended.

Repositioning Headphone Pads

If you are using on-ear headphones and not an in-ear one, then try to move the ear cups slightly like up and down and check whether the sound is improved or not. This could make a slight difference in the quality.

Changing The Ear Tips

Sometimes the ear tips of your earbuds may affect how the sound is being passed into your ear canal. So if you are changing the ear tips try to choose different designed ones and test them. Also, the earbuds users must try different sizes of replaceable ear tips that should perfectly fit in their ears.

Choose a Good Media Source Player.
Listen To Songs From Audio CD.
Upgrade Your Headphone

How Loud and How Long Should You Wear Your Headphones?

It is highly recommended to keep the sound levels at somewhere between 60 and 85 decibels to minimize the damage to your ears. And if you’re listening to music at around 100 decibels, make sure to restrict your usage to within 15 mins. So here are 6 ways to determine whether your headphones are doing lasting harm to your ears.

Carry out the ringing test.
Take regular breaks to give your ears much-needed rest.
Check the volume control.
Ask your friend to sit beside you to check if they can hear your music through your headphones.
Look out for signs of hearing loss.
Measure the sound level with a Sound Meter.

While using the headphones make sure to take a break where possible and keep the volume as low as you can to maintain your auditory enjoyment.

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