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  1. Template:
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  3. >Budget
  4. >Location
  5. >Source
  6. >Preferred type of headphone
  7. >Open or closed
  8. >Comfort level
  9. >Preferred tonal balance
  10. >Preferred music
  11. >Past headphones
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  14. Budget - We need to know how much you want to spend. If you can, please also indicate whether your budget is a hard limit, or whether it is flexible.
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  16. Location - If you are not from the US, knowing which country you're (shopping) in is helpful. If your country has a local price comparison site, providing an address to such a site is helpful, and also what your budget is in your local currency - this is because headphone prices can vary a great deal across the world: What is cheap in the US can be expensive in the UK, or something can be cheap in Japan and prohibitively expensive elsewhere.
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  18. Source - What are you plugging these into?
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  20. Preferred type of headphone - Do you want IEMs or full-sized?
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  22. Open or closed (Skip if you want IEMs.) - A headphone can be open or closed. An open headphone usually have a mesh at the back of the earcups, which allows the sound from the headphones to travel outside, but also allows external noise to enter. Open headphones are said to have a larger perceived soundstage. Closed back headphones do not have openings and offer isolation.
  23. Open is highly recommended if you can live with the outside noise at home, but should never be used in public.
  24. Closed headphones are recommended if you can't live with the outside noise at home and/or if you don't want other people to hear what you are listening to.
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  26. Comfort level - How comfortable do you want the headphones to be? Would you be willing to accept less comfortable headphones if it meant better sound quality?
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  28. Preferred tonal balance (Skip if you don't care. If you do care, but don't know, fill out 'Preferred music' instead) - Bassy (boosted bass), warm (recessed treble), neutral (bass, midrange and treble are close to equal), bright (boosted treble), V-shaped (boosted bass and treble), mid-centric (recessed bass and treble).
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  30. Preferred music (Skip if you already specified your preferred tonal balance or if you still don't care about it) - What do you listen to? If your music tastes are very esoteric, providing some examples (Youtube links work well) may be of some assistance to your helpers.
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  32. Past headphones (Skip if you're lazy) - What have you used in the past? What did you like about them and what didn't you like about them?
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