Technology is everywhere we look now, from gadgets that remotely turn home appliances on or off to interactive Star Wars R2-D2 robots and bright pink smartwatches for 4-year-olds. For ease of communication, entertainment value and safety, many electronic devices require, or benefit from the use of, headphones. These Sacramento small businesses can point you in the right direction.Filco Superstore
Filco, a Sacramento landmark since 1971, now has a huge superstore with a professional sound room and expanded electronics section. The selection of headphones is extensive, and there is something in every price range. For basic cell phone and mp3/iPod uses, check out NLight ear buds and NCredible headphones by Monster. Sony products include classic black DJ headphones, premium high-resolution DAC/amplifier-integrated headphones, noise-cancelling headphones with swivel ear cups and lightweight, comfortable headphones for children ages 8 and up that are designed to be gentle on the sensitive ears of kids. For the ultimate home theater experience, look for Sennheiser RS 170 headphones or Monster Diesel VEKTR headphones. Gaming enthusiasts will love the selection at Filco, including the Sony PS4 headset for PlayStation and the Sennheiser PC 163D gaming headset with Dolby surround sound, excellent acoustics, adjustable boom and an open design so you can keep cool even when the game heats up.Skip’s Music
Skip’s is the center of choice for Sacramento musicians and performers. Rebecca in the Pro Audio department of Skip’s says the store offers headphones from companies including Shure, Audio-Technica, Yamaha and Pioneer. Direct Sound and Vic Firth offer extreme isolation headphones made especially for drummers, in addition to their other high quality products. Musicians seeking affordable, professional headphones that reproduce clear highs and mids as well as strong, deep bass should consider the SRH240A from Shure. At the higher end, ATH-M70x professional monitor headphones from Audio-Technica offer incredibly accurate reproduction, even at extreme high and low frequencies.
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General Technologies specializes in headphones and other devices for anyone with hearing problems. Basic ear buds and canal buds can be used with stereos and other entertainment electronics. A number of headphones can provide ample amplification for basic listening, but others, like the comfortable Koss UR15 headphones, can be worn with hearing aids. Headphones with personal amplifiers can be very helpful when background noise makes it difficult to hear. GI offers economically priced Super Ears, an amplifier, unidirectional microphone and headset combo originally created for bird watchers, which is also useful for hearing in noisy places. Another option is the Pocket Talker personal amplifier by Williams Sound; the headphones and earphones are perfect for listening to television or the radio.Big Valley Metal Detectors
Anyone who has dreamed of finding buried treasure should go to Big Valley to get headphones and metal detectors. The store carries a full line of headphones including those from Gray Ghost Deep Woods, Jolly Rogers, Sun Ray and Jimmy Sierra. The new, full-sized XP WS5 headphones, designed to work with the XP DEUS wireless metal detector, have built in controls and are fully waterproof. For weak signals, check out the super sensitive ID 15-123 stereo headphones from Calrad. There are also submersible headphones by Garrett and professional Black Widow headphones for use in high levels of ambient noise. The latter comes with a warning of potential eardrum damage if not used properly.JJ Custom Designs
For those for whom style is as important as function, Sacramento artist JJ can create headphones that are truly one of a kind. Skullcandy 2XL DJ headphones with articulating ear cups can be fully customized. Designs can be hand painted or sketched and can use graffiti artwork, photographs or computer-generated graphics. The design is sealed with a professional high-gloss coating for headphones that will look great for a long time. The artist also does custom creations on apparel, shoes, backpacks, skateboards, phone cases and more.
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