IPX Rating. What it means?

Ever wondered how a smartphone, completely submerged in water to the point of destruction, remains in working condition? Good question. Water resistance, waterproof, and dust protected are just a few terms marketing gurus throw at consumers to give their products more rugged appeal. One area where it’s becoming more common is in the audio space, primarily with headphones. But what does that all really mean? Just how much water can your earbuds or over-ears sustain? The answer is in its IP rating.

The IP rating determines how resistant something is to environmental elements. Most IP numbers read IPXX: each “X” being a placeholder for a number. The first number represents the level of resistance to dust/particles and the second representing its ability to withstand liquid. To get a better idea how the IP rating system works, here’s a quick breakdown.

  • IPX0 – No protection
  • IPX1 – Protects from dripping water
  • IPX2 – Protects from vertically dripping water
  • IPX3 – Protects from sprays up to 60°
  • IPX4 – Protects from splashing water, no matter the direction
  • IPX5 – Protects from water jets at any direction
  • IPX6 – Protects from powerful water jets
  • IPX7 – Protects in water up to 3 feet (1 meter)
  • IPX8 – Protects when immersed in water over 3 feet

How to pick your next Headphones

Here are some steps to consider when selecting one.

1. Determine the specific use of the headphones

The first thing to consider when purchasing a product or service is to determine its purpose. The same applies to a pair of headsets. 

For instance, do you want a pair of headphones you’ll be using while working out in the gym? Or will you use them to listen to music while in bed, at the office, or doing some gardening work? Doing so reduces the scope of your search. 

2. Select your kind of headphone type

There are three main types of headphone sets in the market. There is the in-ear type, on-ear type, or over-ear type.

Each one of them has its good and bad sides, as mentioned earlier in the article.

3. Choose between the open-back or closed-back headphones

Depending on your intended use, taste, or comfort levels, you can choose between the following two versions: 

The closed-back model — This type is designed without any vents or holes on their outer shells. The model is standard among the in-ear, on-ear, and over-ear headsets. 

Open-back model — On the contrary, this kind has holes and vents on their earpieces. This allows sound and air to get in and out of your ears, giving you an illusion of a standard radio or soundstage. 

4. Choose between the wireless and wired headphones

Next, you’ll decide on whether to purchase the traditional wired headphones or their contemporary wireless counterparts. 

Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages, which leaves you with the option of selecting what works for you. 

For instance, wired headphones will provide you with consistent high-quality audio regardless of the existing conditions besides having a better battery life compared to other wireless types. However, they will require you to carry along your gadget. 

On the other hand,  wireless headphones will allow you to move within a particular radius without your phone or music player allowing you to answer phone calls or listen to music. A  downside would be, they lose function once the battery runs out of charge. Sound clarity and quality can be affected or stop working if you move too far away. 

5. Noise cancellation

Another thing to decide on is whether to have a headset with the noise cancellation feature or not. Nonetheless, this technology enables you to cut off any noise when using a pair of headphones. They can be a good fit for several experts such as transcribers who require a noise-free environment. 

The only caveat here is that they are pricier compared to other types.

Choose perfect earphones for you!

It is very important to decide what type of earphones will be perfect for your usage. You can shop your choice of earphones from our shop. If you are struggling to make choice about it please continue.

There are basically two major types of earphones ie. wired and wireless earphones. In this article we will discuss about wireless earphones. There are two types of earbuds.

  • In-ear
  • Semi in-ear

You can easily identify earphones with which are in-ear and semi in-ear from the above image.  In-ear are the ones that gets stuffed into the ear canals like this  and Semi in-ear are the one that sits in the peripherals of ear cavity like this. Though both these kind of earphones can generate equally good sound quality, but differ in how they perform in day to day life or activities and both types have their cons and pros.



  • As these comes fitted with silicon earbud tips, they fit very well in ears hence cancels outdoor/environmental noise very well (without even having Active Noise cancellation) and hence provide more clear and distraction free sound/music/
  • Can be more comfortable due to silicon tip. Can wear for longer time.
  • Generally comes with multiple size earbud tips to get right fit.
  • As these earphones fits well, it suits for several sports activities like jogging, excercising etc.


  • As these reduces environment noise, these are not safe if you use earphones while commuting (driving or even walking).
  • There are chances that silicon earbud tips start to tear out as per usage or eventually be lost.
Semi in-ear

Pros :

  • These doesn’t require any earbud tips so no worry of losing and wear and tear.
  • These are universally designed to fit everyone.
  • These doesn’t block environmental/outside noise must allows to be aware of you here about.
  • Can be used if you use them while commuting without worrying about safety.


  • Doesn’t fit very well and tends to comes out.
  • Can’t be used for sports activities.
  • Can be little uncomfortable to wear for long time.


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