perhaps your keyboard doesn’t have built-in speakers, or you just want to enjoy some private practice time. each electronic keyboard offers a headphone output for that purpose. (Often if a keyboard has built-in speakers, plugging in a headset will automatically turn off the speakers. Smart, huh?)
breakdown headphone varieties
You can use several different types of headphones.
Reading: Casio keyboard headphone jack
In-Ear Headphones/Pads: These headphones sit on your ears/lobes and have some foam or cushions covering the speakers for added comfort. the quality of the sound coming out is usually good to very good, but they won’t block much of the surrounding sound. they also filter out more sound, so others can hear what you’re listening to
Over-the-ear headphones: Over-the-ear headphones sit over the entire ear and have a closed-back design that keeps sound in and reduces outside noise. reproduce bass frequencies better than in-ear designs.
Headphones: These options sit in the center of the outer ear, held in place by the curves of the ear or sometimes by a hook that sits around the ear. their quality can vary greatly, from very cheap and poor sounding to very good. they don’t tend to reproduce bass frequencies as well as over-the-ear options, and they don’t intentionally block sound too much.
in-ear headphones: These specialized headphones fit in the ear canal and can offer excellent sound, low-frequency reproduction, and noise isolation. however, they can be uncomfortable at first and may take some getting used to.
Headphones carry sound very close to your ears (and in the case of in-ear varieties, directly into the ear canal), so be careful when listening at high volumes. many of the warnings advise against listening out loud “for long periods of time”, but it’s best to play it safe.
Your hearing is precious and can be easily damaged by loud sound/music. try setting the volume as low as you can while still listening and enjoying it, instead of turning it as high as you can before causing pain or bleeding.
connect your headphones to your keyboard
The headphones and headphone outputs use two types of connectors. the receptacle on your keyboard that accepts the headphones is a jack, and the connector at the end of the cable is a plug. however, note that these terms are sometimes used interchangeably in other sources. here’s the breakdown:
The most common musical instrument/audio connector is called a 1⁄4-inch plug or phone plug. it is the largest socket used and makes a great connection due to its long shaft. it’s available in both mono and stereo versions, so make sure you have the stereo version, indicated by double black rings near the tip of the plug.
stereo allows sound to come out of both speakers of your headphones; monkey only comes from one side or the other, which you don’t want.
There’s also the increasingly common 3.5-millimeter plug, also called a miniplug (and also called a 1⁄8-inch plug, although 1⁄8-inch doesn’t equal 3.5 millimeters—don’t ask! ). this smaller option is used when space is at a premium. is the most common plug size for mobile phones, media players, and most earbud headphones.
makes a good connection but can be a bit fragile, so always be careful not to pull on the wire or put pressure on this connection. make sure you have the stereo version.
Your headphones may have a different size plug than the headphone output on your keyboard. Adapters that can convert between these two sizes are very common and are easily found at your local music store, electronics store, or online.
With the proper headset and cable/connector, you can now connect phones to your keyboard. do this before putting them over your ears. you can never be too sure about your hearing!