We will take a look at the main differences between the two as well as some of the pros and cons of each.
Understanding Binaural Beats
Binaural beats are some of the oldest and most well-known of the brainwave entrainment technology.
They are widely spread and extremely popular due to their effectiveness.
For those music gurus out there, the binaural beats as the name suggests, introduces two sine wave tones that are of two different wave frequencies.
These tones are below 1000Hz and the difference between the two tones is less than 30Hz.
Binaural beats are listened to using earphones and each ear will receive only one tone.
The brain combines the two sounds and creates an internal pulse.
The pulse is repeated at the rate that is equal to the difference between the frequencies.
One of the key aspects of understanding binaural beats is that the pulse is created by the brain and not the recording.
These recordings are usually used for personal development and can be overlaid with ambient music or sound effects to aid in relaxation.
Pros and Cons of Binaural Beats
One of the benefits of binaural beats is that they have been researched extensively and developed over time.
They were originally discovered in 1839 and have been studied extensively.
Although not all the claims associated with binaural beats have been found to be true, they are a viable method of brainwave entrainment.
Users can also enjoy a large range of options.
Since these beats are very well-known, there is currently a large range of recordings to listen to that incorporate binaural beats.
Another pro is that they can be very good for work with delta brainwave band.
This is an area where isochronic tones have not been shown to be very effective.
However, the definite con of using binaural beats is that headphones have to be used to listen to them.
This can be a little inconvenient and may even be impossible for those that have trouble using headphones.
Powerful Isochronic Tones
Isochronic tones are the newest brainwave entrainment technology and believed by some to be the most powerful.
This type of tone is created manually with equal intensity pulses of sound that are separated by intervals of silence.
They work by turning off and on rapidly.
The speed of the start and stop depends on the desired brain frequency.
Since they are discrete, it’s very easy for the brain to entrain to isochronic tones and many people find this type of tone to be the most effective method of entrainment.
Pros and Cons
Like mentioned earlier, isochronic tones are the most effective for synchronising the brain to the desired frequency.
Many people who have used binaural beats in the past, listen to isochronic tones just once and prefer them immediately.
Also, a benefit of isochronic tones is that headphones don’t need to be used.
However, some people still prefer headphones and say that their experience is improved through the use of headphones.
One of the downsides of isochronic tones is that the tones have to be audible in order to be effective.
While isochronic tone recordings can be enhanced with other sounds and noises, the tones can’t be drowned out by these extra sounds.
This aspect of the tones can be a disadvantage to many people since the tones have a distinctive sound which many people don’t like and can be found to not be soothing.
Another related disadvantage is that some people have found isochronic tones to be problematic at lower frequencies, making them unsuitable for delta entrainment.
However, it’s important to understand that your experience may be different and you should always experiment on your own.
One final con is that isochronic tones are a fairly new technology and are not as well known as binaural beats.
This means that there normally aren’t the same range of recordings to choose from, although new ones are showing up all the time.
To wrap up, both entrainment methods have both strong and weak points.
It’s also important to notice that different people will get different results from each so it’s not possible to objectively say that one type is best in an absolute sense of the word.
Also, mood can be a factor, so many people will prefer one over the other at different days or points in their lives.
Rather than making an absolute recommendation, I would suggest that anyone who wants to explore the benefits of entrainment should experiment with both methods to find out which one works best for them.
Whatever method is chosen, it’s important to choose high quality recordings, like the one below.