Over-ear vs On-ear Headphones: Which Should You Buy?

Over-ear headphones

Why should I buy over-ear headphones?

Some people do not like the feeling of in-ear headphones. If you are in this situation, problem solved: Get yourself some over-ears. This style of headphones is made for often stationary and prolonged listening. Over-ear headphones may be bulkier than their in-ear counterparts and carrying case. They also take up much precious bag space.

Closed-back over ears and in-ears solve the same problem in a different way. While in-ears seal out external sounds from the inside, over-ears seal out external noise by covering the ear from the outside. For sound quality, in-ears could not reproduce the same sound quality as over-ears. To be fair, it is difficult to produce drivers delicate enough and small enough to create a similar listening experience. In recent years, the technology has advanced better, and you can get in-ears that rival over-ears in sound quality. Of course, you may need to afford to pay for it. On the contrary, you can get better sound quality for less money if invest in over-ear headphones as compared with in-ear headphones.

What does $150 (or less) get me?

In this price range, headphones are a great first-time experience. This is suitable for people looking to get from their music-listening experience. One of the main reasons you want to buy headphones in this range is the sound quality. Good items should have a definite sonic depth of field with clean and clear high as well as non-boomy lows, mellow, and no frequency range should overpower the others.

Even though headphones are voiced to emphasize treble or bass, you are able to hear everything else. If you find something to record your own music, you will need a set that has a flat response such as mids, bass, and treble. Many recording studio use headphones in this range because they do the job well. Also, they do not cost so much that persons need to be cautious when working with them. Good headphones of this price range last several years of use. Besides, they have a sturdy build and remain comfortable for long-term listening. For materials, you will see a lot of plastic and vinyl with the occasional steel accent plus metal reinforcing the headbands. Also, you will see small details such as replaceable earpads, collapsing, swiveling earcups, and gold-plated jacks.

What does $400 (or under) get me?

In the $400 range, headphones are designed for shutting out the world and get some meaningful listening done. I listened to a track I have heard hundreds of time with headphones of this caliber, but I realize small details I have not noticed or perhaps was unable to hear before. However, be warned: if you fall in love with a pair in this range, it may be tough to go back. While the $150 set is a monitor for recording, the $400 pair is what the producer, mixer, and engineer invest in for final analysis of the recording.

For materials, they become finer in this range. The padding on the earcups is cushy and soft, and the fit becomes comfortable and ergonomic. With gold-plated jacks, the headphones spot replaceable cables, leather trim, stainless steel, and hard carrying cases. These headphones should be substantial and feel sturdy in your hands. For the sound, the experience may be immersive, with crisp in the highs, smooth and velvety in the low, and the frequency response delicate. The listening material should surround you and you get a sense of being in a specific space. Decay and attack of waveforms may be gradual and gentle like a wave rolling in and out, not snapping on and off. On the other hand, artfulness can be not lost in the listening experience.

On-ear headphones

Why should I buy on-ear headphones?

The headphones find a balance between the portability and the comfort. If you find in-ear headphones harsh or need something more portable than over-ear headphone picks, you may need on-ear items. I try to nail down the perfect balance without sacrificing great sound quality in the past tests. But producers stopped making wired on-ear headphones in favor of similar wireless versions.

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