In the last ten years, both the market for headphones and the technology behind them have grown steadily. Headphones are now a must-have accessory for many people who work, play games, listen to music, talk on the phone, etc.
But one of the most common questions that will help you decide what to buy next is whether you want over-ear or on-ear headphones. Their designs are a little different, and each has pros and cons.
There are also in-ear headphones, which are also called “earbuds.” Today, the Apple AirPods are the best in this category. They have such a large market that they can compete with big brands like Netflix and Spotify.
Over-ear Headphone & On-ear Headphone Comparison
If you want a good pair of headphones to listen to high-quality music, in-ear headphones won’t do. Your choices are over-ear or on-ear headphones. Today, let’s talk about them and help you decide what to do.
Both headphones can give you good sound quality for the price, and they are both portable. However, there are some pros and cons you should think about before buying a new headset.
1. Pros and Cons of On-Ear Headphone
- Pros of on-ear headphones
On-ear headphones fit right over your ears. They sound better than earbuds and aren’t as large as over-ear headphones. They tend to be less expensive, and if you want something portable, they’re a good middle ground between in-ear and over-ear headphones.
We don’t think on-ear headphones have any other benefits besides making it easier to seal the sound, which lets you hear more of what’s going on around you. This could be good if your job doesn’t need you to be alone and needs your attention.
- Cons of on-ear headphones
There are some problems with this plan, though. On-ear headphones might sound better than regular earbuds, but because they don’t completely seal in your ears, the quality might only be OK, and they tend to leak a lot of sound.
So, on-ear headphones aren’t the best choice if you want something quiet to use in a library or a quiet office.
When it comes to comfort, everyone is different, but on-ear headphones can give some people headaches after long use because they sit right in your ears. On-ear headphones are not for people who can’t stand having anything in their head for more than 20 minutes or who get sweaty, hot ears.
2. Pros and Cons of Over-The-Ear Headphones
- Pros of Over-the-ear headphones
If you love music, you’re probably best off with over-ear headphones. Every audiophile has them because of how well they work and how well they isolate.
One of the most common benefits of over-ear headphones is that they can block out outside noise. Some in-ear headphones also have this technology, but it’s not very common and it doesn’t work as well as it does with an over-ear headset. Most on-ear headphones don’t have noise cancellation because it’s easy for sound to leak out.
When it comes to comfort, wearing over-ear headphones is like having a warm cushion around your ear that keeps the outside world away. The cups go all the way over your ears and don’t hurt or make you sweat. Many brands sell extra earcups in case you wear out the ones that come with the headphones.
But over-ear headphones are usually heavier than other kinds, and if you don’t like things on your head, you won’t be able to use them for long periods of time.
Lastly, you can be sure that the performance will be the best of the best. Because of their design, which lets them have the biggest drivers, over-ear headphones can play a wide range of frequencies and have a deep bass. Also, as we said above, you can get pretty good noise cancellation, and even if you don’t, over-ear headphones naturally block out some outside noise.
- Cons of Over-the-ear headphones
The worst thing about over-ear headphones is that they are not portable. Some brands do it well by making them foldable and other things, but keep in mind that they will always be bigger and heavier than other headphones. You can’t get around that. If you can’t keep them in your head at all times, you’ll probably need a case to carry them around.
The price is the only other thing I can think of that isn’t good about it. Over-ear headphones tend to be more expensive because they work best and sound the best. However, if you look around, you can find some great ones that won’t break the bank.
To end this post, let’s briefly go over the pros and cons of each type of headphones.
Which is the Winners?
- Not very portable, but on-ear. Comfortable, but over-ear.
- How well they work and sound: over-ear
- Blocks out noise: over-ear
- Leakage: over-ear
- What’s the price?
If you don’t mind the size and want a pair of headphones that sound great and are comfortable, buy over-ear headphones. Or if you need the best noise-cancelling and isolating headphones so you don’t wake up other people.
Buy on-ear headphones if you want good sound quality and comfort, you want to be able to take them with you, and you don’t mind if noise gets in or out. Or if you have a small budget but don’t want in-ear headphones or already own a pair.
Always think about comfort. A cheaper pair of headphones that are more comfortable will often get used more than a high-quality pair of headphones that you don’t like and that sit in your drawer for months.