Choose the best headphones for your personal listening – Part 6

Alan Foster


This article is dedicated to helping you find headphones that are right for you, and no matter what type of headphones you like, there is always one for you.

On-ear (aka supra-aural) headphones

The sound quality of on-ear headphones is not as good as over-the-ear headphones, but you can get a great listening experience by the design putting smaller cup above your outer ears. At the same time, many models of on-ear headphones are foldable, small and convenient, suitable for travel.Everyone's ear size is not the same, so you need to feel the tightness of different models, to find a suitable type for you. You may like a tighter type, enjoying better noise insulation, but prolonged use can lead to fatigue and even permanent hearing loss.

In-ear headphones

In-ear earphones can directly transmit the sound to the eardrum by forming a sealed environment through the tip made of silicone and memory-foam, so their sound stage is much smaller than that of the on-ear headphones.At the same time, earphones are worn in the ear canal, making them small in size, so they are suitable for travel and exercise. Because it can also be used with smart phones, it is very convenient to use. Some active-lifestyle models also have IPX waterproof certification.Because the bass part of the earphone depends on the sealing quality of the earphone, the too loose model will make the bass hard to feel. In order to find a sealed earphone with right tightness, you may need to keep looking for it.Another difference between IEMs and over-the-ear and on-ear headphones is replacement. Some advanced ones are equipped with detachable parts, so when this part is broken or aged, it can work normally again only by replacing the parts at a lower cost. But for in-ear earphones, if they are damaged, the only way waiting for them is to be thrown away. Recently, some IEMs are trying to solve this problem. According to the MMCX standard, some IEMs are also equipped with detachable parts, so you can save your in-ear headphone by replacing the cable.
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