By Jack Burden
There are three main types of headphones, and their names relate to how they fit over the ears. Each headphone type has its special attributes and drawbacks.
- Also Called: On-ear, open-back, open-air headphones
- Sit over the ears with soft padded ear cups.
- Don’t block ambient noise.
- Leak music for others to hear.
- Also Called: Closed-back, around-ear headphones
- Create a seal around the ears, blocking out a lot of ambient noise.
- Don’t bleed music to the outside.
- Higher sound quality.
- Usually heavier, bulkier, and less comfortable to wear for extended periods.
- Also Called: Earbuds, canal headphones
- Sit inside the ear, either at the outside (earbuds) or inside the canal.
- Canal headphones create a tight seal within the ear, improving sound quality.
- Vary in how well they fit and stay in place.
|JB Burden has been reviewing, and researching TVs and Electronics for more than 9 years. His topical “interests” include pixel orbiters, louvered screen filters, and in-plane switching panels… among other things. See more about JB|
More Headphones Articles
You’re settling in for a long flight and you want to listen to music to help you relax. The ear pads fit right over your ears, but the roar from the engines overpowers the sounds coming from the headphones. That’s the frustrating situation Amar Bose found himself in back in 1978; within 10 years … [more]
Related Top 10 Lists
If you’re an audiophile who wants to enjoy the full richness of sound, then you need a good set of headphones. We looked at a number of headphones and selected our 10 favorites based on several factors … [more]
About the Author: