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|
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