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The differences between over-ear and on-ear headphones

There are 2 ways you can wear headphones. Either you choose over-ear headphones or on-ear headphones. Over-ear headphones shut you off from the outside world more effectively than on-ear headphones. On-ear headphones are worn on your ears and weigh less than over-ear headphones. Both wearing methods have their pros and cons. In this article, we'll tell you more about these.

Comparison between over-ear and on-ear headphones

Over ear On ear
Wearing method Over your ears On your ears
Weighs less No Yes
Shuts out surroundings more effectively Yes No
Easier to take with you No Yes

The difference between over-ear and on-ear headphones

Over-ear headphones

Over-ear headphones

Over-ear headphones fall over your ears. This way, you'll hear less ambient noise, which is pleasant in noisy environments like public transport and the office. Because the ear cups are a lot bigger than those of on-ear headphones, you can't carry them in your coat or bag as easily. Since over-ear headphones don't press on your ears, they're more comfortable during a longer listening session.

On-ear headphones

On-ear headphones

On-ear headphones rest on your ears. They're smaller and lighter than over-ear headphones, making it easy to carry around. Ambient noise is still audible to a limited extent, making on-ear headphones safer in traffic. Because the ear pads press on your ears, on-ear headphones can hurt faster than over-ear headphones.



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