The differences between over-ear and on-ear headphones
Comparison between over-ear and on-ear headphones
|Wearing method||Over your ears||On your ears|
|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 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 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.