In-ear vs. Over-the-ear Headphones

Brett Day
Yahoo Contributor Network
In-ear vs. Over-the-ear Headphones
A pair of over-the-ear headphones. Ideal for watching movies, and listening to music around the home.

Today, consumers will happily spend hundreds on a portable media player, but will often rely on the headphones that come with the device. Headphones are perhaps one of the most important accessories for their new device, and picking the right pair to get the most from your media is not easy. In this article we will take a look at both in-ear headphones and over-the-ear headphones, and why taking the time to find the right pair for you can have a major impact on your enjoyment of your media.

In-ear headphones

These smaller headphones provide the user with a very portable way of listening to their favorite tracks while they are on the go, but for the most part, earbuds do not produce the greatest sound quality.

While the sound quality produced by small form factor headphones has improved greatly over the years, they still cannot offer the sound quality that full sized headphones can offer. Where in-ear headphones really start to shine though is when you look at how practical they are.

If you are always on the move, in-ear headphones offer the highest levels of portability, and because the earbuds fit snuggly into your ear, you can be as active as you please without having to worry about them falling out. This makes in-ear headphones the perfect choice for those who like to listen to music while exercising or doing other activities; you can even find in-ear headphones that have ear clips that fit behind the ear for extra security. Because of this, you can pop them in and forget about them.

If you are looking for a lightweight and ultra-portable way to listen to your music while you are active, in-ear headphones may be the best choice for you. While you do give up overall sound quality, you gain a lot in terms of practicality.

Over-the-ear headphones

Full size over-the-ear headphones can immerse the user completely into their music or movies. While the sound quality that can be reproduced by these larger headphones is excellent, the size of them might not suit everyone.

Over-the-ear headphones will produce deep, bass filled music, and overall sonic clarity will be excellent. Because the ears will be covered, these headphones can act as a great noise isolation tool as well.

Over-the-ear headphone are perfect for users who primarily like to remain stationary while they are listening to their music on their MP3 player, or while watching movies on their tablet. While they are portable enough to take with you on the train, plane, or car journey, they are not suited to those who want to be active, and will be far better suited to use in the home.

Choosing the right type

Whether you prefer the snug feel of earbuds, or the padded feel of full size headphones, choosing headphones will all come down to personal preference. Choose the style that fits you and your activities the best. The extra time spent on finding the right pair of headphones for you will make all the difference when it comes to enjoying your media.

At the end of the day, the headphones you use will have a greater impact on the quality of the media than the device you are using to play it, so it is important to pick the right pair of headphones for you. Take your time and try several different pairs before you make your final decision.