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Over-ear, on-ear and in-ear headphones: what are the differences?

In an earlier post we have explained differences between <a href=”https://ultrasone.com/open-vs-closed-headphones-which-is-the-best-type-for-me/?lang=en” target=”_blank”>open back and closed back headphones</a>. When choosing the right headphones, there are also other design aspects to consider. Basically, a distinction is made between headphones and earphones. The former can also be divided into over-ear and on-ear headphones. We at ULTRASONE have over-ear as well as on-ear and in-ear headphones in our portfolio. In the following article, we explain the differences between the different designs and help you find the right headphones.

Enveloping sound:

Over-ear headphones fully enclose the listener’s ears with their ear cups. Therefore the ear cups do not touch the ears in most cases, which many users find quite comfortable. The contact pressure for an optimal wearing and listening experience is comparatively lower with over-ear headphones, although there are differences between headphones for home use and those for professional studio use. Over-ear headphones are available in both open back (like our Edition eleven) and closed back (for example our Edition 8EX) versions. Open back over-ear headphones impress with their particularly airy sound and high wearing comfort due to their good ventilation. Closed back over-ear headphones offer good noise cancellation, which allows you to immerse yourself completely in your music. In general, many users of over-ear headphones describe the sound as particularly enveloping. A possible drawback of over-ear headphones is their higher weight caused by their design, which limits mobile use.

Compact and mobile

On-ear headphones are particularly popular for mobile use since their ear cups tend to be smaller, which leads to smaller measurements and a lighter total weight. With the Edition M Black Pearl we offer an audiophile model that combines the full manufactural range of ULTRASONE in one compact and audiophile device. With our ULTRASONE Go, we also offer a particularly travel-friendly model that can be folded. Since they are intended for mobile use, most on-ear headphones have a closed back design, allowing you to enjoy your music on a bus or train ride without bothering your seatmates. While compact dimensions and a low weight are benefits, some users find the on-ear design less comfortable, especially because it usually comes with a slightly higher contact pressure to achieve the perfect fit.

<h3>Compact and mobile</h3>
On-ear headphones are particularly popular for mobile use since their ear cups tend to be smaller, which leads to smaller measurements and a lighter total weight. With the <a href=”https://ultrasone.com/product/ultrasone-edition-m-black-pearl/?lang=en” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>Edition M Black Pearl</a> we offer an audiophile model that combines the full manufactural range of ULTRASONE in one compact and audiophile device. With our <a href=”https://ultrasone.com/product/ultrasone-go/?lang=en” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer”>ULTRASONE Go</a>, we also offer a particularly travel-friendly model that can be folded. Since they are intended for mobile use, most on-ear headphones have a closed back design, allowing you to enjoy your music on a bus or train ride without bothering your seatmates. While compact dimensions and a low weight are benefits, some users find the on-ear design less comfortable, especially because it usually comes with a slightly higher contact pressure to achieve the perfect fit.

Fine sound in the smallest of spaces

In-ear headphones differ significantly from their headband siblings. Just a few years ago a lot of listeners turned their noses, when talking of in-ear headphones with ultra-compact drivers in the smallest of spaces with a total weight of just a few grams. Nowadays, there are audiophile in-ear headphones on the market that combine the best sound characteristics with the advantages of in-ear design. These include an extremely low weight and smallest dimensions, making in-ears virtually predestined for mobile use. In addition – with the right seal – in-ears offer excellent noise cancellation. Our high end inear Saphire comes with a revolutionary six drivers and four ways design, which should eliminate even the last doubts about its resolution and sonority.

which type to choose?

As with the distinction between open back and closed back headphones., the choice between over-ear, on-ear and in-ear headphones depends heavily on the intended application. If you primarily listen at home, over-ear headphones are recommended for longer listening sessions. For use on the go, users can choose between on-ear and in-ear models. The final decision mainly comes down to personal preferences, as modern high-quality devices come with virtually no drawbacks in terms of sound quality. This is why we would like to invite interested customers to simply try out the various headphone designs for themselves at Gut Raucherberg.

which type to choose?

As with the distinction between open back and closed back headphones., the choice between over-ear, on-ear and in-ear headphones depends heavily on the intended application. If you primarily listen at home, over-ear headphones are recommended for longer listening sessions. For use on the go, users can choose between on-ear and in-ear models. The final decision mainly comes down to personal preferences, as modern high-quality devices come with virtually no drawbacks in terms of sound quality. This is why we would like to invite interested customers to simply try out the various headphone designs for themselves at Gut Raucherberg.