Earbuds vs over-ear headphones: Which is best?

An article I wrote for Electronic Products.

Comparing two popular ways to enjoy portable music

No doubt about it, good headphones are a pleasure to listen to. Tuning out the world of noise around you so it’s just you and the music, audio book, or podcast you’re listening to is something we all need to indulge in every once in a while. When choosing headphones, one of the comparisons you’ll be making is whether you want earbuds or over-ear headphones. ¬†As with just about anything, both come with pros and cons, but consider these important points when selecting a quality pair of headphones to enjoy.

Over-ear headphones

Pros: Over-ear headphones rest on your outer ears while fully enclosing them, much like the ear coverings worn by those working on airstrips. The biggest advantage of these headphones is that they deliver superior sound quality, especially for capturing bass tones while blocking out background noise you’d rather not hear, such as traffic on the street or that loud movie playing in the other room. Compared to earbuds, many people find the soft pads covering the ears to be more comfortable, as they don’t irritate the inner ear.

Cons: The downside to these bulky headphones is just that – they’re big and aren’t too portable, and if you wear them long enough, they tend to get sweaty and sticky, especially if you’re exercising. They also have a habit of ruining hair and getting in the way of glasses and jewelry. Read More