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There are many considerations when purchasing headphones. Instead of going over all of these considerations (I know you don’t want to read all of that) I am going to go through two of the major decisions you have to make when finding the right type of headphones.
In this post, I will explore in-ear vs over-ear. Stay tuned for part two where I will dive into wired vs wireless.
Now that I have all of that out of the way, let me get down to business, in-ear vs over-ear. As you might imagine, this is not simply a matter of personal opinion, but of the marriage of form and function. The best headphone for you, depends on what you need the headphone for and what level of comfort you want.
I use both styles of headphones on a daily basis. I wear in ear headphones during my workday, keep one in while driving to be able to take calls, and use them at home whenever I am talking on the phone. Much of my business takes place over the phone so I use this style headphone for at least 2-3 hours each day. I use in ear headphones to listen to podcasts almost every day as well. I find that in ear headphones provide strong audio quality when you are speaking or listening to someone speaking, however, I shy away from these type of headphones for listening to music as I don’t believe you receive the best range of sound from them. I also find that in ear headphones can be difficult to wear for long periods of time depending on the shape of your ear and ear canal. For instance, I have a very hard time keeping Apple Airpods secure and they tend to cause irritation and discomfort. However, I have no problem wearing my Bose Soundsport in ear headphones for hours at a time.
I wear over ear headphones every day in the gym. I love the sound isolation they provide and need something that will stay in place during a workout where I move and sweat. I also wear this style headphone when I travel. I have to fly for work many times each year. I find that over ear headphones provide me the best option, they keep what I want to hear in, and what I don’t out. Also, they are more obtrusive, so if I don’t want to spend a whole flight hearing about my seatmate’s “fur babies” or “guaranteed investment opportunity”, a set of over ear headphones work well. I believe that I get a better range of sound when listening to over ear headphones so these are the style of headphones I choose when I am listening to music. As with in ear headphones, over ear headphones can become uncomfortable with extended wear, but the fact that most are adjustable in various ways allows me to wear them for longer periods of time without issue whether they be the pair of Skullcandy Uproars or a pair of Sony Noise Cancelling headphones.
Depending on what you want to do and how you plan on spending your day, will determine which type of headphone you need. Make sure to take your time in choosing, try several models of each type out, and find what works best for your ears and your lifestyle.