Different Types of Headphones

Headphones come in various kinds, forms, and shapes. Let’s talk about the most popular headphones today and their functions.

Open-Back Headphones

Open-back headphones have open ear cups, which allow a bit of audio to leak out. These headphones produce an open and airy sound. Audio engineers prefer the leakage it creates as it prevents frequency build-up and keeps the mix accurate. Open-back headphones allow them to hear exactly what they wanted the listeners to experience. You can wear open-back headphones for extended periods because it creates less pressure compared to other types of headphones. Open-back headphones are available in two styles – on-ear style and over-the-ear. You will also find semi-open headphones. The semi-open construction allows a bit of audio to escape and provides sound isolation simultaneously

Closed-Back Headphones

Closed-back headphones are perfect for those who don’t want to hear any outside interference when listening to their favorite songs because they can block out external noises. It has little to no sound leakage as well. Closed-back headphones are available in two styles –over-the-ear and on-ear style. It’s usually bulkier than other types of headphones.

On-Ear Headphones

On-ear headphones, also called supra-aural headphones, rest on top of your ears. This type of headphones allows some sound to escape and get in. On-ear headphones don’t cause you to sweat a lot, making them more comfortable to wear than other types of headphones.

Bluetooth Headphones

Bluetooth headphones contain a small chip that allows you to pair it with the device you’re playing songs from. This type offers the same sound quality as that of corded headphones. Bluetooth headphones are available in different styles, including over-ear, in-ear, on-ear, and wireless earbuds. This type of headphone, however, requires charging.

In-ear Headphones

In-ear headphones go inside of the ear canals. This type of headphone offers several benefits such as sound accuracy and isolation as well as comfort. In-ear headphones have silicone ear tips that fill the ear canals and allow the audio from the headphone to enter directly into the ears. However, you should keep the volume at a reasonable level to avoid causing damage to your eardrums.

Over-ear Headphones

Over-ear headphones rest over your ears, allowing you to hear less external noise. This type of headphone has larger ear cups than on-ear models. Over-ear headphones are quite comfortable to wear. Some cups are made of leather and velvet and don’t crunch the ears.


Earbuds rest on the outer ear, allowing for more external noise to enter as well. This type of headphone is very compact and portable, but it doesn’t create true sound isolation because of the size of the speaker. But if you don’t like the intrusiveness that in-ear models give, then you should consider getting a pair of earbuds.

Noise-canceling Headphones

Noise-canceling headphones actively reduce the surrounding noises to create a silent environment for listening to your favorite songs. Most noise-canceling headphones use soundproofing that blocks out higher frequency sounds. This type of headphone is ideal for those who want to completely block out the surrounding noises.

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