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Buyers Guide: 4 Main Types of Headphones


4 Basic Headphone Styles

4 Basic Headphone Styles

Of the many types of headphones available from your regular consumer electronics store today the headband and in-ear wired styles dominate the sales charts selling 17 and 56 million respectively according to a study conducted by NPD Group.

According to the NPD Group, the headphones category in the U.S. reached 18 million units from January through July, a 13% increase over the prior year. Total revenues from headphones reached $549 million in the same time frame, a 34% increase.

This means a lot of people who are plugging into tablet pc’s, portable music players and smartphones are shelling out additional cash for higher quality headgear than that which typically supplied with the devices by default. It’s clear that sound quality is equally important as the cosmetics or functionality.

So, while you shop around and get bombarded by the wide range available and the great pricing and deals available on top selling headphones at this time of year, remember the four basic styles of headphones and for what purpose they’re designed to ensure that you buy the ones that are right for you.

Over-Ear Headphones

Kicker 09HP541 Over-Ear DJ Headphones

Kicker 09HP541 Over-Ear DJ Headphones

Over-ear or circum-aural headphones completely cover the ear. This style of headphone typically offers the best specifications and materials and are targeted for audiophiles and budding DJ’s who appreciate and demand high-quality sound. These headphones are usually a closed-type headphone, which means that very little ambient sound is heard from the external environment, perfect for immersing yourself in music, but not exactly right for your morning jog or cycle.

On-Ear Headphones

Bose TriPort On-Ear Headphones

Bose TriPort On-Ear Headphones

Technically referred to as supra-aural, this style of headphone rest on the outer surface of the ear. As a result these earphones are usually designed to be lighter than over-ear style headphones, but they still offer high specifications and build quality. From experience these earphones don’t drown out as much of the ambient sound from the environment and are often not suited for people who wear eyeglasses as they can cause minor discomfort when worn for long periods of time.

In-Ear Headphones

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-ear noise-isolating headphones

Bowers & Wilkins C5 In-ear noise-isolating headphones

In-ear headphones were made popular by portable music players such as the iPod are designed to fit snugly inside the ear. These are available is a plethora of colors, styles, shapes and sizes to cater for personal tastes and are often supplied with multiple tips to ensure the best fit possible. These represent the most popular type of headphones available today and are perfect for most environments and for people listening to music while engaged in physical activity.

Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Bowers Wilkins P5 Noise-Cancelling Headphones

Bowers Wilkins P5 Noise-Cancelling Headphones

These advanced headphones make use of special circuitry to measure noise levels from inside the ear cup. Once they’ve measured the noise inside the ear cup they generate a cancelling signal which effectively reduces interference. Noise-cancelling headphones are most often found as over-ear styles but the technology can be found in many in-ear styles as well.

Now that you know about the four basic types of headphones available on the market today you should be in a much better position to choose the pair that fits your requirements when shopping for headphones online. Here at Vann’s we’ve made the task of finding the perfect headphones even easier by showcasing the best selling headphones as chosen by our customers.

Contact our customer support team If you need any further assistance with choosing your headphones, our friendly customer support staff are ready to answer your questions.



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