Everything you need to know before purchasing over-ear headphones
Nothing says hi-fi like a pair of over-ear headphones. While some may be intimidated by their size, comfort and sound quality are two key attributes these headphones have to offer. Here you'll learn if over-ear headphones are really right for you and what different varieties there are to choose from. While over-ear headphones may all look the same, there are major differences in how there are constructed and how they will sound. Click on the topic of your choice to learn more:
Why buy over-ear headphones?
The key advantages to over-ear headphones
Open versus closed or “sealed” over-ear headphones
Semi-open over-ear headphones
Who needs over-ear headphones?
Over-ear headphones under 200 Euro and 100 Euro
Better sound quality: Clearly, the larger ear cups provide more space for larger drivers so that over-ear headphones, especially open over-ear headphones, generally offer excellent sound quality.
Privacy: Nothing says “leave me alone” like wearing a large pair of headphones.
Warmth: Let’s face it, in winter they make great ear muffs.
Sealed or closed over-ear headphones do not allow air to escape from the ear pads. With this design, the large well-padded cups seal the ear from outside sounds so that you won’t hear anything but your music – and no one will hear yours. However, it is difficult to achieve the same sound quality as with open over-ear headphones.
Increasingly office workers prefer over-ear headphones for their comfort and sound quality but also for the statement they make. In large, open office environments, wearing a pair of over-ear headphones is the equivalent of hanging a “do not disturb” sign over your desk. They also help block out distracting chatter.
Many style conscious people wear over-ear headphones for the same reason they would drive a nice car: Performance and image. A stylish pair of over-ear headphones proclaims your love of music. They’re a statement that tells the world that good sound matters to you. After years of suffering through low-quality MP3s on cheap ear buds, listening to a FLAC audio file through hi-fi over-ear headphones can be a transforming experience.
The Aureol Real open over-ear headphones are available for just € 99.
The Teufel Massive sealed over-ear headphones are available for €99.
The Real Z semi-open over-ear headphones are available for € 179.99.