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Comparing In-Ear vs Over-Ear Headphones

The debate has waged on for years concerning which style of headphones are superior. If you’re in the market for a new set of headphones and having trouble deciding between in-ear headphones and on-ear headphones, you’ll want to think about how you plan to use them. Both styles are built to serve different purposes and lifestyles. So the answer is really up to the individual. Here are some things to consider.

In-Ear Headphones

If you’re someone who’s on-the-go and prefers carrying as little as possible, in-ear headphones might be the best choice for you. Their compact size makes them small enough to fit in your pocket. Additionally, their lightweight design means you barely feel them – making them the perfect headphone for runners, bikers, weight lifters and almost all other fitness nuts.

Upon their inception, many years ago, in-ear headphones lacked the quality sound and bass that on-ear headphones provided. Today, in-ear headphones offer some of the best audio technologies and sound quality you can get. (Check out the Klipsch X11i in-ear headphones.)

One common complaint users have with in-ear headphones is their comfort and ability to stay in place. Some folks just don’t like the feeling of something stuck in their ear. Perhaps too many wet willie’s as a kid?

However, Klipsch’s patented oval ear tips combat the discomfort of round ear tips. They also provide a great seal for better noise isolation and deeper bass response.

On-Ear Headphones

If you prefer ultimate comfort, deep bass and tend to be seated when listening to your music or movies, on-ear headphones are right up your alley.

On-ear headphones are almost as their in-ear counterparts. Not only are they comfortable, but their larger size provides more style to those who desire it.

Though they are not as compact as in-ear headphones, they can easily be transported. Many designs come with a carrying case and often times fold up, like the Klipsch STATUS. But where they lack in portability, they make up for in sound and style.

The truth is, there is no right or wrong - only what suits your preferences. Just make sure you’re not listening to crap audio whichever route you take.

Tell us in the comment section below which headphone style you prefer.

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