Over Ear Headphones are the largest headphones in size. The ear cups fully encompass the listeners ears, generally creating the most comfortable fit around you . Other names for this type of headphone design include circumaural, full-size, and around the ear. Brands such as Sennheiser, Beyerdynamic, AKG, Sony, Denon, Polk Audio and Shure, specialize in reference and studio quality over-ear headphones. This category of headphone typically offers the most expansive soundstage due to the distance in which the driver sits from ear. Read more
There are also many smaller over-ear headphones that are designed for more portable use, offering features like Bluetooth, Noise Cancellation and Remote Controls with Microphones. Brands which specialize in this type of design include Sony, Monster, Soul, Beats by Dr Dre, SMS Audio and Sennheiser.
True music lovers know that over ear headphones offer superior sound quality and the most comfortable listening experience. Those with careers in the music business such as DJs and Studio Engineers tend to gravitate more towards the over ear style headphone. and many fans love the fact that they now come in a huge assortment of various colors, sizes, and even patterned designs. This gives customers a wider range of choices and more opportunity to find a pair of headphones suited to their own personal style.
The majority of Audiophile-Grade headphones fall into this over ear category; the reason is that over-ear headphones are often found to yield the best sound quality. Choosing from a Closed Back(aka sealed) design, that reduces external noise/sound leakage or an Open Back Design, which allows leakage but produces a vast open soundstage; is just a matter of audio preference and practicality. At headphones.com we have a vast variety of both from which to choose from.
Please see our Buyer's Guide for more information on Over Ear Headphones.