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The 3 Best Over the Ear Headphones Under $100

Over the Ear Headphones

Over ear headphones definitely have some great advantages over on ear or in ear headphones when it comes to getting the best sound out of  your headphones. Their enclosed ear design allow you to really get lost in your music, since they are more noise cancelling or noise isolating than on ear or in ear earphones. In addition, their design which surrounds the ear allows for excellent sound quality and better bass response. If you are an audiophile, recording artists, musician, or DJ, over ear headphones will allow you to accurately hear your music in the studio or on stage. However, for those who do not want to spend a fortune on quality personal audio, you don’t have to! Here are the three best over the ear headphones under $100.


 

1NVX XPT100

NVX Audio XPT100

Number one on our list are NVX’s XPT100 studio over ear headphones. If you are looking for excellent sound quality with outstanding comfort from your headphones, these are an excellent choice.  The XPT100’s feature 42mm neodymium drivers which deliver your music accurately and with even tonality. Their ComfortMax cushion earpads provide superior comfort while isolating outside noise to reduce interference and create a quiet listening environment. In addition, they include a 1/4″ adapter for studio mixing as well as other musical applications.

2Sennheiser HD419

Sennheiser HD419

Sennheiser’s HD419 over ear headphones are another pair of incredible enclosed ear headphones under $100 which feature impeccable sound and powerful, dynamic bass. You can expect efficient isolation of ambient noise with their closed circumaural design. In addition, the HD419 over the ear headphones feature an extremely comfortable design for long listening sessions with their adjustable headband and soft, luxurious velour earpads.

3Limitless Creations HP3BK

Limitless Creations HP3BK

Last on our list, but certainly not least, are Limitless Creations’ HP3BK over ear professional studio monitoring headphones. These high performance over the ear headphones feature a light weight, comfortable, and elegant design which feature ultra-soft memory foam and protein leather ear pads for extended listening sessions. In addition, they provide excellent sound quality and low hitting bass with their 45mm dynamic drivers that deliver crystal clear mids, highs, and low hitting bass for an unmatchable listening experience.

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On Ear vs Over Ear Headphones

On Ear vs Over Ear Headphones

When it comes to over-the-head headphones, there are two major types – on ear and over ear headphones. In short, on ear headphones feature an ear cup design which sits right on top of your ears, while over ear headphones have ear cups that go around your ear, therefore enclosing your entire ear. But what does this mean for your listening experience? Well, because of their design differences, each type will have different features, will have varying levels of sound quality, and will fit the user’s head differently.


1On Ear Headphones

NVX XBLT6

On-ear headphones, such as the Sennheiser Momentum on ear headphones, are great because they are lightweight and compact for added portability and extended use. With the earpads resting directly on the user’s ear, they are comfortable to wear for long periods of time and still give off great sound. On-ear headphones are available in various operating principles including closed, open, and semi-open acoustic headphone styles. In addition, you can find on ear headphones that have various popular features such as Bluetooth and in-line microphones. However, because of their on ear design, these headphones do not isolate sound as well as over ear headphones. Therefore, if you are looking for noise isolation or noise cancelling, these are probably not the headphones for you. But, if you have an on-the-go lifestyle or are mostly concerned about comfort and portability, on ear headphones are probably the best choice for you.

2Over Ear Headphones

Audio Technica ATH-M50X

In contrast, over-ear headphones, with their enclosed ear design, offer the most immersive experience in personal audio. While not the most portable type like on ear headphones, full sized over-ear headphones enclose the ear and deliver rich sound through large drivers for the most detailed sound achievable. Available in closed-back, open-back, and semi-open back designs, these headphones’ acoustic detail can be incredible. In addition, over ear headphones, such as Audio Technica’s ATH-M50X headphones, feature impressive noise isolation, since the ear cups surround the ear, as well as other features such as Bluetooth, swivel ear cups, and in line mics. While these headphones can be a bit heavier to wear, they feature excellent sound quality for the everyday listener, recording artists, musicians, DJs, and even video gamers!

If you need more assistance on whether on ear or over ear headphones fit your lifestyle best, you can always call our knowledgeable, friendly staff at 1-877-289-7664. Happy listening!

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New Sennheiser Headphones at CES

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Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Headphones (M2 AEBT)

Out on the show floor at CES 2015, Sennheiser has released their new Momentum Wireless headphones. These enclosed ear headphones feature the latest technology to cancel out external noise for the best listening experience. In addition, they feature Bluetooth wireless technology, making it easy to stream music and take calls from your Bluetooth enabled device. Sennheiser designed these headphones with premium stainless and leather materials in a foldable design to ensure their durability and portability! Their proprietary VoiceMax microphone technology removes noise for perfect call sound quality.

Product Features

  • Closed circumaural headphones
  • Over-ear design
  • Bluetooth wireless technology
  • NoiseGard Hybrid active noise cancellation
  • Foldable headphones crafted from premium stainless and leather
  • Dampens outside noise without sacrificing sound quality

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New Sennheiser Urbanite Headphones

Let your ears be loved: Sennheiser’s new on-ear URBANITE and over-ear URBANITE XL deliver unique style and an intense club sound on the move – serving up massive bass but with Sennheiser’s uncompromising audio expertise ensuring excellent clarity across all frequencies.  Staying connected is a breeze with two dedicated versions for Apple iOS, or Windows Phone and Android devices, such as Samsung Galaxy that provide in-line remotes and integrated microphones for taking calls and controlling the music. URBANITE’s streetwise styling comes with toughness to match. They feature durable metal components that can take on the pressures of urban living, and are designed to cleverly fold away into a soft pouch.

DESIGN:

From a design standpoint both versions have a similar design with the obvious difference of the size and shape of the ear cups. The Urbanite XL (over-ear) is substantially larger than the on-ear version, but the colors and materials are essentially identical. The canvas-like covering, contrast stitching on the headband and the matte finish of the earcups are simple, classy touches, and the earpads themselves are exceptionally comfortable. Even the on-ear URBANITES provide a great acoustical seal to your ear which is rare for an on-ear.

A thick cable descends from the interior of the headband, attaching to each earcup and acting as the adjusting mechanism. The detachable audio cable connects to the left ear, and the inline remote control and microphone is compatible with iOS devices and allows for adjusting volume, skipping tracks, playing or pausing music, as well as answering or ending phone calls.

SOUND:

As with all Sennheiser products, the sound output of the Urbanite headphones are full, rich and crystal clear. Sennheiser developed them to deliver extra low-end bass. The thing that separates these from other headphones with an emphasis on bass is that these have a fuller and richer tone throughout their operating frequency range of 16 – 22,000 Hz, without things sounding awkwardly boosted. As Sennheiser says, “The bass is better. Not Louder.”

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Selecting the Best Headphone Type: Closed-Back, Open-Back, and Semi-Open Back

When searching for a new pair of on-ear or over-ear headphones, one important step to making the best selection is to consider all the headphone types available. A functioning knowledge of headphone type, also known as acoustical principles,  allows buyers to make a selection that best satisfies their expectations as listeners while meeting the demand of a headphone’s intended use. The three main acoustical principles found in modern headphones are closed-back, open-back, and semi-open back designs. Each principle offers users a unique and markedly distinct experience suited for particular environments and applications.

Closed-Back

Audio Technica ATH M50s/LE, Excellent Closed Headphones

Perhaps the most ubiquitous acoustical principle, one of the primary advantages of closed-back headphones is minimized sound leakage. Whether in an on-ear or over-ear design, the closed-back headphone prevents music from spilling into your surroundings and keeps ambient noise from penetrating the reproduction. The resulting effect is described as sound isolation and is defined by a reproduction that is minimally colored by ambient noise.

Because they are among the best suited for quality reproduction even in noisy environments, it is of little surprise that sealed headphones are among the most common. Closed-back headphones are particularly well suited for studio engineers and DJs who demand a focused sound despite loud surroundings and are also of great benefit for travelers and office use.

Of course, for all the benefits of being able to listen to high quality audio in raucous environments there are some trade-offs. Most notably, the acoustic character of sealed headphones can have a constricted quality with a compressed sound stage leading to less resonant high and mid frequencies. Nonetheless, the limited space of the chamber does have some advantages particularly for enthusiasts of lower frequencies and robust bass. For such individuals, closed-back headphones may provide the most satisfying experience.

Open-Back

Grado GS1000I, Top of the Line Open Headphones

Open-back headphones are the inverse of closed-back headphones. Unlike sealed headphones, open-back headphones allow sound to flow freely through the drivers allowing more sound to emanate from the headphones. The effect of this acoustical principle is to achieve a broadened sound stage with organic and realistic sound character. While bass frequencies are not particularly accentuated, they tend to be properly balanced with higher frequencies which are allowed to ring and develop over time and space because of the free flow of air through and around the transducers. To many listeners, the freedom and natural development of the sound waves offers the highest quality sound.

While the convincing realism of the open-back sound stage can be impressive, it practically relegates the open-back headphone to the private and silent rooms of a home. Not only might people nearby find the sound leakage of the open-back headphone distracting, open-back headphones also allow ambient noise into the transducer resulting in sound so tainted by noise that it is hardly enjoyable.

Semi-Open

beyerdynamic T5p, Exemplary Semi-Open Headphones

Certainly one of the most polemic principles available, semi-open back headphones attempt to reconcile the opposing acoustical principles by blending certain qualities of each. The semi-open headphone offers some sound isolation without fully enclosing the chamber and allowing sound to develop organically. While this certainly creates a more dynamic sound character, semi-open headphones might still leak enough sound to be a nuisance to others and should be considered as open headphones with better isolation.

In other words, semi-open headphones are more than likely to be a better fit for private listening than something one might use in a quiet library or office.

Conclusion: Choosing Yours

Knowing the distinct characteristics of each acoustic principle, it is time to think about what your demands are from your headphones. When choosing, be sure to consider the environments you are most likely to be in while enjoying your headphones.

If you know that you will be in busy and loud environments, DJ-ing the next block party, or monitoring a live performance, no other type of headphone will better serve your purposes than a fully closed, enclosed ear design. On the other hand, if you wan to unwind after a long day at work to the immaculate sound of your headphones in the privacy and quiet of your favorite lazy chair, open-back headphones might be the perfect companions (as I know they are for me!).

Most importantly, the acoustic principle of a pair of headphones is meant to help you get the most out of your music. Be sure to consider the types of music you are most likely to listen to. For instance, if you prefer classical or acoustic performances with balanced and rich sound textures, perhaps a semi-open or open design will be your best fit; whereas if you are into electronic and bass heavy music, a closed principle may better reflect the robust bass frequencies you are seeking.

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