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Earbuds vs. Headphones

Posted by Alyssa on November 14, 2017

earbuds vs headphones

What is the difference between earbuds and headphones? Between the two of them, which one is right for you? Keep reading for everything you need to know about earbuds vs headphones. 

Earbuds vs. Headphones



Headphones rest on your outer ear and come in noise canceling options that can completely seal out ambient noises. This is a great feature for blocking out traffic or noises during flights. If you are concerned about the quality of sound, especially the bass, headphones are what you are looking for. Headphones come in both wired and wireless options.

Because of their size, headphones can be bulky and are not very portable.  They can also get hot while you wear them, especially if you are wearing them while exercising. The headband that connects speakers can mess up your hair and can interfere with earrings or glasses.



Unlike headphones, most earbuds are designed to fit into the ear canal. This makes them much less bulky and much more portable. This is why earbuds are the ideal option for exercising and commuting. They also don’t affect your hair, glasses or earrings.

On the other hand, the sound quality of earbuds is definitely inferior to that of headphones. External sounds are not filtered out as well, which means listeners often turn the volume up higher to compensate, which can affect your hearing. Some people have a difficult time keeping the earbuds in their ears, which can be annoying after awhile.


Overall, there are pros and cons to both headphones and earphones. For sound quality, headphones are the best option. For portability and convenience, go for earbuds. If you can’t decide, get them both!


Do you prefer earbuds or headphones?  

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