Earbuds vs. Headphones: Which is Better?

That’s a complicated question.  It all depends on how, where and to what you’re listening.  USA takes a look at the situation.

As smartphones and tablets have risen to prominence, single-purpose gadgets like point-and-shoot cameras, camcorders, GPS navigators andeven printers have all lost relevance. There’s just no need to have a half-dozen gizmos when one will do the job.

But through all this disruption, there’s one gadget that has enjoyed a steady rise in demand: headphones.

It can seem like headphone shoppers have limitless choices in audio ear wear, but it mostly boils down to one big question: Do you want in-ears, or over-ears?

In-ears are the most popular style of headphones today, a trend that can be traced back to the original, iconic white Apple earbuds that shipped with iPods and iPhones for the better part of a decade. But over-ear (or circumaural) headphones are making a well-deserved comeback, thanks in large part to fashion-first brands such as Beats by Dr. Dre.

So is there a right choice? It depends on what you’re looking for.

Continue reading.

Me?  Earbuds for jogging and exercise, in-ear ‘phones for airplanes, over-ear headphones for studio work and serious listening.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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