Earbuds are only good for portability. On-ear are somehow worse. Over-ear is best, but takes up valuable space in the bag, so only get used at permanent locals, like home and work. Of course, I’m a lot more comfortable with sharing over-ear as well. Never offer me your earbuds to listen to something.
Overear is best for around the house, because comfort. Earbuds are good for on the go, because I can hear more of what’s around me. On the ear suck, all around. I like ones like this where they have the option of bluetooth or wired, because inevitably I’ll forget to charge the wireless if i’m using them for hours on end.
For bang for the buck, if you can find a place that has Grado headphones you really should give them a listen. I prefer an over ear sealed can but the sound quality of the SR-80 is about the best you can find for about $100. Well…that’s what they ran a few years ago.
@tweezak Had some Alessandro MS-1s, which are apparently very similar to SR-80s (some kind of cooperative effort with Grado). I was a fan of those, except that they’d get uncomfortable after an hour or so, smooshing against ears, and then the pads wore out.
Non-sealing Apple earbuds are by far the most comfortable for me, so I use those for everything other than music.
Been getting too many headaches lately to wear them as much as I’d like, but I love both the Sennheiser HD 650 and Beyerdynamic DT 880 headphones. They’re both open-back and sit over your ears, so they don’t get sweaty or stuffy feeling.
The DT 880s are a lot more trebley and “boringly” flat sounding (but give the impression that you are listening to the “entire” song – can be especially fun with songs that have a lot going on across the whole spectrum), and the 650s are less trebley and put more emphasis on the guitar-to-vocals kind of ranges. Neither is disproportionately heavy on bass.
Switching back and forth is like having two different music libraries, both of which sound fantastic. 650s make guitars sound real good, and with 880s you might notice airy reverb from the room where the recording was taken.
I bet other headphones are also great, but, I can’t afford a big colllection.
I’ve never worn a single pair of in-ear earbuds that were comfortable. I’ve never known how people are actually comfortable wearing them. Stick a thumb in each ear canal and tell me how that feels. Don’t get it. (I can do ear plugs though)
This topic seems familiar, but I am too lazy to search for previous times it has been discussed. Earbuds are more suited for a torture device than listening to music. If no other over-ear option is available, I might be able to use the in-ear type earphones, but my ear just can’t accommodate the shape of ear buds.