Types of headphones, the definitive guide

If you have considered buying headphones, you have surely seen that there are more types than you thought. If you are wondering:What types of headphones are there? What differences are there between each type of headphones? or What headphones do I need?, in this articleand we help to solve all the doubts.

What types of headphones are there?

Although there are many ways to classify the types of headphones, you must first know how to distinguish between headband headphones, in-ear headphones or open-ear headphones. 

Headband headphones:

Also known as helmets, they can be divided according to their size:

    • Circumaural: These surround the ear and are larger. An example of this type of headphones are the SWISS+GO HP001BT
    • Supraural: These rest on the ear and are smaller in size. An example of this type of headphones are the SWISS+GO PROSOUND PS400B.

or according to your structure:

    • Open: Allow the input and output of external sound
    • Closed: They block external sounds and do not allow them to enter or exit. 

In-Ear Headphones:

Also known as hearing aids or IEMs, they are inserted into the ear and are much smaller in size than headband headphones. Also, they do not need to lean on the head. 

Open Ear Headphones:

Possibly the least known, Open Ear headphones are those that are placed close to the ear canal without covering the ear in a way that allows you to hear the sounds environmental. This is achieved through air conduction technology. An example of this type of headphones are the Apollo Open Ear.


Air conduction technology is an innovative way to reproduce sound without covering the eardrums or ear canal.

There is another great feature that classifies these headphones according to their connection: wired headphones or wireless headphones. 

    • Wired Headphones: A cable connects the headphones to the playback device, which is usually a smartphone, computer or tablet.
    • Wireless headphones: Those headphones that connect via Bluetooth. Lately, wireless headphones with TWS (True Wireless Stereo) technology stand out, wireless headphones that work without any cables. A good example are the HS 99 Earbuds.

Besides, there are many other ways to classify wireless headphones, for example by type of activity, whether it is for sports, work, gaming, etc. 

What headphones do I need?

When considering which headphones to buy, you should keep in mind what you want to use them for. If you value freedom of movement more, you will certainly need wireless headphones. If you prefer them to be for sports, you should look for sweat-resistant headphones. Fortunately, the offer of headphones is very wide. You will not have any problem finding the headphones that best suit your needs!


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