We all have different tastes when it comes to headphone form factors. Some prefer in-ear monitors (IEMs) that go into your ear canal while others prefer a circumaural ear-cup which barely touches any part of your outer ear. And then there are folks who like their headphones to sit flush on top of their ears. We call these on-ear headphones and you can find them by the dozen. We’ve put together a list of popular on-ear headphones which have unique sound signatures of their own. Take your pick.
The Infinity Glide 500 has a very slim body but don’t let that fool you in any way. It sports a battery life of up to 20 hours when listening to music and up to 13 hours of talktime. It takes 2 hours to charge up the in-built 200 mAh battery and even sports speed (quick) charging for 10 minutes. The Volume buttons (+ and -), when pressed together allow you to switch from one equaliser setting to another making it quite convenient. Most other headphones with multiple audio profiles require that you use an app to switch between the profiles. Also, the Glide 500 supports Siri and Google Assistant.
Folks who like their bass to be punchy and deep would prefer headphones such as the JBL T460BT. JBL headphones with enhanced bass follow the JBL Pure Bass sound signature which has garnered its own little fan following. The T460BT is flat-folding so it doesn’t take up much space when you’ve nicely packed it away in your bag and all the controls are on the ear cups. It features 32mm dynamic drivers with an in-built battery that when fully-charged could last up to 11 hours with ease. The JBL T460BT uses Bluetooth 4.0 to connect.
The Skullcandy Cassette Wireless On-Ear Headphone is a good option for those looking for affordable wireless headphones with long battery life. These headphones have a claimed battery life of 22 hours, and also support rapid charge, with 2.5-hours worth of battery life stored in just 10 minutes of charging. The headphones use Bluetooth 5.0 to ensure a stable connection. The sound pressure level is 120-126dB, while the impedance is 30 Ohms ±15%, ensuring that you have a good audio experience.
The Sony WH-C510 has the longest battery life amongst all the headphones mentioned in this list. After charging for 4.5 hours, these headphones can provide up to 35 hours of music playback and if you’re running low, a quick charge of 10 minutes will net you an additional 90 minutes of music play time. The ear-cups swivel sideways so they take up very little space when you want to put them away. It uses Bluetooth 5.0 and supports profiles such as A2DP, AVRCP, HFP and HSP. What’s even better is that it has a USB Type-C port so you can probably use your smartphone’s charging cable and don’t need to carry around another cable just for the headphones.