On-Ear Headphones

By Tabitha Thomas | Published on 13 Mar 2020
On-Ear Headphones
On-Ear Headphones

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Mobility and great music experience complement each other but do you dislike the feeling of something sticking in your ear?  On-ear headphones rock a flexible ear cup that covers less area of ears, making them "fit" feel light and comfortable. In addition to this, these cans produce natural acoustics in line with the ambience without completely isolating the listener. If sweat and burning ears are a problem for you after prolonged music listening, these headphones can be a better choice over bulky foam headphones and some examples are illustrated in the list below.

Grado SR60e

The on-ear headphone experience is known for its comfort and portability while open-back architecture induces more natural and resonance-free sounds. The Grado SR60e comes with both! The SR60e has a lightweight build with polymer ensuring less distortion. With a completely renewed driver design and Grado's trademark midrange, the sound produced is dynamic and also has full-bodied vocals. On top of this, the headphones are engineered to allow your ears to breathe and feel less pressure.


The AKG N60NC are closed-back, on-ear headphones that intend to fulfil your travel needs.  The unit comes with a sturdy, compact and on-ear build making the experience more natural and less heavy on the ears. They also have a surprisingly effective quality of active noise cancellation. AKG is synonymous with headphones giving a decent heavy base which can be expected in N60NC along with the iconic AKG signature sound. The headphones also guarantee around 15 hours of battery life.

Bowers & Wilkins PX5

PX5 is a combination of art and sound engineering. The build feels extremely comfortable with attention to commuting behaviours, the unit feels easy to remove and sits flexibly around the neck. The comfort quotient is surprisingly high with a light headband and leather memory foam earcups. Adaptive noise cancellation comes as a boon with options to choose different noise cancellation settings that suit the ambience. Rocking a power back-up of 25 hours, this pair of headphones is well-suited for travellers.

V-Moda XS On-Ear Folding Headphones

The fact that V-Moda XS comes with the carabiner reveals the reason behind its sturdy design. It's meant to be a worthy travel companion that withstands the wear and tear that comes along. The build is reinforced with military-grade testing with a "steel flex" headband for a more comfortable fit. It takes care of your space management woes, thanks to the collapsible Cliq Fold design.  Apart from its ergonomics and build features, the V-Moda XS rocks a 40mm dual driver that delivers vivid mid-range performance and good passive noise isolation.

Tabitha Thomas

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