Earbuds, Canalphones and Over-the-Ear Earphones
Earphones, just as the name implies, go into your ear itself. Within the category, there are several different types: earbuds, canalphones, and over-the-ear earphones. In general, earphones tend to be more portable and better for travel or exercise. However, the smaller design means they tend to suffer from lower sound quality and the use of a dual cable means they can be more prone to tangles.
Earbuds are probably the most recognizable type of earphones. This type of earphone is often included with a smartphone or mp3 player purchase. Designed to rest in the bowl of your ear they are small and highly portable, of the different types of earphones, they typically provide the least noise isolation.
Canalphones are designed to fit in the ear canal and typically feature a small, soft eartip to fit over the speaker. Because they fit inside the ear canal, canalphones generally provide better noise isolation than earphones. Look for canalphone-style earphones that feature a variety of eartip sizes for maximum comfort and optimum fit.; this is the style of earphone that typically comes with a smartphone purchase. Earbuds sit in the bowl of your ear and typically provide less noise isolation than their counterparts.
Canalphones are typically smaller than an earbud and have eartips that fit over the speaker. They are designed to fit inside the ear canal and as such, are generally better than earbuds at blocking sound leakage. They also generally come with a variety of ear tips and sizes to adjust to each person’s ear.
Over-the-ear earphones are the final style of earphones, and they can be either canalphones or earbuds. Featuring an attached piece that hooks over the outside of the ear, these earphones are popular for exercising or running.
- Designed to rest in ear, or fit in ear canal
- Small, lightweight – ideal for travel or exercise
- Varying degrees of noise isolation