I've read contradictory reports while researching headphones on whether or not the outer ear affects how we hear music. The gist of these claims say that Over-Ear and On-Ear headphones sound better than IEMs due to coming into influence with the outer-ear before entering the ear canal?
Is there any truth to this assertion?
This isn't a debate between open or sealed headphones. Let's just say that both headphones are sealed and both are in the same family with the same price class.
Do Over-Ear headphones generally sound better (or different) than IEMs due to how they interact with the outer-ear?
Is there any sound science exploring this?