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Comfort of Headphone cups - Circumaural (around-the-ear) vs Supra-aural (on-ear)

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My ears are not too big, but the few (non-audiophile/enthusiast) headphones I've used are all over-the-ear types - where the cups or pads directly rest on my ear lobes. My ears seem to be extremely sensitive and after a few minutes of over-the-ear usage, I have this deep aching sensation and needed to adjust the pads (like the Microsoft LX-1000) or cups (generic and logitech ones) every few minutes after that. It becomes painful enough for me to remove them and rest every few minutes, which destroys my gaming experience.

 

I have tested the Kraken 7.1 and even that causes my ears to ache after a few minutes. The headband also seemed to press on my head too much for my liking, and it also produced a dull aching sensation on my head after a few minutes of use.

 

 

As stated in my other new thread, I'm currently in the process of getting either the DT 770 Pro or A900X. Are these circum-aural types or supra-aural types?

 

 

I prefer to get a circum-aural headphone, thinking that the cups won't be resting on my lobes directly. Does the DT 770 Pro or A900X fit this bill?

 

Can anyone please let me know the measurement of the diameter of the inner border of the cups of these two headphones?

 

And is it possible that those who are easily discomforted by headbands will benefit from the wing-type solution like that in the A900X? I seem to come across more people coming out with pros of A900X compared to the DT 770 Pro. But DT 770 Pro users also seem to prefer this to the A900X. So far, I have started leaning towards A900X now, from the DT 770 Pro previously.

 

But I understand the DT 770 Pro comes with cloth-type of cushion..? (- which I think will be more comfortable and traps less heat?)

 

Thanks for any information. 

post #2 of 4

The DT770 is what I use now, and is circum-aural.

I used a Logitech G35 previously, but the SQ was not what I wanted, and was also quite heavy, causing this dull aching sensation you describe due to the weight on the band.

 

The 770 is very comfortable on the ears. More so than any other cirum-aural headphones I've used before. I cant stand supra-aural either.

But the headband still might be uncomfortable for you. The DT770, although much lighter than the G35 still cant be considered truely lightweight. It's working quite well for me though.

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Hmmm....another point for the DT 770 Pro. Thanks!

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Is the A900X a circumaural cup-type too?

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