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In-ear vs. supra-aural closed-back headphones

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Hi,

 

I'm looking for the next pair of headphones and I'm looking for suggestions on the type.

 

What are the strenghts of those two types? In particural if I choose the supra-aural I would go with this one: http://www.head-fi.org/products/beyerdynamic-dtx-501-p. It's a mini type and I haven't been very pleased with a similar headphone so far (this one: http://www.head-fi.org/products/akg-k-430-foldable-mini-headphone-silver). I have been a bit happier with some IEMs but they suffocate me a bit. So are they really just better in general? Same price range (70$/€).

 

Thank you.

 

P.S.: Soundstage is very important to me since I listen to rock music.


Edited by Tetsuro P12 - 6/2/14 at 2:24pm
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On-ear 

Pros -  better separation or more cohesive sound due to larger drivers. often better FR response overall (better timbre more natural)

Cons - bigger (less portable), uncomfortable pressure on the ears after a while, 

 

In-ear

Pros - superior isolation, extreme portability, usually excellent sub-slamming-bass

Cons - some cheaper models are somewhat fragile, usually coloured mid-range (less natural sound)

 

Neither of these will provide you with an impressive or expansive soundstage (compared to large, full size headphones)

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