Over the ear headphones are, by definition, better suited for sending music to the ear than earbuds. The reasons are obvious: the “drivers” for each ear are many times, a LOT larger than the tiny ones in earbuds; the ear cups can totally envelop the ear so as to allow air flow of the sound; the level of volume can be safely increased. Add to this the longer times a headphones can be worn since they’re not stuck in the ear (ick — ear wax to clean off!) and you’d wonder why anyone would wear earbuds.
For some the reason is that they’re more “eco” and so “green” takes precedence. So if you need reasons beyond just great “sound” then look no further than Grain Audio’s OEHP – Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones.
The OEHP has certain conventions that make them comfortable to wear: the first being that there are 40mm sized drivers and so the ear cups are large so as to accommodate them. Those ear cups are nicely plush, by the way, and so that makes them a good solid fit around the ear — improving on the sound by allowing a decent air flow inside. The drivers feature Neodymium magnets and a CCAW voice coil — but all that counts isn’t based on the tech/composition but how they sound. That’s good, very good and the first time you try playing a decent audio file (not super-lossy MP3) you will hear the difference. And while they’re big enough to stand out, they’re not so large that you can’t go ahead and take them “on the go” with you and a mobile device. That concept is helped along by the inline mic and remote built in for the standard controlling of music but also taking/answering calls from the phone. But it’s also obvious that these will work well with your desktop computer or home theater setup.
Now since they’re going to be seen, they might as well look different from a standard black and boring headset. Tad-a – the OEHP accomplish that by making the ear cups out of wood — sustainable walnut for those who worry about the tree in question. Since we all know that good speakers are found inside wooden enclosures, not plastic, it is hoped for that doing the same here makes an audio difference. It does and it’s a positive one and especially so since the oil finish is hand-applied. But those on the outside will just be noticing the wood grain pattern which makes it look even cooler, especially since each pattern is different on each pair of headphones.
Finally, what about cost? You get what you pay for and while earbuds are cheap and plentiful, the sound they emit is just plain sad. Headphones give you what you’re looking for when you play sound, but they’re not all expensive either. Considering what you get with the OEHP – Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones, the $199.00 retail is more than fair. But since it’s not only about what you hear since others might see you wearing them, their good looks really add to their value.