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On-Ear Headphones

Listening to music while traveling or during a workout is one tactic to pass the time, and on-ear headphones offer a way to listen to playlists in private. Lightweight and portable, these headphones have small ear pads that sit on top of the outer part of the ear to create a dynamic sound. There are a variety of choices of headphones and other audio equipment at Staples®.

Options for On-Ear Headphones
The on-ear audio equipment uses noise cancellation or noise isolation as a way to reduce background noise while you're streaming music or watching a movie on your device. Noise-canceling headphones have microphones built into the headset that detect any noise on the outside. Using an electronic signal process, the headphones deliver an anti-noise signal to cancel out the external noise so all that's left is the music or sound flowing through the headphones.

Noise-isolation headphones work like soundproofing and rely on an ergonomic construction to block out as much external noise as possible. In-ear headphones employ this method by blocking out sound once the headphone is inserted into the ear.

Other Items to Consider With On-Ear Headphones
On-ear audio equipment comes in an array of colors and styles to suit users' personal preferences. Controls on the side of the headphones make it easy to switch tracks, adjust the volume, and even take calls without picking up a cell phone or media device. Adjustable bands make it easy to custom fit the headphones, and thickly padded ear cushions keep the ears comfortable when listening to music on long trips.

Choose wireless headphones for freedom of movement or wired headphones for reliable sound. Small on-ear communication headsets are ideal for conference calls or for answering business calls. These headphones also work well for computer gamers when chatting with other players.

Is There a Difference in Quality Between Wired and Wireless On-Ear Headphones?
Typically, Bluetooth® headphones offer the same sound quality a pair of wired headphones offers. To maintain excellent sound quality on Bluetooth headphones, it's important to stay within the suggested range and to avoid barriers between the connected device and the headphones.

What Is the Difference Between Open-Back and Closed-Back On-Ear Headphones?
Closed-back headphones have a solid exterior that blocks out external noises within the room. Larger over-the-ear models are more efficient in isolating noise than smaller designs, but both reduce the amount of sound that leaks out from the headphones. Open-back headphones sound more airy and clear. Sound tends to leak out of the back, so others in the area can still hear the music depending on how high the volume is. Open-back designs are useful when you listen to music in private but still need to be aware of external noise around you.

How Do On-Ear Headphones Work?
Headphones work the same way loudspeakers do by using magnetism to turn electrical energy into sound. Loudspeakers move the air within the room while headphones move the air within the ear canal. On-ear headphones are basically two small loudspeakers built into enclosures that are worn on top of the ear.
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Altec Lansing Evolution 2 BT Headphones - Black
Item : 2420542
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  • Unbelievable 33 Ft. wireless range
  • Impressive 12-hour battery life to keep the music playing for hours
  • Integral microphone, song navigation/ telephony buttons
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Maxell HP-100 Stereo Dynamic Open Air On-Ear Headphone, Black (190319)
Item : 213171
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  • Black on-ear headphones for listening to music on-the-go
  • Wired headphones for an immersive sound experience
  • 3.5 mm plug is compatible with most media devices
6.79 $6.79
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Koss® CS95 USB Communications USB Headset With Microphone
Item : IM1RC2895
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  • Compatibility: PC
  • Electret noise cancelling microphone
  • Foam ear cushions for open, hear-through sound
23.19 $23.19
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Gear Head™ AU2200BN Headset With Mic
Item : IM1KV0639
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  • Clear sound technology, built-in flexible microphone
  • Earpiece type Binaural
  • Earpiece design Behind-the-Neck
9.59 $9.59
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Koss KPH7 Over-Ear Portable Stereo Headphone, Black
Item : 208744
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  • Black over-ear headphones for rich sound reproduction
  • Wired headphones for seamless sound transmission
  • 3.5 mm connector works well with MP3 players and iPods
9.99 $9.99
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Koss CS100 USB Communication Headset
Item : IM1RC2893
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  • Frequency response: 30 Hz - 16 kHz (headset), 100 Hz - 16 kHz (microphone)
  • Impedance: 32 ohm
  • Sensitivity: 91 dB SPL
31.19 $31.19
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Altec Lansing Bluetooth Headphones, Black
Item : 2420544
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  • Wireless Bluetooth technology with Voice Confirmation
  • Integral microphone with wind cancelation and song navigation / telephony buttons
  • 40mm Neodymium drivers
39.99 $39.99
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Gear Head™ BN2450NC Wired Behind-The-Neck Headset With Noise Canceling Microphone
Item : IM1RC2831
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  • Black/silver
  • Flexible removable microphone
  • Frequency response: 15 - 20000 Hz
28.49 $28.49
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Koss KPH7 On-Ear Headphone, White
Item : IM1RC2891
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  • White on-ear headphones deliver optimum sound quality
  • Wired headphones offer high fidelity sound
  • 3.5 mm connector works well with portable MP3 players or iPods
10.29 $10.29
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Panasonic RP-HT21 Lightweight Headphone with XBS, Silver/Black
Item : 799651
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  • Wired headphones offer high fidelity sound
  • 3.5 mm plug is compatible with media players
  • 4.5' cord for ease of use
15.99 $15.99
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Sleepphones Sb6bs Sleepphones® Wireless (midnight Black, Small)
Item : 2454452
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  • Soft HeadBand
  • Superior Sound With Eco-friendly, Lead-free Electronics
  • Hypoallergenic Fabric
78.99 $78.99
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Sennheiser Presence™ 504576 UC Headset, Black/Silver
Item : IM1RG8017
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  • Black/silver
  • Premium headset for mobile unified communications professionals requiring consistently excellent HD sound and HD voice clarity around the office, in the car and outdoors
  • Slim iconic design and subtle aluminum microphone boom arm represent the ultimate in discretion for business professionals
148.29 $148.29
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HamiltonBuhl Kids-HA2 Stereo Headphone, Blue
Item : 1832460
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  • Design: Personal, on-ear
  • Cushions: Foam, replaceable
  • Color: Blue
10.99 $10.99
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HamiltonBuhl NC-HBC Noise-Cancelling Headphones, Black
Item : 1832528
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  • Magnet: Neodymium
  • Sensitivity: 110
  • Frequency range: 20Hz-20KHz
40.29 $40.29
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Maxell 190316 Neckband Headphone, Black
Item : IM1T37888
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  • Black neckband headphones deliver optimum sound quality
  • Wired headphones offer high fidelity sound
  • 3.5 mm nickel-plated plug is compatible with audio devices
6.89 $6.89
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Cyber Acoustics ACM-62B Over-Ear Stereo Headphone, Black
Item : IM1266919
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  • Black over-ear headphones delivers optimum sound quality
  • Wired headphones offer high fidelity sound
  • 3.5 mm plug is compatible with Computer, iPad and iPod and MP3 player
7.89 $7.89
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Philips LFH2236/00 Stereo Headphone, Black
Item : IM1BX5482
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  • Black headphone for rich sound reproduction
  • Wired headphones for seamless sound transmission
  • 3.5 mm plug is compatible with All Philips desktop dictation and transcription systems, Philips Pocket Memo dictation recorder LFH9375, LFH9380, LFH9500 series, LFH9600 series? and Philips Pocket Memo meeting recorder LFH0955?
32.19 $32.19
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Sentry Platinum Headphones, Black
Item : 1662772
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  • Noise isolating
  • Great for MP3, CD, iPod, iPhone
  • Volume control
14.99 $14.99
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ReTrak ETAUDFUNIC Retractable Animalz Headphones, Unicorn
Item : 24160297
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  • 85dB volume-limiting safety control
  • Crystal clear sound quality
  • Soft, fuzzy earpads & headband
19.49 $19.49
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Cyber Acoustics AC-840 Internet Communication USB Mono Headset
Item : IM1J94306
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  • In-line volume and mute, adjustable boom arm and headband
  • Earpiece type Monaural
  • Earpiece design Over-the-Head
27.29 $27.29
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HamiltonBuhl KIDS-GRN FlexPhones Purple
Item : 2494445
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  • Flex-Phones™ Indestructible Foam Headphones
  • Purlple
  • Single piece of EVA foam
17.99 $17.99
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Bose Refurbished QuietComfort 3 On-Ear Noise-Canceling Headphones with Microphone (323014-0010/QUIETCOMFORT 3)
Item : 24179547
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  • Active noise reduction
  • Rich, detailed audio
  • In-line remote
199.99 $199.99
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Koss KSC21 Stereo Ear-Clip Headphone, White
Item : IM1T37708
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  • Ear-Clip headphones for comfortable use while on-the-go
  • Wired connectivity for seamless signal transmission
  • 3.5 mm plug is compatible with a wide range of audio devices
9.39 $9.39
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HamiltonBuhl KIDS-GRN FlexPhones Green
Item : 2494446
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  • Flex-Phones™ Indestructible Foam Headphones
  • Green
  • Single piece of EVA foam
17.99 $17.99
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