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Definition: over-the-ear headphones


Cushioned headphones that rest outside the ear. Over-the-ear headphones are widely used to keep ambient noise away from the listener and are generally easier to put on. Contrast with earphones. See headphones.




Apple AirPods Max
Apple's over-the-ear headphones debuted in 2020 with a healthy retail price of $549. Available in five colors, the wireless AirPods Max are a high-end, high-fidelity headphones option. See AirPods Max. (Image courtesy of Apple Inc.)