They are called circumaural, which I guess translates roughly to ‘around the ear’ but are typically referred to over-the-ear headphones.
Anyway, it has been my continuing search for headphones that led me to this term as well as the Panasonic RP-HTX7 – lovely retro looking headphones which seem to have a couple of great reviews floating around the internet. The design is meant to appeal to the fashion-conscious crowd – with fashion outlets such as Urban Outfitters carrying them.
At around £40, it has been difficult to fault this set. They are lacking noise-cancelling but if the isolation is good enough that may be a blessing in disguise, saving me money on buying batteries.
Anyway, I am expecting them to arrive within the next couple of days, postal strike permitting. I really can’t wait – I’m hoping that they fit well and end my search, at least for the time being!