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Best 10 Closed Back Headphones Buyer’s Guide

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Though we aren’t shy to admit that we are big headphones nerds, we wouldn’t put forward the amount of research and reading we have put into it. This being said, we want to go ahead and put into good use our vast knowledge on the subject by compiling our top 10 series on the popular makes of headphones out there. Here, we compare and contrast the best closed-back models of headphones. They are the most prominent designs so far within the consumer market. Let’s check out the out the less popular albeit higher quality professional headsets out there that aren’t as advertised as Beats by Dre and Bose models.

Comparison between open-back and closed-back headphones

Firstly, both headphones are over the ear and studio headphones. We however get more thorough when we narrow down to the setting they’re worn in and their individual use. Owing to the open design of the headphones, open-back models are best suited for mastering and mixing. The design allows for creation of a gap between the cups and ears, essentially allowing the leaking out of sound which in turn prevents the building up of lower end frequencies known to skew the mix’s accuracy.

Closed-back models, which are what we have our attention on, are great for the isolation of sound which, for recording artists, is perfect. These keep majority of sound within the headphones, in the process preventing any leakage of sound that could be picked by microphones and as a result interfere with the recording of a track. Closed-back models are preferred for working out, leisurely listening or activities where you prefer privacy without the possibility of others listening in. This is of course without delving into personal preferences as some have been known to say that open back have a superior quality and comfortability compared to their counterparts for purposes of leisurely listening.

Check out our best open-back headphones article in case you’re interested in models from the other side for any that may suit you. For more elaborate information and differences, the post on Head-Fi on closed-back vs open-back headphones is sure to provide some help.

How to select closed-back headphones?

  • Budget - As expected, the amount of cash you are willing to spend is a major deciding factor in the type of headphones you get. Are you going to part with some bills? Keep the figure under, say $100? Much higher maybe? The majority superior quality do not go over this figure. Point is, if you are looking for something that can differentiate between the sounds of things rather than stock or aftermarket cans, you are going to have to part with some money.
  • Headphone features - Some of our preferred brands offer wood and leather builds, interchangeable cables, internal kinds of magnets, the ability to fold, and many more “technology” built-in. These features aren’t must haves with the closed-back types, but they will definitely justify the price with the high-end models. You just have to decide which are more valuable.
  • Extra pieces/parts that may interest you - Some models come case enclosed, others have extra cables, replaceable ear pads, etc. We travel at times, so an item like a case is a must, but may not be the case for you.

OUR TOP 10 CLOSED BACK HEADPHONE LIST

We have compiled a list of the top picks of closed-back sets of headphones currently. This list comes after wide research, of course, but we are tolerant to criticism. That said, we would like to hear about your personal experiences with certain headphones that may have missed our list and you feel deserves some attention. Check out the guides after in case you need audio interface or the headphone amplifiers for purposes of powering them up.

PRODUCT

NAME

PRice Range

RATING

PRICE

Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

Under $200

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Sony MDR7506

Under $200

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V-MODA Crossfade M-100

Under $300

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Audeze LCD-XC

Under $2000

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Sennheiser HD 280

Under $150

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Shure SRH440

Under $150

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AKG K550

Under $150

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Beyerdynamic T5P

Under $1200

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Ultrasone PRO 550

Under $150

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Beyerdynamic DT-250

Under $250

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1/ Audio-Technica ATH-M50x

This set of cans are just oh so comfortable- we are rocking one at the moment while working. The A-T packs an amazing sound quality and we have no complaints whatsoever in terms of the clarity and frequency distribution. The model comes with a cable that’s interchangeable in three options. (Short ,Long and coiled). You may want to check out the ATH-M70x for a significantly higher price, and a step higher to this model. With a headband that’s adjustable, rotating ear cups and the fact that they are collapsible, what doesn’t it have? These are unquestionably among the best pair of headphones in the market and will remain so for a while to come.


Below you can watch the video review of the Audio-Technica ATH-M50x by: ODi Productions

2/ Sony MDR7506

This is yet another pocket friendly set that rivals the Shure mentioned above. This brand has stood the test of time, quite literally (We have our cans 10 years later) and are really famous. They are highly rated for their great build, amazing performance (mid-range) and very crisp sounding bass. They have undetectable cable, a fact that could easily get one critical. Never the less, audiophiles have criticized the highs as having a peak that’s pronounced, they are still a very solid pick for a good price if you’re going for a distributed sound. In the event that you’re wondering what brand to choose from between the Shure and this one, we would advise for whichever brand is cheaper at the time. 


Below you can watch the video review of the Sony MDR-7506 by: Sonarworks

3/ V-MODA Crossfade M-100

This set of headphones is just slick, simple. V-Moda isn’t the brand that you will see quite often in a local gym, but they are definitely among prestigious high end makers of headphones. They do have quite a number of models, but we had to select this Crossfade M-100 for the popular reviews and very high quality that it is. Firstly, you will definitely rock some cool looking cans, have a variety of color choices, foam cushions that are supper comfortable, 50mm drivers, a deep bass, high quality build and an all-round, clear and wide sound. Even though they’re up there as far as pricing goes, you’re sure to be getting value for your money. These are among the best feeling and sounding pair of cans made. They’ve been dubbed beautiful by CNets V-Moda Crossfade M-100 M-100 review. These closed-back set of cans are up there as the best in the world, if you have the cash to match, that is.


Below you can watch the video review of the V-MODA Crossfade M-100 by: ODi Productions

4/ Audeze LCD-XC

This is yet another closed-back monstrosity. They are US manufactured, in case it matters at all to somebody. To begin with, they are made with Bubinga wood and premium leather and cost almost a whopping 2 grand. The meticulous details on this set is unpararelled. In addition to these features, they come with internal magnetic planar technology with transducers that produce a surreal sound quality coupled with accurate listening. They have internal sound waves known as “Patented Fazor Elements” that aid in getting rid of resonance, a feature whose existence only audiophiles would notice. The double magnetic rays work to eliminate distortion, and in combination with their ultra-thin diaphragms, the response times is quickened. This model combines a variety of internal features that justify the price.

5/ Sennheiser HD 280

We decided to go with a set of Sennheinser’s as our top closed-back headphone sets in the market currently. Their whole HD series are worth taking a look at since they are very highly rated and closed-back, but the Sennheiser HD 280 is arguably one of their most popular brands out ever. With increased convenience from rotating ear cups and being collapsible, these models give you a clear and warm sound - flat across all frequencies. As far as comfort goes, you’re set for longer listening times and with the very ragged build that doesn’t easily break the connection. This is the answer if you’re looking for a very simple and quick answer for a closed-back pair of headphones. Also very highly rated was the PCMags review on the HD 280.

6/ Shure SRH440

You’ve probably seen the Shure brand names everywhere on the reviews that we have done on microphones. Well, the headphones do not disappoint and we do know of many people who swear by this particular set, especially the closed-back models. This particular brand goes into our top picks for great quality pocket- friendly closed-backs pair of cans- it’s usually gotten for just one Benjamin or lower on certain web pages. For this particular one, you get a really comfortable fit, a headband that is adjustable, a cable that’s detachable, construction that’s collapsible and it does come in a bag coupled with an adapter (collapsible). A headphone amplifier comes in handy if you prefer powering them. Although the Shure SRH440 cannot stand up to models that are on the higher end as far as quality goes, they do the job intended. For a very affordable price, this is one of the top closed back sets in the market compared to studio models.

7/ AKG K550

The AKG is a really popular brand in the market. Their mics have a place in our hearts too. Among the audiophiles, it is highly rated coming in as comfortable, lightweight, clear sounding and not forgetting the 50 mm drivers. For convenience, these pairs folds and also isolate sound very well. As far as price is concerned, this brand isn’t too hefty – being on the level of the m50x’s, but just to be certain, confirm the sites they are sold on. If you eventually grab these, they are sure not to disappoint.

8/ Beyerdynamic T5P

We definitely cannot write such an article and fail to include Beyerdynamic, now can we? The open-back brands really are famous, although the closed-back Beyer DT-250 stands out as well. This particular brands falls in the middle-range priced headphones offering a design that’s low profile and lightweight with a cable that’s detachable. The headband rests very well with its soft padding, producing a very well balanced sound. Depending on who you talk to, many might lament that this is a brand to get or at all. Beyer headphones are popular for their exchangeable parts – ear cups, cables and much more. This is the kind of pair to grab if you’re looking to get a middle range price and not compromise on build and quality.

9/ Ultrasone PRO 550

If ever there was a pair of headphones that were a great quality, these are it. With a huge sound range (10kHz to 22kHz), 50 mm size driver, a supper comfortable build, and a detachable cable, it’s no wonder that its up there when it boils down to pricing(The same level as V-Moda- this may change though). The isolation of sound for this model works as is intended and the balance of frequency is stated as advertised. The Ultrasone’s “S-Logic” patented tech is broken down to aid the reduction of the sound pressure and decrease hearing damage and/or fatigue. The question here would be, why not?

10/ Beyerdynamic DT-250

We definitely cannot write such an article and fail to include Beyerdynamic, now can we? The open-back brands really are famous, although the closed-back Beyer DT-250 stands out as well. This particular brands falls in the middle-range priced headphones offering a design that’s low profile and lightweight with a cable that’s detachable. The headband rests very well with its soft padding, producing a very well balanced sound. Depending on who you talk to, many might lament that this is a brand to get or at all. Beyer headphones are popular for their exchangeable parts – ear cups, cables and much more. This is the kind of pair to grab if you’re looking to get a middle range price and not compromise on build and quality.

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