Closed back headphones are the exact opposite of the open back headphones, and offer a great listening experience to those who do not want the wider soundstage.
The closed back headphones can provide an amazing listening experience, while keeping the cost in check as well. The list looks at the finest closed back headphones.
The Advantages of Closed Back Headphones
The debate on whether the closed back headphones are better than open back has been around for some time now. In a short summary, there is no definite answer to that.
However, both style of headphones have some sort of advantage over one and the other, making them a viable option for
Better Noise Isolation
While the open back headphones provide a wider sound stage, they do so at the expense of noise isolation. However, the same is not the case with open back headphones, as the noise isolation is amazing in these.
So much so that it will be hard for you to hear anything from the outside, and hard for someone else to hear what you are listening.
Tighter Audio Delivery
Another benefit that I have to mention about the closed back headphones is that they provide a tighter audio delivery. While some people dislike this type of vocals, I cannot deny just how good it sound this way.
So, make sure that you have it in mind concerning open back headphones. If you want a better isolation, and tighter audio delivery, you should opt for the closed back headphones.
Shure has made quite a name for itself in the audio industry by releasing some of the finest headphones, and earphones. Today, I am looking at the Shure SRH440, an affordable closed back headphones that aim at people who want to do some home recording.
The audio is exceptionally clear, and well-balanced; allowing for great listening experience at home, or while traveling. The cables on the SRH440 are detachable and can easily be replaced.
On top of that, the one thing that stands out the most is the affordable price tag. The SRH440 is without a doubt, one of the cheapest closed back headphones that are actually good, and not just a sham.
Unsurprisingly, there are some downsides that should also be mentioned. For starters, the headphone’s build quality is questionable at best, mainly because the entire construction is largely plastic.
In addition to that, I noticed how there are smaller, thinner wires that are exposed and running to the headset. I would not mind that, but damaging those cables could potentially kill your headset as well.
Other than the minor shortcomings, the Shure SRH440 is a promising headset with amazing performance.
- Amazing, and well-balanced sound quality.
- Cables can be detached and replaced.
- The build quality is questionable at best
- The cables are clunky, and have a heft.
- There are some wires running from headband to earcups.
Audio-Technica ATH-M50x - best closed back headphones under 150
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x is what I would call the king of closed back headphones, at least in the given price tag.
These are perhaps the most popular studio monitors I have seen; so much so that artists such as Metallica are actively using them for monitoring their albums.
In addition to that, these headphones are also used for mixing and mastering.
However, they do provide a great listening experience, and that is something that I will not deny. With the headphones, you get three detachable cables, a carrying pouch, and a quarter-inch adapter for use
with audio interface.
The headphones have a solid build quality, and a traditional design that is not flashy by any means. The sound quality is well balanced, just enough to allow you to record your own music, and properly monitor, mix, and master it as well.
The volume output is amazing, and thanks to the low impedance
nature of the headphones, you can use them with multiple devices including a good smartphone.
The design on the M50x is also collapsible, allowing for easier carry, and though you do not get a proper
carrying case, you can always order a third party option.
- The best sound quality you can get in the given price tag.
- Amazing build quality.
- Comes with three detachable cables and a quarter-inch plug.
- Excellent for recording and home listening experience.
- None that I could find.
Sony MDR-7506 - Best Closed Back headphones Under 100
If you want a great listening and recording experience without spending a lot of money, then buying the Sony MDR-7506.
These headphones have been in the production for decades now, and are being used in the professional industry for their amazing fidelity, providing a great experience that is similar for everyone.
The sound quality on the Sony MDR-7506 is exceptional; they have a great, well balanced sound with no overpowering. The build quality is great, and the headphones have a collapsible design, allowing you to carry them with great ease.
The MDR-7506 are perfect if you want to listen to music at home, or just record music as well, because of the audio fidelity they offer.
As far as the downsides are concerned, I cannot really complain much, I only wish that the headphones at least had a detachable cable, or a cable that was not as long, and coiled.
Because it does effect the overall mobility, and you cannot really carry around a cable that long and hefty with you.
Aside from these minor issues, the Sony MDR-7506 are a great pair of headphones that will satisfy majority of your audiophile needs.
- Solid audio performance.
- Great build quality.
- Retro design.
- Comfortable for extended listening sessions.
- The coiled cable is not detachable, and is too long for mobile use.
- Portability can be an issue for some people.
Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) - best wireless closed back headphones
If you are in search of a good pair of wireless headphones that also happen to be closed back, then do not worry. The Bose QuietComfort 35 (Series II) is a great option if you are looking for a wireless pair of headphone with active noise cancellation.
Albeit they are a bit on the expensive side, they are still amazing and deserve a shot in the list.
The headphones have one of the best active noise cancellation I have seen, and that coupled with the amazing sound quality, and you get an experience that is out of this world.
Combine that with a full day battery life, and you get a complete package. Not to forget, Bose’s signature comfort level, as well as their solid build quality is there too.
What I do not like is the fact that the battery is not user replaceable. Other than that, you even get a carrying case to easily carry the headphones around whenever they are not in use, and since the design
is collapsible, they are easy to carry because of the small design.
- The active noise cancellation takes you to a different dimension.
- Great audio quality.
- Top of the line battery life.
- Lightweight, and easy to carry.
- Comfortable for as long as you want to wear them.
- The battery is not user replaceable.
Beyerdynamic DT 770
The Beyerdynamic DT 770 has been a part of my ensemble for some time now. However, before you begin, you should know that I am talking about the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Studio.
It is important to mention because there are other options by the same model number that can stir up confusion.
Now that is out of the way, let’s talk about how the headphones sound. I only have one word, and that is phenomenal.
Being a closed back pair of studio monitors, the expectations were high right from the start, however, the thing that I was not expecting ended up being the wide sound stage despite being closed back.
The DT 770 Studio also come with a level of comfort most of the professional headphones fail to deliver, easily becoming one of the most comfortable pair of headphones that you can listen to without any
pauses, or delays for the longest period of time.
As far as the downsides are concerned, I did not really find anything that I would like to be removed from the headset. The naming scheme might confuse some people, but that is subjective at best.
However, I have to say that the detachable 3 meter long cable can be a nuisance if you are someone who just wants to travel and have these headphones with you.
- The best in class sound quality.
- Unrivaled comfort.
- Solid build quality.
- Great design.
- The cable is long and cannot be detached.
AKG K550 - Best closed back headphones under 300
The list is almost over, and right now, we are going to take a look at the AKG K550, another closed back offering that sounds much like an open back headphones thanks to the wider sound stage.
You also need to know that the headphones are for people who like the flat frequency response, because they want the music to sound as natural as possible.
Thanks to AKG, the comfort level on this pair is also excellent; you can wear the headphones for hours without feeling any irritation or discomfort.
In addition, the sound is already great, so there are no
problems on that side. The headphones are also nicely built, so you there is not a single worry about the build quality.
There is not much to complain about the K550, except the headphones have a longer wire that might limit those who want mobility.
Other than that, the AKG K550 are an amazing pair of headphones that will go nicely with every single piece of hardware you have.
- Great sound quality.
- Comfortable to wear.
- The sound stage is surprisingly huge.
- Are not that expensive to begin with.
- Solid build quality.
- The cable is too long for mobile use.
Yamaha HPH-50B - best closed back headphones under 50
The last headphone on the list is from Yamaha, a company not many have heard about in terms of headphones. Yamaha has created some amazing music instruments as well.
However, today, I am reviewing the Yamaha HPH-50B; a budget friendly headphone that are lightweight, and can be easily carried.
As far as the sound is concerned, there is not much to wish for, but considering the cheap price tag, you are not really going to be needing a lot.
These headphones are not made for professional monitoring, but they work well with all the mobile devices you may want to use them with. The sound is surprisingly good, so that is definitely a plus point.
The testing methodology for this headphone was different, I had to be lenient because of the low price point, and it would have been a waste of time to actually be critical about the headphones.
With that in mind, the Yamaha HPH-50B are a good pair of headphones if you are just looking for something to use casually. As there is not much to look forward to otherwise.
If you think you are looking for just this type of headphones, then go ahead and buy it, and I can assure you that you will not be disappointed.
- Decent sound quality.
- Good build quality.
- Easy to carry wherever you want.
- The headphones do not really offer a lot of advanced features.
Closed back headphones are my favourite, and I believe that I have talked about that quite a lot of times.
That is simply because the sound delivery is exactly what I am looking for, and while some people might have an issue with them because of a smaller sound stage, some just prefer to have their music to themselves.
Not only that, the closed back headphones also provide noise isolation that is much better than the open back headphones can provide. Honestly, there is no proper way to compare the open back and
closed back headphones without sparking a debate.
The list talks about the best closed back headphones, and I made sure all the best headphones are
included on the list.