Aug 8, 20184515 views

Interest Check: Closed Back Headphones

Hey guys,
We want to know what Closed Back Headphones all of you are into. We already source a variety of brands, types, and styles, but are always looking to stay in tune with the interests of the Audiophile Community.
· What do you look for in a closed-back headphone?
· What kind of strap/headband do you prefer?
· Are there particular brands you like?
Your suggestions and feedback are taken into account when we look for products to put on the site so tell us what you like, what you don’t like and any preferences you have in between.

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I have a form preference for the new PSB M4U8(?).
i one the previous version and its by far the best travelling headpj set I’ve ever encountered consi both sound quality and noise cancelling
I use closed back headphones for my home recording studio. For consistency and longevity I use the Sony 7506. I have a set of Sony V6 (precursor to 7506) that are 25 years old that still look new and sound new! On the opposite spectrum are Audiotechnicas. I have 3 pairs of ATH-40’s that deteriorate quickly. The foam they use for the headband and their ear pads fall apart after a few years of use. My next favorites are the AKG 271. When tracking, they automatically shut off when the artist removes them which prevents unintended bleeding during recording. Both the Sony and AKG can be cleaned easily after each session use. The Sony & AKG are true worry-free workhorses in a studio tracking environment.
Can there be a collab to bring back an improved version of the discontinued Denon DN-HP700 headphones? :)
Usually for closed backs I use them for outside-home purposes. With this in mind, isolation and design are things I look out for; they mustn't appear obnoxious. or be assailed by hideous headband noises. Next would be durability and portability; the last thing I want is to cram a bulky headphone into my close-to-full bag, and pulling it out to find it devastated. Comfort and fit are important as well, especially if one intends to use them on the go in warmer weather. Cable length should be ideal, and cable noise cut to a minimum. Personally I don't use DAPs, but I'm sure many others do, so probably different terminations in the jack would be ideal (balanced 2.5mm etcetera). And of course, its sound! Sound quality, to me, is the whole point, but for outdoor headphones I tend to prefer a punchier, livelier (aka fun) sound. This helps it to project the music in a slightly emphasized manner which helps it to cut through noise from the crowd and all modes of transport ^^
I just got a Takstar Pro 82 for use in outdoor/noisy environment. Those are outrageous value headphones - sounds fantastic and comfy as hell.
Powerful balanced sound; comfortable to wear for several hours. Preferred brands: AKG, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica.
AKG872 please
PLEASE! I stalk this site daily waiting for you guys to drop a mindblowing deal on a pair of Closed Back cans!

1. Durability, Portability, Great Soundstage
2. Comfort & Durability nothing beats my Sennheiser 598CS or Beyerdynamic DT1770 band is awesome as well
I have NO interest in any Closed-Back headphones even low priced,
since this favor small a soundstage.
· What do you look for in a closed-back headphone? Durability is key. Great soundstage of course. Easy to drive with portable gear.
· What kind of strap/headband do you prefer? Audioquest Night____ style auto adjusting headbands are the best. Vmoda and Beyerdynamic make some durable and well designed headbands.
· Are there particular brands you like? Nad, PSB, Audioquest, Vmoda
Mr Speakers Ether's are absolutely fantastic for closed cans. Kicked the fostex to the curb to my ears.

I've got some now but I'm sure there would be interest if you could get a good deal on them (and perhaps a less cheesy colorway)
I wish Massdrop would!!!
but folks on Massdrop either don’t know about them or don’t care.
I alwayes vote for them on polls “Ether open back headphones“ and they never get over 5 votes.
NAD Viso HP50 are the best closed back I've heard. But the headband could be more comfortable (flat not round padding, doesn't go small enough for my tiny head), and the earpads could be wider and softer. Also it looks like you are going to the gun range.
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Aesthetics aside I absolutely love my Nad HP50 cans as they sound amazing, fold flat for travel, easy to drive, and are comfortable enough to wear for over an hour or so but not for long periods of time. So these cans should definitely be considered. Did I mention they don't sound like closed cans? And let us not forget the PSB sister cans are very similar to the Nads but I think the Nads sounds a little better overall and more comfortable.
Yes, I heard the same about the PSB. I can listen to them for a few hours but think the ATH-M40 are more comfortable. The Dekoni aftermarket earpads for M40 fit the NAD pretty well, but they are too thick, and bass is unacceptably diminished. NAD could fix both the pads and the band, then they would have killer headphones.
You have to hear the Beyerdynamic DT 1770. I went to buy cheap closed headphones to not get disturbed, and a really good open pair, and ended up with just them. For me -- and important: a good source and a good amp (as always) they don't have the Beyer peak, they reproduce the music exactly AND make fun. I hear from classical to jazz to electronic and rock music.
Their finish and quality is proverbial "Germany made", and you'll get every spare part (even the screws) after centuries to come. Not many manufacturers do this!
If you have a huge head, you can bend the headband: it's made from spring steel. It won't brake.
B&O H9i
Closed back orthros <3
I'd sell a kidney for a massdrop sourced Fostex TH-900...just sayin 😄😄😄
Bring back the ath a1000z