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Massdrop 101: What Is A DAC?
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Semi-open cans are a compromise between fully open and fully closed headphones. Usually this is done to achieve better bass response or to widen the soundstage.
open cans usually have great mids and highs and flat bass. Sometimes they have just a little punch, though. Semi-open are going to punch a bit harder on the low end than a fully open can, and have slightly less soundstage/instrument separation than an open can as well. But compared to a closed can that is two positives because the soundstage will be wider and you get better separation. The negative compared to fully closed is that you lose the best benefit of a closed pair, which is sound isolation (but that's the only area closed wins). With semi-open you can still moderately hear your surroundings or sometimes quite clearly as it varies but I'd recommend semi or fully open headphones over any closed pair any day especially if you are using them at home or a quiet environment. In fact I sold all my closed pairs and own 3 semi open and 2 full open headphones right now.
Also everything I talked about are just averages. There are headphones in each category that sound contradictory to how you'd think. There are plenty of experienced people around here though if you're looking for headphone recommendations. I can recommend headphones too but only those made by AKG, Sennheiser, Fostex, Audio Technica and some Hifimans (which are all the best companies anyway).
Also I can try to explain why each type of can excels in each area if you want to understand more.
Welcome to the audiophile world/disease though. Where all your extra money disappears.