'Open' And 'Closed' Headphones Explained

When you're buying a new pair of headphones, you have a lot to consider. One of the more important (and more confusing) aspects is the decision between open and closed. Video weblog Techquickie explains the main differences in this two minute video.

The super short version: closed headphones isolate you from the noise around you (and keep others from hearing your music), while open headphones usually produce better sound, but at the expense of sound passing through the cups. Which kind you want depends on where you're using them, and how much you need to isolate your music from the world (and vice-versa).

As with all their videos, Techquickie has put together a great little explainer for those uninitiated. Headphone experts won't find anything new here (in fact, we've talked about most of this before in our headphone buying guide), but it's perfect for sending along to your friends that might be interested in buying a new set of cans.

Open Vs Closed Headphones as Fast as Possible [Techquickie]


Comments

    That's quite a generalisation, to say open is outright better sound. It's more accurate to say open headphones sound more natural, while closed headphones sound more accurate. Personally I value accuracy. Beyerdynamic makes some excellent closed headphones, and they're who I'm currently using. And if you do recording of any kind, as I do, closed is essential.

      ^^ that's right. I do prefer closed than open to be honest. I don't people to listed to what I am listening too and closed one, I tend to get more bass and less noise compare to the open ones.

    a word of caution: if you have a wife, try not to get isolated headphones! lol :)

    choosing headphones just got a little harder

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