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Open Back Vs Closed Back .. what is better for me?

post #1 of 14
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I have been thinking about getting an open back pair of headphones but i am not sure if i would like them. I don't know anyone who has a pair so testing them etc is not an option. I also don't have any shops near me that have high quality headphones to test. I would use them indoors and i wouldn't be using them outside. The one thing that is making me think twice is if somebody is talking or starts talking to me it would ruin the whole listening experience. Would an open back pair of headphones like the Sennheiser HD650 actually block external noise at a high volume? If you think that a closed headphone would be better in my position could you please list some of the best in the price range of £200 - £300?

I currently use an Asus Xonar Essence STX and will be adding the Matrix M-Stage at some point..

I am looking for a pair of headphones that are really detailed, good clarity and nice tidy bass.

I mainly listen to Electronic Dance music and various genre's within that.

 

 

Thanks in advance


Edited by Morph91 - 12/18/13 at 10:24am
post #2 of 14

I can say go with the Beyerdyanmic DT 990 Pro 250 ohm. I had one with the Matrix M Stage my self, and for EDM it was AWESOME.

 

As for open vs closed, if some one is talking to you it won't ruin the experince entirely. Open Headphones are like speakers, but well on your ears and they require different power specs

 

non teh less, I used my open backs at home with some rather noisy room mates, and when they did screw at me from like 3 rooms away, it didn't ruin the experince. Closed back headphones won't have as much clarity or open ness as open backs within the price range.

 

So for the best mixture of deep quality bass and clarity, the DT 990 Pro is a VERY good choice. $150 new it is one heck of steal! 

post #3 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply, the headphones you mentioned seem like a good deal, they're something worth considering. I was really wanting a pair of open back cans but maybe they wouldn't be ideal listening in my room when everybody is asleep haha

post #4 of 14
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Originally Posted by Morph91 View Post
 

I have been thinking about getting an open back pair of headphones but i am not sure if i would like them. I don't know anyone who has a pair so testing them etc is not an option. I also don't have any shops near me that have high quality headphones to test. I would use them indoors and i wouldn't be using them outside. The one thing that is making me think twice is if somebody is talking or starts talking to me it would ruin the whole listening experience. Would an open back pair of headphones like the Sennheiser HD650 actually block external noise at a high volume? If you think that a closed headphone would be better in my position could you please list some of the best in the price range of £200 - £300?

I currently use an Asus Xonar Essence STX and will be adding the Matrix M-Stage at some point..

I am looking for a pair of headphones that are really detailed, good clarity and nice tidy bass.

I mainly listen to Electronic Dance music and various genre's within that.

 

 

Thanks in advance

Yeah, DT990, Fidelio L2, or Fidelio X1, or HE400 are good options.

post #5 of 14
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Originally Posted by Trunks159 View Post
 

Yeah, DT990, Fidelio L2, or Fidelio X1, or HE400 are good options.

HE 400 is really not worth the price, unless your planning on running it out of a High end amplifier and Dac.

 

I owed the DT 990 and the HE 400, out of my m Stage the two where VERY comparable, with the DT 990 being half the price of the HE 400. Now The he 400 when paired with a high end amplifier and dac is an clear upgrade over the Dt 990, How ever again the HE 400 is only better when you've got the gear to scale it with

 

That said, the L2 X1 and DT 990 are all excellent choices when pair'd with an amp on the level of the mStage which is a VERY good amp. Your sound card should make be more than sufficent for a Dac with the mStage and one of the headphones mentioned.

 

Again, while the HE 400 is an excellent headphone. I highly encourage you not purchase it until you've invested in something like the Schiit biFrost and Vali

 

The reason being, again the DT 990 L2 and X1 all perform VERY well for the price and with introductory gear! The HE 400 is really only worth the $300 USED asking price, when you have higher end gear to pair it with! I'd save your self a few hundred dollars and again, get something on the lines of the DT 990 L2 or teh X1 

post #6 of 14
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the reply. I was looking at the Philips X1 for a long while, is the Sennheiser HD650 not a good purchase for my situation then? 

 

Thanks in advance

post #7 of 14
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Originally Posted by Morph91 View Post
 

Thanks for the reply. I was looking at the Philips X1 for a long while, is the Sennheiser HD650 not a good purchase for my situation then? 

 

Thanks in advance

Not a bad choice, I've not heard it but it may be simmilar to the DT 990 vs HE 400 discussion. Your free to get either the HE 400 or HD 650. The mStage is a nice amp. but you may enjoy getting two headphones for around $150 as opposed to one for $300

 

For example you could try the X1 and maybe a closed headphone for when you want the isolation, or another open back with a more neutral sound signiture to help you breach out into other genres. 

post #8 of 14
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Originally Posted by Morph91 View Post
 

Thanks for the reply. I was looking at the Philips X1 for a long while, is the Sennheiser HD650 not a good purchase for my situation then? 

 

Thanks in advance

The DT880 are a more balanced sound, over the DT990 and the DT880s are cheaper then the the Philips 28/X1 Fidelio.

post #9 of 14

I think the Asus Xonar Essence STX & Matrix M-Stage is more than enough for the HE400 hahah. I have that & I really love it! :)

 

& it scales up even better if you ever upgrade your equipment farther ;)

post #10 of 14
Thread Starter 
Sounds good, i am so undecided it's unbelievable lol, can someone link me to a cheap M-Stage in the UK? I don't know whether to trust Ebay..
post #11 of 14
Thread Starter 

Philips Fidelio X1 being sold on Amazon for just over £150.. surely that's a steal!?

post #12 of 14
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Originally Posted by Morph91 View Post
 

Philips Fidelio X1 being sold on Amazon for just over £150.. surely that's a steal!?

I would think so :3

post #13 of 14

Never turn the volume up to block noise unless you don't care about damaging your hearing. Buy a closed model or IEM instead.

post #14 of 14
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Originally Posted by Morph91 View Post
 

Philips Fidelio X1 being sold on Amazon for just over £150.. surely that's a steal!?


It is cheaper in Europe. Amazon germany sells it for 180 Euros right now.

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