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Open vs Closed back?

What's the benefit of one over the other?
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Closed back help keep sound from leaking into the rest of the room and you for hearing sounds in the room. They are best for when you don't want to disturb others in say an office setting or on a plane. Open back have a more airy sound and better soundstage. I'd go open back if you're not going to be listening in loud environments or worried about disturbing others.
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Closed back help keep sound from leaking into the rest of the room and you for hearing sounds in the room. They are best for when you don't want to disturb others in say an office setting or on a plane. Open back have a more airy sound and better soundstage. I'd go open back if you're not going to be listening in loud environments or worried about disturbing others.
Agreed. I have Audeze LCD's and the open back sounds phenomenal. I bought the EL-8's in the closed-back version for traveling and they don't sounds as good but great for their intended purpose (Where no one can hear.).
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My Alpha Primes have larger staging and more externalized imaging than alot of open headphones Ive tried.
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closed back sound like you are taking a hearing test

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Closed back is more versatile if you are going to use them in a wide variety of environments and only plan to have one set.

I have both types, and use according to need—libraries, archives, at home with lots of ambient noise? Closed. At home when it’s quiet? Open.

Adjust to taste and budget.
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I found and bought a very low price open back professional headphone and i don't regret... before it arrived i was thinking that was a bad decision. It sounds amazing and... open back is more comfortable. Closed is better to clubs, open is better for home studio.
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To simplify things from my experience,

If you like a tight, accurate, bass-y sound with a small to medium soundstage go for a closed back. It has tighter seal, better noise isolation and can be better for immersion in loud envrionments.
If you like an open, wide, airy sound which is more comfortable to listen to and has better detail retrieval with less bass but a larger soundstage, go for an open back. Due to its open nature and width, it can be more immersive in quiet environments.

I think the common mis-conception is to address open backs as superior to closed backs, but they aren't for all purposes and tastes. They're both good at different things. I really like closed backs for anything to do with bass. I like open backs for sitting down and relaxing, but then again, if I want to sit down and relax, I'll likely use my speakers.

Also consider your use-case and if the wire or reliance on a DAC or AMP will hold you back. If so, get the THX pandas.

If I could only pick one headphone, it will always be the headphone I will use the most for my use-cases. What're yours?
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Open is better to be used in home.
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From my ears alone, the closed-back keeps the bottom end beefy and prominent.

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