Closed Back Headphones under $200 Buyers Guide
Todays buyers guide is a little more on the compendious side as we have delved into the advantages and disadvantages of closed-back headphone sets on many occasions and you can see our archived headphone articles for a more in-depth look.
What to Look For in a Set Of Closed-Back Headphones Under $200?
What to prioritize before you buy is largely down to the intended use. Closed-back headphones are ideal for personal listening because their design feeds the audio far more directly and blocks the external world around you.
For casual everyday use, you will want to think about the portability and maybe opt for an enhanced audio driver to make your playlists shine. You might want to consider a fold-up set for easy storage whilst you are out and about and possibly even get a wireless set for the modern convenience they offer especially if you are playing from a mobile device.
For studio applications, you need to consider a lot more and a little more carefully.
A studio reference set will generally be open-backed as opposed to closed as it better replicates the audio experience via speakers. Generally, most studio work will be done out loud on a dedicated studio monitor but sometimes a closed-back set is required to isolate signals especially if you are problem-solving.
When recording lives in a booth closed-back is the only solution, you don’t want to record via a microphone with the audio playback being re-captured. A decent closed-back set keeps the audio at the listener’s ears with none spilling into the outside environment.
In these cases, you will need a low-latency set so you have no lagging issues as timing is of greater importance in a recording situation.
The impedance will have to match the capabilities of the rest of your set-up and you will probably need a choice of cables for different applications.
The drivers will need to be sophisticated, ideally giving a flattened tuning so you get a better picture of the inputs.
As studio sessions can be a real graft, you need to think about the practicality and comfort and if it is to be anything more than a hobby you must find a durable set, built to last.
You won’t find anything particularly audiophile quality below the $250 mark but there are a few low-end sets that do a good job if your budget is restricted.
There are many functions, a closed-back set of headphones can serve both in and out of a studio environment.
Their passively noise-canceling capabilities render them perfect for isolating what you need to focus on the most.
There are a plethora out there to choose from and although many premium sets are going to cost a little extra there are a few inexpensive options for those on a lower budget that will suffice.
We hope you find today’s selections and buyers guide of some use whilst you pick your next pair.
If you need to critically listen within a studio environment you might want to seek out a semi-open-backed set as they give a better gauge of how the audio really sounds and are typically free of any custom enhancements that can give a misleading audio reproduction.
Did you Know
Beyerdynamic make some fantastic premium closed-back options and they have entry-level models which benefit from the same cutting-edge developmental components so you might find our Beyerdynamic headphones article invaluable.