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  1. #21
    Join Date: Jun 2015

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    I'm Lawrence.

    Default Headphones open or closed back

    Quote Originally Posted by Yomanze View Post
    All things being equal, open-back headphones are more natural, less coloured, and just sound more, erm, open. They leak noise out, and let outside noise in though.

    Closed back headphones offer more isolation from the outside world, which can be advantageous in many situations.
    Totally agree, always go open if the environment allows.

    I've owned about 30 pairs over the years including stax lamdas but I've finally settled on the Hifiman HE500s as my end game cans. These can be had for about 300 but need some driving as do most planars. They can be driven from a normal speaker amp with an adaptor or fitting banana plugs to the cable in place of the jack (or go bare wire) so you don't need to buy a headphone amp. In return I've got the closest sound i could find to a good pair of speakers.

    Below 150 I recommend a pair of Sennheiser HD580s (I luckily got mine for 50 with worn pads) and spend the rest on an amp. I love the little dot mk3 with them with upgraded tubes.



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  2. #22
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    Default Headphones open or closed back

    Doh

  3. #23
    Join Date: Oct 2012

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    I'm Jez.

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    Open back. I've always found them to be more well.. open sounding...
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    Digital: Yamaha CDR-HD1500 (Digital Swiss army knife-CD recorder, player, hard drive, DAC and ADC in one), PC files via 24/96 sound card and SPDIF, modded Philips CD850, modded Philips CD104, modded DPA Little Bit DAC. Sennheiser HD580 cans with Arkless Headphone amp.
    Cables- free interconnects that come with CD players, mains leads from B&Q, dead kettles etc, extension leads from Tesco

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