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10 Best Closed Back Headphones 2021 – Buying Guide

Stuck trying to figure out which headset is the best closed-back headphones? Don’t worry we have got you covered.

There are so many options available that it’s easy to make the wrong decision and the wrong decision could lead to you losing more than winning. Not to mention wasting your money on crappy products. 

After a lot of searching and testing, we have put together a list of the Top 10 best-closed back headphones, and here it goes:

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Bose QuietComfort 35 ii

Bose has been at the top of the active noise-canceling headphones for years, and it was in no small part due to the QuietComfort series of headphones.

$249

The Bose QC35 II NC looks exactly like the previous generation headphones save for the new Google Assistant button located on the left earcup. The headphones come in black or silver and their design is … well, stiflingly generic. This makes them perfect for modest business class travelers, but less perfect for those who like their headphones to make an impression. 

The plastic build does help the QC35 II NC in terms of comfort and we were impressed by just how comfortable the headphone was to use for extended periods. Although plastic doesn’t feel as nice as metal, it does wonders in weight savings which travelers will love on long flights.

Pros
  • Class-leading noise cancellation
  • Balanced, but soft sound quality
  • Incredibly comfortable
Cons
  • No auto play/pause
  • No instant mute
  • Plastic build, plain design 
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Audio-Technica ATH-M50X

The Audio-Technica ATH-M50x Professional Studio Monitor Headphones offer excellent build quality and very detailed, balanced sound with tight bass.

$298

Audio Technica ATH-M50X is all plastic aside from the band of metal inside the headband and a few little aluminum highlights. See the ring on the cups and the little silvery circles telling you whether the cup plays the left or right channel? These parts are metal. 

You get both short and long cables, letting them have a double life in and out of the home. There are three cables in the box, one for portable use and both coiled and straight longer cables for home listening.

The cables use a twist-to-lock mechanism, so you can’t just use any old 3.5mm cable – however, just like the pads, you can find replacements online. 

Pros
  • Lively, engaging sound

  • Relatively affordable
  • Good for EDM

Cons
  • Not neutral-sounding

  • No wireless option
  • Proprietary audio cable
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Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO

The DT 770 are very good, closed-back, neutral listening headphones. They deliver a well-balanced audio reproduction with a near-perfect mid-range and a great bass that doesn’t drown instruments and vocals.

$157.59

The Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro are well-built, durable, and great-sounding closed-back headphones. They’re a bit more versatile and have a slightly better Bass than the DT 990 PRO or DT 880 thanks to their closed-back design.

However, they still leak a bit too much for quieter environments, and they’re somewhat cumbersome to carry on you if you don’t have a bag.

The bass range was a little inconsistent in our measurements and depended somewhat on the shape of the listener’s head. They also tend to sound a little sharp with some tracks due to the emphasized Treble range.

Pros
  • Priced reasonably
  • Feels sturdy and like it would last
  • Neutral frequency response, overall THD is still within reason
Cons
  • Rather top-end heavy sound signature
  • The cable cannot be replaced
  • Hard to drive out of a laptop headphone out
  • Plastic used on the headphones feels a bit cheap
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SENNHEISER HD 569

HD 569 headphones are no slouch in the low-frequency department, they’re probably not going to give you the boosted sound you’re after if you’re looking for big bass.

$149.95

The circumaural (over-the-ear) design of the HD 569 is neither visually striking nor ugly—the frame is bulky and simple, with matte black plastic and velvet-like black earpads. But the headphones are exceptionally comfortable, with a very secure fit and a headband and earpads that feel like pillows.

The headphones deliver fantastic bass response—both clear and powerful, even at the top, unwise listening levels. You also get an excellent level of clarity in the high-mids and highs, which allows a track with serious bass depth like this one to stay balanced.

Pros
  • Crisp, clear sound signature with accurate bass depth.
  • Ships with two detachable cables, one with inline remote and mic, one with 0.25-inch headphone connection.
  • Comfortable fit over long listening sessions.
Cons
  • Not for booming bass fans.
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Sony MDR7506

Good for neutral listening. The Sony MDR-7506 headphones has a well-balanced sound with a punchy bass that doesn’t drown the excellent mid-range.

$99.99

The Sony MDR-7506 is a comfortable, closed-back critical listening headphones with a good sound. They’re a little cheaply built but they don’t leak much, which makes them a good option for recording.

However, they’re not the most versatile headphones, so they won’t stay on your head if you run with them and poorly isolate you from the ambient noise of your environment.

Pros
  • Super clear sounding
  • Not booming but tight Bass
  • Long-lasting
  • Clear and focused dynamics
  • Affordable
  • Long cord
  • Closed ear – reduction of external noises
Cons
  • The pads make your ears warm with extended use
  • Applies pressure on ears if too tight
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Sennheiser HD 280 Pro

Your search for affordable recording/mastering-grade headphones should begin with the excellent Sennheiser HD 280 Pro, a modern classic.

$99.95

For a recording studio headphones pair, the single most important design element, after the drivers that produce the audio, is long-term comfort. Sessions last a long time. People sweat, gravity presses headbands into skulls. The HD 280 Pro does an admirable job of keeping long-term sessions more or less fatigue-free.

The non-removable cable features a thick coil, and it terminates in a 3.5mm connection. The solely included accessory is a ¼-inch adapter for larger headphones jacks. A carrying pouch would be nice.

Pros
  • Accurate, clean audio performance across the full frequency range.
  • Comfortable, secure fit for long listening sessions.
  • Durable.
  • Passively reduces ambient noise significantly.
Cons
  • Cable is not detachable.
  • More appropriate for professional/studio use than personal listening.
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V-MODA Crossfade 2

Better-than-average for neutral listening. They have a good mid-range that’s not get drowned by the slightly elevated bass. 

$260.74

The V-Moda Crossfade 2 Wireless headphones improve on their previous wireless model, with a more comfortable and portable design. They’re stable enough to run with, and they have a durable build that can handle a lot of physical stress.

Unfortunately, they don’t block enough ambient noise for loud environments, and they sound a bit dark, which might not be ideal for all listeners.

Pros
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass and bright, clear highs.

  • Comfortable, unique over-ear design.
  • Can be used in passive wired mode.

Cons
  • Sound signature not for purists.

  • Pricey.
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Red Leopard-Excovip Gaming Desk Mat

Those more interested in getting excellent audio quality for their money than high-end design or a big brand name will appreciate the Status Audio CB-1 over-the-ear headphones.

$59

The build quality of the Status Audio CB-1 headphones is a bit of a mixed bag.  It impresses us when the price is taken into account, and it does have a few features that you commonly associate with more expensive headphones. Still, conversely, there are areas where improvement in material choice would have been greatly appreciated. 

The CB-1 actually features a single entry detachable cable, of which 2 are included in the box.  The cables are both of excellent quality.  You get one long 5ft straight cable and another which is coiled for portable use.  Jacking points are great, both strong and robust, and they have excellent strain relief spring mechanisms, which should further the headphones’ longevity. 

Pros
  • Bright, Semi-Neutral Sound Signature
  • Comfy Memory Foam Ear Pads
  • Perfect For Casual/Studio Settings
  • Folding Design
  • Good Bang For Your Buck
Cons
  • Semi Bulky Ear Cups
  • Does Not Include a Carrying Case
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AKG Pro Audio K92

They may not feel like a premium pair of cans, but the sound quality of the K92s more than the makeup for their plastic exterior.

$43.12

The K92’s are a big pair of headphones. With their large flat design AKG appears to be making a pair of headphones that it wants people to use in the studio or at home rather than while out and about.

Their size means you’re unlikely to want to wear these headphones while out and about. They’re much better suited to being used at home, at a desk, or on a long journey such as a plane ride.

The AKG K92’s 40mm drivers offer a great frequency response of 16Hz-22kHz. For reference, the standard for most headphones is 20Hz-20kHz since this is generally accepted as the audible frequency range of the human ear.

Pros
  • Great sounding
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Gold trim may prove divisive
Cons
  • Budget plastic construction
  • No detachable cable
  • Bulky
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Sennheiser HD 450BT

The Sennheiser HD 450BT is satisfactory for commute and travel. These bulky headphones have an okay ANC canceling feature.

$149.95

The Sennheiser HD 450BT are alright wireless over-ear headphones. While they have a similarly sleek and decently built design as the Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC, they offer over 24 hours of continuous battery life which is outstandingly long.

However, most other aspects of these headphones are okay and don’t really stand out too much from their competitors. Their active noise canceling feature has a fair performance but it struggles to reduce bass-range noise like bus or train engines.

They also have a tight fit, helping them stay stable on your head during a light run. On the downside, their headband doesn’t have a lot of padding and their ear cups may not fit larger ears well, which can make them uncomfortable to wear for several hours at a time.

Pros
  • Over 24 hours of continuous battery life.
  • Okay ANC feature.
Cons
  • Some users may find these headphones uncomfortable.

CONCLUSION

When it comes to picking the absolute best headphones, you really have to consider what you’ll be using them for. Do you need a better mic or better sound quality? Some headphones offer a good mixture of both, but be prepared to pay a top dollar.

These were our top recommendations. We hope you find this article useful.

And if you looking to complete your setup we have tons of article which can be helpful for you. So please check it out.

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