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14 Best Open Back Headphones Of 2020 at Every Budget (Complete Guide)

Find the best open back headphones of this year that suits your budget with buying guide

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Extra detailed sound, super comfortable, and theatre sound experience, those three things define Open Back Headphones perfectly.

Mostly open-back headphones are for professional use. This type of headphones provides an authentic sound with very low resonance other than closed-back headphones with high resonance. That is why editors and professional uses this type of headphone for audio mixing and editing in their studio. Also, professional gamers just like NINJA also use open-back headphones other than Gaming Headsets.

The main difference between open back and close headphones is that the open-back headphones have the backs closed with ear cups and open back headphones do not cover the back totally, you can see the audio driver here. Another difference is that a close back headphone may provide noise isolation & surround sound. On the other hand, an open back headphone does not provide noise isolation but provides the most authentic & natural sound quality with maximum details. But we do no recommend an open-back headphone to use outdoor or if you need to use this in a noisy place.

Further delaying here is the list of Best Open Back Headphones of 2020 at every budget. You will find all types of open-back headphones here. Started from premium quality headphones to mid-budget and low budget open-back headphones. Have a look:

 

ImageProduct NameWeightBest forRatingLink
Over All Best Open Back Headphones of This Year - Sennheiser HD 800 SSennheiser HD 800 S Reference Headphone System0.73 lbsOver All Best Open Back Headphones9.8/10Buy Now
Best Budget Open Back Headphones - Beyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PROBeyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PRO open Studio Headphone0.55 lbsBest Budget Open Back Headphones8.8/10Buy Now
Best Premium Open Back Headphones - HIFIMAN HE1000 Over Ear Planar MagneticHIFIMAN HE1000 Over Ear Planar Magnetic Headphone1.06 lbsBest Premium Open Back Headphones9.6/10Buy Now
Best Open Back Headphones Under $1000HIFIMAN Ananda Over-Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones0.88 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $1,0009.4/10Buy Now
Sennheiser HD 650 Best Open Back Headphones Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone0.57 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $5009.2/10Buy Now
Best Open Back Headphones Under $500 - Sennheiser HD 600Sennheiser HD 600 Open Back Professional Headphone0.57 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $5009.0/10Buy Now
Best Open Back Headphones Under $400Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones0.52 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $4008.6/10Buy Now
Best Open Back Headphones Under $300HIFIMAN HE-400I Over Ear Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones0.82 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $3008.8/10Buy Now
Best Open Back Sennheiser HD 599 Headphones Under $200Sennheiser HD 599 SE Around Ear Open Back Headphone0.57 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $2008.6/10Buy Now
Best Open Back Headphones Under $200 - AKG Pro Audio K612 PRO Over-Ear, Open-BackAKG Pro Audio K612 PRO Over-Ear, Open-Back, Premium Reference Studio Headphones0.52 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $2008.4/10Buy Now
Philips Audio Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear HeadphonesPhilips Audio Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones0.66 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $1008.2/10Buy Now
Best Open Back Headphones Under $100 - Audio-Technica ATH-AD500XAudio-Technica ATH-AD500X Audiophile Open-Air Headphones0.52 lbsBest Open Back Headphones Under $1008.2/10Buy Now
Best Semi-Open Back HeadphonesAKG Pro Audio K240 STUDIO Over-Ear, Semi-Open, Professional Studio Headphones1.23 lbsBest Semi Open Back Headphones8/10Buy Now
Samson Technologies SR850 best semi open back headphonesSamson Technologies SR850 Semi Open-Back Studio Reference Headphone0.40 lbsBest Semi Open Back Headphones8.2/10Buy Now

 

The main difference between open back and closed headphones are stated here just in case you need a clear idea.

Difference Between Open-Back and Closed-Back Headphones

There are 4 key differences between open back & close back headphones. Those are…

  1. Visible Drivers

The visible difference between open back and closed-back headphones is that the open-back headphones have the backs closed with ear cups and open back headphones do not cover the back totally, you can see the audio driver here.

  1. Noise Isolation

Another difference is related to the noise isolation technology. Open-back headphones are really bad at this section. Though some open-back headphones feature Active Noise Cancellation technology just like the Master and Dynamic MW65 Active Noise-Cancelling (Anc) Wireless Open Back Headphones. But if you compare this with the closed-back headphones noise isolation then it is far from great. It is because of the structure we mentioned previously. On the other hand, closed-back headphones are really good at noise isolation. That is why open-back headphones are suited for indoor professional use, studio use, and sound mixing, editing. And most closed-back headphones can be used both outdoor and indoor.

  1. Sound Quality

Here is the main difference between open back and close back headphones. Open-back headphones provide the most natural, authentic, and pure audio with maximum details. That is why professional studio editors use these headphones. But open back headphones lack pure bass sometimes. On the other hand, closed-back headphones provide maximum bass and powerful sound quality with audio details.

  1. Price

Finally the price. Relatively open-back headphones will cost more than closed-back headphones if you are willing to buy a good one. But there are also open back headphones available that will cost less than $100

Over All Best Open Back Headphones of This Year

Here are the details of all the best open-back headphones stated above. We have classified all those headphones according to price and quality. Our research team tested hundreds of open-back headphones and decided to choose the Sennheiser HD 800 S Reference Headphone as the overall best open-back headphone of this year. But below rest 13 models are not bad, Every model has existing good performance, like, some are good audio, good frequency, some are enough comfortable, etc. Let check each model’s details and find out according to your demand and budget. 

The details of these headphones are given below…

01. Sennheiser HD 800 S – Best Headphone For Over All

Best Open Back Headphones

Key Features

  • Wired best open back headphones
  • Dimension 10.70 x 5.70 x 13.80 inches
  • Frequency Response 4 Hz – 51,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 103 dB
  • Driver size 56 mm ring radiator transducers
  • Weighs 0.73 lbs
Pros
  • A very high-frequency rate
  • Premium build
  • Comfortable in ears
  • Ring Radiator transducer drivers
  • Natural and authentic sound quality
cons
  • The price is a bit high

 

When it comes to top headphone brands, Sennheiser will be in the top 3. For a very long time, Sennheiser has been providing us with the best quality headphones. When we tested all other open-back headphones we found that Sennheiser has the best of bests. That is why this is our first choice.

Sound Quality

While buying the best headphones, your main concern must be the sound quality of these headphones. The Sennheiser HD 800 S Reference Headphone System has no comparison when it comes to sound quality. It can provide you the most authentic sound experience that you expect from an open-back headphone. The sound quality is clear, crisp, and balance which is second to none. The 56 mm ring radiator transducers drivers make this an exceptional sound quality open-back headphone. It also has a very high-frequency rate of 4 Hz to 51K Hz that ensures every detail. This is very helpful for the editor to mix up the sound. The innovative absorber technology of this headphone reduces unwanted frequency response peaks and allows you to listen to all the audio nuances to become audible. The sound quality is also best for DJ’s, that is why it is also called the DJ Style Headphone.

Built Quality

You can not expect less from the build quality of this headphone. The headphone is built with premium materials. But it does not look very different from the same series of headphones by Sennheiser. But the build quality is much more advanced here. As it is an open-back headphone, you can almost see the drivers inside. The headphone also comes with an XLR jack cable which is a great value. The audio jack connects both ear cups. This can be a perfect choice for the gamers who are seeking for Gaming Headphones Without Mic.

Comfortability

The Sennheiser HD 800 S Reference Headphone feels very much comfortable in your ears. It has unique build ear cups which can feet anyone’s ear very easily. Those ear cups also direct sound waves to your ears at a slightly different angle that creates an impressively natural listening experience. The headphone is lightweight as well so that you will face no difficulty while wearing this for a longer time.

Bottom Line

As it is our first choice among all other open-back headphones so that you can buy this one with closed eyes. But there is a thing, the price is a little high compared to most other headphones. But the features this headphone offers worth the price. If you can afford it then you never will regret your buying decision.

 

Best Budget Open Back Headphones

According to our research team, the best budget open-back headphones is the Beyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PRO open Studio Headphone. All the details of this headphone are given below.

02. Beyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PRO open Back Studio Headphone

Beyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PRO open Studio Headphone

Key Features

  • Wired best budget open-back headphones
  • Dimension 8.70 x 4.70 x 9.10 inches
  • Frequency Response 5 Hz – 35,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 99.1 dB
  • Driver size 45 mm ring radiator transducers
  • Weighs 0.55 lbs
Pros
  • Best budget open back headphone
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Versatile use
  • Made in Germany
cons
  • The build quality is nothing special

 

Finding the best budget open back headphones was a really difficult task for our team. There are lots of high-quality open-back headphones available in the market. But most of those will empty your pocket. Considering the price tag the Beyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PRO open Studio Headphone is the best budget open back headphone right now. This is also the headphone that famous YouTuber and Gamer NINJA uses.

Sound Quality

The Beyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PRO open Studio Headphone provides exceptional details & a spacious deep tone regarding an open back headphone. You will not get a heavy bass from this one but the treble & mild bass it produces defines a very pleasant sound. Considering heavy bass, you will get a powerful treble boost here which will provide a more realistic musical experience. The tonal depth along with a treble boost will make sure that even a small change in the mixing or positioning in acoustic sources can be identified while editing. Even it can be an ideal choice for gamers for more realistic & natural sound as well.

Built Quality

The build quality of the Beyerdynamic 459038 DT 990 PRO open Studio Headphone is up to the mark how much it charges. It has a plastic body along with a metal headband. The headband is covered with soft cushions. It can be bent easily without breaking it. It is a German-built product, that is why you can rely on its durability.

Comfortability

When t comes to comfortable wearing, you sure will praise this one. It is specially made for long time use without hurting your ears & head. Of course, you already have seen NINJA wearing this for hours without any issue. The spring headband design makes sure that you have a good & comfortable fit. By the way, if you want to know some tips on making headphones even more comfortable then you may follow this link, How to make Headphones More Comfortable.

Bottom Line

As we mentioned earlier, this open-back headphone is the best budget headphone for those people who are seeking for the best open-back headphones at a cheaper price. This headphone is capable to handle your day to day activities. But if you can pay more for headphones then sure can check other options.

 

Best Premium Open Back Headphones

We prefer the HIFIMAN HE1000 Over Ear Planar Magnetic Headphone as the best premium open-back headphone. All the details of these headphones are given below.

03. HIFIMAN HE1000 Over the Ear Planar Magnetic Headphone

HIFIMAN HE1000 Over Ear Planar Magnetic Headphone

Key Features

  • Wired best premium open-back headphones
  • Dimension 13.50 x 10.50 x 8.00 inches
  • Frequency Response 8 Hz – 65,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 90 dB
  • Impedance 35±3 Ohms
  • Weighs 1.06 lbs
Pros
  • Most realistic and authentic sound quality
  • Highest frequency response
  • World’s first Diaphragm-in-Nanometer-Thickness headphone
  • Patented Window-Shade System
  • Gorgeous look
  • Very much durable
cons
  • A bit heavier

 

When someone looks for a premium quality device, his/her main focus points on the build quality. But as an open back headphone, just premium build quality is not enough. That is why we have chosen the HIFIMAN HE1000 Over Ear Planar Magnetic Headphone as the best premium open-back headphone because it has a premium build quality with great sound quality and features.

Sound Quality

The sound quality of this headphone is really awesome. At some points, it surpasses the Sennheiser HD 800 S. It has the highest frequency of up to 65k Hz. This will make a huge difference while listening to your favorite music or mixing up audio. This is World’s First Diaphragm in Nanometer Thickness headphones that ensures perfect dynamic response. The Advanced Asymmetrical Magnetic Circuit of this headphone offers perfect reproduction of live music with the most detailed audio quality. The patented Window Shade System in it reduces all sound reflection so that you will get a wider sound stage. According to Jim Hannon (The Absolute Sound) “sounded remarkable and may motivate me to do a lot more headphone listening”.

Built Quality

The build quality of this headphone will provide you the most premium feeling. When you will first see this headphone in person, only one word will come out from your mouth, “WOW”. The design will surely attract anyone. This is a full metal build design using premium quality metals. That is why this headphone ensures long time durability.

Comfortability

The design of this headphone is not just attractive, the ergonomic and comfortable design of this headphone will fit anyone perfectly. But as a full metal build it is a bit heavier than most other headphones. Even though based on its structure you will not face any issue wearing this for a long time.

Bottom Line

If you are looking for a premium open-back headphone then the price tag may not bother you. But the features this headphone offers really worth the price. We have reviewed many expensive headphones than this one before. But among all, we found that this one is the best value for the money as a premium gadget.

 

Best Open Back Headphones Under $1000

When it comes to open-back headphones under $1000, our research team has selected the headphone below according to its best performance.

04. HIFIMAN Ananda Full-Size Planar Magnetic Headphones Over-Ear

Best Open Back Headphones Under $1000

Key Features

  • Wired best open-back headphones under $1000
  • Dimension 16.00 x 14.00 x 10.00 inches
  • Frequency Response 8 Hz – 55,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 103 dB
  • Driver Size 106mm
  • Weighs 0.88 lbs
Pros
  • Premium built with a unique design
  • High-frequency rate
  • Ultra-thin Diaphragm
  • Comfortable wear
  • High sensitivity
  • Best value for money
  • Suits everyone
cons
  • May feel a bit bulkier for some users

 

HIFIMAN is well known for its unique looking elegant design headphones with top-notch performance. This headphone by HIFIMAN can be your best choice if you looking for the best open-back headphones under $1000.

Sound Quality

There is no doubt that this headphone is capable to provide immersive sound quality. But if you compare this with Sennheiser HD 800 S or HIFIMAN HE1000 then you may notice some lackings. But you also have to see the price tag as well. It also provides a well-balanced sound but at a less-steep price tag. And has a very high-frequency response, higher than the Sennheiser HD 800S. It will make a huge difference in your music experience. The sensitivity of this headphone is also very high. So that you will not miss any detail while mixing your audio or listening to your favorite music. It can be a great Gaming Headphones as well.

Built Quality

The build quality of this headphone is not as premium as the HIFIMAN HE1000. But it has almost the same pattern and looks as the HIFIMAN HE1000, though it is not a full-metal build. It has a Window-Shade Grill Design that that provides it a unique look. His headphone comes with a black color option with silver details and a logo. This is n elegant design and suits everyone.

Comfortability

This headphone feels very comfortable. It is lighter than the HIFIMAN HE1000. It has a double layer headband of premium plastic and leather. Thus it will fit anyone easily. The Asymmetrical Ear Cups of this headphone feel very comfortable in the ears and you will face no heating issue. But the ear cups are slightly bigger than most other headphones. But this will not be a problem for regular use.

Bottom Line

We like most things about this headphone. It really offers some premium features that you can not imagine in this price tag. If you are looking for the best value of money and an open back headphone under $1000 then definitely give it a try.

 

Best Open Back Headphones Under $500

As the best open-back headphones under $500, our team has selected two Sennheiser HD series open-back headphones that suit this category best. Here are the descriptions of those two open-back headphones.

05. Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Headphone Professional Use

Best Open Back Headphones Under $500

Key Features

  • Wired best open-back headphones under $500
  • Dimension 12.40 x 10.00 x 4.33 inches
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz – 41,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 103 dB
  • Hand-selected matched driver elements
  • Weighs 0.57 lbs
Pros
  • Improved frequency response
  • Handpicked driver elements
  • Very lightweight and comfortable
  • 118 inches cable length
  • Left and right channels are matched
  • Stylish look
cons
  • According to some users, the durability of this headphone is not that impressive

 

Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Headphone is kind of a new addition to the Sennheiser HD series family. Just like its previous brothers, it is a great mid-range open-back headphone that comes with amazing features. The features of this headphone are almost similar to the Sennheiser HD 600, but in some points, it is better than that. Let us find out everything about this headphone.

Sound Quality

When it comes to audio quality, the Sennheiser HD 650 shines the most among all other Sennheiser HD series open-back headphones. Though the audio quality is quite similar to its brother Sennheiser HD 600, the configuration here is a little bit updated. It has a higher frequency response for more sound clarity 7 details. Especially the acoustic design ensures silk precision that damps over its performance. The matched driver elements here are highly optimized with magnet systems for inter-modulation distortion with very minimum harmonic.

Built Quality

This is a balanced build open-back headphones by Sennheiser with a very lightweight. It comes with a Black and Silver combination variant. The design is a bit different than the previous HD 600, but the built materials are almost the same as before. The voice coils are made with extremely light-weight aluminum. With our overall experience, it is a well built open-back headphone. This can be your choice as an Open Back Gaming Headphones as well.

Comfortability

This is a very lightweight open-back headphone. In fact, this is the second lightest headphone in our list. That is why it ensures ultimate comfort. There is a head cushion attached to the headband for a good comfortable fit. It will fit anyone without any difficulty and for a long time wearing this can be a perfect choice. The ear cushions are also very comfortable and do not heat your ears.

Bottom Line

No doubt this headphone is an excellent choice for those who are looking for mid-range open back headphones. Just do not compare this with Sennheiser HD 800 S, otherwise, you will be happy with what it offers. Again at a price tag of less than $500, you can sure have this one.

 

06. Sennheiser HD 600 Open Back Headphone Best for Professional Use

Best Open Back Headphones Under $500 - Sennheiser HD 600

Key Features

  • Wired best open-back headphones under $500
  • Dimension 12.9 x 10.2 x 4.35 inches
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz – 39,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 97 dB
  • 50 mm driver size
  • Weighs 0.57 lbs
Pros
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Neodymium-ferrous magnets
  • Natural and authentic sound quality
  • Professional design
cons
  • The bass seems a bit lighter at some points

 

As we mentioned previously, the Sennheiser HD 600 open-back headphone is a little backdated compared to the new Sennheiser HD 650. This is an award-winning open-back headphone by Sennheiser and it still is one of the best open-back headphones you can buy now.

Sound Quality

There is no need to say many things about the audio quality of this headphone. It sure delivers clear and crisp audio with an authentic feel. Though in some specs it will be a little behind compared to the HD 650, honestly speaking, you will hardly notice any difference in case of audio quality. The light-weight aluminum voice coils of this headphone ensure an amazing transient response. Also, the Neodymium-Ferrous-Magnets maintains optimum level sensitivity and ultimate dynamics. Those features ensure great sound quality during listening to music, audio mixing, and editing or while gaming.

Built Quality

The look of these headphones is different from the Sennheiser HD 650 but the build quality is the same. It comes with only Black color variant which really looks professional. It has Detachable OFC copper cables. The build quality of this headphone will impress you for sure as a mid-range open-back headphone.

Comfortability

This is also a very lightweight open-back headphone. The weight is almost similar to the HD 650. That is why it feels very comfortable. The ear cushions and head cushions ensure a perfect fit for almost everyone.

Bottom Line

This open-back headphone has won the heart of many users. If you compare this with the HD 650 then go for the one you like the most according to its design. We recommend both headphones as the best open-back headphones under $500.

 

Best Open Back Headphones Under $400

If you are looking for the best open-back headphones under $400 then here is one, we have selected this one for its amazing performance.

07. Audio-Technica ATH-R70x – Open Back Reference Professional Headphones

Best Open Back Headphones Under $400

Key Features

  • Wired best open back headphones under $400
  • Dimension 4.90 x 10.20 x 12.80 inches
  • Frequency Response 5 Hz – 40,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 99 dB
  • 45 mm driver size
  • Weighs 0.46 lbs (without cable)
Pros
  • pure alloy magnetic circuit design
  • Natural sound quality
  • Comfortable wear
  • Very lightweight
cons
  • Boring look

 

There are lots of options available if you look for an open back headphone under $400. Honestly speaking, you will not get a perfect pr professional-grade open-back headphone at this price tag. Among many other open back headphones, our team tested the Audio-Technica ATH-R70x Professional Open-Back Reference Headphones performed the best. Though it has some lacking as well. Let us find out everything about this.

Sound Quality

The sound quality of this headphone is pretty amazing. At this price range, you will get a crisp and clear sound with a very high-frequency response. The high-efficiency magnets here along with pure-alloy magnetic-circuit design reduces all types of distortion and ensures natural and extended frequency response. This is an acoustically transparent open back headphone. The aluminum honeycomb mesh housings here provide an authentic and spacious open-back audio experience.

Built Quality

Again this is a plastic build open-back headphones. The design may seem boring for some of you. But for studio use, this can be a great choice. It is a full black headphone with a double-layer headband. It also comes with a dual-sided detachable locking-cable. The robust construction here makes the headphone perfectly suits for professional uses as well.

Comfortability

This is a very lightweight headphone. It weighs only 0.46 lbs (210 gm) without cable. Even also feels very comfortable. It has breathable fabric made earpads for ultra comfort and the improved wing-support provides a long time wearing comfort. The double-layer headband also ensures a perfect fit.

Bottom Line

It delivers decent audio, very much comfortable, and also has a high-frequency rate with natural sound quality. AT this price range you may not have all those features in other open-back headphones.

 

Best Open Back Headphones Under $300

Here are all the details of the best open-back headphones that suit this budget.

08. HIFIMAN HE-400I Full-Size Planar Magnetic Over Ear Headphones

Best Open Back Headphones Under $300

Key Features

  • Wired best open-back headphones under $300
  • Dimension 8.00 x 7.00 x 4.50 inches
  • Frequency Response 20 Hz – 35,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 93 dB
  • 60 mm driver size
  • Weighs 0.82 lbs
Pros
  • Premium look
  • Magnetic open back headphone with high-quality audio
  • Low distortion
  • Detachable cable
cons
  • Lack of sub-bass extension

 

This is the 3rd HIFIMAN open-back headphone in our list. The brand has all types of headphones, starting from the premium Open Back Headphones like the HE1000, the mid-range open-back headphones like the ANANDA, and here is their budget-friendly open-back headphone HIFIMAN HE-400I.

Sound Quality

The HIFIMAN HE-400i is a full size planar magnetic open-back headphone with high-quality audio performance. It is specially designed for any critical listening whether in your home or your studio. The easy to drive magnetic headphone is built for a better listening experience at this price tag. It offers remarkably low-distortion and high-signal inputs with excellent transient-response.

Built Quality

Though it is a budget open-back headphone, it has a premium look that you may not get in most other cheap headphones. It is a plastic, metal, and leather combination built with an amazing black chassis in it. There is a steel-reinforced Headphone-Yoke in case you need extra support and rigidity. The 1.5m cable here is removable.

Comfortability

The headphone is a bit heavier then other plastic built headphones. But as it has metal parts so that the weight is not something to be worried about. The headphone feels comfortable. The newly designed headband with an additional pressure pattern ensures a comfortable fit for anyone. The newly beveled super ear pads are made of velour and pleather for a long time wearing.

Bottom Line

It has an amazing premium look, the sound quality is standard and it is perfect for most uses. At this price range, we do not think that you will get anything better than this.

 

Best Open Back Headphones Under $200

Though $200 is a tight budget for an open back headphone. But our team has come with the best open-back headphones under $200.

09. Sennheiser HD 599 SE Best Around Ear Open Back Headphone

Best Open Back Headphones Under $200

Key Features

  • Wired best open back headphones under $200
  • Dimension 7.20 x 6.10 x 3.20 inches
  • Frequency Response 12 Hz – 38,500 Hz
  • Sensitivity 103 dB
  • 38 mm driver size
  • Weighs 0.57 lbs
Pros
  • Premium look
  • Comfortable wear
  • Natural sound
  • Two detachable-cables included
  • 2 years limited warranty
cons
  • A lot of sound leaks

 

This is the last Sennheiser headphone we are going to review today. Other than high-quality Sennheiser open-back headphones on our list, this one also should be considered as the best open-back headphone that comes at a price tag less than $200.

Audio Quality

First of all, you should not compare this one with other Sennheiser open-back headphones in our last. Just remember that at this price range what you will get is more than expected. The sound quality is really good here. It has a very high-frequency rate to provide you authentic sound quality. It sure can deliver you a natural-tonal and balanced audio experience with exceptional detail and outstanding spatial-performance.

Built Quality

Even though it is a cheap headphone, but it has a premium look. It comes with a classic black color design with metallic silver details. It is a plastic build open-back headphone. But based on the look you can not deny this one.

Comfortability

This is also a lightweight and comfortable headphone. It provides you super wearing-comfort with its large ear-cups covered with plush-velour soft ear cushions. The padded headband here helps to get a comfortable fit as well.

Bottom Line

This is our editor’s choice as the best open-back headphones under $200. You can not expect less from Sennheiser.

 

10. AKG Pro Audio K612 PRO – Open-Back, Premium Reference Studio Over-Ear Headphones

Best Open Back Headphones Under $200 - AKG Pro Audio K612 PRO Over-Ear, Open-Back

Key Features

  • Wired best open back headphones under $200
  • Dimension 9.80 x 8.80 x 4.30 inches
  • Frequency Response 12 Hz – 39,500 Hz
  • Sensitivity 101 dB
  • 50 mm driver size
  • Weighs 1.46 lbs
Pros
  • Authentic sound quality
  • Auto adjustable leather band
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable wearing
cons
  • Large headphone
  • Lacks of bass impact

 

Another amazing open-back headphone that comes at a price tag of less than $200 is the AKG Pro Audio K612 PRO Over-Ear, Open-Back, Premium Reference Studio Headphones. Here are all the details of this headphone.

Sound Quality

This open-back headphone by AKG reproduces sound with extreme precision. The Patented-Varimotion diaphragms in it provide authentic sonic imaging. It also enables remarkable clarity. The headphone is a better budget-friendly option for professional audio mixing and monitoring.

Built Quality

It looks like most other cheap headphones. Instead of a headband, it has a steel band with a leather part for fitting. It does not have a premium build. But again we must see the price tag here.

Comfortability

No matter how it looks, but the headphone is claimed to provide you luxurious comfort. The leather self-adjusting headband provides an ergonomic fit for most people. The ear cushions here are made from Velour. That is why those are soft to the ears. It also is a lightweight headphone so that you will face no issue while wearing this for a long time.

Bottom Line

All other things are up to the mark about this headphone. Only if you like this design can consider this buying.

 

Best Open Back Headphones Under $100

Here we also have the cheapest open-back headphones with good quality. Have a look.

11. Philips Audio SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Headphones

Philips Audio Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear - Best Open Back Headphones Under $100

Key Features

  • Wired best open-back headphones under $100
  • Dimension 8.3 x 4.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Frequency Response 5 Hz – 25,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 100 dB
  • 53 mm driver size
  • Weighs 0.53 lbs
Pros
  • Newly designed audio drivers
  • Lightweight design with aluminum casing
  • Comfortable wear
  • Tangle-free cable
  • Auto adjustable headband
cons
  • The wing mechanism may feel loose for some people

 

You have seen it right, there are also some open-back headphones available in the market that comes with less than $100. In this list, our first choice is the Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Audiophile Open-Air Headphones.

Sound Quality

According to the price tag, this open-back headphone provides moderate sound quality. It can reproduce natural audio with deep bass. The newly designed 53mm audio driver along with CCAW voice-coils make this possible. Considering the price tag you will not be disappointed with its audio quality.

Built Quality

Just like the previous headphone we reviewed, it has a similar design pattern. There is no headband instead you will have cable bands with a leather fitting band. The audio drivers are covered with aluminum built honeycomb design cases. There is an Oxygen Free Copper single-sided cable for input.

Comfortability

The fabric earpads of this headphone offer amazing wearing comfort with durability. The self-adjusting leather band fits most users. It is lightweight and provides a comfortable wearing experience. The single-sided cable has an elastic TPE coat to avoid tangle.

Bottom Line

This headphone may not offer something exclusive for the main attraction. But again you must consider the price tag. What else you can expect here?

 

12. Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Best Audiophile Open-Air Headphones

Best Open Back Headphones Under $100

Key Features

  • Wired best open-back headphones under $100
  • Dimension 6.70 x 7.90 x 3.90 inches
  • Frequency Response 12 Hz – 35,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 101 dB
  • 50 mm driver size
  • Weighs 0.66 lbs
Pros
  • Premium look
  • Natural sound quality
  • Steel headband
  • Durable design
  • Comfortable head and ear cushions
cons
  • Bass is somewhat lean

 

Choosing our list of open-back headphones with the cheapest product on our list, the Philips SHP9500 HiFi Precision Stereo Over-Ear Headphones. AT this price tag this open-back headphone offers a lot more.

Sound Quality

Philips is a reliable brand for any product including headphones. This open-back headphone by Philips offers a lot more that you may not get from other high range open-back headphones. It has a high-frequency range for clear audio and natural sound quality. The Neodymium drivers in it deliver a full-spectrum sound quality.

Built Quality

Though it is a very cheap open-back headphone, it has a really premium look. The headphone is plastic built, but the headband is cold-rolled steel. It is a metal black headphone with silvery-white details. The look of this headphone will attract anyone. It also is a durable one compared to most other cheap headphones.

Comfortability

The headphone is very comfortable as well. The headband has a comfortable double-layered cushion. The ear cushions are also to the exact size and comfort. Those cushions are soft, breathable, and ensures listening for hours.

Bottom Line

If you have a very tight budget for an open back headphone then go nowhere, just buy this one and find the amazing features by yourself.

 

Best Semi-Open Back Headphones

We also have listed two Best Semi-Open Back Headphones here just in case you search for one. Those headphones come at a really cheap price offering some top-notch features.

13. AKG Pro Audio K240 STUDIO Semi-Open Headphone Best For Studio

Best Semi-Open Back Headphones

Key Features

  • Wired best semi open back headphones
  • Dimension 4.30 x 7.48 x 7.87 inches
  • Frequency Response 15 Hz – 25,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 91 dB
  • 30 mm driver size
  • Weighs 1.23 lbs
Pros
  • Premium look
  • Well built and durable
  • Accurate audio quality
  • Cheap price tag
cons
  • Heavier
  • De emphasized bass

 

When it comes to semi open-back headphones, our first choice is the AKG Pro Audio K240 STUDIO Over-Ear, Semi-Open, Professional Studio Headphones. This is a low budget headphone offering some great value.

Sound Quality

This semi-open back headphone by AKG is well known to deliver accurate audio. That is why you can rely on this for sound accuracy. The 30mm XXL -Transducers along with patented Varimotion-Diaphragms delivers a wide dynamic range. It also offers increased sensitivity and frequency response. This semi-open back headphone design also provides solid bass range and extremely clear high with clear high notes.

Build Quality

When you will first look at this headphone you may not believe that this is very cheap. It has a premium look in it. The headphone comes with the Jet Black color variant along with golden details. You will see a metal wired headband here along with an auto feet leather band. The build quality of this headphone is really durable.

Comfortability

The headphone has a soft headband and ear cushions with leather cover. This ensures comfortable wear. But the headphone is a bit heavier. Though with the auto fitted leather headband balances the weight only if it fits you perfectly.

Bottom Line

Rather than the weight distribution issue, there is no such thing that may forbid you to buy this cheap semi open-back headphone.

 

14. Samson Technologies SR850 Best Cheap Semi Open Back Headphone

Best Semi Open Back Headphones In Under 50 Dollars

Key Features

  • Wired best semi open back headphones
  • Dimension 8.00 x 8.00 x 4.80 inches
  • Frequency Response 10 Hz – 30,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity 98 dB
  • 50 mm driver size
  • Weighs 1.05 lbs
Pros
  • Best for audio mixing, editing, tracking, and playback
  • Large Neodymium drivers
  • Extended sensitivity and frequency response
  • Very lightweight
  • Comfortable
  • Very cheap price
cons
  • The treble of this headphone may seem fatiguing in times
  • Not the best fit for people with large heads

 

Closing our list with the Samson Technologies SR850 Semi Open-Back Studio Reference Headphone. Just like the previous one, it also is a semi open-back headphone that comes at a price tag of less than $50. Here are all the details of this headphone.

Sound Quality

In the sound section, this headphone really shines. It can deliver an extended frequency response with a better dynamic range. The large Neodymium drivers in it along with rare earth-magnets make this possible. It is specially designed for audio mixing and editing. It also delivers a warm bass experience.

Built Quality

This headphone really has an attractive design. It comes with a black color variant that has a decent look. There is an autofit leather band here for optimal fitting.

Comfortability

This is the lightest headphone on our list. In fact, there are very few headphones in the market which weigh this less. That is why it ensures very comfortable wear. The auto-fit headband provides a good grip. On the other hand, the soft velour ear cushions will not hurt your ears. You can easily wear this headphone for a very long time without making your head and earshot.

Bottom Line

As a cheap semi open-back headphone, this one offers a really good deal. It is lightweight, delivers a decent sound, and provides comfortable long time wear with a good look. What else do you want?

 

Complete Buying Guide for Open Back Headphones

While buying a regular device, you must learn a sort of things always. Nevertheless, there are some things you need to consider before buying an open back headphone. Those are stated below.

Purpose

Before you buy an open back headphone, you must decide for what purpose you are going to use this. Normally we suggest open-back headphones for home & studio use. If you are a YouTube content creator, like to mix audio then an open back headphone is the perfect choice for you. Or if you want to enjoy your favorite music or movies right at home or at a quiet place then this type of headphones can provide you the best experience ever. But we never suggest this to use in a crowded situation. You can not get the best from it in this situation.

Noise Isolation

Honestly speaking, open-back headphones are pretty bad at noise isolation. No matter how good quality open-back headphones you buy, in a noisy situation, it can never provide you the best experience. Some people understand the noise isolation feature as the main difference between open back & close back headphones as well. However, a good quality close back headphone just like the Sennheiser HD 800 S can effectively block out the ample background noise by keeping the sound leakage at a very low level. But never expect more than this from an open back headphone. However, sometimes people raise the volume to the highest level to avoid background noise while listening to music. But we never recommend this because it will cause more sound leakage & people around you can easily hear what you are listening to which make you feel like a weirdo.

Sound Quality

This is the section where open-back headphones shine. A good quality open-back headphone can provide you the most authentic quality sound that a close back headphone can never deliver. According to most users, “It feels like the singer & musicians are sitting around me & singing for me”. Undoubtedly open-back headphones can provide you the purest sound experience with the most details. Even it is better than 7.1 Surround Sound Headsets. That is why most music composers, mixers & editors prefer an open back headphone over close back headphones.

Frequency Response

Before you buy an open back headphone, you must look for the frequency response of that particular device. Before that, you must understand what is the frequency response of headphones. It is the measurement of the way a headphone replicates musical frequency. You will find open-back headphones with a very high-frequency response of up to 60,000+ Hz. However, our ears can hear from 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz frequency response. But having a headphone that has a higher frequency response than 20,000 Hz will of course make difference in the music experience. A high-frequency rate always allows a more sensory listening experience.

Comfortability

For many people, the main reason for buying an open back headphone is that it is very much comfortable compared to close back headphones. For a long time studio use, those headphones are a perfect choice. As the audio drivers of these headphones are not completely covered with earcups so that air circulation can continue & protect your ears from getting hot. The best open-back headphones are also very easy to fit for everyone.

Weight

No matter which type of headphones or headsets you buy, starting from Best Gaming Headsets to Best Open Back Headphones, you must consider the weight of that product. Lighter headphones are better. That is why while making our list we considered the weight as well.

Price

How much you want to expend for the best open-back headphones? Maybe a few thousands of dollars or maybe a hundred dollars. No matter what your budget is, we have listed all budget open back headphone so that you do not need to go elsewhere or look all over the internet to get the open-back headphones.

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