Closed-back headphones can be considered the most practical choice for someone getting into high-fidelity audio because they can be used in almost any situation. Whereas open-back headphones aren’t the best for public environments because of the sound bleed which would bother others around you, and the lack of sound isolation, which wouldn’t work well in noisy settings like a bus or plane ride. These 3 headphones won’t require an external amp which make them great to travel with.
- Sennheiser HD 280 Pro
The 280 Pro’s are a great choice because they are one of the VERY best at sound isolation, with the ability to block out 32 decibels of sound. They are also easily driven, with nominal impedance of 64 ohms, any phone would be able to put out good volume on these headphones. The downside is that they are a bit bulky, but the robust design makes them great for travel or throwing in a backpack everyday. Also, all the pads are replaceable so if they wear out, it’s nice knowing that they can be replaced.
- Sennheiser HD 25 Plus
The 25 Plus’ are the most portable choice. These headphones are also great at sound isolation and can be easily driven by most phones and MP3 players. The 25 Plus’ also includes two cables (10 foot straight/10 foot coiled cable), one pair of leatherette ear pads, one pair of velour ear pads, and carrying pouch. These lightweight headphones would be perfect for travel, and everyday use.
- Audio-Technica ATH-M50x
The ATH-M50x’s are another great choice for an all around everyday headphone. The sound isolation on these are great, as they were designed for studio purposes. These headphones come with 4ft and 10ft straight cables and one coiled cable that can be switched, making these even more versatile than headphones that have a fixed cable (like the Sennheiser HD 280’s). The M50x’s are an updated version of the M50’s and have softer ear pads than before, making them more comfortable for extended periods of use.
These are the 3 best closed-back headphones for everyday use and great sound quality for the price. More in-depth reviews of these headphones can be seen in my article “Top 10 Best Audiophile Headphones for Beginners“.