Our picks for the best over ear headphones – open back and closed back
We know how important it is to find the best headphones for you; whether they are for your smartphone, music player, laptop or hi-fi system.
Here you can see the best of the best full size headphones to buy in 2019, 2020 and beyond.
BEST CLOSED BACK HEADPHONES
1. Beyerdynamic DT770 PRO – £125
The Beyerdynamic DT770 creates a spacial soundstage more akin to an open-back headphone, and delivers full bass with accurate highs and mids. What’s more, these are profoundly comfortable.
BUY HERE: Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro Studio Headphones
2. Sennheiser HD820 – £1999
The HD820 is Sennheiser’s first closed back audiophile headphone release and it promises to be quite special. Based on the same design as the HD800S, the HD820 uses Gorilla Glass as its transducer cover and the curved shape of it allows the sound waves to reflect to an absorber – resulting in minimal resistance and creating an open sound that you would normally expect from an open backed headphone.
3. Focal Stellia – £2799
Focal headphones are not only known for their excellent sound quality – they also look stunning. And the Stellia is no different. The finest materials have been used to create this closed back headphone, including a Beryllium dome electrodynamic driver. With a unique finish, inspired by the colours of cognac and mocha – the Focal Stellia looks as good as it sounds.
READ MORE: Focal Stellia Closed Back Headphone Review
BEST OPEN BACK HEADPHONES
4. MrSpeakers Ether 2 – £1900
The Ether 2 have a great sense of neutrality, at the same time they offer an enjoyable listening experience and they never sound analytical. There is a hint of added body that creates a smooth listening experience that can be enjoyed for hours on end.
5. Meze Empyrean – £2699
The unique construction of the Empyrean was designed with the shape of the human ear in mind. As a result, they enjoy a greater degree of imaging than you’re likely to find anywhere else. Each Empyrean is hand crafted to exacting detail, and that level of precision is not only visible, but audible.
READ MORE: Meze Empyrean Open Back Headphones Review
6. Final D8000 – £2999
The planar magnetic magnificence of the Final D8000 creates a listening experience without parallel. The unique construction, including a damping system (the same used in condenser microphones) allowing for a sound that surpasses the abilities of most planar magnetic and dynamic equipment. This requires a dedication to exacting detail you can only see in Final.
BUY HERE: Final D8000 Audiophile Headphones
BEST WIRELESS HEADPHONES
7. Bowers & Wilkins PX – £329
The B&W PX is the ultimate portable headphone. With the latest aptX HD Bluetooth technology, wireless sound quality is of the highest level. Providing a very well balanced sound with tight bass – bass heads may want to look elsewhere – crystal clear clarity and superb soundstage. The PX also has adaptive noise cancelling and uses six microphones to help block out external sounds – allowing you to focus on the music. Along with the advanced technology – the PX has superb build quality and comfort – making them our go to recommendation for wireless headphones.
BUY HERE: Bowers & Wilkins PX Bluetooth Headphones
8. Audeze Mobius 3D – £349
Audeze have created a superb all rounder in the Mobius. Whether music, films or gaming is your thing – the Audeze Mobius does it all extremely well. Inside the housings are planar magnetic drivers, providing sound quality that even the audiophiles out there will appreciate. Then the 3D emulation technology delivers a superb surround sound experience, perfect for watching films or playing Fortnite and thanks to the integrated head tracking – you’ll hear sound effects as if they’re really there.
BUY HERE: Audeze Mobius Gaming Headphones
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