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Open Back Headphones: Explained!

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Open back vs closed back headphones broken down! Top 5 Headphones Under $200: https://youtu.be/lEjwyYOFwZg ATH-M50x (Closed): http://amzn.to/1Jje3JL ATH-R70X (Open): http://amzn.to/1Gqygav Sennheiser HD800: http://amzn.to/1HeGSa0 Grado headphones: http://www.gradolabs.com/ Dat shirt: http://shop.facets.la/ Video Gear I use: http://amzn.com/lm/R3B571T7PT4PWM?tag=m0494a-20 Intro Track: Deadmau5 - Slow Down, Start Over ~ http://twitter.com/MKBHD http://google.com/+MarquesBrownlee http://facebook.com/MarquesBrownlee http://facebook.com/MKBHD http://instagram.com/MKBHD
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jamil phillips (4 days ago)
I received my first pair of open back and they are quite immersive for things like games, movies and music though I can hear people they cant hear my music
Dan Cunningham (4 days ago)
oh man... the old intro song <3 it's good to revisit the past every once in a while ^_^
RAKANKAN (5 days ago)
So are Open Back Headphones better for DJ Mixing at a Club?
Mustafa Mamuwala (8 days ago)
The hair cut tho 😂 #2018
Ricardo (10 days ago)
Sennheiser HD820 plzzzz
John Schwalb (24 days ago)
I had some I guess open back ear buds as a kid and loved the way they sounded. They were Phillips and had an open back to them.
Street Smith (26 days ago)
I got a question. So I'm aware that open back headphone provide sound leak. Are their any times at which the sound leak from the headphones is audible on the microphone? Like if I'm playing a game and talking to someone might they be able to hear a loud explosion?
Chris Jeong (1 month ago)
grado sucks
Jack K (1 month ago)
Could anyone gear a bass drum or something in the background of the video lmao
Kindeep Singh Kargil (1 month ago)
whoooa the hair... what...
Kevin O'Donnell (1 month ago)
thanks for absolutely no information. i think anyone could explain that 'open back head phones' are OPEN and sealed ones are closed. FIND A NEW DAY JOB
Celery Ofdeath (1 month ago)
A really good explanation. I'm a studio engineer. Headphones are my life. Theres one more advantage of open backs: less ear fatigue. Try listening to a pair of nice tightly sealed Sennheisers for 10 hours and call me in the morning, well you probably won't feel like talking. While I do like the open soundstage of openbacks I do feel like closed is more accurate. From a normal audience perspective I'm sure you don't care about accurate. If you do want accurate Sennheiser hd280 pros for $99 is all you need.
Thanh Tran (1 month ago)
Can you make a review for the sennhieser's HD6XX vs. the ATH-R70X
Aahel Tamjid (1 month ago)
Good great video
S1lverfang 1987 (2 months ago)
Who's watching in 2017
Strange Salad (2 months ago)
whats better for a person with hearing aids?
ZERO (3 months ago)
Why the fuck open back even exist? That just defeats whole point of headphones.
C Snap (7 days ago)
You assume the purpose of all headphones is isolation. Yes, open back headphones do have downsides like the one you listed, but they also have plenty of advantages like comfort. Comfort for open back headphones is on another level. I've tested so many headphones in my time and I have yet to find a closed back headphone that is as comfortable as even the least comfortable open backs. Also, there is personal preference. I personally like an open airy sound. It makes things like vocals and instruments shine.
Sketcher0204 (17 days ago)
No it doesn't. Different headphones for different purposes. I use my closed back headphones at work so I don't annoy my coworkers. I use open back at home for the much wider sound stage and overall better audio quality. I like my closed backs, but open back sound is on a whole other level.
Matt Schwartz (2 months ago)
You just don't understand the point of open-back headphones. They provide better audio fidelity than speakers at a cheaper price.
Eudhdhebdh Sjsnsjsb (3 months ago)
I use open back for gaming
Armando Andrés Meabe (3 months ago)
Jeff Eisley (4 months ago)
The biggest issue I ran into with open back is if you're trying to record vocals over a click track or music track. The clicks, drums, or music will leak onto the vocal track recording making it useless. Condenser microphones, unfortunately, pick up everything so this is why these headphones are probably called "reference" headphones, perhaps referring to a studio engineer listening back to previous recordings for mixing/mastering?
James Phillips (4 months ago)
I think closed back is more practical, I play horror movies and porn and last thing i want is other people knowing or getting irritated, in a public place is way more popular
The Football Culture (4 months ago)
Open back headphones make no sense, just buy speakers. Amazing...
Matt Schwartz (2 months ago)
Open-back headphones provide better audio fidelity.
T0mmyGun654 (4 months ago)
Should consider reviewing PSB M4U2's for great performing reasonably priced closed back headphones.
Thanex (5 months ago)
Razer kraken pro v2 is a cheap open back headphones
PredatorKingdom (5 months ago)
This explained it perfectly!
bincepilot (5 months ago)
Great vid, thanks mate.
Rodrigo Bersi (6 months ago)
thank you lucian
Mango Pie (6 months ago)
For i don't mind the sound leak, somehow I find it nice 'cause i want my co-workers to hear what I'm listening into but not that loud like speakers that it might disturb everyone in the office. Just enough that when they approach me and they would hear faint sound of my songs. That would also promote the song and artist in my opinion as they often ask me what is the title of the song I'm playing.
Matt Schwartz (2 months ago)
It's a great way to make your colleagues hate you. No one wants to hear your music.
CRISPYrice (6 months ago)
Ironic that you're discussing the importance of a quiet studio, since all I can hear in the background is someone hammering nails into a wall.
Timothy Crow (6 months ago)
Clear, Concise. Perfect. Thanks mate!
Kaelon Drae (6 months ago)
dat master chief shirt doe
Hope Hurteau (6 months ago)
if closed back headphones had sound isolation we wouldnt need active noise cancelling tech. but we do. try walking down a busy road with your so called sound isolating headphones and see how little sound isolating they actually have.
Luke Johnston (7 months ago)
Thanks for the video dude
Jose Luis Rebollo Romo (7 months ago)
I think open back headphones are only 4 when u gaming
Sagar Mankar (4 months ago)
open back are used for mixing & mastering a song
mir a (5 months ago)
No, for critical listening.
KingPinq (7 months ago)
Honestly, Open-back is not for me Especially if I live with 3 crazy siblings
jacky chong (7 months ago)
pls make a new open back headphone review that below 300 bucks
Gian Harapan (7 months ago)
thx for the explanation fam!
Fisher Bredrup (7 months ago)
my computer tried to do 4k on auto quality and overheated
Bing Bong (7 months ago)
he literally contradicted himself saying you can hear them but they cant hear the music, then right after says it leaks and they can hear you. I understand mistakes in editing but come on.
Nate (3 months ago)
Bing Bong you idiot he’s saying that while you ARE listening to it, it sounds like they can’t hear you, he never said that the person can’t hear you
Daniel Heigher (7 months ago)
NEMESIS&LUCIFER (8 months ago)
Soundstage: how wide the song sounds (spatial) Imaging: direction the sound seem to be coming from (directional) thus, soundstage≠imaging.
Luca Capperucci (8 months ago)
Dude what is your hair lmao
Humayun Techtips (8 months ago)
My new techtips channel plz.......... Sub me !!
10K Beats (8 months ago)
fist you said other can't hear what you are listening, but you can hear a man next to you and talking to you. then when you said sound leak, you said others can hear what are you listening to ?????????????????????
efdhg (8 months ago)
terrible for porn
Childish Gambino (9 months ago)
This is dope
Mason Rasmanson (9 months ago)
it would've been better if u included dac and amp for open back because they are essential to open back headphones
Ariana Grande (10 months ago)
Which are better the akg 701's or the Audio- Technica ath -rx70's in terms of actual sound accuracy , comfort and sound quality?!?
SenyorSalty (11 months ago)
open back. A pair of fidelio x2's will take you away. oh and the lower priced shp9500 are great as well.
James Edwards (11 months ago)
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Fosi94 (11 months ago)
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PaulXPZ (11 months ago)
Hah I'm using a pair of semi-open backs right now(AKG K240 MKii)
Hayden Dodds (11 months ago)
Is the Razer Kraken 7.1 Pro open back? If so is there a way to eliminate sound leakage? Cause the mic picks up people talking in chat and creates a mad echo. Cheers
Alex Chung (11 months ago)
for anyone who wants to try out open-back headphones, I would recommend the Philips SHP9500. roughly $60-$80, and they sound phenomenal.
Noah gaming (11 months ago)
this video is so cool
Jonny Murray (1 year ago)
4.2mil subs and I haven't heard of this guy. Excellent quality video
ItsHowWeRolz (1 year ago)
Closed back headphones or surround sound headset?
Caseydia (11 months ago)
Open back. If you have to get closed back, but NEVER do surround sound headsets. In fact, never do a headset. Just get an external mic or a antlion modmic.
Waterpanties (1 year ago)
You can't get more mainstream average than this guy. Also, get the M40x instead of the M50x. (M50x is SHIT)
the mdr v6 or the dt 770 are better than the m50x
PrototypeBlack (8 months ago)
+007ferguson007 It doesn't matter who you've watched before buying them, if you reached the same conclusion :) Anyone who knows anything about headphones will tell you that the highs are way too harsh/sibilant and the lows are inaccurate as well. It's not something subjective, since it's backed up by frequency response charts. M50X's are NOT neutral, like every tech guy would have you believe. If you want neutral, you get the M40X's, simple as that. The M50X's are overhyped and overpriced, with way better choices in that price range. That doesn't mean you can't enjoy them.
007ferguson007 (8 months ago)
Domotecq I'm not stupid. maybe follow your own advice there? marques' review wasn't even one that I watched before getting these headphones so thanks anyway 🙃
PrototypeBlack (8 months ago)
+007ferguson007 Don't be stupid, inform yourself. If you want an actual review for the M50X's, from an actual audiophile who knows what they're talking about, check out Z Reviews or metal571's video on them. Marques is a tech guy, not an audiophile. Don't fall for the hype.
007ferguson007 (9 months ago)
Caseydia I said not another person. I know you said it. you're the only one. sorry that your ears are messed up man that sucks 😕
The Kekler B (1 year ago)
Would the Sennheiser HD 598 be a good choice? Heard they're one of th best.
Ben Lucas (1 month ago)
Any Sennheiser would kill it. Or go with Audio Technica, or Bang & Olufsen. I personally prefer Sennheiser although I also have a pair of B&O and they are bloody amazing
James Smith (7 months ago)
Misx shp 9500 is much better for cheaper as well
jr4chargers (11 months ago)
Yes, unless you like your headphones having a lot of bass.
Caseydia (11 months ago)
Gren Donsy (1 year ago)
I enjoyed this brief and informative video, thanks mete.
Sameep Baral (1 year ago)
Look at that master chief t shirt
M-vil (1 year ago)
Grado doesn't really know how to make a website. everything i click on links back to the same home screen :/
H Boogie (1 year ago)
Are there any good IEM/earbuds that have a wide soundstage?
Caseydia (11 months ago)
Nope, just get headphones.
flapjack5511 (1 year ago)
whats the name of the art style of his posters and shirts
Alex Chung (11 months ago)
flapjack5511 the artist is Justin Maller. he does digital art. check out his Instagram. marques is a big fan of his.
Javier Torres (1 year ago)
flapjack5511 polygon art
comedyman112 (1 year ago)
flapjack5511 retarded tech nerd
Jeppe Poulsen (1 year ago)
Get the Philips shp9500
Simon Gonzalez (1 year ago)
do not forget that open back are also more respectfull whith the ear...
Sauce Boss (1 year ago)
What about bass, chillout, dance electronic music.
David Brown (2 months ago)
iheartv4g1na that's not entirely true. They have a very controlled bass. It won't be thumpy, but if you want quality sound, then that's a good thing. Most bass-centric headphones are garbage when it comes to mids and treble.
iheartv4g1na (3 months ago)
open back headphones have little to no bass because it just leaks out so don't buy them for bass
have both duh tho if you only prefer certain kind of genre investing for just only one and buy decent open/closed is nice but for me who open to many genre I cant settle to just one,open back best for acoustic ,classic etc while close back for dubstep,edm,bass heavy music etc and for my budget getting one that is decent for all is difficult so i end up with ath m50+ath ad700x+fiio e10k dac amp for around 250$ all 2nd hand,I really want grado actually for the open back one but sadly I can't find any decent priced grado in my backwater country
allen0088 (1 year ago)
theres also semi open back head phones like Sony Mdr ma900
GameSlimia (1 year ago)
I'm gonna go with closed back, I don't want my parents know about me watching my porn
Tvman videos (1 month ago)
Anime4 Mii (1 month ago)
but open back sound like she getting fucked realstic as for close they just sound like it was just recorded...
yaeshraj (2 months ago)
but the soundstage and immersion tho... especially in VR...
DK 99 (3 months ago)
U hav earphones for that😂
Ramon Presta (9 months ago)
GameSlimia me too
Harambe (1 year ago)
OMG where did you buy that shirt? I want one with a photo about me!
Tartaruss (1 year ago)
anyone know where he got the shirt or daft punk print?
superquack10 (1 year ago)
how come his headphones are red :(
Alex Chung (11 months ago)
superquack10 no, he has the red version of the M50s. those exist.
GameSlimia (1 year ago)
superquack10 dbrand skins
wartortle55 (1 year ago)
Massdrop always sells openback headphones. I want to buy some but I'm always in public
Amanshu Raikwar (1 year ago)
Hey +Marques Brownlee do a video on Planar Magnetic Headphones.
Abe Normal (1 year ago)
Check Sentio from RockJaw. It is open back and closed back thanks to switch :)
Dragon lover Dragon (1 year ago)
I have expirenced open back and yes i noticed a good sound quality but i heard every single detail of what's going out side so if you have so much noise throw your money at closed ones i ordered the Logitech g230 and its on its way so yeah i perfer closed back ones
endian (1 year ago)
Thank you, that was well explained and very helpful while I am trying to learn about audio equipment.
Dar_Welchito (1 year ago)
comedyman112 (1 year ago)
+DJ Welch you dont get my humour :<
Dar_Welchito (1 year ago)
comedyman112 (1 year ago)
DJ Welch Yeah, it's black.
John Cunneen (1 year ago)
Good info. Thanks!
Diotic (1 year ago)
is the sennheiser hd 558 open back
Diotic (1 year ago)
+Bob Frisk thans you
Bob Frisk (1 year ago)
Yes they are. Although they sound great, they sadly leak a lot of noise.
Adrian Alonso (1 year ago)
that daft punk art in the back tho
5 9 (1 year ago)
so are the akg k242hd open back?
Caseydia (11 months ago)
rmoulton rmoulton (1 year ago)
If you want a good, inexpensive pair of open backs, go w/ the Sennheiser HD 518's. I use them constantly and they are easily the best headphones I've ever used due to the soundstage Marques talks about and you can get them for anywhere from $50-$70. Side note, most open-backs are exponentially better w/ an amp, so I recommend getting, at the very least, a cheap 20$ one on Amazon in conjunction w/ your headphones.
Adrian Negreanu (6 months ago)
meh, the HD 598's are often on sale at 100$
Caseydia (11 months ago)
For that price range would also like to recommend the SHP 9500's.
Thirteen Pixelz (1 year ago)
Ryan Moulton yep, you're right!
wanderlvst (1 year ago)
Any suggestion for open back with a built in mic?
somebody301 (1 year ago)
So, I want a open back headphone. However, I'm a little concerned about the price point. Is there any good headphone for less than $100 ?
Vighnesh Ramesh (1 year ago)
Grado Sr80e, Sr60e Sennheiser hd558 AKG k240 semi open These are all under 100 and are good choices
NUTinBUT420 (1 year ago)
+somebody301 I'm telling you the Phillips one is open back and it's on sale. Lots of people compare it to the sennheiser hd559 or whatever but this thing is under 60 right now. I ordered a refurbished one for under 50
Robert Wang (1 year ago)
the grado and philips are both open backed lol
somebody301 (1 year ago)
I would like to have open-back. I already have closed ones and it's time to get some different ones.
NUTinBUT420 (1 year ago)
Ur in luck on newegg the Phillips shp9500 is on sale under 60
BeetleDude123 (1 year ago)
Could you recommend any good pair of open back headphones? One that is good for listening to music and playing games?
Muaaz Seedat (1 year ago)
HD 598, or HD 558
JollyImpulse (1 year ago)
I'm thinking about making my own gaming headset with an open back heaphone. The reason why I'm doing this is because I get paranoid while wearing noise canceling headphones since I don't really know what might be going on in my environment. One of my main concerns for open back headphones is how much of the audio leaks out. Can someone let me know how the open back experience is? If I chat with my friends on PS4, will people in my room be able to tell what they're saying?
Caseydia (11 months ago)
Open back is multiple times better than closed back in terms of sound quality. I have 2 siblings and my mom in my house, and the noise cancellation/isolation doesn't bother me nearly as much as I thought. The soundstage, imaging, and mids are better and- like Marques said- they just sound much more natural.
ThatItalianDude (1 year ago)
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ThatItalianDude (1 year ago)
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ThatItalianDude (1 year ago)
Hey there. If u have a concern for closed back and open back, I'd recommend the worlds first open and closed back headphones on Kickstarter. They look so sweet it makes me fat!
ThatItalianDude (1 year ago)
Hey there. If u have a concern for closed back and open back, I'd recommend the worlds first open and closed back headphones on Kickstarter. They look so sweet it makes me fat!
YouTube Video (1 year ago)
Make a new video on 2017 best headphones
JayDee98765 (1 year ago)
I just bought a pair of these today, I am blown away.
Mr Hussain (1 year ago)
these headphones are not designed for porn unless you want mum to join the fun😯
Alex Murphy (1 year ago)
Your videos are incredible. So helpful and well explained. Thank you very much
samanddogs (1 year ago)
I'm looking at getting myself a good pair of head phones at the moment I use senhizer mx365 and the Apple ear pods or whatever there called depending on what I'm listening too but I want to step it up I'm thinking about going open backed because I love a good sound stage on some music like I love passenger who Is a folk singer and I like to be able to listen to every instrument I also listen to some heavy bass music but most of my listening is done in my room and I am going to me putting some sound proofing in so would you recommend open or closed back I also am on a tight budget under 200 Australian dollars would be good thanks
Dry Dessert (1 year ago)
there's also magneto static (transducer) technology headphones from brands like Audeze. apart from the headphones, the headphone amp is important.
abhinav chhabra (1 year ago)
hey bro thanks for amazing explanation...can u tell how did u get red Ath- m50x. i tried to find it on amazon and some othere online store but it didnt work...so plz tell me
Chris (1 year ago)
I listen to Hello Kitty theme songs.  Can't have anyone knowing this secret so no open back headphones for me :D
razgrizghost1 (1 year ago)
Saving up for the ATH-R70x. Wish me luck! Or buy me one :3
Dry Dessert (1 year ago)
AKG K702.
La Platti (1 year ago)
Me too lol
jma111000 (1 year ago)
Weather you like open, or closed, don't fall for the M50/M50x hype. They're lifeless, and not designed to be enjoyable listening headphones. The M40s are actually better than the M50s, but for the price both can be beat.
Caseydia (11 months ago)
They're not good monitors either, their highs are so fatiguing. I don't want to listen to them for any more than 5 minutes.
Fluffykatana (1 year ago)
The sennheiser hd 598 sound warmer and are pretty easy listening.
jainki (1 year ago)
Absolutely. Anyone would be better off with Sony MDR-7506's or MDR-V6's, and they're both half the price.
Paritosh Purohit (1 year ago)
In your top 5, you mentioned the Grado SR80i's, which you said were great open back headphones...
CaddyPro'59 (1 year ago)
gonna buy the beyerdynamic dt770 32 ohm and argon ha1 heahphone amp. i know 32 ohm can be driven by anything but at home i want better sound. i choose 32 so i can use them outside.

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