Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/191416/ask-htg-whats-the-difference-between-open-back-and-closed-back-headphones-and-which-should-i-get/
Over-the-ear headphones (or, for the terminology-loving, circumaural headphones) come in two primary flavors: open-back and closed-back. Before you sink some serious cash into a nice pair of headphones it pays to know the difference.
This is my first posting here. I registered so that I could say that the advice offered is excellent and concise. I am a bit of a headphone geek, I might add.
I am sure I will be pestering you with questions that lie outside my special field of geekery soon!
I'm a headphone geek too. Over the last decade, I've tried all sorts (probably 15 or 20 in total) of open- and closed-back, active noise-cancelling, top-of-the-line and cheapies. Since my main use required some form of ambient noise reduction (mostly aeroplanes and trains), and the need to occasionally converse, I settled on Shure in-ear buds with which I sometimes use an external in-line microphone gadget. That is the best one so far for me.
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