Keeping the Peace with Closed-Back Headphones

Keeping the Peace with Closed-Back Headphones

When it comes to immersing yourself in the world of music or diving deep into your favorite podcast, having the right pair of headphones can make all the difference. Among the wide array of options available, closed-back and open-back headphones are the most prominent. Let’s take a closer look at when or why you would opt for closed-back headphones.

What Are Closed-Back Headphones

Closed-back headphones are designed to encapsulate your ears with ear cups that are sealed to isolate sound. This design is called circumaural and that simply means the headphones completely surround the ear, sealing it off from the surrounding environment. The audio stays contained within the headphones, and external noise is effectively blocked out. This feature is particularly advantageous in public places or noisy environments, as it allows you to enjoy your music without distractions and without disturbing others.

Circumaural headphones: headphones that completely surround the ear, sealing it off from the surrounding environment.

Closed-Back Headphone Recommendations

  • Shure’s Premium Closed-Back Headphones – these headphones deliver superior acoustic performance, comfort, and durability to professional engineers, musicians, and audiophiles alike. The SRH1540 Headphones utilize 40 mm neodymium drivers for an expansive soundstage with clear, extended highs and warm bass. The lightweight and durable design also features Alcantara® ear pads for maximum sound isolation and comfort. 

  • Sony’s Circumaural Closed-Back Headphones - The MDR-Z7M2 Circumaural Closed-Back Headphones from Sony have 2.76" HD drivers designed to cover your ears and produce a plane wave front, which is like that in a natural sound field. Other features include a smooth high-frequency response, ergonomic earpads, and silver-coated oxygen-free copper cables.These headphones can be used to enjoy enhanced sound quality and reproduction of three-dimensional, spatial sound with hours of listening comfort.

  • AKG’s Professional Studio Headphones - The AKG K271 MKII from AKG are studio headphones that are a great choice for working onstage or in a studio. These headphones offer a frequency response of 16 Hz to 28 kHz and a closed-back design. The self-adjusting headband provides a secure and comfortable fit. A switch inside the headband mutes the audio as soon as the headphones are taken off to prevent unwanted sound leakage. The over-ear earpieces provide both long-lasting comfort and ambient noise reduction.


Procraft Supply offers an extensive selection of top-tier closed-back headphones, so, immerse yourself in the world of music with the perfect pair of headphones and elevate your listening experience to new heights.

Looking for open-back headphones too? Check out our recent blogpost: The Best Open-Back Headphones for Audio Engineers to learn more about your options.