Studio Headphones

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Headphones allow a single user to listen to an audio source privately. They generally come in 2 forms, circumaural and supra-aural. Circumaural headphones completely encumber the ear and black out background noise. Supra-aural headphones sheath the surface of the outer ear but don’t completely seal them in so are more prone to background noise leakage.

Headphones can be further differentiated by their type of ear cups - Closed back headphones mean the outer part of the cups have a hard enclosure which reduces the amount of sound leakage. Open back headphones allow your ears to breath as the outer part of the cups are left open giving you a more natural sound. Semi-open headphones are considered a compromise between open-back and closed-back.

Closed Back Headphones

Closed-back headphones feature solid cups on the back of the headphones, providing excellent noise isolation. This design ensures that external sounds are blocked out, allowing you to enjoy your music without distractions and preventing sound leakage, which keeps your audio private and undisturbed by outside noise. Closed-back headphones are ideal for diverse uses. For commuters and travelers, they offer a sanctuary of sound in noisy environments like buses, trains, and airplanes. Musicians and recording artists will appreciate closed-back headphones for studio use, as they help monitor tracks without bleed into microphones, ensuring a clean recording. Traditional closed back designs often have a less even frequency response than open back models, but you should also consider designs which feature built in DSP to compensate, or with acoustic metamaterial tuning such as those found in high end Dan Clark models

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