Open-back headphones awesome home audioKey features:
- Semi-open design
- Removable cable
- Green/white/black finish
Pretty much all the headphones we’ve talked about so far are suitable for portable use. Meant for it, in fact. However, the best sound comes from open-back headphones.
These put open air between the driver and the outside world. Funnily enough, it gives headphones a much more ‘airy’ and open sound. It means they’re rubbish for noisy environments, though.
Our pick of this sort is the AKG Q701
, partly because their price has halved since launch. At £249, their sound quality flattens any style headphone at the price, and virtually any closed-back pair too. Useless for the commute, but fantastic for movies and music at home. Buy Now at Amazon.co.uk from £143.99 | Amazon.com from $174
At time of review the AKG Q701 was available for £265.