Best Open Back Headphones Under $200

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Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X 7.5 8 10 inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable Check price
Philips Fidelio X2HR 7.5 9 7 inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable Check price
Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X 7 7 7 inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable Check price
Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro 7 8 6 inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable Check price
Sennheiser HD 559 7 7 7 inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable Check price
Sennheiser RS120 7 7 7 inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable Check price
HIFIMAN HE400i 6.5 6 7 inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable Check price
GRADO SR225e 6.5 6 7 inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable inapplicable Check price

Here I would like to share my impression of using the best open back headphones under 200. Before writing this, I have tried plenty of different headphone models and found out that there are two non-expensive and high-quality ones. If you want to know what kind of sound you can get with the devices that cost less than $200, the info below is for you.

The ability of the driver to pass the air through without hindrance that is normally caused by pressure, combined with a usually more out of the head and open listening experience makes open back models very close to real Hi-Fi speaker systems. This is a significant advantage of such headphones, therefore I want to show you how to choose them right. Moreover, these devices go a long way in mitigating a build-up of heat since they do not keep the air inside.

Finally, 200 dollars is not much if you can get something like the headphones represented here. Their technical features are as impressive as their stylish outlook. To add, I have chosen headphones that are comfortable and perfect for long-wearing.

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Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X - best overall

Our rating
7.5/10

Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X

These are the best open back headphones under $200 made in Japan. Their open-air design helps deliver very smooth, relaxed, and natural sound. The frequency response of the ATH-AD700X is 5Hz - 30 kHz, which makes the device suitable for both critical and casual listening. The level of impedance is quite low — 38 Ohm. With regard to the sensitivity, it is 100 dB.

The next thing I would like to tell you is that Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X is a very lightweight unit that has only 265 g/9.3 oz. So, you can carry the headphones with you anywhere. Moreover, this model is foldable and can fit even in a pocket.

The ear cups have a joint that allows them to adjust to your head nicely. Their super comfortable self-adjusting 3D wing support ensures total ear-fit with just minimal pressure. With the ATH-AD700X you can move around your room freely, as the straight cord you get with the device is 300 cm/9.8 ft long.

This wire is removable, which means if it gets damaged, you can buy a new one instead of getting a new pair of headphones. The audio cable terminates to a mini plug with included ¼ adapter.

Sound

The headphones create a satisfactory soundstage for neutral listening. The sense of distance and depth between the instruments is easily felt and heard, while the layers of clean detail keep you hooked into the song. Vocals are cleared and detailed.

The little emphasized and punchy bass of these headphones from Audio-Technica can delight any music lover. These headphones are equipped with 53 mm drivers with bobbin-wound CCAW voice coils that provide very spacious sound with fantastic highs and mids.

Audio-Technica ATH-AD700X

Key specs

Pros

  • The unique headband is extremely comfortable and exerts the right amount of pressure on the head
  • No sweaty headphones or ear cans thank the open design
  • Playing games with this device is great as you can hear absolutely everything
  • All of the weak points of the headband are reinforced with a thick field of plastic

Cons

  • Could be more agile and precise
  • The open back design means sound leaks out

GRADO SR60e

Our rating
6.5/10

GRADO SR60e

Incredibly lightweight headphones with bright sound reproduction. They have an on ear wearing style and nice adjustable headband. Speaking of the impedance of this device, it is 32 Ohm. Another feature that matters a lot is the frequency response which is 20 Hz - 20 kHz in the case of GRADO SR60e. The headphone cord length is approximately 215 cm/7 ft and terminates to a 1/8" mini plug perfect for smartphones, tablets, or PCs.

The important thing you have to know about this device is that its weight is 220 g/7.8 oz. Lots of audiophiles prefer the SR60e because when you put the headphones on, it is really easy to forget about them in a few minutes. But let's finish with the technical characteristics. The sensitivity of this appliance is 100 dB. The way the SR60e's new driver and plastic housing make air move and react to sound vibrations virtually eliminates transient distortions.

Sound

GRADO SR60e is your entry to the world of full-spectrum audio. Their audio performance is perfectly modern with a cheerful, well-balanced tone on both portable or home gear. This device has a largely neutral midrange and an amazing bass. In musical terms, this is a very successful model which is equally at home in piano, rock, unaccompanied voice, and full orchestra. Overall, it offers a sound that is pure GRADO, with very warm harmonic colors, rich full-bodied vocals, excellent dynamics, and an ultra-smooth top end. GRADO SR60e

Key specs

Pros

  • A full-size 1/4 "stereo adapter is supplied with the SR60e
  • Complete 360-degree ear cups rotation
  • The new design of foam earpad, which is an improvement in comfort compared to the previous models of GRADO
  • The audio cable is extremely soft and it gives absolutely no friction noise when it rubs against skin or clothing

Cons

  • Joints and materials look weak

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