The best open and semi-open headphones, prices and reviews

The best open and semi-open headphones, prices and reviews

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The best open and semi-open headphones of 2020

For starters, there are a ton of headphones of this type currently on the market. That said, we need to see what the user who wants to purchase these headphones is really looking for. We have compiled 3 more or less important reasons to choose the right headphones for our needs:

  • Budget
  • Headphone logo
  • Reviews of other customers


Open and semi-open headphones are available for every price range, of course our advice is to go for a mid-range. Because if you go too much on cheap headphones, there is a risk that they will soon spoil. On the other hand, we do not recommend expensive headphones only for those on a limited budget and do not want to spend a lot.

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The first thing to consider is that the so-called famous “brands” cost a lot, even if they have mid-priced headphones that work really well. However, it must be said that some lesser known and less famous brands offer equally functional and well-made headphones.

Reviews of other customers

Reviews from other customers can help a lot for those who are undecided to buy anything in general. Therefore product reviews are essential to facilitate those who want to proceed with the purchase of some object, moreover the more reviews there are, the more you can get an idea of that object you want to buy.

Below are the headphones we have chosen for this 2020 ranking:

1. HIFIMAN HE-400I – See price or buy

These headphones are equipped with highly functional drivers that deliver a great and balanced sound of 93 dB. You can safely use them either with your smartphone or with other music players. The diaphragm also has very pleasant lows and highs to listen to.

While they are not small in size, they are really comfortable to wear, their weight is around 30% less than the standard weight of these headphones.

2. HIFIMAN HE-1000 – See price or buy

The HE-1000 from HIFIMAN are the first headphones in the world whose diaphragm thickness is measured in nanometers. They have a comfortable and elegant design, as well as offer great and high quality sound. Inside they have magnets that reproduce the audio signal without distortion or other types of disturbances.

Anyone who bought this pair of headphones was really happy with it. And for our part we can say that these headphones really deserve the purchase without any fear.

3. Philips SHP9500 – See price or buy

The Philips SHP9500 headphones feature 50mm drivers. The frequency response range reaches a maximum of 35 kHz, with low impedance and high sensitivity, the SHP9500 delivers truly deep and catchy highs and lows.

They are also very comfortable and easy to handle, they have a cable that measures 3 meters. With the sound and quality they offer, they are undoubtedly some of the best on the market, even cheap in our opinion in comparison to its other competitors.

4. Koss UR40 – See price or buy

The Koss UR40 headphones have high quality titanium coated diaphragms that produce a truly precise sound. They are suitable for a wide range of music genres and both high and low frequencies.

Also when it comes to comfort, these headphones are really comfortable to wear. The main feature is undoubtedly the sound that the basses have, they are hardly found better.

5. Superlux HD668B – See price or buy

The Superlux HD668B are semi-open headphones, they have a precise and very balanced sound, suitable for all types of music. They have a lightweight and comfortable design, these headphones have been created to last over time.

They come with 2 cables, one smaller and the other longer.

6. Samson SR850 – See price or buy

The Samson SR850 are also semi-open headphones, they have a frequency response range of 10Hz-30kHz which, together with its 50mm driver, is enough to produce excellent quality sound.

These headphones are perfect for audio mixing and playback, and are also found at a good price in the market. Also included are 2 adapters.

7. Spadger HI-FI Over Ear

Spadger headphones are designed for professional users such as DJs or sound engineers, the bass is really rich and pleasant to listen to. The cable of these headphones is approximately 2.74 meters long.

If you are looking for balanced sound and comfortable enough headphones, then these are the ones for you.

8. OB-1 Audio Status – See price or buy

Status OB-1 headphones are also designed for professional users, reproduce clear and authentic sound. They have 42mm drivers, suitable for both high and low frequencies.

Generally headphones for recording studios are very expensive, but these are really cheap for the quality they offer. As if that weren’t enough, they are headphones that also last over time.

9. Grade SR60e – See price or buy

The Grado SR60e headphones are an alternative to the very expensive one. The sound is of excellent quality and the vocal reproduction is quite authentic.

They are also very comfortable and the headband can be adjusted to your liking. The price quality is really excellent.

10. AKG Pro Audio K612PRO – See price or buy

The AKG Pro Audio K612PRO headphones were designed for recording studios. They have an excellent frequency response up to 39 kHz. They are also extremely light as headphones, weighing just a little over 230 grams.

The design of these headphones is quite simple, but the quality it offers is truly remarkable as well as being comfortable and light as mentioned above.

11. Sennheiser HD 800 S – See price or buy

The Sennheiser HD 800 S headphones have one of the largest drivers of all, measuring 56 mm. The Teutonic house Sennheiser does not disappoint even in this case, and offers us headphones with a beautiful and authentic sound, without any distortion and also very comfortable when worn.

These headphones are sold together with 2 cables to connect them to other audio and Hi-Fi devices and also a 4 Pin XLR cable.

Let’s recap our 3 favorite pairs of headphones:

  • HIFIMAN HE-4000I
  • HIFIMAN HE-1000
  • Philips SHP9500

In conclusion

Open and half open headphones are mainly used in recording studios, as the sound is better and also more professional. Furthermore, the music that you listen to through these headphones becomes really fun and special, especially if you have a nice powerful Hi-Fi system. However, these headphones are not recommended for those who want to hear music when out and about on the bus or walking down the street.