Andertons Scoreboard: Best Closed-Back Headphones £10-£20 (2022)

Headphones are indispensable in our daily lives: from music production to watching a film, they allow us to do what we love wherever we are. Find out the best closed-back headphones on a budget according to the Andertons team. Rating build, sound quality and comfort, we give you the best options so you never have to hit pause on your favourite activities.

Anna Colombo

Anna Colombo

New Year, new music production gear! It’s never too late to start your producer or DJ journey and, most importantly, you can find great gear to begin with at a fair price point! This round of Andertons Scoreboard brings you the best closed-back headphones in a price range that is budget-friendly: between £10 and £20.

Our team has selected our best-seller options in this price range, alongside some new releases. These cans are for DJs, producers or music-lovers alike, who want an affordable pair of closed-back headphones without giving up on quality and sound. We rated them based on comfort, sound quality and build to give you an insight into the overall performance. You can read the full criteria below.

Behringer HPS3000

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The Behringer HPS3000 high-performance studio closed-back headphones feature superb frequency response meeting the high demands of professional studio users.

Additional features include a high-efficiency cobalt capsule, high dynamic headroom, single-sided oxygen-free copper cord and optimized oval-shaped ear cups with ultra-rugged headband construction. You get ultra-wide frequency response, high-definition bass and super-transparent highs.


  • Comfort – 3.8/5
  • Sound quality – 3.3/5
  • Build quality – 3.6/5

Final score: 3.6/5


Behringer HC2000


The Behringer HC2000 are foldable closed-back headphones, ideal for musicians and music lovers to listen to their tunes on the go. Thanks to their compact design, they can fit into bags and backpacks, while their padded earcups and adjustable headbands make them comfortable to use for a long time.


  • Comfort – 4.3/5
  • Sound quality – 3.4/5
  • Build quality – 3.6/5

Final score: 3.8/5


Behringer HPS5000


The Behringer HPS5000 offer a great option on a budget for all music producers. Their comfortable oval-shaped earcups and the padded headband make these headphones comfortable to wear for hours of listening. With a great low-end response and a crystal-clear high-end rendition, these headphones are the best choice for musicians starting out on a budget.


  • Comfort – 2.7/5
  • Sound quality – 3.9/5
  • Build quality – 2.9/5

Final score: 3.2/5


Behringer HPX2000


These headphones are specifically designed for DJs who want to hear high-definition bass and super-transparent highs across an ultra-wide dynamic range. The HPX2000 provide everything you need for comfortable listening. The two rotating, reversible ear cups contain high-resolution cobalt capsules that deliver every nuance of your sound.

To fulfil the demands of an active lifestyle, Behringer have engineered a one-sided cable from the finest oxygen-free copper wire that resists tangling and lets you move freely on stage.


  • Comfort – 3.9/5
  • Sound quality – 3.8/5
  • Build quality – 3.6/5

Final score: 3.8/5


Behringer BH 470 Studio


Whether you’re mixing a recording, monitoring a bass line – or just sitting back enjoying your favourite song, you want headphones that deliver a wide frequency response and high dynamic range. The Behringer BH 470 headphones provide incredible high-resolution performance – at a price well within the reach of every budget!

BH 470 headphones provide everything you need for comfortable listening. The oval-shaped ear cups contain high-resolution capsules that deliver every nuance of your sound. Featuring an ultra-comfortable headband; and a ¼” adapter for the 1⁄8″ connector, BH 470 headphones are compatible with everything from your smartphone to your mixing console. Ticking all the boxes for a professional pair of closed-back headphones at an incredible price point, they’re rightfully our Best in Show for this round of Andertons Scoreboard!


  • Comfort – 5/5
  • Sound quality – 5/5
  • Build quality – 5/5

Final score: 5/5


Behringer HPM1000


The Behringer HPM1000 are affordable closed-back headphones that you can use for a variety of purposes. Their great bass and high-end frequencies respond, makes them great for practicing with your piano or guitar at home, as well as for gaming or watching films undisturbed.

The HPM1000 have a rugged construction to be carried everywhere and last for a long time, moreover, the padded headband gives comfort for prolonged sessions.


  • Comfort – 3.5/5
  • Sound quality – 3.6/5
  • Build quality – 3.3/5

Final Score: 3.4/5


Numark Pro Headphones HF125-X


These budget headphones from Numark are amazingly good value for money. Clear sound, and supreme comfort at a price point that suits everybody. If you’re after a decent pair of closed-back headphones on a tight budget, these Numarks will do the trick – even for recording and DJing situations where the ability to hear details is essential.


  • Comfort – 3.1/5
  • Sound quality – 3.5/5
  • Build quality – 3.1/5

Final Score: 3.2/5


How We Rated the Headphones

The Andertons team gathered together to rate these headphones and give you as many opinions as possible, not only the ones from our experts from the Pro-Audio team. We selected 20 people from our staff members from different departments, from drums to mail order and gave them the headphone to try and test.

There were 3 main categories we measured, we then took the average score from each category to see which one came out on top. The 3 categories went as follows:

Comfort – We consider how comfortable they feel on our heads! Considering the size of them, how the cushions fit our ears and how comfortable the material is, this is to make sure they’re good for extended use!

Sound quality – Here we’re looking as to how they generally sound, thinking about the frequency response and how they sound dynamically. In addition to this, we compare the sound against other headphones in the price range to see which one comes out on top!

Build quality – For this, we look at the general sturdiness of the headphones and what material they’re made from. While this also ties into the comfort of the headphones, we check to make sure they’re fit for the demands expected of them!

When doing these rankings, we took the price point into account. In our analysis, we focused on the range £10 – £20, to ensure we were comparing models in the same price/quality tier and kept you well informed!

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Anna Colombo
Anna Colombo
Anna is a Digital Product Marketer in the Tech and Pro Audio Department at Andertons. She brings the daily dose of *pinched fingers emoji* to the office as she's Italian. She also makes alternative pop music and her favourite synth is the Roland Juno.

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