Andertons Scoreboard: Best Closed-Back Headphones £70-100 (2022)

Headphones are great studio companions to help you check your mix or produce music without disturbing your neighbours! The Andertons Team has reviewed the best new closed-back headphones between £70-100 to give you some options to choose from in your next studio upgrade. Read on to find what models are our favourite!

Anna Colombo

Anna Colombo

We’re back with another episode of our series “Andertons Scoreboard”. This time around the Andertons team rated their favourite pairs of cans in the price range £70-100, a mid-level budget for producers and musicians who really want reliable closed-back headphones for their mixes.

Our team tried different brands and types of closed-back headphones, ranging from AKG to Audio Technica to Shure, to give you as many options as possible. We rated them based on comfort, sound quality and build to give you an insight into the overall performance.

Roland HR200 – £71

Roland‘s RH-200 Headphones deliver the power, comfort and accuracy needed for a variety of personal monitoring needs. With 40mm drivers, neodymium magnets and CCAW (copper-clad aluminum wire) voice coils, these professional headphones offer the clarity and sonic accuracy needed for mixing and silent practice. The RH-200 includes a gold-plated 1/8-inch stereo connector with 1/4-inch adapter, plus a high-quality cable with built-in strain relief.

Rating:

  • Comfort – Our staff ranked how comfortable they found these on their heads. – 3.6/5
  • Sound quality – Our staff rated how they thought these headphones sounded with this price point of £70-£100 – 3.7/5
  • Build quality – Our staff compared how well the build quality and durability of each headphone was. 3.3/5

Final score: 3.5/5

 

Roland RH-A7 – £71

The Roland RH-A7 headphones are the perfect companions to a Roland digital piano. They’re comfortable and light with a secure fit, so you can wear them for extended periods of play. The open-air construction lets you have a conversation without having to remove headphones. Most importantly, RH-A7 headphones provide high-quality sound that lets you experience the complete, dynamic range of modern digital pianos. From delicate pianissimo to forceful fortissimo, these headphones handle every nuance and detail of your performance.

Rating:

  • Comfort – 3.8/5
  • Sound quality – 4.0/5
  • Build quality – 3.2/5

Final score: 3.7/5

 

Audio-Technica ATH-M40X – £82

 

The Audio Technica ATH-M40x professional monitor closed-back headphones are tuned for highly detailed audio. Featuring a strong mid-range definition, these versatile monitoring headphones are ideal in a variety of situations. Designed primarily for studio tracking and mixing, they offer added features for increased portability, making them a great choice for field recording.

Rating:

  • Comfort – 4.0/5
  • Sound quality – 4.0/5
  • Build quality – 3.9/5

Final score: 4.0/5

 

Sennheiser HD280 Pro – £84

The Sennheiser HD280 Pro Headphones are designed for professional monitoring and critical listening applications. The HD280 pro’s feature a closed-back over-ear design so that you get a comfortable fit over your ears with great isolation from the outside world and also minimal sound spillage when you’ve got them on. As a result, they’re great for tracking, because the headphones won’t bleed into your mic.

They’re less bulky than some of the professional monitoring cans out there whilst still being robust and flexible for a comfortable fit. What’s more, the headphones are collapsable so are great for travelling. The aforementioned fantastic isolation is really useful when you’re out and about.

Rating:

  • Comfort – 4.1/5
  • Sound quality – 3.7/5
  • Build quality – 4.1/5

Final score: 4.0/5

 

 

Austrian Audio Hi-X15 – £89

The Hi-X15 are your faithful companion when you need a reliable sound source. Thanks to their closed-back construction that isolates external noise and comfortable foam pads make them suitable for countless situations. In-studio or on stage, on the train or at home. Their sleek foldable construction makes them easy to carry with you and their durable all-metal hinge and bow mean they’re extremely rugged.

In terms of sound quality, you can enjoy all the power and clarity of the Hi-X series drivers. The 44mm Hi-X driver, with its vivid transients and distortion-free reproduction down to the lowest frequency, works to deliver a true-to-life listening experience.

The Hi-X15 have a 25 Ohm impedance, which means they achieve optimal results both with high-end and low-powered outputs, such as your laptop or mobile phone.

 

  • Comfort – 4.9/5
  • Sound quality – 3.8/5
  • Build quality – 4.5/5

Final score: 4.4/5

 

AKG K271 – £91

The K 271 Studio, while providing the same performance as the K 270 Studio, is much lighter and easier to use, and still provides a natural, pristine sound.

The closed-back, circumaural earphones provide maximum attenuation of high ambient noise. The K 271 Studio are also ideal for all applications where no sound must leak from the headphones. The headphones switch off automatically when taken off. Since this feature prevents headphone signals from spilling over into an open microphone it is highly appreciated by recording studio, live sound, TV sound, and broadcast engineers.

  • Comfort – 3.4/5
  • Sound quality – 3.4/5
  • Build quality – 3.7/5

Final Score: 3.5/5

 

AKG K175 – £97 (On sale at £79)

The AKG175 sound almost as good as if you were sitting in front of a pair of great reference monitors— transparent, defined, and uncoloured.

They’re part of AKG’s Foldable Studio Headphones Line (K175, K245, K275), offering the best-in-class frequency response, delivering unrivalled clarity and detail, making it easy to hear subtle detail and to create mixes that translate well across different playback systems. Their superior sensitivity and low impedance offer maximum output before distortion, so you can use them with all your devices, even when playing music from lower-powered mobile devices.

  • Comfort – 3.8/5
  • Sound quality – 4.1/5
  • Build quality – 4.3/5

Final Score: 4.1/5

 

Best Headphones £70 - £100

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 £70 – £100, 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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