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Best Open Back Headphones For Gamers (2018)

Headphones are an essential gear for any fanatical gamer and indispensable when you are onto your enemy to take over the throne, we’re discussing open back headphones for gaming. The more precise the audio is, the more precise is your call to action and that fast reflex of instinct is found in the nerves and the neurons of gamers like you and your squad and the Gaming LordYou prolly knew most of the mainstream headphones, their varieties, sizes, prices but nothing like open back headphones. They are different and if you are an audiophile you would know that even tiniest fraction of details can make you go bouncy and alive.

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Okay! But What The Heck Are Open Back Headphones?


Skip this part already if you know about open back headphones. Otherwise here are the points :

  • They let sounds and airs to freely make movement in and out of the earcups. The headphones cups are perforated and hence they are termed as Open Back Headphones.
  • Now you know that they are opposite of normal/closed back headphones.
  • They let you wander across the environment and the world around you.
  • Lifelike audio performance and some external sounds can mix up with the audio playing, take this as positive and you are on the music video or fighting enemies in the field.
  • Although they bleed cool sound, it is not advisable to use them in a silent public environment like library.


Open-Back Vs Closed-Back Headphones

  • Closed back headphones keep sounds between your ears and the headphone cups, while open back leak some sound.
  • Open headphones defyin the head’ audio technique used by closed back. Sure, they are different from normal gaming cans.
  • Closed back headphones prefer isolation, while open back prefers engagement between a person and it’s surroundings without compromising the intact quality of sound.


Are Open Back Headphones good for gaming?

Now it really comes to an individuals choice, where one would like to use open back headphones for gaming. If you want studio-like experience go for closed back headphones, on the other hand if you are into auditory music and the real world sound with it go for open back. Open ear headphones tend to provide a space to imagine the music with live thoughts. The only similarity is both open ear headphones and closed back headphones falls under over the ear category. Next, we will be going through the list of some chosen gaming headset(all open back).


Best Open Back Headphones for Gaming

Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X

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Comes with all-metal honeycomb housing grills over the pair of cans. Despite being open back, the premium gooseneck microphone provides clear in-game communications and provides open yet natural sound to its users. Definitely a big-boy player at best open-back headphones for gaming.


  • 53 mm drivers for extremely accurate sound reproduction for FPS games
  • Improved 3D Wing Support system with soft earpads
  • Mic’s supercardioid element is excellent at rejecting unwanted ambient noise, so communication is not a problem
  • Great sound quality
  • Well built and robust


  • Not Wireless
  • Wires are long but at times can be messy to untangle them
  • Long sessions can be sweaty at times, not all the time though


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Sennheiser 506065 GAME ONE

coldncoffee, sennheiser game one, gaming headsets, open back headphonesA focus driven gaming headset that let you dive deep into the game with German speaker technology and good noise-canceling microphone. Features XXL plush velvet ear pads with a cushioned headband ensuring maximum comfort, perfect for long hour gameplay. Comes with a range of colors(black and white), obviously one of best open back headphones.


  • Crystal-Clear Communication
  • Comfortable soft ear pads
  • Comes with braided cord, hence doesn’t tangle.
  • No need to purchase additional adapters, it comes with two audio cords


  • Slightly smaller ear cups than Audio Technica
  • Slightly different audio signature. If you have average to good updated audio card, no need to worry about anything else


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ASTRO Gaming A40 TR

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A massively customizable goodie specially crafted for pro gamers. The more you dig deep into its features, the more you’ll discover what this havoc can offer. One can transform the open-back Astro A40 TR to a closed-back noise-isolating headset by simply adding external mod-kit to the gear. It uses Dolby 7.1 sound system and the swappable microphone is an essential bonus feature for comfortability.

FYI-TR products are the Official Equipment of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and are used by top Call of Duty Pro teams like Optic Gaming and Team Envyus.


  • Made with premium materials and construction for the superior finish
  • Engineered and tuned specially for Gaming
  • Mod Kit Ready
  • Swappable cable system
  • Removable microphone
  • Customizable speaker tag system
  • Audio quality is very good with the perfect kick, bass, and treble


  • Termed as overpriced, but its worth the money you pay
  • No con


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Philips SHP9500S HiFi

coldncoffee, philips shp9500, gaming headsets, open back headphonesComfortable and one of the great budget-friendly open back headphones on the market(currently).  Continuously going out of stock and getting refilled in, it’s time for you to get a grip if you rely on a tight budget.  Double layered cushioned headband yet paired with steel makes it extremely comfortable and bold at this price range. Provides authentic sound even though the sound is open to surroundings.


  • 50mm neodymium drivers
  • Budget Friendly
  • Cords are replaceable
  • Really crisp sounding and very good depth in audio
  • Affordable open-back headphone


  • Non-replaceable ear pads, going for long grip depends on your usage
  • Bass is somewhat little low, very slightly noticeable when comparing with other headphones


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Qpad QH-85 Pro

coldncoffee, Qpad QH-85, gaming headsets, open back headphonesAnother biggie beast which comes under the budget-friendly list of best open-back headphones for gaming. The company claims QPAD aims to broaden the experience for all gamers by bringing Hi-Fi to the gaming scene and it is a relevant claim. You’ll notice the claims once you get your hands on this gaming can, the construction is sturdily built with premium aluminum filings. The microphone is detachable and the ear pads are soft and comfortable.


  • Hi-Fi capable 53mm drivers(Supreme audio quality at its price range)
  • Detachable microphone
  • Open cup design on QH-85 for minimum sound leakage
  • Best open-back gaming headset under 100$


  • The headband can be trouble while adjusting if your head is larger than average
  • The microphone mute switch seems trouble to find for quicker access, prolong experience with this headphone can solve this problem


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Sennheiser HD 558

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Sennheiser has always been the lifeguard for audiophiles. This product was launched little early before Game One, but still performs excellently at the various audio test. Don’t let that classic look fool you, it packs E.A.R. technology for outstanding bass and vocal projection. Moreover, this had been a success for Sennheiser loved my many travelers and gamers of course.

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  • Lightweight gaming headset
  • The cable is detachable
  • Comfortable velour ear pads(detachable) and headband
  • Surround reflector for extended spatial sound field


  • Earpads are not lint free
  • Earpads can cause sweating during prolonged use(4 hours or more)
  • Mostly plastic


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Samson SR850

coldncoffee, samson sr580, gaming headsets, open back headphonesThis is budget friendly(not expensive at all) with the premium audio system to offer. Ideal for professional recording and hi-fi monitoring. Ear pads are velour cushioned and headbands are adjustable to make it as comfortable as possible. Samson promises to offer wide dynamic range of sound reproduction on this product at such price(less than 50$).


  • Inexpensive and affordable
  • Large 50mm drivers with rare earth magnets
  • Headband is  adjustable
  • Comfortable and comfy at low budget
  • Good for monitoring


  • Made of plastic
  • Cable is non-removable
  • Ear pads feel somewhat tighter and not lint free


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Audio Technica AUD ATH-AD500X/700x

coldncoffee, audio tehnica aud athad500x, gaming headsets, open back headphonesA cheaper version of open-back gaming headphones by Audio Technica. Comes in two version 500x and 700x, the only difference is their style and power handling techniques used. Both are made of a lightweight aluminum structure. If you love Audio Technica but can’t afford Audio-Technica ATH-ADG1X then 500x is a call to action for you(priced less than 100$).


  • 53 mm drivers with CCAW voice coils reproduce remarkably natural sound
  • Lightweight
  • Flexible raised-fabric earpads for comfortability
  • Self-adjusting 3D Wing Support
  • Good audio quality


  • Ear pads too soft, a user can sometimes feel the grills if used roughly
  • Cords quality is not up to expectation


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End of best open-back headphones list. The list will be updated as we go find new gaming cans. For better future updates we appreciate feedback and suggestions


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