Difference Between Open-Back and Closed-Back Gaming Headphones – Does it REALLY Matter?

Which should you choose, Open-Back or Closed Back? What does it even mean and does it even matter? Audio-Technica has got you covered with both open-back and closed-back gaming headset with detachable boom microphone and interchangeable cables. Perfect for both PC or console setup!

Let’s start with a bit of an introduction about the difference between the two types. Open-Back headphones allow air to pass through the earcups. The sound from the headphones then tends to be more natural and clear with a wider soundstage. This also means that you will be able to hear everything that’s around you.

On top of that, they also leak sound out, so people around you might be able to hear whatever you’re listening to. This won’t be a problem if you’re at home gaming on your own though, but you might want to be aware if you’re on your daily commute watching… your shows. No judgment.

Closed-back Headphones, on the other hand, are quite the opposite. They are completely sealed so they might not sound as airy and natural but they do block out a lot more outside noise. Perfect if you’ve got environmental noise that you would rather not hear. At the same time, sounds from your headphones will remain contained in the earcups.

Lower frequencies tend to sound a little “bumped up” so they might not sound the most accurate but will add to the immersive experience of your gaming sessions. Gunshots, explosions and engine sounds will be that more engaging. If that’s what you’re into, closed-back headphones might be your weapon of choice. 

So now that you know the difference, Audio-Technica’s latest gaming headsets offer both options, so depending on your preference and needs, you know there’s something for you. 

With both headphones packing driver diameter of 45mm, you can be sure that audio that’s coming from these headphones are high resolution and detailed. State-of-the-art, flexible and detachable boom microphones ensure crystal-clear in-game voice communication. Team chat won’t be complaining about muffled audio anymore.

They come with detachable cables in two lengths, 3.0m with mic and headphone 3.5mm plugs for computers, or the shorter 1.2m with a 3.5mm TRRS for your different consoles. Volume control dial and mute switch built into the left earcup ensure convenient single-handed control. 

For Wide-Soundstage Gamers | ATH-GDL3 Open-Back Headphones
Retail price: $178 (Check in-store for offers), available on Audio-Technica Official Website

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The ATH-GDL3 Open-Back Headphones are perfect for natural sounding gaming scenarios, allowing you to feel like you’re physically in-game. And since they weigh less than 220grams, you might just forget you’ve got these almost light-as-air headphones on.

For the Full Immersive Experience | ATH-GL3 Closed-Back Headphones
Retail price: $138 (Check in-store for offers), available on Audio-Technica Official Website

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The ATH-GL3 closed-back headphones. on the other hand, offers a more immersive experience. Truly feel and hear everything whether when you’re gaming, watching a movie or vibing to your favourite music. Weighing in at less than 230grams, these lightweight headphones are perfect for long hours of gaming.

Both headphones come in gaming-inspired packaging, meticulously designed by Australia-based Japanese artist Kentaro Yoshida that features images commonly associated with Japan.

No matter your preference in audio, you’ll surely find your perfect gaming headset with Audio-Technica!

Rasuna Azrayl

Ras enjoys collecting and building custom mechanical keyboards and sometimes dabbles in portable audiophile setups. He also indulges in casual gaming and prefers Command over Control.

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