Our Verdict If you're looking for closed-back headphones, then give the 'A500s a try For Open and detailed sound hefty bass Against Treble can stand out Reviewed on 22nd January 2010 These Audio Technicas are of the closed-back variety. Sonically at a slight disadvantage to their open-backed peers (due to more colouration from the enclosure) this pair are nonetheless quite special. They produce a welcoming openness, and detail levels are on a par with the best closed-back cans we've heard at this price. They fire out a hefty bassline, too, and while treble can stand out occasionally, it doesn't impose too much. If you're after closed-back headphones, give them a try. More after the break See all our headphone Best Buys Follow whathifi.com on Twitter Related News The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the week Fri, 24 Mar 2017, 02:26pm Headphones catch fire mid-flight, injuring airline passenger Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 04:26pm The best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Mon, 06 Mar 2017, 04:44pm The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Wed, 01 Mar 2017, 03:56pm The AH-C160Ws are Denon's sporty new wireless earphones Thu, 16 Feb 2017, 12:00am ATH-A500 Audio Technica Headphones Stay on top of your sound with What Hi-Fi? in your inbox every week Thank you for registering for our Newsletter We will send you relevant emails and updates.