I've been listening via my Alessandros for some years now, and am aware of sound leakage, so have been wondering about changing to closed-back phones. I'm also used to round-the-ear phones, but wasn't sure about over-ear phones. I've got some 1980's Koss Pro4AAs, closed back, recently refurbished by Koss, but they need a lot of driving, so I haven't used them. All my other phones are open back, and I enjoy the spacious sound, but I'd have to pay more than I can afford to match this sound with closed back phones, I believe.
So this afternoon I had a listen to B&W P3 & P5 phones, just out of curiosity, and using John Lewis' source preferred the P3 - they sounded more spacious to us (I was with my wife). They're also inaudibleto others, so potentially good. I've also been hanging my nose over the AKG 451 phones, especially at the current prices, about a third of the B&Ws. Due to time constraints I was unable to listen to the AKGs, in another store, so thought I'd ask if anyone else has done this comparison, and what they thought? I know the 451s are highly regarded at WHF, but so are the P3s. Budget is limited, but if the P3s are worth the extra,...... I know that only my own ears will decide, but would like other's experiences.
I listen to classical, rock, swing, jazz, using CDs on my NaimUniti, in case it helps.