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 month Fri, 21 Jul 2017, 12:38pm Meters Music collaborates with U2's Adam Clayton for new in-ear headphones Tue, 18 Jul 2017, 05:39pm The best Amazon Prime Day headphones deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 02:52pm Amazon Prime Day 2017: best UK deals Tue, 11 Jul 2017, 12:36pm New Apple AirPod patents reveal more health-tracking capabilities Thu, 06 Jul 2017, 12:03pm 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.