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 Amazon Prime Day 2017: When is it? How to get the best UK deals? Tue, 27 Jun 2017, 03:57pm The best What Hi-Fi? deals of the month Fri, 23 Jun 2017, 03:24pm Best headphone deals - in-ear, over-ear, wireless and more Thu, 22 Jun 2017, 05:32pm B&O Play reveals new E4 noise-cancelling headphones Thu, 15 Jun 2017, 08:00am The 10 most popular reviews on What Hi-Fi? Fri, 02 Jun 2017, 02:29pm 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.