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Is it safe to use open headphones next to a fan?

post #1 of 33
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I don't have an air conditioner at home, so I usually have this big fan next to me when I'm on the computer. I was wondering if this would harm the open grills in any way. Probably not a big deal, but I figure precaution wouldn't hurt. The fan is about 5 feet away and is on full speed.

post #2 of 33

do you have a problem using the fan like that and with no headphones on?

if no, then it shouldnt be a problem with open headphones on.

 

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post #3 of 33

Aside from ambient noise interfering with the music there shouldn't be a problem. I use a fan from time to time with my grados on and there's no problem. 

post #4 of 33
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Originally Posted by TobaccoRoad View Post

I don't have an air conditioner at home, so I usually have this big fan next to me when I'm on the computer. I was wondering if this would harm the open grills in any way. Probably not a big deal, but I figure precaution wouldn't hurt. The fan is about 5 feet away and is on full speed.



As long as you don't have Grados with the grilles removed, it should be OK.......

post #5 of 33
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Originally Posted by JamesMcProgger View Post

do you have a problem using the fan like that and with no headphones on?

if no, then it shouldnt be a problem with open headphones on.

 

what a weird thread blink.gif


What's so weird about it? I was mainly referring to the grills and mentioned it was just a precaution.

 

post #6 of 33

What are you worried about happening?

post #7 of 33

Using a fan is good. It opens the soundstage and the moving air lowers the sibilance. Its really great!

It does fade the music to the opposite side of where the fan stands.

 

 

On a serious note, it does not harm your cans. I use a fan regulary due toi ionsane heat here in holland atm.

post #8 of 33

Could the OP be worried about what stronger air flow would do on open headphones? Or am I understanding it completely wrong?

post #9 of 33
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Originally Posted by Roller View Post

Could the OP be worried about what stronger air flow would do on open headphones? Or am I understanding it completely wrong?



Yep this pretty much. I know it's highly unlikely but you never know. On Sennheiser manual it warns "do not cover the transducers!" as if covering the grills with hands is a serious issue. If something simple as that could be a problem then I assume using a fan besides it isn't a good idea.

post #10 of 33
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Originally Posted by TobaccoRoad View Post


Yep this pretty much. I know it's highly unlikely but you never know. On Sennheiser manual it warns "do not cover the transducers!" as if covering the grills with hands is a serious issue. If something simple as that could be a problem then I assume using a fan besides it isn't a good idea.



I'd assume that it won't do harm, at least on the levels produced by a consumer fan. Still, if it was that sensitive, then I'd think there wouldn't be any open headphones around, so you might be safe. Honestly, it's an interesting question, but I'm not really familiar enough with open headphones to give a proper answer :(

post #11 of 33

Heya,

 

I've riden around in my jeep with the windows down wearing open-air headphones (even did it with my HD580's) for years.

 

Doesn't do anything except muffle the sound since you're allowing all that wind/noise leak in and rush out.

 

You'll be fine. So will your headphones.

 

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Very best,

post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by Stitch View Post

Using a fan is good. It opens the soundstage and the moving air lowers the sibilance. Its really great!

It does fade the music to the opposite side of where the fan stands.

 

 

On a serious note, it does not harm your cans. I use a fan regulary due toi ionsane heat here in holland atm.


Just use 2 fans, one on each side, for that fancy "stereo" fan effect!

 

post #13 of 33

Just don't let dust get inside (especially the open grados)

post #14 of 33

I couldn't see a problem unless it is an industrial fan. which I doubt it is.

post #15 of 33
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Originally Posted by tenzip View Post




Just use 2 fans, one on each side, for that fancy "stereo" fan effect!

 

Actualy, the opposite is true. It compresses the soundstage due to pushing both left and right to the center.....
 

 

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