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Apparently, if you're wearing open backed headphones, you should be able to hold a conversation with someone next to you at normal conversation volume whilst listening to your music.

 

I've realized that (when listening to heavier music such as rock/punk/metal) - there's no way I can do this - therefore I'm listening way too loud.

 

Can you guys do this - or you're listening to loud as well!?

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Apparently, if you're wearing open backed headphones, you should be able to hold a conversation with someone next to you at normal conversation volume whilst listening to your music.

 

I've realized that (when listening to heavier music such as rock/punk/metal) - there's no way I can do this - therefore I'm listening way too loud.

 

Can you guys do this - or you're listening to loud as well!?

Ok, sound levels will vary from headphone to headphone, so there is no set "level" for safe listening. Most audiologists say anything over 85db will hurt your hearing, but they don't specify much further. Just don't go crazy and crank up the volume to max on most devices, general rule of thumb. Hope this helped! -BiggBenn

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I listen anywhere between 70-85db (c-weighted) measured with a digital Radio Shack SPL meter. Usually I listen at around 70-80db, and even at 80db I doubt I could really carry on a conversation. You could listen at 80-85db all day and not damage your hearing, so the whole "to loud to have a conversation" point seems irrelevant to me. 

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Are your ears bleeding? Thats the real question to ask.

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