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Are full size headphones generally quieter than in-ear ones?

post #1 of 8
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I have a pair of Superlux HD681 headphones and I was comparing them with my cheapo sony in ear earphones and I found them to be a bit quieter than the Sony in ear buds. Are full sized headphones generally quieter? Or can they also be as loud as in ear earphones?

post #2 of 8

I'm I bit of a noob, but I believe it's just that the in ear earphones would be easier to drive than the larger drivers in the full size headphones. Overall I would think the full size headphones would get way louder if driven from an amp.

post #3 of 8

Generally iem's need less power to drive cause they are smaller and have less impedance than fullsize headphones.
So therefore they go louder for the same volume setting.

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Originally Posted by unpimpauto View Post

I'm I bit of a noob, but I believe it's just that the in ear earphones would be easier to drive than the larger drivers in the full size headphones. Overall I would think the full size headphones would get way louder if driven from an amp.

 

So then I shouldn't worry that my in ear buds are louder than the headphones? Hmm, so you say that is expected...

post #5 of 8

Yeah it's not a worry.

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Yeah it's not a worry.


Thanks, they are pretty decent nevertheless. I got the Superlux HD681 instead of a Sennheiser HD201 as I found that to be too quiet and quite lacking in bass. This sounds overall more balanced with enough bass and louder that the HD201...

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Originally Posted by litetaker View Post

 

So then I shouldn't worry that my in ear buds are louder than the headphones? Hmm, so you say that is expected...

Think of it like pulling a wagon, where your effort in pulling is like the volume knob. Your IEMs are a fisher price toy, and you can pull that thing with little to no effort, and you can go pretty fast.

 

A full-sized is a heavier wagon, and if you put in the same amount of effort as you do with the fisher price toy, you won't go nearly as fast.

 

When you get a really heavy wagon (hard-to-drive full-sizes or otherwise), thats when you get a motor (an amplifier).


Edited by vaed - 3/1/13 at 3:07pm
post #8 of 8

Less sensitive and higher impedence then most IEM so yes.

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