Originally Posted by penmarker
Open headphones are the way to go then. But the problem being is that they leak sound. Don't fret though because unless your office is pin drop silent, other people won't hear that much.
What's your budget?
About £50 or USD75 or slightly more. These headphones will be permanently placed in the office, so they need to be durable, comfortable, and not cost a lot. Also, since it will be used at the office, I prefer something without an amp if possible. I think it will drive directly from the PC/laptop or radio.
Originally Posted by chewy4
The more ambient noise being let in, the more of your music is being let out, and also the louder you'll have to play it to hear the quieter parts. I guess you would just have to find a good balance there... maybe semi-open would be best.
They let you go to meetings wearing earbuds though? Aren't you supposed to be paying attention to the meeting?
Nope, but once someone knocks on the door, it gives me enough time to take off the earbuds. Also, if I'm working in a big room, with earbuds, people think they can talk behind my back but I am listening to every word they say while also listening to the music as well
Originally Posted by korewest
Like Chewy said, I think semi-open is the way to go.
Not sure what your budget is, but I would look into Panasonic HTF-600.
They are very comfortable, have lower than average isolation,
does not leak too much, and very mature looking headphones.
Not quite "semi-open" but I think will get the job done.
Oh, did I mention the superb sound quality for its very low price?
Do you need an amp to drive that Panasonic? I can't find it for 30USD, I can find it for £45 though.
Originally Posted by mbamg
Samson SR850s. Semi-open, very comfortable. Not sure if their size would send the wrong message to your coworkers, though.
There is something wrong if you can't hear door knocks, even if you're wearing closed headphones. Turn down the volume.
Do you need an amp for that? I don't mind size. I have my own room and since it is at the office, it is quite quiet. I will only turn the volume quite low, as I need to be able to hear people (more like my boss ) knocking the door. Well, with IEM's you can't here a thing, in fact some closed headphones are good at isolation that I had to be paying attention to ambient noise if I want to detect it. Now, if I'm busy listening, I will miss all the background noise.